Vacancy – Client Account Manager & Administrator


Adkin is one of the most respected and well established rural surveying practices in Oxfordshire and the surrounding counties.  Based in the attractive village of Ardington near Wantage, our work includes all aspects of agricultural, rural, commercial and residential property, and our client base covers principally Central Southern England. Many of our clients have been with us for generations, something we are very proud of, and is a testament to the dedication and expertise of the firm.

We have a team of qualified rural surveyors and support staff and due to an ever increasing workload, an opportunity has arisen for the appointment of a new Client Account Manager and Administrator. The successful applicant will have a relevant accounting qualification, experience with computerised accounting systems and excellent knowledge of all Microsoft applications. Roles will include overseeing the Client Accounting function together with certain administrative tasks. A working knowledge of Farmplan would be preferred but is not essential.

We are looking for someone with a flexible approach who is hardworking and self-motivated with an ability to work accurately with figures and meticulous attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential together with the confidence and ability to work alone or as part of a team.

This is an opportunity to join a highly respected, friendly and dynamic team with an interesting and varied workload. A competitive salary and benefits package will be offered.

Please send applications in writing enclosing your CV to:

Mrs Sarah Payne, Adkin, Orpwood House, School Road, Ardington, Wantage, Oxon, OX12 8PQ.

If you wish to call to discuss the position in the first instance, please contact Sarah on (01235) 434383 or e-mail

All applications and enquires will be treated in strictest confidence.

Closing date for applications: Monday 1 February 2016




The Worshipful Company of Farmers

Julian Sayers was recently elected as the Junior Warden for The Worshipful Company of Farmers, a role he is looking forward to fulfilling over the course of the next twelve months as he helps to promote the agricultural industry within the City.


Farming and Property Bulletin – December 2015

Basic Payment Scheme – English Entitlement Values

The Rural Payments Agency has announced BPS entitlement values for 2015. The estimated payment in the Lowland region falls by 7.3% compared to the 2014 rate under SPS.

The table below shows the published rates and the actual payments that farmers will receive. This is based on the 2015 conversation rate of €1 = £0.73129. The net payments shown are after Financial Discipline at 1.393%.


(€ PER HA)


(£ PER HA)

2015 Standard 2015 Greening 2015 Total 2015
Lowland €171.83 €76.19 €248.02 £178.85
SDA Non-Moorland €170.60 €75.64 €246.24 £177.57
Moorland €45.07 €19.99 €65.06 £46.92

NFU Bulletin – December 2015

BPS 2015 Entitlement Values & Greening Payment Announced

 The RPA has confirmed the BPS 2015 entitlement values and Greening payment this week. 

BPS 2015 Entitlement Values – €171.83 Non-SDA, €170.60 SDA Non-Moorland and €45.07 SDA Moorland.

Greening Payment – This is an additional payment over and above the BPS entitlement value. €76.19 for non SDA, €75.64 SDA Non-Moorland and €19.99 SDA Moorland.

The exchange rate was confirmed at the end of September as being €1 = £0.73129

Farming and Property Bulletin – November 2015

Basic Payment Scheme Update

The RPA is currently sending out a leaflet updating BPS claimants on their progress and what happens next. During October, the RPA were working on entitlement and land transfers submitted by RLE1 forms and will confirm with each party once this has been completed. This month the BPS payment rates are due to be announced and anyone who applied for entitlements from the National Reserve or Young Farmer Scheme will know if they have been successful. The RPA are still aiming for the majority of payments to be made by 31st December and will contact anyone who will not receive payment until after the end of January.


Exchange Rate for BPS Payments Set


The Euro exchange rate to be applied to convert euros to sterling for the purpose of the Basic Payment Scheme 2015 payments has been set.

It is the average of the European Central Bank exchange rates set throughout September 2015.  It was announced on the 30th September that it will be €1 = £73129.  This is the lowest rate since SPS 2007 when €1 = £0.69680.


Official Opening of the Livery Companies New Hall

Julian Sayers met HRH The Princess Royal in his capacity as Chairman of Farmers & Flectchers Hall Limited at the official opening of the Livery Companies new Hall following the £1.6 million refurbishment programme.

Her Royal Highness, a former Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers, kindly conducted the proceedings and was delighted with the new facilities which the refurbished Hall provides.

Adkin Wedding

We would like to congratulate Julian on his marriage to Dee on the 11th September.  It was a beautiful Autumn day and we wish them both all the best for the future.

Julian Dee Wedding (2)