15 November 2001
‘Jobs safe’ as ADAS restructures

By Isabel Davies

FARM consultancy group ADAS has confirmed it is restructuring internally but insists that there will be no redundancies as a result of the changes.

The company, which employs about 1100 people, says that it is reshaping to meet the changing needs of the rural economy.

Ian Rigby, head of group marketing, told FWi that ADAS was, like many agricultural businesses, taking a good look at itself and the needs of its customers.

“We are looking at slightly changing the focus,” he said.

“We have our mainstream consultants in the dairy industry and arable advisers, but what we are increasing is the expertise in other rural advice.”

Under the changes, farmers could receive advice on enterprises outside of the usual farming mix, as well more traditional farm activities, he explained.

“We can offer expertise in a wide variety of other rural activities that can strengthen that business,” said Mr Rigby.

Mr Rigby said the company was also looking at ways to improve its services through the use of modern technology.

This was one of the reasons why ADAS bought agricultural internet trading company Globalfarmers in the summer, he said.