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.

Pierce’s payroll manager shortlisted as biggest influencer

Pierce is celebrating after their payroll manager, Lisa Kennery has been shortlisted for a prestigious industry award.

Lisa has made the final eight for the biggest influencer category at the Chartered Institute of Payroll Professionals Annual Excellence Awards.

Lisa was nominated by Pierce’s payroll assistant manager Philip Johnson, after receiving unrivalled support from Lisa during his career at Pierce.

Philip said: “Lisa has not only played a key role in enhancing my knowledge needed for my professional qualifications but also in gaining the softer skills needed to develop my career. Since being at Pierce I have worked my way up from being an apprentice to assistant manager which is all thanks to the support, guidance and encouragement from Lisa.”

Lisa added: “It was such a shock to find out that I have been shortlisted for this award. It’s a great achievement and I’m thrilled that Phil nominated me.”

The 2018 Annual Excellence Awards will be taking place in Birmingham on Thursday October 11.

Pierce employees take on three peaks

Fourteen employees from Pierce have started training ahead of their Yorkshire three peak challenge this summer to raise money for local homeless charity Nightsafe.

Lewis Withnell, Elizabeth Stebbings, Charles Hopkinson, Lisa Kennery, Fred Green, Daniel Burrows, John Corteen, Philip Johnson, David Barker, Gary Speak, Paul Moulding, Thomas Brassey, Scott Hughes and Katie Nicholson-Taylor have joined forces to raise money for charity.

The team will face Pen-y-Ghent at 694 metres tall, followed by Whernside at 736 metres then climb 723 metres up Ingleborough.

Lisa Kennery, payroll manager at Pierce, said: “Last year a group of employees did Tough Mudder and this year we have chosen to do the Yorkshire three peak challenge.

“It is a great team-building activity and will be very worthwhile as we hope to raise lots of money for our chosen local charity, Nightsafe. All team members have shown their dedication to the challenge and everyone at Pierce is right behind the team.

“Nightsafe is based locally to our office in Blackburn and helps support homeless young people aged 16-24 through its day centre, night shelter and supported housing projects. A donation of just £2.00 would provide a young person with their breakfast and £25.00 would pay for a night in the night shelter, so every donation would make a huge difference to a young person.”

Please follow the link to donate https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/pierceaccountants 

 

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/.

They’re hired! Starters join Pierce

Leading Lancashire-based chartered accountancy and business advisory group, Pierce has added three new members of staff to its team.

Janet Moorhouse, Waqas UrRehman and Adam Zinga join the firm as payroll administrator, semi-senior accountant and accounts assistant respectively.

Thanks to a mix of new client wins and increased business activity, Pierce is performing well and has appointed the trio as part of an ongoing recruitment drive.

John Green, chairman, Pierce said: “With a growing portfolio of accountancy and payroll clients plus a busy pipeline of deals, acquisitions and disposals – Pierce is entering 2018 with a lot of momentum.

“This is fuelling a need to attract bright new staff members, so we’re delighted to welcome Janet, Waqas and Adam to the team. They’re all passionate individuals with a talent for client service so I look forward to working with them at Pierce.”

Pierce specialises in business advice, tax, accounts, auditing, payroll and offers wealth advisory services with chartered financial planner Marcus Pilkington on hand to provide advice to clients.

John continues: “At Pierce our aim is to help clients solve their challenges by delivering a broad range of services underpinned by deep expertise. This absolutely depends on attracting and retaining the very best people.

“Speaking to business owners in our network, the appetite for investment and deals is on the rise in 2018, so we’re keen to gear up for a busy year by increasing our capacity and boosting our knowledge base.”

John concludes: “We would encourage newly and recently qualified accountants and all professionals looking for an exciting career at a friendly firm or graduates looking for a quality training opportunity to get in touch via our website.”

“Recent exam successes, Charles Hopkinson and Fred Green are now fully fledged Chartered Accountants.  It is very rewarding for the whole firm when our home-grown talent makes it through this qualification.”

If you’re interested in a career in accountancy and business advisory, please visit http://www.pierce.co.uk/about/careers/.

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

 

Lancashire firms warned about the dangers of preparing for school holidays

As the excitement among children for the six-week summer holiday builds, the enthusiasm may not be shared by parents and employers who are frantically trying to work out the logistics for childcare.

According to research from Direct Line for Business the six-week summer holidays cost home businesses alone £658 million a year. The increase in leave requests creates an annual problem for companies of balancing a happy workforce with meeting the needs of the business.

Simon Diggle, Associate Director at Pierce Chartered Accountants provides his top tips to businesses to efficiently manage staff during the summer.

Length of leave

Employers can allow workers to have three weeks off at any one time, but they will need to ensure enough staff members are available to cover them. If there isn’t, they have the right to refuse the leave-but businesses need to ensure that they are consistent when approving holiday leave. To prevent any disgruntled employees, businesses should have a policy regarding when holidays can be taken and how many people can be off at any one time.

Refusing holiday requests

Although employees have a statutory right to annual leave, the company can dictate when it can be taken. Employers can set the times for when workers take their leave, most commonly at Christmas with some Lancashire businesses still operating a summer shut down. Employers can prevent people taking leave during busy periods.

When childcare arrangements fall through

Sometimes childcare arrangements break down, when they do, employers have a legal right to provide reasonable time off for dependants. This is normally unpaid and would expect to last between one or two days. Employers could suggest the use of annual leave or special leave which the company may allow with pay.

Flexible working

Parents of children aged 16 and under can request flexible working during the summer holidays. This can consist of part-time, flexi-time, compressed hours, staggered hours, working from home or term-time only working.

Employers are obliged to consider this and can only reject the application if there is a good business reason. A new work pattern needs to be agreed, once confirmed, it will permanently change the terms and conditions of the employment.

Does travel delay=pay?

During the busy summer period, travel delays do happen and there are no legal rights for employers to pay for any missed days. The result of this depends on your contract, some businesses may have contractual arrangements in place for this and provide discretionary pay for travel disruption.

Planning is key

Planning ahead during the summer months is the key to business success. If members of your accounts team are off, ensure that invoices are still processed on time to prevent payment delays as this could damage your reputation and credit rating. If the person in charge of payroll is away, organise for someone else to manage it in their absence to guarantee that staff members will be paid on time.

Pierce puts Lancashire mumpreneur in the driving seat with PLUSH business

Pierce chartered accountants has helped to put entrepreneur and working mum Susie Wilson in the driving seat of a new business manufacturing luxury leather car accessories for kids.

The Blackburn-based accountancy and business advisory group provided tax and trademarking advice enabling Susie to launch PLUSH, which designs bespoke children’s car seats for use in exclusive marques, including BMW, Porsche and Mercedes.

Pierce has worked with Susie for a number of years while she was financial director at DH Stainless in Accrington and the partnership continued when she established her own venture.

Based in Clitheroe, Lancashire, PLUSH was launched at The London Motor Show 2017 in May. The company is currently in discussions with BMW Germany, Porsche and a number of luxury car dealerships about becoming stockists.

Susie said: “I have a BMW Z4 and when I was looking for a car seat for my six-year-old daughter, I realised there were no seats to match the interior in my car. I’ve always been car mad and have an eye for fashion and design so when I discovered the gap in the market, the idea for PLUSH was born.

“I use Pierce for my accounts but they have provided me with so much more than that – they are a source of help and a voice of reason. I am a chartered accountant so I have good financial knowledge but Pierce were able to help me beyond my expertise with advice on tax and trademarking.”

Jane Smith, associate director at Pierce, said: “Susie is very entrepreneurial and Pierce is really proud to be supporting her exciting new business venture.

“Our work with PLUSH covers accounts, providing specialist tax advice and trademarking support. Our expert team has a wide range of skills, meaning we can help start-up companies and SMEs with every financial aspect of their business.

“We look forward to seeing the success of PLUSH unfold in the near future as it is such a unique enterprise.”

Photographic Competition Winners

The 2015 Winner

1st Place - Robert Patefield - James Alpe Ltd

First Place – Mr Robert Patefield, James Alpe Ltd, Reedy Grass in Water.

We are delighted to present the winners and finalists of our 2015 Photographic Competition.

As always the standard was stunningly high and the judges had a very difficult time in choosing the final three winners.

The subject this year was Nature (close up).

Nicola Draper - East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce

Second Place – Nicola Draper, East Lancs Chamber, Crab, Up Close and Personal.

Robert Singleton - 2015

Third Place – Robert Singleton, Southern Hawk Dragonfly

The Judges

We would like to thank our judges:

Mr David Haslam of NatWest

Mr John Everiss of John Everiss Design Limited

Mr Keith Miller

The Finalists

Please find attached a gallery of all the finalists. We thank them for a superb effort and a very high standard, we know that you will enjoy their images.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

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50th anniversary: 1966 – 2015

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise Magazine

 

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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
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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.

 

 

 

 

Dragons Den seeks Local Entrepreneurs

BBC Dragons Den Looking for Local Entrepreneurs

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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.

or

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.