Automatic Enrolment Workplace Pensions Reform

Automatic Enrolment

By: Paul Warren

Workplace Pensions Reform – Will You Be Ready?

Following the seminar delivered by Taylor Patterson on Thursday 3 April, we are delighted to attach the link to their presentation:

Auto Enrolment Presentation – 3 April 2014

The main message of the morning was: Act Now

From our own in-house experience we can tell you with certainty that the whole process of preparing for Auto Enrolment is far more complex and time consuming than you might imagine.

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Our Payroll Team and IT Team are, as always, available to help and further information can be gleaned from:

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Automatic enrolment

Find out your staging date

Create your plan

Nominate a contact

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What is automatic enrolment

UK employers have to automatically enrol their staff into a workplace pension if they meet certain criteria. The law on workplace pensions has now changed and every employer must comply.

Getting ready for automatic enrolment

Start planning for automatic enrolment today by finding out the staging date for your company.

Implementing automatic enrolment

What you need to do to automatically enrol your staff into a good quality pension scheme.

Running your pension scheme

Guidance and resources to help employers understand their role in running a good quality pension scheme.

As always, please do not hesitate to contact us for further guidance and support.

You can count on us.


LBV Red Rose Awards & Springhill Care

LBV Red Rose Awards 2014 & Springhill Care Group Limited

By:  Paul Warren

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For the second successive year I had the pleasure of attending the awards ceremony at the Winter Gardens Blackpool on Thursday 13 March,  this time as a guest of the Springhill Care Group Limited who had been nominated for four awards across different categories.

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The Springhill Care Group Limited were award winners in the Health and Care sector and in the Customer Service sector and many congratulations go to them and their team for their success and commitment.

All the nominated and shortlisted businesses should be congratulated on showcasing the best of Lancashire business which, after 40 years serving the business community in a professional capacity, never ceases to amaze me in terms of the depth and quality of what is available in the area.

We should indeed as a business community take pride in what we regularly achieve where our businesses consistently punch above their weight and can match what many city businesses can sometimes only dream of.

Credit should be given to the organisers and sponsors for bringing together such talent and quality and the opportunity to network and enjoy the success of business in our community.

Well done to everyone connected with and participating in the Red Rose Awards.

Paul Warren

Managing Director

Pierce Group Limited

14 March 2014

Press Release: Ben Smith promotion to Associate Director

The directors are delighted to announce that with effect from 1 October 2013 Ben Smith will be promoted to Associate Director of Pierce C A Ltd.


Ben Smith promotion to Associate Director

Ben joined Pierce in July 2005 and trained with the firm before qualifying in July 2008.  A short spell working in industry during 2010 then followed before he re-joined the firm in February 2011.  Since returning Ben has managed a number of client relationships alongside our Chairman, Graham Boyes and has developed a niche expertise in Research & Development and Patent Box tax planning opportunities.

Ben already runs a successful networking breakfast group to build relationships and over the coming months, following his promotion, Ben will develop his own client portfolio and take responsibility for a number of existing client relationships that he is already supporting.

Additionally Ben will continue to develop his role within the firm and continue to work closely with Graham Boyes who in time will hand over a number of relationships to continue the firm’s succession.

Graham Boyes, Chairman of Pierce Group Ltd describes Ben as ” a highly capable enthusiastic young man and without doubt one of the best that I have worked closely with during my time at Pierce and who has the skills and abilities to become a leading regional business adviser. We are delighted with his promotion alongside our existing team of Associate Directors and Directors adding strength to our growing team”.

Any enquiries in relation to this press release to Paul Warren, Managing Director of Pierce Group Ltd



The Pierce App

The PIERCE App is available to you today on iPhones and iPads  on iTunes and on Android phones and devices and is completely free of charge to download.

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Pierce is a leading, proactive firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers. As a firm we are always looking for ways we can improve the service that we offer companies and individuals across the North West and that’s why we took the decision to launch our very own App.

So the next time you need to look up a tax rate or work out a VAT calculation, our new App will help.

The PIERCE App provides you with up to date important accountancy and tax data at your fingertips.

Having access to the PIERCE App keeps Pierce with you on every step of your business journey, in or out of the office.  Using the PIERCE App give you immediate access to:

  • Numerous calculators covering a wide range of business and personal needs
  • Tax tables for Income Tax, Corporation Tax, CGT, VAT, National Insurance and other similar useful tax tables
  • Key tax dates affecting businesses and individuals so you can see each month what deadlines are looming for you and your business
  • News and Blog updates from Pierce
  • Services and team members with contact details and background information
  • A mileage calculator working with GPS to record your business journey
  • A receipt manager for recording business and personal expenses which can then be forwarded by e-mail
  • The ability to make a payment from your telephone or mobile device
  • Access to your own business and personal information on your own secure client portal accessible via Pierce Online (coming soon) to keep you in contact with Pierce and giving you the potential to access out of hours your accounts, tax returns and other data.
  • A direct link to our website

Our PIERCE App is another step forward in keeping in touch with you and your business, making life easier for those on the move with 24/7 information at your fingertips when you need it.

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Paul Warren

Managing Director