Rural consultant Andersons East is to merge with East Anglian agricultural valuer and auctioneer Cheffins, partners announced at this week’s Royal Norfolk Show.

David Bolton, managing partner of Andersons East, joins Cheffins as a full equity partner and will trade under the Cheffins banner.

Mr Bolton said:

“The new organisation we have created is unrivalled in the range of services it now provides to rural businesses.

Given the difficulties facing farmers and landowners a range of advice and support is required.

“Over the past five years I have found it increasingly difficult to find other professional advisers who can give our clients the level of service needed in restructuring their businesses.

By merging with Cheffins I now have trusted colleagues who are among the best experts in their disciplines.”

Mr Bolton said farmers and clients at the Royal Norfolk show had been overwhelmingly positive, judging the move a commitment to their region and businesses.

Mr Bolton and his team of seven staff will trade as Cheffins with immediate effect.

Cheffins’ chairman Michael Hamilton said: “David Bolton is an outstanding rural business adviser with a national reputation.”

While Cheffins is best known for farm machinery sales, valuations and rural property management, business consultancy has not been a core part of its activities.

“The merger reflects a desire to create a “one-stop-shop” for all rural business services in the eastern counties,” Mr Hamilton added.

Richard King, a partner at Andersons, the farm business consultants, said that despite the loss of Andersons East, the firm still had an active presence in East Anglia in its partner Jay Wootton, based at Bury St Edmunds.

“We’re still available for all our clients and we will be looking to develop our business further in the east of England.”

ian.ashbridge@rbi.co.uk