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Spotlight on Jane Parry, Managing Partner

Jane Parry WebsiteSince becoming managing partner of PM+M on 1 May this year, life has been busy.

I have been continuing to drive our growth plans and create a continual focus on clients and their experience of dealing with us.  As part of this, we have just started a programme of client service visits to ask how we are doing and what we could do better.

We’re always delighted to receive feedback, good or bad. Please feel free to contact me at any time.

We’ve added two new partners since 1 May – Helen Clayton in our Corporate Services team and Andrew Cowking in Run My Business.  Both of them are already adding fresh ideas and value to PM+M.  We also welcome aboard the clients who joined us with Andrew and look forward to meeting you soon.

This month our headcount has surpassed 80 people for the first time when we took on an apprentice in our Run My Business team.  We’re looking forward to seeing them grow alongside our other trainees to help better service our clients.

We’re looking forward to moving into our new Burnley office. The builders are in at the moment and we are hoping to be in our shiny new office by the end of October. The office will be larger than our current Burnley office, allowing us to expand our team and provide a greater focus on helping Burnley and East Lancashire businesses.

We’re delighted to welcome all new clients to PM+M and, in particular, we were very pleased to be reappointed as auditors and tax compliance advisers for Blackburn Rovers.

To contact me please email jane.parry@pmm.co.uk or call 01254 679131

PM+M Presents Cheque to Blackburn Youth Zone Following Christmas Fundraising Push

pm-m-and-byz-6577-artOn the 13 January, we presented Blackburn Youth Zone with a cheque for £770.00 after completing a series of charity initiatives in the run up to Christmas.

We staged various fundraising events in aid of the charity throughout December including a Christmas jumper day, a Christmas bake-off and a raffle.
 
Stephen Anderson, managing partner here at PM+M, and Jackie Fisher – partner in our Run My Business division – presented the cheque to Vicky Profit who is the events manager at Blackburn Youth Zone.
 
Blackburn Youth Zone is a state of the art youth club facility located in the heart of Blackburn. It aims to change the prospects offered to young people in the area. We are proud to have supported the charity since June 2012.
 
Stephen Anderson said: “Blackburn Youth Zone does an amazing job by partnering with young people and its contribution to the local community can’t be underestimated. We were delighted to present the cheque to Vicky and we hope it helps her team to carry on with its much needed work.” 

Vicky Profit commented: “PM+M’s ongoing support is much appreciatedWe always encourage our corporate partners to have fun in their fundraising activities and PM+M certainly embraces that approach! This latest donation will help us to drive forward and – more importantly – grow our projects in the local area.”

Improving Blackburn with Darwen by Skill and Hard Work

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On Tuesday 18th November, PM+M Corporate Services Partner David Gorton attended A Plan for Prosperity held at Accrol, which laid down Blackburn with Darwen’s plan for the next six years. With 27 priorities identified in total, over 100 attendees addressed issues including infrastructure and housing, business investment and innovation, employability, quality of life and image and marketing. Here’s what David had to say about the event:

“It was great to see a rational, achievable plan for improving Blackburn.

A legal requirement of auditors is being professionally sceptical and this comes very easily to me.  I am sceptical of bureaucracy (whether large corporate, central government or local government), I am sceptical of anyone self-important and I am particularly sceptical of pompous plans where bureaucracy combines with self-importance to generate bland nonsense.

I was sceptical of the launch of the Plan for Prosperity, an event co-hosted by the Blackburn with Darwen Local Strategic Partnership, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and the Hive business network.

Confounding my scepticism, it was an event produced by a lot of skill and hard work. It ran on time, it included focused and interesting business presentations and it briefly and impressively explained the background to and the key features of a competent plan for the borough’s future.

The plan builds on the great businesses founded in the borough and targets creating more of these to push through wider improvements.  Real priorities were identified and pushed by presenters in ways which made good sense and struck a chord across the diverse audience.

Putting improving the image of Blackburn as a key priority is a welcome acceptance of reality, as is the need to provide housing of a type which people at all levels of society want to live in.  There were also realistic targets for increasing commercial property availability, improving transport and driving up the number of jobs created in the borough.

Inevitably, in parts the plan was a bit “motherhood and apple pie” – priorities such as “longer life expectancy”, “more residents in work” and “more people living and working in the borough” are bland.  It’s hard to see how soft but important matters can be targeted much better.

The real issue noted during presentations (and afterwards) is the challenge of linking up education and employment – governments for years treated exam qualifications as equivalent to being fit for employment, despite the message from business of all sizes is that this becomes less true every year. I think that the message from schools is that the central focus on results and league tables makes flexing school activities for local employment needs really difficult.

It was striking that of the 10 high schools in the borough, only 1 head teacher attended the presentation – I think the employability part of the plan may be the most challenging!”

Following the event, Blackburn with Darwen Council and HIVE have launched the 2014 Business Survey. How has 2014 been for you as a business in Blackburn with Darwen? What does 2015 hold? Please take a few minutes to complete the survey and have your say: https://www.snapsurveys.com/wh/s.asp?k=141509808219