Agriculture & Rural Businesses

Rural businesses have highly specialised Accounting requirements, which is why if you run one you need an Accountancy firm that, like ours, is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales (ICAEW) Farming and Rural Businesses Group.

Our agricultural specialisation goes back to the end of the Second World War, and since then we have ensured that we keep constantly updated on all the financial issues affecting rural businesses. One of our Senior Managers ran a family farm before becoming a Chartered Accountant - giving our rural business team real insights into the challenges of running an agricultural business.

We appreciate that many people running rural businesses have a way of life to protect for future generations - so you need your professional advisors to have the knowledge of, and empathy with, some of the unique challenges you face as a rural business owner or manager. With our long rural business pedigree, and our up-to-date expert knowledge, we can help your rural business thrive.


Alongside all the standard services you would expect from a firm of Chartered Accountants, we can assist you with:


  • Capital taxes planning (succession, inheritance tax, and capital gains tax)
  • Contract farming agreements
  • Forming joint ventures or new partnerships
  • Diversifying to maximise value from your land assets
  • Raising finance
  • Securing business continuity and protecting family interests
  • Special grants, allowances, reliefs and refunds


Whether you are a farm or other rural business, you would benefit from talking to our knowledgeable rural business team as these clients have:


“Hardcastle Burton provide an individually tailored service that has assisted us in creating and managing a diversified agricultural business.” A 746 hectare farming business, South Cambridgeshire


“Hardcastle Burton deliver the whole package: not just producing Accounts and seeing us once a year. They are a nice, friendly firm that has been very helpful with a whole variety of business and financial issues.” A 745 hectare farming business, Suffolk


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