Full steam ahead for Pierce

A traditional coach painting company, which has helped restore historic steam trains such as the Flying Scotsman, is working with Lancashire accountants Pierce on its growth plans.

Heritage Painting, based in Blackburn, was founded in 2011 by ex-RAF officer Ian Hewitt, a former volunteer with the East Lancashire Railway.

Over the last 12 months the business has expanded by hiring two more staff.

Mr Hewitt is looking at developing the business to include other heritage vehicles such as traction engines and rolling stock and wants to further boost the team with the appointment of an apprentice through the Heritage Skills Initiative.

Heritage Painting has appointed the Blackburn business advisory and accountancy group Pierce as its advisers, supplying a range of tax and business advice.

Mark Walmsley, associate director at Pierce, added:

“In its first year of business Heritage Painting has worked on several major projects and taken on expert staff, making a real name for itself in a genuinely specialist market.”