George Hay Chartered Accountants to exhibit at Energy and Rural Business Show 2020

January 24, 2020

The Energy and Rural Business Show, incorporating Energy Now Expo, Rural Business Expo and Low Emission Vehicles Expo, is a business event for the agricultural and rural communities of the UK.

Visitors can expect information and guidance on renewable energy generation and use, diversification ventures, low-emission vehicle and machinery options and ways to maximise the value of available resources.

The Rural Business Expo is designed specifically to provide ideas and guidance on ways to maximise resources, increase incomes and future-proof agricultural and farming enterprises.

With specialists in agriculture and rural affairs (ARA), George Hay will be on stand 23 ready to discuss the needs of local businesses and individuals; whether accounting, tax planning or strategic business advice.

Tax partner and ARA team lead, Barry Jefferd, will also be giving a talk at the show, on the tax traps associated with diversification projects.

Barry said: “We are looking forward to exhibiting at the upcoming Energy and Rural Business Show, particularly given our years of experience working with farmers, land owners and agricultural businesses.

A large proportion of those we work with have been clients for many years, meaning that we have often seen more than one generation of the same family at the helm of the business – a continuity that is beneficial for both us and the client.

We recognise that farming and agriculture is a unique industry, though it demands the same hard work and commitment as any other, since inclement weather, acreage, pests and diseases can all significantly impact the ‘bottom line’.

Combine this with more prevalent business challenges such as Brexit, changing consumer behaviour, the value of the British Pound, increasing costs and the wider economy and suddenly it’s easy to see why many in the sector are struggling.

As such, diversification projects are increasing both in popularity and importance. However, before rushing into anything, those thinking about diversifying should take advice to avoid making irrevocable decisions.

With a watertight understanding of the challenges farmers and agricultural business owners face, we are able to help you make informed judgements and good business decisions.”

The show, which is run in association with NFU Energy and the CLA, is now in its 11th year and remains free to attend for visitors.

Over 100 speakers will be hosted from various influential organisations and businesses and will be providing expert information and advice across the agricultural sector.

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