Last week was a busy one at PM+M! On top of the Spring Budget (you can find our commentary here), the team attended the UK Praxity Conference in Coventry, the Red Rose Awards and took part in a regional event as part of National Apprenticeship Week. Kath Rigbye (HR + Talent Manager), Neil Welsh (Financial Adviser) and Faye Hughes (Marketing + Business Development Manager) upped sticks and headed to Darwen Aldridge Community Academy for the day to take part in the HIVE Skills Showcase.
Over 800 pupils from across Blackburn with Darwen attended the showcase to meet businesses who are committed to helping young people secure a bright future. During the showcase, the PM+M team engaged with students and gave them an insight on what they can expect from a career in financial services. The team also gave a sneak preview of some of the tasks they would be expected to take part in as part of our apprenticeship assessment day. It wasn’t just the students that got involved, however. Neil and Faye’s competitive sides came out – and they weren’t happy being beaten by pupils from QEGS!
The event marked the launch of our annual School Leaver Programme which offers 4 apprenticeships to school leavers aged 16-18. All our vacancies are now live on the PM+M website. Applications must be submitted by Friday 24th
March and successful candidates will be invited to attend our assessment day on Thursday 20th
“My apprenticeship has been very interactive. I have learnt to use multiple skill sets in my daily tasks and work alongside a range of motivating and inspiring colleagues. PM+M is an uplifting work environment that has allowed me to harness new skills and engage with the wider workforce as part of my training role. I feel more responsible and my understanding of the finance industry has improved massively. I am lucky to have stepped foot into an exciting career path in a bright and integrated team.” – Bahiya Hussain (Wealth Management Apprentice studying for the CII Certificate in Financial Services)
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.
Back in May of this year, PM+M were nominated for the Best Employer Award run by Accountancy Age, one of the industry’s leading online publications. The process to complete the application was lengthy and Kath Rigbye, our HR and Talent Manager worked tirelessly alongside Jane Parry, Managing Partner + Head of Tax, to provide the wealth of information required in order for Accountancy Age to process and judge our entry.
And it wasn’t just the senior management team who contributed. The entire PM+M team were required to fill in an anonymous survey and the results were fantastic! Topics covered were leadership of the firm, our culture and communication, role satisfaction, the working environment at PM+M, training and development and pay and benefits.
In September, we found out we were shortlisted and can now proudly say we are one of the top 10 accountancy firms to work for in the country! This is testament to the work we do as a team (for each other and for our clients!), the effort we all put into making PM+M a great place to work and the people we have working in the firm across our three offices in Blackburn, Burnley and Bury, who all help cultivate a fun, energetic and dynamic working environment providing great service to our clients.
We’ll have to wait until November to find out where we’re placed on the leader board but in the in the meantime, if you’re looking for a new challenge and are interested in joining a top 10 firm, we have a number of vacancies available on our website. Alternatively, please call Kath Rigbye on 01254 679131 who will be more than happy to talk you through our current and upcoming opportunities.