7 August 2001
Farmplan acquires Hylton Nomis

By FWi staff

REED Business Information – through Farmplan Computer Systems – has acquired Hylton Nomis Computer Services for an undisclosed sum of money.

The deal means agricultural software company Hylton Nomis is now part of the Reed Farmers Publishing Group, which owns FWi and FARMERS WEEKLY.

Reed purchased Farmplan Computers Systems last year as part of a long-term strategy to supply business information and decision support services for farmers.

Hylton provides premium accounting software to large rural estates, land agency companies and other farming professionals.

Reed publishing director Roger Williams said the latest deal brought together the number one and two companies supplying agricultural software.

“It also endorses our strategy to be the market-leading supplier of information, decision support and business services to the agricultural market.”

Hylton supplies software to more than 1000 clients each with a farm size over 400ha. Clients include Savills, Strutt and Parker and Sandringham Estates

Farmplan managing director Neil Unitt said the acquisition strengthened Farmplans range of products and secured support for Hylton customers.

Web-based products would continue to be developed to meet the future information technology demands of farmers and land managers, he added.

Based in Fratton, Hampshire, and employing 12 staff, Hylton products will continue to be supported and marketed under their own brand.