Awards success for Pierce

Accountancy firm Pierce is celebrating after its employees and clients achieved award success at Lancashire Business View’s Sub 36 awards and the BIBAs.

Payroll assistant Layton Smalley has been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Award at the Sub 36 awards. Layton, 19, recently completed his 18-month apprenticeship at the firm before being promoted to his current role.

Layton was nominated for playing a key role in the payroll team, providing vital administration support for the department, as well as assisting other team members with processing payroll and dealing with client queries.

Pierce’s client, English shoe company, LANX had a hattrick of shortlistings for

the New Business Award and the Innovator Award and Entrepreneur of the Year Award for its owner Marco Vaghetti.

Continuing the success, last week client Flavour Warehouse won two BIBAs after being named Manufacturer of the Year and Exporter of the Year.

Lisa Kennery, Payroll Manager at Pierce, said: “We’re delighted that Layton has been shortlisted for the Apprenticeship Award. He is so committed to his job and works really hard so he truly deserves the recognition.

“We’re really proud of our client’s achievements too, both LANX and Flavour Warehouse are really innovative businesses.”

The Sub 36 awards will be held on Thursday October 18 at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool.

For more information about Pierce, please visit www.pierce.co.uk or call 01254 688 100.

Hot summer results shine on glamping firm’s business forecast

Luxury glamping company Ribble Valley Glamping Ltd is celebrating a successful first year and a great start to the summer thanks to the hot weather and financial support from accountancy firm Pierce.

The family business, which trades as Wigwam® Holidays Ribble Valley, opened in October 2017 and has seen sales ramp up in the past two months with guests booking last minute spontaneous trips to enjoy the recent hot weather.

The franchise caught the eye of businessman John Brewer two years ago when he saw the glamping cabins at a trade show. Together with his wife Anne, daughter Jane McDonnell and her husband Martyn, the family have brought luxury en-suite glamping to Lancashire’s Ribble Valley.

The site currently has six cabins, with the directors looking for funding to invest in two more to meet the demand from holidaymakers wanting a getaway in the heart of Lancashire.

Company director Martyn said: “We’ve worked really hard to get this business up and running and have done most things ourselves from laying the groundworks to landscaping the site.

“The cabins are packed with amenities including two double beds, shower and toilet, fully fitted kitchen, TV and DVD player with outdoors table and chairs, firepit and BBQ set.

“The site also has an on-site shop that stocks most of the things that tend to be forgotten with a few treats like marshmallows. There is also a supply of fresh milk from a local milking parlour.

“Our business goal is to provide excellent customer service so our guests have a fantastic holiday and we’re delighted to have 5* ratings from Facebook and Google reviews.”

John, a long-standing client of Pierce for his portfolio of businesses, enlisted the accountancy firm to help with the new family venture.

Pierce has been advising the company on corporate structure, funding and VAT, and will help to run the firm’s payroll and maximise tax reliefs.

Mark Walmsley, associate director at Pierce, said: “We are delighted to help a long-established client with their new family venture. It is a brilliant business idea and who could resist staying in such stunning surrounds.

“The business has got off to a tremendous start and we look forward to working with the company as it continues to grow and becomes the go to place for holidaymakers in Lancashire.”

Pierce tells apprentice they’re hired

Lancashire-based accountancy and business advisory group, Pierce has promoted Layton Smalley to payroll assistant after completing his 18-month apprenticeship during National Apprenticeship Week.

Layton, 19, from Accrington completed his Business Administration qualification after working full-time in the payroll department since 2016.

Playing a key role in the department, Layton is responsible for the administration of the department, processing payrolls with the support of other team members and dealing with client queries.

Keen to continue his learning, Layton will now study for a Chartered Institute of Payroll Professions (CIPP) qualification to strengthen his skills further.

Layton said: “I would definitely recommend an apprenticeship to anyone looking to get into a career in payroll. You gain qualifications and work experience whilst getting your foot in the door of the industry.

“Everyone at Pierce has been so supportive and has provided me with a lot of advice and guidance. I’m not sure what my future career plans are, but I would like to develop my role and continue my learning here at Pierce.”

Lisa Kennery, Payroll Manager at Pierce, said: “Layton has worked so hard during his apprenticeship and his promotion is well deserved.

“It is very fitting that he completed his apprenticeship during National Apprenticeship Week. Layton has developed his core office skills enabling him to now concentrate and develop his technical payroll knowledge. Layton has a very bright career ahead of him and I can’t wait to see him continue to progress here at Pierce.”

If you’re interested in a career in accountancy and business advisory, Pierce is currently recruiting for various roles. To find out about the latest vacancies, please visit http://www.pierce.co.uk/about/careers/.

Pierce employees gain chartered status

Two employees from leading Lancashire-based accountancy and business advisory group, Pierce have become Chartered Accountants after gaining their ACA (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales) qualification.

Fred Green, who has followed in the footsteps of his father John, chairman of Pierce, and Charles Hopkinson, whose father is also an accountant and a client of Pierce, have completed the three-year accreditation after combining their work with studies.

The qualification means that Fred and Charles will take a more active role in the business managing client accounts as well as junior staff.

Fred said: “Becoming a qualified accountant provides great long-term job security as there will always be a demand for accountants and financial advisors.

“It does open the door to take on some additional responsibility. Ultimately, the sky is the limit in terms of what you can do with the qualification.

“Pierce have been incredibly supportive throughout my studies and have enabled me to create a strong work/life balance.”

Charles added: “Throughout my three years at Pierce, they have provided me with unlimited support and given me the opportunity to work on a variety of tasks and clients. As my colleagues understand the commitment required to gain the ACA they have allowed me the time that I needed to complete my exams.”

John Green, chairman at Pierce, said: “It is very rewarding to see both Fred and Charles become Chartered Accountants, the whole business is immensely proud of them. They are both home-grown talent and it is a well-deserved achievement.

“They are hard-working and talented individuals and will have a bright future ahead of them at Pierce.

“As a business, we are continually searching for graduates looking for a quality training opportunity as well as newly and recently qualified accountants and professionals looking for an exciting career at a friendly firm.”

If you’re interested in a career in accountancy and business advisory, Pierce is currently recruiting for various roles. To find out about the latest vacancies, please visit http://www.pierce.co.uk/about/careers/.

Trio of clients scoop Red Rose Awards

Pierce is celebrating after three clients scooped the top prizes at Lancashire Business View’s Red Rose Awards.

Wholesaler Albert Harrison & Co won Ecommerce Business Award, Bespoke Healthcare collected the Health and Care Business Award and Barnfield Construction was named the winner of a new category – the Lancashire Business View Award.

The results come after seven of Pierce’s clients were shortlisted for the prestigious Lancashire award ceremony held on March, 8 at Blackpool’s Winter Gardens.

Associate Director, Simon Diggle, who attended the awards said: “The Red Rose Awards 2018 was a fantastic event to celebrate the high level of talent we have here in Lancashire.

“Seeing seven of our clients being shortlisted and three clients winning awards made it an incredible evening for Pierce.

“Congratulations to everyone who was shortlisted and to all of the worthy winners on the night.”

Seven clients made finalists for Red Rose Awards

Pierce is celebrating after Seven of their clients have been shortlisted for the upcoming Red Rose Awards.

The finalists for the awards, run by Lancashire Business View, include:

  • Supalite Tiled Roof Systems – Construction Business Award
  • Albert Harrison & Co – Ecommerce Business Award
  • Sagar insurances – Financial Business Award & In-House Training Award
  • Bespoke Healthcare – Health and Care Business Award
  • Vision Techniques – Innovative Business Award
  • Barnfield Construction – Large Business Award and Construction Business Award
  • Smallbone Cars -Family business

John Green, Chairman of Pierce said: “It is fantastic to see so many of our clients shortlisted for the Red Rose Awards. The ceremony is one of the highlights of the Lancashire business calendar and brings together the most talented organisations from across the county.

“We will be supporting our clients and hoping for success on the night. Good luck!”

The winners will be announced at the glittering award ceremony held at the Winter Gardens, Blackpool on Thursday, March 8.