Dalduff Farm.

Our Work - Dalduff Farm.

2019 was a year of celebration for The Ayrshire Wedding Barn and Farm Shop at Dalduff.


Richard McNeilly

Case Study - Dalduff Farm

From its beginnings as a family dairy farm, to traditional butchery, shop and latterly an in-demand wedding venue, the farm and McFadzean family have continually adapted to meet the times.

Not only did its founders celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary, the farm also reached the milestone of 50 years in business.

With William Duncan + Co as part of their team, we have been able to ensure they are equipped with the right services, up to date financial information and technology, enabling them to stay ahead of the curve and make the most of future business opportunities as they arise.

Having a keen eye for emerging trends is something that the McFadzean family have excelled at. A unique idea at the time, the original shop opened in the late 70’s supplying local restaurants and hotels with their own produce. Business grew rapidly but come the turn of the millennium increased competition from supermarkets and a change in consumer habits meant the family had to move quickly to diversify the business.

James successfully secured grant funding to for a new commercial unit to replace the traditional farmhouse kitchen, allowing the business to supply pies and produce on a larger scale to multiple garden centres, farmers markets and specialist delis. Realising more was required to secure the future of the business, James’s enthusiasm convinced the bank that there was a growing appetite for countryside events, and by making the most of the farm’s assets they could be a successful wedding venue. Buying in to this very ideal, the bank agreed the funding to refurbish the barn to host parties, pop up restaurants and weddings from 2008. With social media posts going viral, wedding bookings increased rapidly from 4 to 60-65 per year.

The Dalduff Wedding Barn has been a diversification success story alongside the existing farm and shop operations. Having an accountant on board who shared James’s enthusiasm and passion for evolving the business was important to him. Since outgrowing his former accountant, his experience with William Duncan + Co has been straightforward, enjoyable and rewarding. Access to the right expertise and advice has enabled James to learn more about his business each year he has worked with us. Transitioning to Xero has been a major factor in this, giving him up to date financials and ensuring he is in a good position should he wish to make the most of funding opportunities to expand the business further.