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Promotions & New Starters Update


We are pleased to announce a series of promotions across the business as well as the appointment of Jill Morris as a director in its Run My Business division.

Jill joins Run My Business – which is PM+M’s dedicated fixed fee package covering bookkeeping, accounts, payroll, VAT and tax returns – from CLB Coopers where she worked for 11 years. Her role will be focussed on helping owner managed businesses to drive growth and streamline their processes, systems, procedures, recoveries and efficiencies using technology and innovation. Jill trained at Thompson Jones in Bury and is FCA Qualified.

Jill said: “I’m really excited about taking up this new role as I’ve admired PM+M for many years. I was attracted to the firm because of its strong vision for the future, its modern approach and clear commitment to technology and software. I’m now looking forward to working with my clients and adding real value to the business.”

The first promotion is Chris Johnson who becomes a partner in the corporate services team. Chris joined PM+M 16 years ago and was previously a corporate services director.

Jane Parry commented “The last few months have been strong so it’s an exciting time for Jill to be joining us. She has some fantastic experience and I’m sure she will be a great addition to the team.

Jane added: “Chris Johnson started his career at PM+M and his promotion is hugely deserved. He does an amazing job for his clients and has become a key member of our senior team. We are delighted that he is now a partner as it is a clear reflection of his talent.”

Claire Furnival and Ben Thornley – both colleagues of Chris in the corporate services team – have been promoted from assistant manager to manager; whilst Jonathan Cunningham has also been promoted to manager in the tax team.

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