Pierce makes two new hires

Leading Lancashire-based accountancy and business advisory group, Pierce has appointed two new recruits to strengthen the business.

Charlotte Haining and Paige Mason have joined the Blackburn based firm as Audit and Accounts Senior and Online Services Advisor respectively.

Charlotte, who has over eight-years’ experience in accountancy, started her career straight from sixth form college when she went into a trainee accountancy position.

Before joining Pierce, Charlotte was a Management Accountant at Euro Garages, prior to that she worked and trained as a Chartered Accountant at a Top 100 firm.

Charlotte said: “I’m delighted to join Pierce as they have got an excellent local reputation. I got such a good feel for the company at interview stage as everyone was so down to earth and friendly. My colleagues have been really helpful and have made me feel very welcome.

“I’m really looking forward to working with clients to prepare their statutory accounts and carry out audits on local businesses.”

Paige has just started her career in accountancy, prior to this, she worked at her family business in the plastic trade, which is a client of Pierce. She is currently studying for her AAT Level 4 in accountancy alongside her new role.

Paige said: “I wanted to be working in a full-time role to support my accountancy studies at night school. As Pierce are my family’s accountants, I knew it was a well-established firm and everyone I had every met from the business was really friendly, so when the job came up, I knew it was a great opportunity.

“As part of my role in the online services department, I assist clients with the help of accounting software, an area that has grown due to Making Tax Digital, as well as preparing accounts and VAT returns.”

Lisa Kennery, Director at Pierce said: “We are thrilled to welcome Charlotte and Paige to the Pierce team. Both will play a crucial part in the business and will help support our continued growth.

“Their experience, professional attitude and commitment to the role will make them both a great asset to our team.”

Pierce has 60 employees who cover all areas of running a business, including business development, corporate finance, forensic support, corporate and personal taxation services including wealth management and of course audit and accountancy services. We also provide a range of management and outsourcing services including firm secretarial, IT & software training, marketing, payroll and HR.

Local business catering for global and celebrity clients celebrates milestone

A Lancashire firm which supplies clients worldwide, including celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, with bespoke mobile catering systems, is celebrating over 40 years in business.

Darwen based Wilkinson Mobile Catering Systems has manufactured catering trailers and mobile vans for more than 3,000 customers since the business was established in 1978.

Its experienced and skilled manufacturing team, based at the head office in Darwen, builds trailers and converts a range of existing vehicles from Volkswagen camper vans to double decker buses into catering vehicles.

Their clients span the globe, reaching as far as Australia, and include iconic locations including Harrods, Manchester City FC and celebrity chef Jamie Oliver who used a converted mobile van created by the company in his Food Tube videos.

The family business has been supported by local accountancy firm Pierce for the past couple of years, who have helped the company manage multiple changes to payroll.

Angela Rawson, Financial Director at Wilkinson Mobile Catering Systems, said: “There have been lots of changes with PAYE and pensions in recent years. Pierce have taken the headache of that away from us and have seamlessly implemented those changes to the business.

“Pierce have a really skilled and friendly team, and they do all the gritty accountancy work for us, which we don’t have the skills for in-house including year-end accounts, management accounts, VAT returns as well as payroll and pension support.

“We’re so proud of our Lancashire roots, so having a local accountancy firm was crucial to us.”

Simon Diggle, Director at Pierce said: “It’s been a pleasure working with Angela and the team and supporting them as they go into their 40th year of business.

“Wilkinson Mobile Catering Systems is a very successful, innovative and high-quality business and we’re really proud to be working with a firm based in the heart of Lancashire who are working with clients on a global scale.”