Category Archives: Run My Business

VIDEO: Welcoming Our New Run My Business Partner, Andrew Cowking

We are very pleased to announce the recent appointment of Andrew Cowking (Run My Business Partner). Andrew will be bringing his many years of experience advising SMEs and family owned businesses to help grow our Run My Business service.

As well as conventional accountancy services, Run My Business offers all-inclusive, menu driven and fixed fee service that covers bookkeeping, accounts, payroll, VAT and tax returns.

Andrew said of his new role: ‘I’m really excited about joining the firm as I feel it is the right fit for my clients and my own way of working. The firm also boasts a high level of expertise and a culture that is firmly focussed on delivering a first class client service.”

Jackie Fisher, head of Run My Business, added: “Andrew’s appointment is a great addition to the team as he brings with him years of experience and knowledge. The last 12 months have seen Run My Business grow month on month so I’m sure he will help to further expand our client base across the North West and beyond.”

In the video below, Andrew talks about his role at PM+M:

Jackie Fisher achieves a fantastic feat of endurance

Jackie & Her Team

Jackie & Her Team

This weekend Jackie Fisher Run My Business Partner at PM+M, successfully completed a charity climb to the top of Ben Nevis. Jackie took on this challenge with her husband Rob, her son Scott as well as some friends, all in aid of the ABF The Soldier’s Charity. So far, they have raised over £1,400.

The ABF Soldiers Charity provides a lifetime of support to serving and retired soldiers and their families. The local office in Preston provided Jackie’s team with t-shirts for the climb and a flag which was proudly held up at the top of Ben Nevis.

Jackie said “We are delighted to reach the summit and the climb was most certainly a challenge. However, raising money for a charity that we believe in so passionately was our inspiration and that really helped us to get to the top.”

If you still wish to donate to this fantastic charity, it’s not too late! Donations no matter how big or small can be made via their Just Giving page: http://ow.ly/CMnoq

Jackie near the summit

Jackie approaching the summit

The team near the start

The team at the beginning of the climb

6 Key Tips to Reduce your Business Growing Pains

On 15th May PM+M hosted a joint seminar with the East Lancs Chamber of Commerce and Taylors Solicitors entitled ‘Growing Pains’.  The seminar was held at the Chamber premises at Red Rose Court in Accrington.

With 6 speakers in total there was a lot to get through in the allotted time and it was a great turnout with over 35 attendees.

The team - Growing Pains

The presenting team L-R Emma Swan, Darren Grantham, Helen Binns, Colin Emmett, Julie Mason, Antony Keen, Jackie Fisher

Darren Grantham from the Chamber started the proceedings with a quick summary of the work that the Chamber do and played a brief video.

I then took to the floor to talk through the journey of Spencer and Mark who own a growing business.  The story highlighted the dangers of insufficient planning and it gave some indicators of the best way to move forward and succeed with a growing business.  The importance of producing management information was emphasised and Helen Binns demonstrated some practical examples of financial ratios.

Spencer and Mark’s journey was then picked up by my colleague, Colin Emmett, PM+M’s director of IT who gave a detailed critique on choosing the best IT system and whether or not the Cloud is the way forward vs the traditional desktop approach to IT.

After a quick coffee break Julie Mason, PM+M’s payroll bureau manager gave an update as to all matters payroll.  Julie discussed the new RTI system and how firms who have been using the system for some time have been affected.  It sounds like HMRC have been experiencing some teething problems as well!

Following on from Julie, Antony Keen from PM+M Wealth Management highlighted recent developments in auto enrolment including some horror stories of the fines already being levied for non compliance.

AK - Growing Pains

PM+M’s Antony Keen covers auto enrolment

Last but certainly not least was Emma Swan, employment partner at Taylors Solicitors who gave a very engaging insight into the many pitfalls of HR.  Concentrating on contracts of employment and the dangers of not having the correct procedures in place, Emma expanded onto the consequences of this, outlining the potential costs involved with an employment tribunal.

6 Key things to take away from the seminar were:

  • It’s never too early to plan
  • Speak to the experts
  • Find an IT system that suits your requirements
  • Make sure everything is in place for RTI
  • Planning for auto enrolment should commence 12 months before your staging date
  • Contracts, contracts, contracts!

Hope you find these tips helpful and if you want any further advice drop me an email Jackie.fisher@pmm.co.uk or call me on 01254 604359.

Jackie Fisher – Run My Business Partner