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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.

In touch with the sector through the good times and the bad times

Our Head of Agriculture & Rural Business, Sarah Dodds talks to two Lincolnshire farmers about the challenges they have faced since the recent flood that has affected large parts of farmland across the UK.

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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Joe Spencer

Accounts Director

As a qualified accountant and business advisor Joe specialises in advising Agricultural & Rural businesses on a broad spectrum of issues from Capital Tax Planning through to Performance Analysis & Benchmarking. With responsibility for the Eastern region, Joe manages the Agricultural & Rural Businesses for both the Peterborough and Bedford offices. 

Joe’s accountancy training took place in an agriculturally focussed firm, enabling him to consolidate & strengthen his knowledge of this sector. Success resulted in his managing his own client portfolio & assisting SMEs to achieve their business and personal objectives.

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John Mendes

Partner

John leads the outsource services team at MHA MacIntyre Hudson. He has considerable experience with assisting owner managed businesses, subsidiaries of international companies and other incorporated businesses, across a range of sectors, with their requirements. 

His focus is in ensuring that our back office solution is specifically designed to meet your requirements, with access to management and financial reporting which is accurate and timely. The advent of cloud based technology has led to the introduction of further efficiencies and more in-depth and bespoke reporting to our clients. 

A devoted family man but his passion for Chelsea FC runs deep.

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Sarah Whytock

Accounts Director

Sarah manages a large portfolio of clients with an emphasis on Charity & NFP organisations, farming, food and agricultural businesses. Having been brought up on a farm, Sarah is able to appreciate the challenges and complexities involved in running an efficient farming business - knowledge which helps her significantly when dealing with farm accounts, general tax and business advice.

As one of the first members of the firm to achieve the Diploma in Charity Accounting this demonstrates the high level of competency Sarah has achieved within the NFP sector – enabling her to give appropriate advice and guidance. Achieving deadlines and delivering a high level of service are very important to Sarah.

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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

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

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