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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

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.

R&D tax claims, moving into international markets, exit strategies and more

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 Kevin Whitmarsh Head of Accountancy

Kevin brings a strong commercial focus and passion to the accountancy business to ensure we live by the advice that we give to our clients.

With a background of advising business owners as a Chartered Financial Planner, Kevin brings a fresh approach and challenges the perception of what you would normally expect from your accountant. By focusing this passion and understanding he looks to unlock the ambition of our clients and to help make a difference in their businesses and lives.

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Our People Neil Cox Director

Neil comes from a Somerset farming family.

He heads up our Rural team of advisers in Yeovil and specialises in financial advice and solutions for the farming community.

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Our People Ian Carlson Managing Director

With an industry-based background in Finance and Operations positions Ian brings a breadth of experience to Old Mill, and has responsibility for the delivery of the business’ long term strategy.

In particular, he is passionate about making sure Old Mill provides outstanding careers for its staff while ensuring that we use our understanding of clients to deliver real value for them.

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Our People Simon Cole Board Member, Chartered Financial Planner

One of the first people to qualify as a Chartered Financial Planner, Simon has many years’ experience of providing quality service to clients.

Simon splits his time between his client work and his board leadership role. He specialises in looking after high net worth individuals and working with them to design bespoke financial plans so they achieve financial freedom.

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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
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