Agri team sowing seeds of growth

Agri team sowing seeds of growth

As demand from farmers is soaring amid unprecedented sector-impacting changes, our dedicated agricultural division is driving growth at Douglas Home & Co to help farming clients navigate a decade of upcoming change across the industry.

As rural sector specialists, we have seen demand soar within our established Agricultural Department which is helping farmers contend with sector-defining crises including labour shortages, soaring prices and climate change, as well as day-to-day business.

Led by Director and Head of Advisory, Victoria Ivinson, the seven-strong unit now advises 31% of the current client roster at the Kelso-headquartered chartered accountants.

The expansion has driven further recruitment, with Senior Agricultural Technician, Kirsty Dodds joining from a competitor in March. The department is targeting further revenue and headcount growth over the coming year.

Victoria said: “The industry is changing dramatically and the upcoming decade is massive for agriculture.

“Post-Brexit labour shortages, the lasting impact of Covid and changing consumer behaviour, a shift to using more advanced technology and even the war in Ukraine, will all have a significant impact on how the farming industry evolves and survives.

“Farmers need every bit of help they can get and we have pulled together our collective experience, which stretches over decades, to work with and support our agriculture clients as they face a myriad of issues over the next decade.”

With experience in Research & Development related claims, our agri accounting team has evolved and came into its own last year at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic as under-pressure rural businesses sought advice on tax-saving opportunities.

Victoria added: “Our team’s expertise means they excel at spotting opportunities for agri clients over a wide agenda, including business growth, investment opportunities and tax efficiency. We want to provide the best possible service available to rural sector clients across the UK by continuing to develop and deliver a personalised, proactive service.”

For more information about our Agricultural expertise and the services we offer to farming businesses, visit: https://www.douglashomeandco.co.uk/agriculture/

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