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Agriculture & Rural Business

Led by a highly experienced partner who also lives on a working farm, we believe our passionate team of agricultural finance experts offer a unique insight and understanding of agriculture and rural businesses.

Accounting for agriculture and rural business

Our experience is rooted in a wide-ranging client list that spans family farms across livestock, dairy, arable and top fruit, through to large commercial organisations in agri-business.

With agricultural accounting as our core, we have extended our expertise into related sectors, particularly with manufacturers and providers of agri-chemicals and plant machinery. We also serve clients from the wider rural community, including in leisure and tourism and property.

We are passionate about helping agricultural and rural businesses to succeed. Our team brings experience from a variety of sectors to support that, as well as considerable first-hand personal knowledge of the industry with our head of agriculture living on a mixed farm.

Understanding now, and tomorrow

We pride ourselves on our insight into the agricultural sector, which we have built up over many years, but we never stop learning or looking at what issues and regulations are up ahead. Our membership and involvement with agricultural organisations such as the CLA and the Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) place us at the heart of the sector and enable us to remain ahead of agricultural issues and directives.

National reach, local expertise

As a founding member of MHA, an association of independent accountancy practices, we can access more than 50 offices across the country. This network gives us a national reach that we combine with local expertise that comes from working with more than 1,000 farming and rural business clients.

We believe this places us in a unique position among accountants specialising in agriculture. We have built a team of professionals with first-hand experience of the sector, and with intimate knowledge of the financial issues and concerns facing agricultural and rural businesses every day.

Working together

We work with our clients as partners, and we are always on hand to advise when needed. As an experienced team of agricultural accountants and advisors, we offer a range of core services including accounts preparation, and payroll and taxation.

However, our specialist industry knowledge means we are also able to offer advice on a wide range of business issues:

  • Succession planning
  • Inheritance tax and trusts
  • Landed estates
  • Diversification and VAT
  • Tax efficient business restructuring
  • Financial planning including pension and investment advice
  • Assistance with grants
  • Agricultural tenancies
  • Contract farming agreements
  • Potential development land
  • Renewables

Get in touch

For more information on any of the above, or to find out more about how MHA MacIntyre Hudson can help with any area of accounting for agriculture and rural business, please get in touch with a member of the Agriculture & Rural Business sector group or send us an online enquiry.

Key contact

Head of Agriculture, Partner
Sarah Dodds
+44 (0)1733 568 491
 

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Meet the team

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Frances James

Partner

Frances joined MHA MacIntyre Hudson in December 2018 following the merger of the Kent offices of Haines Watts. She was a partner in the previous practice for over 20 years.

She advises owner managed businesses in a number of sectors, including professional services, printing, agriculture and staff recruitment.

Her hobbies include church bellringing, where she assists in training new recruits, and hill walking.

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Mel Lake

Audit Manager

Mel qualified in February 2009 and joined the firm the same year.  She is an experienced audit manager working throughout the Kent region, with a wide range of clients over various sectors including not for profit and owner managed companies. 

Her role involves working closely with the dedicated client partner and team to provide an audit with the highest levels of assurance and minimum disruption possible. 

Mel’s approach to work is to deliver a well-planned and efficient audit and encourage the development of a supportive and communicative relationship to her clients so that they feel comfortable to make contact with any queries during the course of the year not just at the audit.

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Mike Brown

Partner

Most of Mike's time is spent advising his clients. These include owner-managed businesses, subsidiaries of overseas companies and UK companies with overseas interests. Mike aims to understand his clients' objectives and help them achieve these. His experience includes businesses with turnover in the range £100m to £200m. His main sectors of expertise are engineering, property and construction and food.

Mike enjoys seeing the world and meeting people. He has spent a lot of time in USA watching his son perform on stage. He is a keen supporter of the local rugby club, Northampton Saints and in his spare time a member of Rotary in Northampton. Mike plays golf occasionally but not very well.

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Carly Drummond

Tax Assistant Manager

As a Chartered Tax Adviser, Carly specialises in suggesting pro-active tax strategies and solutions to business owners, in addition to advising clients on IHT, Trusts and Estates.  Upon completion of her training, Carly moved into the Agriculture sector where she has developed a keen interest in helping farming families to resolve the sensitive issue of succession.  Her thorough approach, attention to detail and creative thought process has assisted many faming families through this potentially delicate time.

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What they say about us

The team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson have taken away the burden of the day to day bookkeeping, payroll and CIS work off me. This has enabled me to spend more time working on my business, finding new work, new ideas and ways to be more profitable. Thanks to the help I’ve received, I can see a bright future for me and my company. Luke Day - Complete Wiring Solutions

What they say about us

With MHA MacIntyre Hudson’s support, our business has been very successful since we started three years ago. Simon Burke - Dalbergia Group