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Rural

Specialist advice and support for the South West's farming and rural business communities

Specialist Accountants & Financial Advisers for Farms

Overview

The South West is one of the UK’s most rural regions, and farms and agricultural business are not only traditional activities, but also form the foundation of many local communities and economies.

At Old Mill we have built close working relationships with many rural businesses – and farms in particular – over a number of years. Our rural business team have become trusted allies and advisers, giving expert advice and support to family-owned businesses across several generations.

We have an in-depth understanding of some of the unique challenges that farms and other rural businesses face. From raising funds for investment in machinery and technology, to financial planning that will ensure both essential cash flow and long-term financial security and handling multi-layered payroll systems accommodating full-time and part-time staff alongside seasonal workers, our rural business teams will work with you to deliver effective and actionable solutions to these and many more issues.

We recognise that business succession is a key consideration for many of you – particularly for farming families, where the aim of successful continuation drives many of the decisions made on the farm. We understand the added dynamics of family farming businesses, and never underestimate the importance of our role as trusted advisers around the farm kitchen table.

We also know that while many rural businesses may have traditional roots, they can be some of today’s most forward-thinking, flexible and progressive commercial organisations. From the early adoption of new technology and software, to innovative diversification into areas such as speciality crops and livestock, retail outlets and rural tourism, we work with our farming and rural business clients to achieve strong financial results in an ever-evolving industry.

Whatever your aims and aspirations – for yourself and your rural business – we look forward to helping you achieve them.

To chat to us about your plans, get in touch with us or book an appointment at one of our offices in Exeter, Wells, Melksham and Yeovil.

Andrew Vickery. Head of Rural


“Old Mill have been very helpful with the future planning of our family business, ready for generations to come.”


Our People Julia Banwell Director, Chartered Financial Planner

Julia has an active role within the rural sector and has a wide range of experience with both personal and rural clients and their businesses. She is passionate about planning to encompass all areas of financial planning, taxation and legal aspects when working with clients.

Julia specialises within the rural sector, as this is her background. Together with her husband, Robert, she has a beef suckler herd and an equestrian livery business.

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Our People Richard Haines Director

Richard heads up the Rural adviser team in our Melksham Office.

With a background in agriculture and equine, Richard provides his innovative and flexible thinking advice to rural and farming families and businesses.

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Our People Catherine Vickery Associate Director

Catherine comes from a Dorset farming family. She works with rural and farming clients on innovative tax planning arrangements and solutions.

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Our People Mark Shelton Consultant

Mark has a degree in agriculture and spent ten years in practical farming and farm management consultancy. In 2002 Mark set up his own specialist practice providing forensic accounting, business advisery and general accountancy services in the food and agriculture industries. Mark was also National Chairman of the British Institute of Agricultural Consultants for two years.

Mark provides bespoke forensic financial services for the Rural and Food & Drink industries.

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"Old Mill’s Xero specialist, Jude Bennett was phenomenal in helping us through this and was always readily available and accessible - she’s been unbelievable."

Emily Davies. Dorset Blue Vinny
Case Studies

A creative collaboration for Jon Thorner’s and Hunt’s Foodservice

Working closely with clients and listening to their aims and aspirations led to food and drink specialist Lorraine Bolland identifying that Jon Thorner’s and Hunt’s Foodservice could work better together.

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Case Studies

How we helped The Flavourworks achieve 10% year-over-year growth

The Flavourworks is one of the most innovative ingredients suppliers in the UK, creating exciting new flavour ideas for the country’s top supermarkets and foodservice providers for over 30 years.

The arrival of new MD Chris Ormrod in 2018 created the opportunity to recapitalise and structure a Management Buy-In so that The Flavourworks could attract new investment to take advantage of new market opportunities, broaden the product range and create more high margin value-add products and steer away from commodity items.

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Case Studies

Helping Woodbridge Farm and Dorset Blue Vinny build a future proof business

Woodbridge Farm and Dorset Blue Vinny is a multi generational, family run business helmed by Mike, Christine, Richard and Emily. Based on a working dairy farm, the company is the only UK producer of a unique 300 year old blue cheese.

When the family needed help streamlining the farm and cheese making businesses, the Old Mill team recognised the need to shift to a cloud based accounting system and helped them implement Xero.

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Case Studies

Supporting Wadswick Country Store through retail diversifications, a cafe expansion and the creation of a solar park.

Dating from the 1980’s, Wadswick Country Store is a multi-generational business that is at the cutting edge of green energy farming and country living retail.

With increasing on-line challenges to face, Old Mill has helped Tim, Carolyn, Jo and Alex to put the foundations for future security and growth in place through forecasting, business planning and the successful application for funding of a solar park and cafe expansion.

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