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PM+M Shortlisted for Red Rose Award – Employer of the Year

Yesterday, Jane Parry (Managing Partner) and Helen Clayton (Head of Corporate Services) headed to Blackburn Rovers Football Club to fly the flag for PM+M at the Red Rose Awards interviews. PM+M will be vying for the Employer of the Year award and even being shortlisted is a huge achievement.



During the interview, Jane and Helen talked with the panel about how PM+M has evolved over recent years and how the firm truly believes in bringing out the best in its people.  Our values underpin everything that we do and we believe in investing in people throughout their careers. Quality, Achievement and Fun relate to all interactions at PM+M, whether that be with clients, team or members of the wider community. Winning the award would be an honour, given the calibre of businesses shortlisted this year. But whether we win or not, the team will continue to ensure that PM+M is a fantastic place to work, achieve and grow.

Speaking about life at PM+M, Neil Welsh (PM+M’s newest financial adviser) said: “Having joined PM+M almost a year ago I can endorse fully the values which see them nominated for a Red Rose Award. Not only have I been made to feel very welcome, the culture and dynamic within the team is both energising and liberating. More recently, following the loss of my father (and the resultant absence that was required to deal with hospital/hospice visiting, funeral and other family commitments) the support given across the breadth of the firm gave me strength at a very difficult time. The genuine and heartfelt words of comfort and reassurance from the partners downwards that the team were there to help reduced some of the mental and emotional strain. Moreover, upon my return to work the actions within the team of helping me prioritise, taking work off me and getting me back to operational speed is testament to a great team of people and firm.”

Now we just have to wait until March 9 to find out if we’ve won. Watch this space!

If you’d like to know more about life and PM+M, or would like to check out our latest vacancies, visit www.pmm.co.uk/careers.






PM+M Helps East Lancs Box Co. Limited Secure Six Figure Lancashire Growth Fund Grant

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L-R: Andrew Cowking (PM+M), David Ingham, Peter Ingham, Amy Ingham & Neil Harrison

Andrew Cowking and the PM+M team have helped East Lancashire Box Co. secure a £120,000 grant from the Lancashire Growth Fund which will see the creation of 12 new jobs.

East Lancashire Box Co. was established in 1981 and is headquartered in Rishton near Blackburn. It manufactures bespoke cardboard box packaging and products. It offers a complete service, from initial concepts to the final product and handles all elements of design, print and production. The company’s product range is visible on the shelves of all the major supermarkets both within the UK and overseas.

The grant will be used to purchase new equipment including a state-of-the-art printer and a die cutter. The aim is to create a colour printing facility under one roof in 16,000 sq ft of new production space at the Junction 7 Business Park in Clayton-Le-Moors with the capacity to meet current and expected demand. The 12 new jobs will include apprenticeship and production positions.

Andrew Cowking – partner at PM+M – handled the forecasts for the grant application whilst Neil Harrison of The Harrison Partnership coordinated all elements of the grant application process, which was completed in just over 3 weeks from starting the application to the making of the offer.

Peter Ingham – director of East Lancashire Box Co. – said: This is a significant investment for the company and is an exciting milestone in our history. The grant will help to support our growth plans and will ensure that we are able to develop our offering and provide a bespoke service to all our customers – from small businesses to multinationals.

Andrew Cowking added: “East Lancashire Box Co. is a forward thinking family-owned business and one of the region’s most entrepreneurial companies. We were delighted to help them secure the grant and we look forward to seeing how it aids their expansion over the coming years.”

Corporate Finance Update

shutterstock_242204359The PM+M Corporate Finance team continues to grow its presence in the North West market and also on a wider geographic basis. Over recent months we have been involved in a variety of disposal and acquisition transactions.

On the sell side we have disposal mandates in construction, manufacturing, wholesale and software. There are an increasing number of buyers in the marketplace and valuations are on the rise for good quality businesses.

On the buy side we are acting for a number of businesses in the manufacturing and engineering sectors. We have completed a Management Buy-In and a trade acquisition and have a number of advisory clients located in the North West, the Midlands and beyond.

We are also seeing an increase in business owners seeking strategic advice as they start planning for growth or future exits. The value of good advice and support in this field cannot be underestimated.

If you are thinking of buying or selling your business, or would just like to talk about your future plans, please contact Jim Akrill or Tim Mills for a free consultation.

Jane Parry and Kirsty Wright Nominated for Women in Business Awards

L-R: Kirsty Wright and Jane Parry

L-R: Kirsty Wright and Jane Parry

Jane Parry, managing partner and Kirsty Wright, office manager, have been nominated for Financial Advisor of the Year and Employee of the Year respectively at the Women in Business Awards 2015.

The event (hosted by Downtown in Business) will take place at The Villa Country House Hotel in Preston on Friday 13 November. Business women from all over the county will come together to recognise the achievements and hard work of the individuals driving business growth.

Of her nomination, Jane said, “It’s great to be nominated for an award and I’m honoured to be leading such a fantastic firm. Everyone at PM+M is working towards one goal and we have achieved so much over the last couple of years. Our aim is to add value wherever possible to our clients, our team and our community and to do so with personality and the right values.”

Kirsty said, “It’s a great honour to be nominated for this award.  I work with a strong team of people here at PM+M and they are all a key factor in my nomination. I firmly believe that we all work towards our core values of quality, achievement and fun in all that we do and achieve.”

To vote for both Jane and Kirsty, please click the button below.


Jane Parry Secures Her Place On The North West Women Of Influence List


The inaugural North West Business Insider Women of Influence list has been revealed, with over 100 regional business women being recognised.

Jane Parry, Managing Partner at PM+M, features on the list, alongside a host of other influential regional business women from a wide variety of sectors including banking, manufacturing and technology. With over 350 names being submitted, the final selection was no small task for Chris Maguire, editor of North West Business Insider.

On hearing she had made it onto the list, Jane said: “It is an honour to be included on the very first Women of Influence list. There are so many inspirational and intelligent business women in the North West and I am proud to work with and alongside them.”

The list will feature in the August digital edition of North West Business Insider.

Northern Powerhouse – Good News for Businesses

POWERFollowing on from the Autumn Statement last month, David Cameron and George Osborne have been in Manchester to set out their economic plan for North West England. George Osborne has promised substantial investment of a further £7 billion in the North.

Transport and logistics seem to be the main focus on developing the “northern powerhouse” with the aim to invest in the North’s roads. To reduce traffic jams, there will also be new trains with 20% more capacity, alongside the development of High Speed 3 (high speed rail link between Manchester and Leeds).

For business, there is a lot to gain from this announcement. With the investment in transport, the North will become a more attractive place to live and work. Another long term aim is to raise the employment rate in the region by creating new jobs through supporting the growth of new businesses. With funding available this goal looks to be very achievable.

Tim Mills, Corporate Finance Partner at PM+M said “This is an excellent plan on paper but care must be taken to ensure all parts of the region benefit.”

The North West is a great place to set up a business and with the continuing investment in the area it is an ideal time to re-locate or launch a venture.

If you would like more information on funding options please contact Tim Mills, PM+M Corporate Finance Partner.