New faces in North West firm’s farming team

North West accountancy and business advisory firm MHA Moore and Smalley has expanded its farming and rural business team following two promotions and a new appointment.

Senior manager Tracey Richardson has been promoted to head up the specialist team which helps manage the financial, business and personal tax affairs of over farming businesses across the North West.

Also joining the nine-strong farming team is client manager Yvonne Lambert who joins from Cumbria accountancy firm Hanley & Co where she spent five years.

Sophie Lucas has also been promoted from corporate assistant to corporate services supervisor within the new-look team.

Tracey, a farmer’s daughter who lives in Kendal, has been with MHA Moore and Smalley for 19 years.

She said: “I’ve been advising farmers in Cumbria and the South Lakes for many years, so it’s a privilege to be given this opportunity to lead the team and work with more clients across the region.

“I was raised on a farm, so I know the daily challenges farmers face. My dad works at the J36 auction, so he keeps me up-to-date with the livestock market and other goings on in the industry too.

“Together with Yvonne, Sophie and the rest of the team, I’m looking forward to providing farmers, and other rural businesses, with the trusted advice that can help them prosper.”

Yvonne, who lives in Kendal, specialises in managing business accounts and personal tax returns for farmers and has particular knowledge of capital gains tax planning. She will be based primarily in the Kendal office.

Sophie, who lives in Morecambe, has gained experience in managing accounts for farmers and a host of other rural businesses, including caravan and leisure parks. She will be based primarily at the Lancaster office and also spend time in the Kendal office.

MHA Moore and Smalley’s farming and rural business team advises livestock and arable farmers as well as a wide range of other agricultural and rural businesses, including those in the leisure, hospitality and energy sectors.