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Forty delegates with farming business interests gathered in Melton Mowbray at the end of last week to hear speakers from three of the East Midlands region’s leading professional services firms share their views on the farming & rural sector as it heads in to the second quarter of the year (2022).

The Farm Update seminar was co-hosted by Duncan & Toplis, The Andersons Centre and Shouler & Son and was held on 10 March at the Synsonby Knoll Hotel in Melton Mowbray.

At a time when businesses with farming and rural interests are facing major changes affecting central funding and diversification opportunities - as well as existential questions about what future farming is for - matters of policy, diversification, tax implications and strategic business planning were addressed by representatives of the three professional firms as well as a guest speaker from 360 Rural.

According to Harry Baines, partner, Shouler & Son who shared the platform as a speaker, both the question & answer sessions and the networking lunch that followed the seminar provoked keen interest from attendees.

He said, “As well as the topics addressed by each speaker, there was, of course, much concern about the direct effect on farming businesses of the war in Ukraine and the wider ramifications of the current shifts in the geopolitical scene.

“However, coming back to the main topics of the seminar, all present remarked on the usefulness of being able to access joined-up advice from the different business disciplines in one place and at the same time.”

For more information on Shouler & Son’s rural services and the latest professional advice contact Harry Baines, email, tel 01664 560181 or see