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.
Andrew Vickery. Head of Rural
Tim Barton. Wadswick Country Store
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.View our people
Andrew heads up the Rural team. Coming from a Somerset farming family, Andrew achieved a 1st Class Honours Degree in Agriculture from the University of Reading.
Andrew is a recommended professional on the TFA panel as well as being a member of the CLA and NFU. With a particular focus on tax planning matters, Andrew has represented the TFA on DEFRA and HMRC panels and regularly contributes to the farming press and speaking engagements.View our people
Mark heads up the Rural adviser team in Wells.
Mark gained an agricultural degree at Harper Adams University College, runs his own farm and uses this experience to provide rural and farming financial advice and solutions.View our people
Stuart comes from an East Devon dairy farming family and has been in the financial services industry throughout his working life.
Stuart specialises in providing holistic financial planning advice to rural and farming clients in order to help them reach their individual goals, whatever they may be.View our people
"What attracted us to Old Mill was their rural and food credentials; they are known in the agricultural space across the West Country and they have genuine Food & Drink specialists who understand the entire supply chain and we can readily plug into that expertise."
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more
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.Learn more