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Nov 15, 2017

The Corporate Finance team at PM+M - the Blackburn based chartered accountancy, business advisory and wealth management group - along with Forbes Solicitors’ Corporate team, have acted for the Bury-based heat treatment arm of WHT Holdings Limited in its acquisition of Metaltech Limited.

Nov 26, 2013

It is a common question from many growth-oriented, entrepreneurial SMEs: “How can I improve my sales to prime manufacturers such as BAE and Rolls Royce.” Whether you are Tier 1 or lower down the supply chain, the answer is likely to be similar.

Sep 11, 2013
After the initial joy of getting A level grades and their place at university, you then need to work out how best to pay for your child’s further education.

Feb 7, 2013

This is a question we are asked many times during our work with owner-managed and family businesses. “We are all friends and family and we get on famously. We don’t need a shareholders’ agreement because we are never going to fall out. Why should we spend good money on legal fees for something we don’t need?”

Jan 24, 2013

Times are tough and every saving counts.  There are some extremely generous tax savings available for manufacturing and technology businesses, but many are still not aware of them or using them to best effect.

Jan 23, 2013

We often hear in the press about the demise of British manufacturing. We now lie 9th in the world league table of manufacturing output, behind France, South Korea and Brazil and we are dwarfed by Germany, Japan, USA and China.

Aug 17, 2012

Jim Akrill, PM+M’s family business specialist believes that even in  times of economic difficulty it is possible to kick start growth in your business  and make it more successful.

Aug 17, 2012

Parents attempting to reduce the tuition fee debt placed on their children face a new fight in September, as the £9,000 top level for university course charges is ushered in.

Jun 11, 2012

There is absolutely no doubt that the days of super high profit multiples driving business valuation, with strings of banks lining up to provide unsecured lending to MBO teams based on future expectations, are long gone. That is not to say they will never return, as history is littered with examples of disasters repeating themselves - despite the warnings.

Jun 11, 2012

If this Burmese proverb is right, why then do family businesses find it so difficult to survive the test of succeeding through the generations?

May 24, 2012
Let’s face it, in the current economic environment your business probably isn’t going to sell for as much as it might have done a few years ago. However, this does not stop you thinking about how to get best value in the future.

May 24, 2012
In many ways, family businesses are no different to any other business and much of the structure required to make a family business successful applies to every business.

May 24, 2012

Everyone needs a will – we all know that but not everyone does something about it!  Often delay occurs because issues that need to be addressed fall into the “too difficult” category – this is especially true of family businesses.

May 24, 2012

In the midst of the worst recession in most of our lifetimes, never was the phrase ‘survival of the fittest’ more appropriate.

Mar 21, 2012
On the face of it, today’s budget had a long-term outlook and was suggestive of a government dedicated to creating a business-friendly culture in the UK. Increased reductions in corporation tax, to 24%, the headline Loan Guarantee Scheme and the promised “major savings” in administration costs will all raise optimism in businesses across Lancashire.

Apr 21, 2011

Well-managed and executed payroll activities can provide you and your employees with financial peace-of-mind.

Apr 21, 2011

Retiring is a concern for everyone. Just last month the government announced plans to phase out the default retirement age of 65. However, with a little ingenuity, you can make certain you won’t work a day longer than you wish to.

Apr 21, 2011

With the Government considering an increase in National Insurance Contributions as one way to help ease national debt, there’s a fear that this could cost employers so much that it eventually costs jobs.