An agricultural specialist from the Norwich office of business and financial advisers Grant Thornton has travelled over 11,500 miles back to his roots after spending 12 months in New Zealand gaining valuable experience of the sector.
Laurie Hill first joined Grant Thornton in 2014 as a graduate trainee in Audit with a special interest in the agricultural sector, having grown up on a farm in Shipdham, mid Norfolk owned by his family since the 1930s.
After qualifying in 2017, Laurie crossed the globe to join Grant Thornton’s Wellington office in New Zealand on a 12-month secondment where he spent time out in the field, working with a variety of clients from small farming enterprises to larger agribusinesses to gain valuable first-hand knowledge. Laurie also supported large corporate audits outside the sector, including foreign listed organisations.
Now back in his home county of Norfolk, Laurie re-joins Grant Thornton’s expert Norwich team as an executive focusing on advising clients in the food and agricultural sector. Drawing on his extensive agricultural knowledge and connections, he will also help to further grow the firm’s agribusiness offering to progressive, dynamic organisations across the region.
Commenting on his return to Grant Thornton in Norwich, Laurie said: “Having spent most of my life living and helping out on our family farm, the agricultural sector runs in my blood and over the past four years I have gained tremendous experience working alongside agribusinesses of all sizes on both sides of the world.
“This, coupled with my in-depth understanding of the issues affecting the sector and the local market, makes me well placed to advise and support ambitious food and agricultural businesses across the region to reach their full potential.”
Tim Taylor, Partner at Grant Thornton’s Norwich office, added: “Norfolk’s agricultural sector remains at the very heart of the local economy – and will continue to do so going forward.
“Our latest Norfolk Limited 2018 report showed the county’s food and agriculture businesses achieved significant increases in turnover and employee numbers over the past 12 months, signalling a robust, growing sector. The aim of our expanding, specialist agricultural team is to further support this progression and Laurie’s return to Norwich will play a key part in this.”