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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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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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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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Gordon Thrower

Senior Tax Manager

An employment tax specialist, Gordon started his tax career with HMRC spending 8 years as part of a special investigation unit before moving across the divide to PwC in 1997. He later moved into mid-tier, picking up a “Best Tax Team Award” in 2010 working alongside Chris Blundell at Mazars.

More recently, Gordon has acted as an in-house consultant for a number of businesses, thus gaining experience from all three sides of the HMRC-Advisor-Business triangle. He has worked across a number of sectors, including education, property, IT, retail, banking, public sector and not-for-profit and has extensive experience of handling negotiations with HMRC.

Outside the office, Gordon is a season-ticket holder at West Ham United and is deputy editor of the popular West Ham website kumb.com, in which capacity he is often invited on to podcasts, tv and radio programmes, usually when the producers cannot find anyone famous to talk to.

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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

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SilverLining UK very highly recommends MHA MacIntyre Hudson for all your company’s financial accounting needs.Our corporation has worked with MHA MacIntyre Hudson for the last 4 years. They are truly the best at what they do.They continually provide timely and excellent service and go ‘above and beyond' for their client. Their knowledge, communication skills and professional qualifications are of the highest quality and standards. SilverLining UK - Construction Sector