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Food & Drink

Specialist advice for businesses across the entire food and drink supply chain

Accountants & Financial Advisers for Restaurants, Catering, Farm Shops & More

Overview

From artisan producers and craft breweries to cheese makers and award-winning cuisine, at Old Mill we work with a wide range of local, national and international businesses from across the South West’s vibrant food and drink sector.

The South West is at the forefront of the UK’s thriving food and drink sector with many regional success stories from local producers to world-renowned, export-led businesses making real headway in global markets. The region has long been recognised as a hub for both fine dining and wholesome food, with the finest locally made and sourced produce supported by strong farming and fishing communities. And with a host of breweries, vineyards and cider makers to add to the mix, we soon recognised the need to establish a team of specialist advisers working specifically with businesses in the food and drink industry.

We work closely with numerous clients across the entire food and drink supply chain. And alongside our specialist sector knowledge, those clients also have the expertise and experience of the wider Old Mill team to draw upon.

So if you’re looking for funding sources and financial planning for a new food and drink venture – we can help. If you’re an artisan pie maker in need of support with Research & Development (R&D) tax claims, a baker determined to buy new premises, or a vineyard vying for a slice of the international market – come and talk to us. And if you’re looking to call last orders on your business, we can work with you to plan an exit strategy that will further enable you to enjoy the finer things in life.

Whatever your aims and aspirations – for yourself and your food and drink 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.

Phil Mills. Head of Food & Drink


"What attracted us to Old Mill was their rural and food credentials;

they are known in the agricultural space across the West Country and have genuine Food & Drink specialists who understand the entire supply chain, which means we can readily plug into that expertise.”

Mike Davies. Dorset Blue Vinny



Our People Jolyon Stonehouse Lead Adviser

Jolyon is a passionate and driven leader who was part of the Management Buy Out team that set up Old Mill in 2006. He currently sits on the Old Mill board.

Having had first-hand experience of running a business (he was Managing Partner until 2012), Jolyon uses this knowledge to provide support and advice in order to help clients run their own businesses better. He works closely with ambitious individuals to enable them to use their businesses to realise their personal goals, advising, in particular, the Food and Drink and Owner Managed Business sectors.

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Our People Phil Mills Head of Food & Drink

Leading the energetic, committed and talented Exeter Commercial team Phil has the privilege of working with some of the South West’s most exciting businesses.

Committed to supporting the growth and development of businesses across the West Country, nothing drives Phil like the opportunity to help an ambitious Food and Drink business to realise their potential. It stems from Phil’s time working in Food & Drink – it is his real passion.

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"I enjoy Old Mill's helpfulness, honesty and integrity."

R. Sheard
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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