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PM+M raises almost £800 for East Lancashire, Pendleside and Bury Hospices at annual professionals quiz

We recently raised almost £800 towards the East Lancashire Hospice, Pendleside Hospice and Bury Hospice corporate challenges at our annual professionals quiz, which took place at Ewood Park on Thursday 20 September.

Over 40 professionals from the region attended our event, with 15 teams from the banking, insolvency, legal and recruitment sectors answering questions on topics such as current affairs, sport and music.

The winning team was Leonard Curtis with 81.5 points. The runners up were Handelsbanken and Lloyds Bank with 66.5 and 64.5 points respectively.

Jane Parry, managing partner at PM+M, said: “Once again we’d like to thank our friends and colleagues for supporting us at our annual professionals quiz and helping us to raise so much for such worthwhile causes. This was the fifth time we’ve staged the quiz and it’s fantastic to see its popularity grow year on year.”

PM+M payroll shortlisted at The Rewards 2018

We are pleased to announce that for a second year running, our PM+M payroll team have been shortlisted for The Service Provider Team Award at The Rewards 2018.

The popular ceremony, The Rewards, previously the payroll world awards, is returning for its 7th year and is known as the leading independent awards for payroll, HR and reward professionals in the UK.

The ceremony will be taking place at Hilton London Bankside on November 7 and is the most distinguished event on the industry’s calendar. It is the perfect opportunity to celebrate high achievements and excellence in payroll, reward and related sectors.

Entrants must demonstrate outstanding performance and the judges will be looking for evidence of success in one or more of the following criteria;

  • Outstanding effort under testing circumstances
  • Significant improvements in performance
  • Achievement of targets/incentives
  • Achievement of training/qualifications
  • Implementation of new procedures or systems
  • Excellent teamwork within their own team or with other departments
  • Excellent customer service record

Providing outsourced payroll solutions to over 400 clients, our payroll team at PM+M are highly regarded as one of the leading payroll providers in the North West. Over the past year we have seen many changes to our way of working, having implemented several changes that have enhanced both our procedures and our service delivery to clients.

Julie Mason – head of payroll at PM+M – commented: “The PM+M payroll bureau has grown tremendously and seen a digital transformation over the last twelve months. We have introduced new systems and procedures to improve our services for clients and ensure we provide great value for money.  We work really hard to help our clients and are thrilled to be nominated.  We can’t wait to find out the results!!”

Neil Welsh wins Business Enabler of the Year

We are pleased to announce that on Thursday 21 June 2018, Neil Welsh (Financial Adviser at PM+M Wealth Management) was awarded Business Enabler of the Year at the Downtown in Business Lancashire Business Awards 2018.

The 10th annual awards ceremony was held at Stanley House Hotel & Spa, and celebrated the achievements of the county’s leading business professionals in their respective roles and industries.

Winning the award for Business Enabler of the Year is an incredible achievement for Neil and recognises his commitment to business development at PM+M, alongside facilitating introductory conversations between his clients, contacts and extended network of professionals.

Regular activities co-ordinated by Neil in relation to business enablement are regular table hosting at various Business Network lunch events, and his monthly PM+M Two-Wheeled Professionals Cycle-Networking group.

Following receipt of his award, Neil commented: “I would like to say a huge thank you to all those who voted for me, alongside the many friends, colleagues, contacts and connections who have offered their kind words and congratulations.

“The timing of my win is helpful. My role within PM+M is evolving and whilst I still have client-facing and client-servicing function, I also now have an increased business development remit. What better way to validate this aspect of what I do than by being recognised for it at the start of the journey.”

Frank McKenna, CEO of Downtown in Business commented: “The Lancashire Business Awards are always a great night, and this year was no exception. We had an exceptional group of winners, which was fitting as the awards were being hosted for the tenth year, and I believe the 2018 nominations demonstrated the strength and resilience of the country’s business community.”

PM+M Fundraising for Bury Hospice

 

A team at PM+M’s Bury office has entered the Bury Hospice Corporate Challenge.  There are various fundraising plans afoot which will take place between now and the end of October, when the challenge finishes.  The team at our Bury office have been given £50 to start their fundraising and are determined to turn this into as much money as possible in aid of the Hospice.

The first fundraiser is taking place over the course of Thursday 29th June with a cake sale around the businesses based at Waterfold Business Park, where our Bury office is situated.  The enthusiasm from the local businesses has been great and we just hope we have enough cakes to put a smile on everyone’s face and to raise as much as we can before the first league table for the challenge is published at the end of June. Mary Berry, watch your back!

There is also a ‘Guess the number of sweets in the jar’ and clients, contacts and visitors to our office can take part.  The number is a safely guarded secret!

We’re having fun working as a team on this challenge and the reward will most definitely be the funds raised for such a worthy cause, close to our Bury office.

If you have any items that would be worth donating to a car boot sale, please contact Helen Clayton on 0161 641 8684 or email helen.clayton@pmm.co.uk.

Watch this space for news of future events – we hope you will be able to support us along the way.

Apprentice Assessment Day 2017

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We held our second annual assessment day on the 20 April. We had 13 bright and enthusiastic students attend our Blackburn office for the afternoon from local colleges and universities. They were all competing for various vacancies we have on offer including 4 apprentice roles for our Tax, Run My Business and Corporate Services departments and a 12-month work placement opportunity within the Corporate Services team.

The candidates took part in a number of activities including the Lego tower challenge, an aptitude test and team role questionnaire, personal presentation, interview and the ‘Dragons Den’ exercise.

The candidates presented a topic of their choice and gave some interesting presentations on positive mind set, climate change, hobbies and travels.

The ‘Dragons Den’ exercise required the candidates to work in groups to create a new product/business idea or adapt an existing product to pitch to the panel of ‘Dragons’. The candidates worked well under the time pressure and dealt with the questions from the PM+M ‘Dragons’ very well. The PM+M ‘Dragons’ also enjoyed the exercise!

After another successful year, we look forward to hosting next year’s assessment centre! For more information on starting your PM+M careers, please click here to view our current opportunities.

The Chancellor’s first (and last) Autumn Statement delivered little by way of surprises

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The main tax changes were already known about – the planned increase in the personal allowance and income tax higher rate threshold and the reduction in the rate of corporation tax and reform of corporation tax loss and interest relief rules being the key ones.

The confirmation that the planned reduction in corporation tax rates to 17% in 2020 (19% next April)  is to go ahead is good news.  Interestingly, there was no mention of the “15% and beyond” spoken of by Theresa May on Monday.

Only time will tell how the North West will benefit from the £1.1bn extra investment in England’s local transport network; the more than £1bn for digital infrastructure; the £2.3bn to help provide 100,000 new homes in high-demand areas; the £1.4bn to deliver 40,000 extra affordable homes; and the £400m for venture capital funds through the British Business Bank to unlock £1bn in finance for growing firms.  However, all are potentially positive announcements for the region.

It is to be hoped that a reasonable amount of the new £23bn National Productivity Investment Fund will find its way to the North West to support innovation by North West businesses and improve connectivity.

Given the advance publicity about R&D and innovation, it was a little surprising not to see any changes to R&D tax credits.  However, this is already a very generous relief.  The issue is more with the low take up of the scheme, rather than the nature of the tax reliefs on offer.  It is to be hoped that some of the new funding might be directed at improving accessibility of R&D reliefs.

The announcement of consultation on incorporation, which now seems to be seen as tax avoidance, was a little concerning and could cause uncertainty for many businesses who might be considering incorporation for perfectly legitimate commercial reasons.

There were a few targeted tax avoidance announcements, from a government which has already made significant strides in tackling avoidance and levelling the tax playing field.  None of them should have widespread impact.

Overall a relatively low key statement but some optimistic signs of a strong commitment to improving UK productivity and maintaining the UK’s attractiveness as a home for global businesses whilst helping UK businesses to compete in world markets.

Our full commentary will be emailed out tomorrow following our Autumn Statement seminar. If you’d like to receive a copy, please sign up to our mailing list here.

Pendleside Corporate Challenge

Picture taken by Tom Wright

Picture taken by Tom Wright

The PM+M team have been fundraising over the last couple of months as a part of the Pendleside Hospice Corporate Challenge. Over 25 companies took part in the challenge to raise as much money as possible. The challenge closed with an awards ceremony on Thursday 20 October at Burnley Mechanics. The PM+M team organised numerous “dress-down” days, a quiz for 75 local business professionals and sold raffle tickets which all added up to an impressive total of £1,303.47 raised for the hospice.

Pendleside Hospice enhances the quality of life for people with life-limiting illnesses, by delivering specialist and holistic care. Pendleside address their individually assessed physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs. This care is free of charge to those they serve and relies on the kindness of donations.

Neil Welsh, PM+M Financial Advisor, said of the event “It has been great to be associated with the Corporate Challenge and to support a number of the fundraising events. I have attended two black-tie events including the final awards night, an evening of drinking-games (don’t ask!) and a quiz-night, buying an inordinate amount of raffle-tickets along the way!”

Helen Binns, PM+M Director and Head of the Burnley office, added “We’ve been very proud to take part in the Corporate Challenge this year and it’s been a fantastic series of events. There has been a lot of great fundraising ideas and it’s been fantastic to see all the companies involved support each other’s events to raise as much money as possible for such a worthy cause. We can’t wait to start it all again next year!”

 

 

A Day of Hit and Miss

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Thursday 22 September saw the return of the Napthens Clay Shoot, raising money for Blackburn Youth Zone. The event was held at the impressive Coniston Hotel Country Estate and Spa where the fantastic weather highlighted the stunning North Yorkshire countryside.

Teams of four were welcomed at the Estate’s Shooting Lodge for coffee and bacon rolls on arrival, before being matched with a professional instructor and sent on their way to shoot 35 clay pigeons from a series of shooting posts. These were varied to provide a range of difficulty and to replicate the behaviour of pheasant, grouse or rabbit. Whilst it is fair to say that the real thing need not have been too concerned about their safety in our presence, this wasn’t the case for some of the four-man teams. PM+M was represented by Tim Mills and your truly, with my guests for the day being Jon Palich of Handelsbanken Burnley, Graham Campbell of Moose Media and Mike Duviau of Go-Velo.

Thanks to the expert tutelage of instructor Allan we were quickly showing signs of improvement. Two of our party had shot before but two (me included) were entirely new to the experience. Of the 35 clays that were presented to each shooter we managed 16,16, 14 and 9 ‘hits’. I’d like to think that there was an eco-conscious decision being made to allow the re-use of some clays or for their breeding population to be preserved.

Upon completion of the shoot, our band of four re-joined our fellow guests at the Hotel for a fine lunch and to share stories of the clay(s) that got away. I offer the option of singular or plural for the reason that Stephen Ford of RBS managed to shoot 34 of his possible 35 to take the Sharp-Shooter award. The other award available on the day was for Best in Show (Best Dressed) and I have to confess that the suggestion in advance of the day of Jamie Allison of Napthens being convinced he had this in the bag I had to explore the dark recesses of my wardrobe to offer him some competition. The fact that he was from the organising company and that I had strategically added a Blackburn Youth Zone coloured orange tie to my outfit meant that I snatched the prize from his eager hands.

The raffle and auction that followed helped to raise over £7,000 for BYZ with some especially generous prizes on offer and some equally generous bids from the room. Co-sponsors  Bowker BMW, Together Money and Wardfield Sporting Goods please take a bow.

A great day was had by all, with guests entertained and professional connections built or maintained. I look forward to defending one title and aiming (pun intended) for a second next year. I think there could be some practice planned, after all PM+M honour is at stake!

Neil Welsh – PM+M Wealth Management

PM+M Annual Quiz Raises £660 for Pendleside Hospice

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L-R: David Buskey, Gary Jones and Jake Neary (all Woodcocks) and PM+M’s Jane Parry.

Once again, the PM+M annual quiz got the region’s best business brains ticking which took place on Thursday 22nd September at Ewood Park and it is the third time the quiz has been held.

Around 70 people attended with 22 teams competing from across the various sectors including banking, insolvency, property and legal. The categories were: Europe, Royalty, Blackburn, Burnley and Bury, the Olympics, food & drink as well as the ‘killer round’.

The night raised £660 for Pendleside Hospice.

The winning team for the third year running was Woodcocks Haworth & Nuttall who scored 71.5 points. The runners-up were Handelsbanken Blackburn, who notched up 70 points, followed by Clough and Willis who came in with 66.5 points.

Jane Parry – managing partner at PM+M – said: “This is the third year of staging the quiz and it just keeps getting more enjoyable. It’s fantastic to see so many of the region’s leading professionals in one room battling it out and raising cash for such a worthy cause.”

 

PM+M’s Third Office Officially Opens In Bury

8Over the last few weeks, there has been a flurry of activity. Our new Bury office at Waterfold Business Park, just off junction 2 of the M66, can now stand alongside the existing teams in Blackburn and Burnley. We aren’t focused on only having offices in towns that begin with the letter B – it’s just how it has worked out! There has been significant amounts of time put in to get it to where it is – from the ordering of furniture and equipment, to painting and cleaning, to the all important IT – the team has worked really hard enabling us to be up and running from today without a hitch. I am really proud of how everyone has worked together; it’s been testament to our culture and we have certainly lived up to our values – quality, achievement and fun.

The strategy for this third office is to strengthen existing and create new relationships across Bury and Greater Manchester. The partners recognised that we have a significant amount of great connections and fantastic clients in the area and so being able to have a base in Bury has become increasingly important. I joined PM+M as partner in July 2015 with a remit to open this third office. Due to the commitment from the partners and the focus from the team on networking and growing our brand, it’s happened ahead of plan, which is just fantastic.

To make sure that we align the culture of the Bury office with the rest of the firm, a team from the Blackburn office has transferred to Bury with a further team splitting their time across the offices. The style of property and the office complements the way we already work and interact with each other and our clients.

We are having a launch event on Tuesday 6th September between 4pm and 7pm.  If you are interested in attending, please email faye.hughes@pmm.co.uk. Alternatively, if you can’t make it but would like to call in another time, just give us a call.

So, life continues at PM+M in its usual way –  there’s lots happening, there’s an incredibly supportive team and we are working together to deliver the best service possible to our clients.

Helen Clayton – Head of Corporate Services

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