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.

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).
Walker Farrimond Citroen, NelsonCitroen

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.

Follow Us:

Walker Farrimond on Facebook

Walker Farrimond on Twitter

Walker Farrimond Website


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 => http://bit.ly/1JcRtmg 

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 www.hivebusinessawards.co.uk.

Good Luck Everyone!