Tom Wilkinson Associate Director

Promotion of Tom Wilkinson to Associate Director

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Tom Wilkinson – Associate Director – Truly a Rising Star

We are delighted to announce the promotion of Tom Wilkinson to Associate Director from 1st November.

Tom joined Pierce as a trainee in 2006 becoming a fully qualified chartered accountant in 2011 at the age of just 23.

Tom has twice been nominated for the prestigious North West Society of Chartered Accountants Accountancy Rising Star Award.

Having worked principally with Mark Maden-Wilkinson managing a number of clients as well as having a sub-portfolio of his own, Tom has now developed his role adding his specialist knowledge of Research and Development tax claims.

Tom works in all areas of general practice from compliance work such as audit and accounts to more ad hoc project work such as business plans, re-organisations and MBO’s.

Tom truly is one of our ‘Rising Stars’, having reached Associate Directorship at the age of 27.

Well done Tom.

Client Testimonials

From David Baxendale at Promedics Orthapaedic Limited

Tom Wilkinson from Pierce proactively found and recommended corporation tax savings for our company that resulted in a 2 year corporation tax refund. He worked under his own initiative and ensured that HMRC agreed with his calculations. Tom’s drive and professionalism was first class and we would highly recommend his and Pierce’s services.”

From Richard Mottram at Hills Panel Products Limited

Pierce compiled an extremely detailed and comprehensive Research and Development Tax claim on the company’s behalf which lead to a significant corporation tax saving.

The report and associated computations were a significant improvement from our previous R&D tax advisers and was also undertaken in a very timely manner”

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise


50th anniversary: 1966 – 2015

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Magazine


When The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise were established in 1965, I could not have imagined how much they would grow in strength and reputation over the next 50 years. Read More

Why should I apply?


The closing date for entries is 30 September 2015 so start your application today by visiting GOV.UK


The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards, driving growth and innovation, and promoting exports. They recognise outstanding achievements by UK companies and could get your businesses noticed, above and beyond the competition.

The Awards have been operating in various forms since 1966, developing over the years into the current format comprising three categories of Award for companies and one for individuals.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are awarded to businesses for outstanding achievement in International Trade, Innovation and Sustainable Development.

The Award for Enterprise Promotion (QAEP) is given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to promoting and enhancing enterprise among UK entrepreneurs and companies.


A corporate Award is valid for five years.

Successful organisations may fly the Queen’s Award flag at their principal premises and are entitled to use the Emblem on their stationery, advertising and goods. Commemorative articles can be given to employees.

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Winning businesses have already enjoyed immediate and long-term benefits from the respected Royal endorsement such as worldwide recognition, increased commercial value, greater press coverage and a boost to staff morale.


The closing date for entries is 30 September 2015 so start your application today by visiting GOV.UK

For tips and advice on completing your entry, take a look at this YouTube video.  It will only take a couple of minutes


What are you waiting for?


The benefits of entering the Queen‘s Award

The reasons for companies to enter for a Queen’s Award are as many as there are companies – each has their own specific purposes in doing so and the great majority of them benefit from their success.

Even those companies who do not achieve a win on their first attempt can find it a valuable experience, giving them targets to achieve and an additional focus for which to optimise their efforts in becoming one of the best UK companies in their field.





Hive Awards – Winners Gallery

The Hive Awards – Winners Gallery

From:  David Sharpe

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As proud sponsors of the The Hive Awards, Manufacturing Excellence Award, we are delighted to display the Hive Business Awards Winners Gallery. Our congratulations to the winners and thanks to all who entered.

The Manufacturing Excellence Award



2015 winners

The Bright Spark Award


The Eureka Award


The Enterprise in Education Award


The Creative Agency Award


The High Growth Award


The International Achievement Award


The Investing in the Future Award


The Newcomer Award


The Young Entrepreneur Award


The Arte et Labore Award

Winner – Andrew Graham


The Hive Chairman’s Award

Winner – Accrol Papers


Walker Farrimond Testimonal

Walker Farrimond Testimonial

Congratulations to Walker Farrimond on becoming the National Excellence Champion – Dealer of the Year and many thanks for their kind words in their testimonial below. From: Lisa Kennery and her team

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I would like to express how happy I am with the level of professionalism of Lisa Kennery and her team with the work carried out on auto-enrolment pensions.


I was very concerned about the extra time and administration that auto-enrolment required but by opting to take the premium level of service provided by Pierce this headache has been removed.

It is a pleasure to be associated with Pierce and we have been a client for over 17 years.

Ian Farrington

(Company Secretary of Walker Farrimond Ltd).
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National Excellence Champion 2014

We recently attended Citroen’s National Excellence Awards 2014 and we were honoured to be awarded National Excellence Champion 2014.

This award is presented by Citroen UK to the dealer rated by their customers for providing consistently high levels of service in all areas.

We would like to thank all of our customers for your positive feedback which is invaluable in helping us be the best we can.

This award motivates us to continually improve our high standards and we hope you can be a part of our journey in 2015.

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Walker Farrimond on Facebook

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DES Electrical


DES Electrical

by: Tom Wilkinson


On Thursday evening I attended the Grafters North West Construction awards with DES Electrical Contractors UK Ltd.
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The company won its nominated category of Best Electrical Contractor, a great achievement up against some big hitters!!

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This is yet another fantastic achievement for DES, building on its awards success last year at the Wilmott Dixon Construction Awards.  I work closely with DES on a day to day basis and have seen first-hand the hard work and dedication of its staff to deliver an award-winning, blue chip service to its customers.  Congratulations to all concerned.


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Bill Dugdale (Chairman), Tom Wilkinson and Sean Egan

DES Services

Contracting & Installation

DES have extensive experience completing commercial, private and public sector projects across the UK. They guarantee their customers state-of-the-art service and have capabilities and services to cover all aspects of electrical work including new construction, renovations, engineering and building maintenance.

Their understanding of the design and construction process and ability to bring relevant technical experience to a project gives DES the capacity to deliver cost-effective projects that meet client requirements on time and within budget. Over the years they have built up a talented and committed workforce, who ensure that each contract is efficiently carried out to the highest standard.

Congratulations to DES from Tom Wilkinson and all the team at Pierce

Update Pierce Sponsor for Business Awards 2015

UPDATE – Pierce Sponsor for Business Awards 2015

We are delighted that we are sponsors of the #hive15 Manufacturing Excellence Award – Enter here => 

The Hive Blackburn & Darwen Business Awards 2015

By: David Sharpe




Welcome to The Hive Blackburn & Darwen Business Awards

It’s time to celebrate the very best of business in the borough! The Hive business leaders network is pleased to announce that the inaugural Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards is now open to businesses, organisations and individuals based in Blackburn and Darwen. Get your entry in before March 9, 2015 and you could be named as a Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards winner at the magnificent Blackburn Cathedral on April 30, 2015.

The categories below are now open for entry – for full details on each category click here!

For businesses and organisations:

For individuals:

Also presented on the night
(nominated by judging panel):

  • The Hive Chairman’s Award
  • The Arte et Labore Award


Deadline for entries: Monday March 9, 2015


Awards Ceremony – Blackburn Cathedral – Thursday April 30 2015

The 2015 Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards has been officially launched in association with Blackburn College and Capita with the aim of celebrating the best of business in the Borough.

The black tie event will take place on Thursday April 30 at Blackburn Cathedral with entries now open for businesses across the Borough. Entries for all categories close on March 9.

Khalid Saifullah, chairman of the Hive Network and Director of local manufacturing firm Star Tissue UK, said: “The Hive business leaders network is pleased to announce that the inaugural Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards is now open to businesses, organisations and individuals based in Blackburn and Darwen.

“It’s a great chance for all businesses in the Borough to shout about what they do and celebrate the extraordinary people working for them. We look forward to receiving entries and celebrating with everyone on the night.”

There are 12 awards in total; including the Hive Chairman’s Award and the Arte et Labore Award as well as the The Young Entrepreneur and The Bright Spark Award.

Other categories include; The Eureka Award, The Newcomer Award, The International Achievement Award, The High Growth Award, The Manufacturing Excellence Award, The Creative Agency Award, The Investing in the Future Award and The Enterprise in Education Award.

Coun Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, commented: “We have an abundance of great businesses and talented business people in the Borough and the Hive awards will give the perfect platform to celebrate and promote that fact.

“It promises to be an exciting night at the beautiful Blackburn Cathedral.”

Nicola Clayton, director of business development and external engagement at Blackburn College, said: “We are delighted to be co-headline sponsor of these awards.

“As a college we work closely with many local businesses and are constantly witness to their achievements and what they do for the Borough. This is a great chance for them to get deserved recognition for that.”

Lee Conroy, operations director at Capita, the other headline sponsor, added: “We are proud to sponsor the Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards.

“It’s a fantastic opportunity to develop closer relationships with local businesses and shout from the rooftops about the great things they are bringing to our local economy.”

Other sponsors include: Forbes Solicitors, Heritage Envelopes, Napthens Solicitors, Pierce Chartered Accountants, Precision Polymer Engineering (PPE), Ronset and Tauheedul Education Trust, with media partners including The Bee, Lancashire Business View and BBC Radio Lancashire.

Hive is a group of business leaders working together to inspire prosperity and is supported by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council.

More information about the Hive Blackburn with Darwen Business Awards and full details about each category and how to enter are available online at

Good Luck Everyone!

Dragons Den seeks Local Entrepreneurs

BBC Dragons Den Looking for Local Entrepreneurs


East Lancs Chamber of Commerce news 

Do you need cash for your business idea?

Dragons Den gives you the chance to pitch your business to five of the most successful and commercial brains in the UK.

If you are an entrepreneur, with a fantastic business idea or product, and looking for investment and ready to enter the Den then we want to hear from you.

Meet the Dragons

From the left: Duncan Bannatyne, Kelly Hoppen, Deborah Meaden, Piers Linney and Peter Jones are looking to invest their own cash in ideas pitched in the Den. Find out more about the multi-millionaire investors.

Apply to enter the Den

If you’ve got a great business idea to put to our venture capitalists, here’s where you can apply to take your place in the Den.

There are two ways to apply:

1. You can either fill in the online application form here, which gets directly to the Dragons’ Den production team.


2. If you experience problems with the online application form through your browser, you can download the form here (111KB) and either email or post it as directed in the download.

As part of normal selection process we may approach entrepreneurs, or they may apply direct. In each case all applications are processed in the same way. To be considered all candidates need to submit an application form and these are then subject to the same casting criteria. Final selection for participation in the programme will be decided on a number of factors including the strength of idea, a robust business plan and projected turnover.

Please note: Your information will be treated in the strictest confidence by the BBC and individual data will not be provided to any other party. For further information, please read the BBC’s privacy policy. Unfortunately, due to the high number of applicants, only those people who are shortlisted will be contacted. However, we do consider all applications carefully. All information provided is subject to and will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998, and will not be used for any purpose other than assessing applicants to take part in the named BBC programme. We regret that BBC members of staff and their immediate families are not eligible to apply. All applicants must be aged 18 or over.

Video Interview with Peter Street

With thanks to The Telegraph and to Rachel Bridge please find Video Interview of Peter Street of The Cardboard Box Company :

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Festival of Business Network Brought to you by Rachel Bridge, Festival of Business editor
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Welcome to the Telegraph’s Festival of Business newsletter – the place for conversation, discussion and debate about everything SME.We are delighted to announce the six businesses which have been chosen as finalists for The Telegraph’s Festival of Business SME of the Year competition. They are: The Cardboard Box Company, Quiet Mark, Wishtrac, Affordable Art Fair, Bactest and Stockton Drilling.You can read a profile and watch a video of the first finalist, Peter Street of The Cardboard Box Company, by clicking here.The overall winner will be announced at The Telegraph Festival of Business which is being held in London on Tuesday 11th November. Attendance at the festival is free for qualifying delegates but you do need to register for place. You can do this by going to and clicking on the registration panel.


The Festival of Business programme has been specially designed for senior executives in UK companies with an annual turnover between £5m and £250m.


Please do feel to get in touch anytime with comments, thoughts and suggestions. You can email me on

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64 energy Ltd win Eco & Green Deal Award

ECO & Green Deal National Installers of the year!

Our Congratulations to:


64 energy LTD are the winners of the:

ECO & Green Deal National Installers of the year!  sponsored by the BBA.

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Bill Somerville looks after the 64 energy Network of ECO & GD accredited installers who deliver installations under successful carbon schemes that are managed and delivered to the utility Companies.

It’s also fantastic news for the Installation Division who install all eco measure and where needed support their network, helping to deliver any short fall if needed or where contractors need help working against strict timelines.

All of the above is a credit to everyone involved from installers to the back office team who help with the compliance and technical support to ensure everything that is delivered meets with the compliance required.

The Green Deal

The Green Deal is a new Government initiative to tackle climate change and reduce the UK’s carbon emissions. The scheme will revolutionise the energy efficiency of homes and businesses across the UK and put in place long-term solutions that will aid towards a sustainable future for the entire community.

So how does this innovative scheme work? The Green Deal allows property owners, landlords and tenants to finance a range of measures and improvements to make their property more energy efficient, with no up-front cost. The savings made on the property’s energy bills will then cover the repayments for the work carried out.

The Green Deal Assessment is the first and most crucial step in the Green Deal process. The assessment process will take in to account a number of factors to determine the current energy performance of your property and will give you all the impartial information you need to make an informed decision as to whether or not the Green Deal suits you. Your 64 Energy Green Deal Assessor will then put together a bespoke Green Deal Plan for your property, which outlines the suggested measures that should be installed to help you save money.

Once the installation process is complete, you will begin to pay back the cost of the measures financed by the Green Deal through your normal energy bill payments.

The 64 energy scheme currently delivers all works under ECO & GD, should any installers be looking for funding or support in GD plans 64 energy Ltd would  be happy to help.

Please contact Bill Somerville –

64 Energy LTD   
St Georges Park. Kirkham, Preston, PR4 2DZ
Tel:  01772 682 297    Email:

Congratulations to DES Electrical

From: Mark Maden-Wilkinson and Tom Wilkinson

Congratulations to DES Electrical

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Fantastic news Bill, a great team effort, as you say:

Some firms want it to happen

Some firms wish it would happen

DES make it happen!


Once again DES Electrical Contractors sweep the board in awards at the Willmott Dixon supply chain annual conference .

Bill Dugdale

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Nominated in 9 out of 10 categories, runner up in 1 and winner in 4

I am a very proud man.

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These awards are testament to what DES is all about.

The dedication that each and every one of our work force, staff and supply chain put in to every project is measured and recognised by our peers .

We can all be justly proud of our achievements over the last year.

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Due to everyone’s hard work we have won Best Subcontractor of the year 2 years in a row.  This is no mean achievement and we can all stand very proud today.

Thanks from Bill to his team

For the very first time an award was made for the  Best Site Manager of the Year. A massive well done to Brian Powell for winning this justly deserved award which he has earned.

Each and every one of us can be proud of the recognition we were given last night because each and every one of us has earned the right through our hard work and can-do attitude.

Once again a big thank you for your hard work, dedication and support of me personally .

It will never be forgotten.