ONE of the North's largest rural land agencies has re-branded itself from today.

H&H Land and Property has become H&H Land & Estates with nine offices, including Durham and Penrith, 65 employees and dozens of services for property and landowners across the North of England and Scottish Borders.

Colin Tomlinson, managing director, said: "Choosing to rebrand is never a decision made lightly but we are responding to the increasing complexity of the land and property sector, the changing face of land agency work, and the increasing diversity of customer requirements.

"A farming or rural business may wish to develop environmental schemes, may need advice on farm diversification, or succession planning. It may be considering grant applications, renewable opportunities or utility claims. An owner may have land to let, may be looking for a tenant, or may have a cottage to let. The list is long and never has it been more important that as rural agents we ensure that we provide the appropriate platform of support."

The company's head office remains at Borderway, Carlisle.