Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has appointed Matthew Handley as an assistant solicitor in its Family team.

His new role will see him acting on behalf of clients seeking advice and assistance in relation to family matters including divorce, civil partnership dissolution, nullity, financial proceedings and children proceedings. He will be working closely with Caroline Bilous – senior solicitor in the Family team.

Matthew is five years’ qualified and has joined Davis Blank Furniss from Tedstone, George & Tedstone Solicitors in Staffordshire. He studied for his Law Degree at Keele University and his Legal Practice Course at the University of Law.

Caroline Bilous commented: “We are delighted that Matthew has joined Davis Blank Furniss and we are looking forward to him becoming an integral part of the team.”

Matthew added: “I’m really excited about my new role. It’s an exciting time for the firm and my focus is now on helping to grow the Family team’s work across the North West.”

As part of this year’s National Children’s Takeover Day, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Bev Hughes has given one young person a taste of what life is like in her role and on the frontline.

Jake Lockwood, 17 was given the opportunity to become Deputy Mayor for the day and shadowed Bev to a number of appointments. The day started at Greater Manchester Police’s (GMP) Firearms Unit where both Jake and the Deputy Mayor were given a tour of the unit and shown the weapons that they use.

Speaking on the day, Deputy Mayor Bev Hughes said:

“It has been really enjoyable to share my working day with Jake. I think initiatives like Children’s Takeover Day are hugely important in giving young people a glimpse into the working world. I hope that today has helped to inspire everybody that has taken part in the initiative, not just the young people who have gained work experience, but those they have shadowed. Days like today prove how valuable young people are in giving a fresh perspective on the world.”

After the visit to the Firearms Unit Jake and Bev then travelled to GMP Headquarters where they met with senior officers about Tackling North West Serious Organised Crime (TITAN), specialist operations and 101.

Deputy Mayor for the day Jake Lockwood said:

“It has been great acting as Deputy Mayor for the day. I want to be a police officer and today has inspired me to continue to strive for this job. The best part of the day was meeting all the different people that make up the police force, it has shown me the different career options available to me if I became a police officer. I would definitely take part in the day again!”

Assistant Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine who also took part in Child’s Takeover Day said:

“As authority figures I think it’s important that the police are seen as approachable and days like today allow young people to not only see this but to get a true insight into what goes on behind the scenes in the police force to make sure we can keep our communities safe.”

National Child’s Takeover Day was originally created in 2006 by the Children’s Commissioner for England. The initiative gives young people the opportunity to gain an insight into the working day of senior decision makers.


On Friday 27th October ‘Your Tax Shop’ in Tameside held a Halloween Charity Ball to raise funds for two deserving charities; Willow Wood and Variety, the children’s charity.

The event took place at Best Western Hotel Smokies Park, in Oldham and involved a red-carpet arrival for 200 guests, a photo booth, four-course meal, luxury raffle (with prizes worth up to the value of £275!) – a live auction held by ‘Your Tax Shop’ partners Yvonne Cookson and Fiona Heyes, followed by a silent auction and not to forget, a live performance from ‘The Real Thing’!

The event was organised in its entirety by members of ‘Your Tax Shop’s’ dedicated team; from choosing the venue, preparing the menus, raffle tickets, table plan and board of thanks to sourcing raffle and auction prizes and all of the additional planning involved with an event of this scale.

Speaking at the event, a very proud Yvonne Cookson, ‘Your Tax Shop’ partner said, “We are absolutely made up with the total.

“The Halloween Ball was a huge success and the very fact that the team smashed their target of £10,000 and raised £11,260.10, is testament to show how the whole company has come together and all did amazing in their individual roles. – All in all we all just had a ball!”

The team would like to say a big thank you to Elaine from Willow Wood and Lyn from Variety for their help on the night!


‘Your Tax Shop’ was also nominated in the recent 2017 British Accountancy Awards for the fourth year running. They were invited as guests of their software provider IRIS this year, and enjoyed front row seats and free champagne on the night!

The British Accountancy Awards are one of the profession’s most prestigious honours, and are only open to accountancy practices who are leading the way in this increasingly competitive industry.

Yvonne and Fiona who represented the company at the annual event said, “Although we didn’t win on the night, we are still very proud to be shortlisted as finalists in the ‘independent firm of the year – north’ and ‘outstanding community engagement and contribution’ categories, not only for the first year, but three years in a row and to be given a chance of winning both awards demonstrates that our unique way of working has been recognised by our peers for our dedication and commitment to client satisfaction and staff development!”

On behalf of all the team at ‘Your Tax Shop’, we would also like to congratulate all the winners and other finalists on the night. We had an amazing evening, and enjoyed celebrating the success of everybody in our industry!”

To complete a continued a run of awards for the successful accountancy practice, the company has just been presented with a ‘highly commended’ certificate in the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Award’ in the recent ‘Pride of Tameside Business Awards’ event.

The company were finalists in the following 4 categories: Professional Services Business of the Year, Corporate Social Responsibility Award, Entrepreneur of the Year – Yvonne Cookson and Apprentice of the Year – Chloe Lees, Kieran Ward, Joshua Thomas.

Yvonne said, “We were presented with a ‘highly commended’ certificate in the ‘Corporate Social Responsibility Award’ category and we’re so proud to have been finalists in so many other categories!

Again, congratulations to all of the winners and finalists from everyone at Your Tax Shop!”


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Bromleys has won a business award which recognises the firm’s commitment to its staff and involvement in the wider community.

The firm won the corporate social responsibility accolade at the Pride of Tameside Business Awards. The category was sponsored by New Charter Group.

The awards were presented at a gala dinner at Dukinfield Town Hall, hosted by BBC Radio and TV presenter Andy Crane.

In their comments, the award judges said they were impressed with Bromleys for its investment in staff and across the wider community.

“They have a breadth of involvement in local good causes, supporting with time, skills and money, backed up by a genuine engagement of staff in these projects,” the panel said.

Bromleys provides free legal surgeries each week at its offices in Ashton and monthly at a local women’s centre.

The firm is sponsoring Curzon Ashton FC’s home shirts this season and is raising money for The Anthony Seddon Fund, which is based in Ashton and supports people with mental health problems, as its charity of the year for 2017.

Bromleys also backs a number of other charities and provides work experience and placements for students at Clarendon Sixth Form College in Ashton.

Marketing associate Carol Parker has joined the Ashton Town Team’s executive committee as treasurer. The team promotes the town’s social, economic, cultural and environmental regeneration.

Meanwhile, Bromleys’ commitment to staff was recognised earlier this year with the retention of its Investors in People Gold status.

Mark Hirst, senior partner at Bromleys, said: “We are proud of our strong ties with the communities of Tameside and are passionate about helping others, by giving up our free time as well as through sponsorship, donations and sharing knowhow.

“We take our corporate social responsibilities seriously while having fun at the same time, and our activities help to boost staff engagement across the firm.

“We are delighted to be recognised for our commitment with this Pride of Tameside business award.”


Award-winning Accountants & Tax Advisors ‘Your Tax Shop’ has announced its support for two worthy charities; Willow Wood Hospice and the children’s’ charity Variety Vixens.

Yvonne Cookson, who created ‘Your Tax Shop’ to provide exceptional service in the accountancy field announced, “After our success last year we are hosting another Charity Ball on Friday 27th October 2017. The theme this year again is Halloween so it is expected to be a ‘spooktacular’ evening entailing a luxury raffle, live auction, a four-course meal, cocktail bar, photo opportunities and live entertainment from the band ‘The Real Thing’.

The Ball which takes place at Hotel Smokies Park has been organised in its entirety by all the staff; from choosing the venue, preparing the photo booth, planning the auctions to making raffle tickets, table plans, menus and the board of thanks.

The funds raised from the ‘Spooktacular Ball’ will aid two fantastic local charities – Variety Vixens, as well as Willow Wood Hospice, both of which provide crucial support to residents in our local community.

Yvonne continued, “We’re committed to supporting the community in areas in which work, which is why we were pleased to be able to host this event.”

Willow Wood Hospice is a place of warmth and comfort set in a homely environment which is often a relief to those who have spent months – sometimes years – in and out of hospital. Willow Wood provides patients with the comfort and dignity they deserve for the often terminally ill which it houses. Not only does this hospice provide for the sick and terminally ill but also supports the families who have lost loved ones in the form of bereavement counselling.

Variety Children’s Charity is one that believes all children should have an equal opportunity to reach their potential, regardless of their circumstances. The practical help they provide makes an immediate difference. It means that children have fewer bad days and more great days, with independence, freedom and dignity they are able to make the most of their childhood. Not only do they help children cared for at home, they help fund children’s hospitals and hospices, creating environments that are more welcoming and reassuring.

These amazing charities are heavily reliable on fundraising and donations, Willow Wood only receiving a small percentage of the money they need to run the hospice from the government. The invaluable services provided by Willow Wood and Variety Vixens would not be possible without events like ours.”

The ball is set to be a great event, and with tickets now totally sold out, the company are expecting to beat last year’s total raised of just under £6,500!

The Pride of Tameside Business Awards were created in order to celebrate the outstanding work of businesses from different sectors and inspirational individuals from across the region.

The awards’ are open to any professional services business that have delivered a high quality, exceptional customer service, identified and opened new markets, income streams and opportunities and demonstrate commitment to their employees through development, training and show excellent rates of staff retention.

And this year sees Bromleys Solicitors shortlisted in two categories’ – the professional services business of the year and the corporate social responsibility award in the annual awards ceremony.

The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Dukinfield Town Hall on Thursday, November 2nd, so there’s not long to go!

Mark Hirst, senior partner at Bromleys, said: “We’re delighted to be shortlisted for these awards, which celebrate the achievements of Tameside businesses across a range of sectors.

“With a history that can be traced back more than 160 years, we are very much part of the fabric of Tameside and we have a proud record of working with local people, businesses, charities and other organisations.

“Everyone at the firm is excited to be among the finalists, and we are looking forward to what should be a tremendous evening.”

Bromleys has enjoyed a successful year with a string of key appointments across the firm to cater for an increasing number of instructions.

The firm has been recognised for its success with a series of notable accreditations, including retaining Investors in People Gold status and the Lexcel quality mark from the Law Society.

In the community, the firm supports a number of charities, including The Anthony Seddon Fund, which supports people with mental health problems and is Bromleys’ charity of the year for 2017.

The firm is the home shirt sponsor for Curzon Ashton FC for the 2017/18 season, while marketing associate Carol Parker has joined the Ashton Town Team’s executive committee as treasurer in a further demonstration of Bromleys’ commitment to promoting and improving Tameside as a place to live, work, shop and enjoy leisure activities.


Your Tax Shop opens in Ashton-under-Lyne. Staff including proprietor Yvonne Cookson and partner Fiona Heyes.

Local company, ‘Your Tax Shop’ has been shortlisted in numerous categories for two prestigious industry awards – The British Accountancy Awards, which is internationally recognised as celebrating the best companies operating within the accountancy sector in the UK, and locally, they are nominated in four categories in ‘The Pride of Tameside Business Awards’ which are designed to celebrate the outstanding work of businesses from different sectors and inspirational individuals from across our region.

Yvonne Cookson, Director and creator of ‘Your Tax Shop’ was delighted with the nominations. “For a relatively small, local business to be nominated for such prominent awards is amazing. In both the National and the Local events, we’re really up against some tough competition, but are extremely pleased that all the hard work and determination that our talented staff have put into building our straight forward, no nonsense approach to accountancy has been recognised with these nominations”

Your Tax Shop offer a range of services- from simple tax advice to tax returns, accounts, VAT, PAYE, CIS, limited company accounts and corporation tax. In fact whatever businesses and individuals need for anything business or tax related, they can help you. However, it’s their fresh and innovative approach to accounting that their clients have come to appreciate.

By moving away from the ‘stereotypical accountant’ perceptions; means that by cutting away all the unnecessary technical jargon and confusing the minds of business owners means they can really support their clients’ business growth, ensuring all their many and varied clients gain the maximum benefit from their financial arrangements and tax affairs are managed to save time and money.

Your Tax Shop has been shortlisted in the following categories:

British Accountancy Awards:

  • Independent Firm of the Year Scotland, N.Ireland & North, England
  • Outstanding Community Engagement and Contribution

The Pride of Tameside Business Awards:

  • Professional Services Business of the Year
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Apprentice of the Year – Chloe Lees
  • Apprentice of the Year – Kieran Ward
  • Apprentice of the Year – Joshua Thomas
  • Entrepreneur of the Year – Yvonne Cookson

To find out how Your Tax Shop could be of benefit to you, please contact:

Your Tax Shop – Accountants & Tax Advisors on: 0161 339 5689

Or visit: www.yourtaxshop.co.uk

Law firm Bromleys has recruited property solicitor Martin Blaylock to help meet increasing demand from clients.

He has joined the Tameside practice from Bell Park Kerridge Solicitors, which has offices in Carlisle and Cockermouth in Cumbria.

Martin joins Bromleys’ corporate and commercial services team. He specialises in advising clients on commercial property, conveyancing and landlord and tenant matters.

He is the latest addition to the growing team, following the arrival in the spring of solicitor Rubina Begum.

Martin studied law at the University of Central Lancashire and completed the legal practice course at Northumbria University before qualifying as a solicitor in 2013.

Paul Westwell, the Bromleys’ partner who heads the corporate and commercial team, said: “We have seen a significant increase in new instructions and further recruitment has been necessary to service the needs of our clients.

“Martin has relocated from Carlisle to join us and will be a valued addition to the team. He has a varied background and will fit in well with our client-focused culture.”

Martin said: “Bromleys has an excellent reputation with clients and the local business community, and I’m delighted to have been given the opportunity to join the firm.”

In addition to the property department, Bromleys has in recent months bolstered its Private Client, Care Proceedings and Court of Protection teams.

Get in touch with Martin Blaylock by emailing mblaylock@bromleys.co.uk or alternatively you can call 0161 330 6821

Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has announced that it will be staging a free monthly legal drop-in coffee morning for the local community which will be starting on Wednesday 4th October (and then the on the first Wednesday of each month thereafter) at Pico Lounge on Victoria Street, Glossop.

The sessions are being organised by Lewis Thompson who is a solicitor at Davis Blank Furniss. He explains: “We know that seeking out legal advice can be a daunting prospect so the aim of these new drop-in coffee mornings is to provide a relaxed environment where people can come with any legal query. There’s no pressure to book an appointment and there’s no hard sell. We just see it as a way of giving back to the community that we are so proud to be a part of.”

Lewis went on: I’ll be on hand to sit down and listen and then give impartial advice. If it’s not an area of law that I specialise in then I can arrange for another solicitor at the firm to make contact. The coffee mornings are open to everybody and we hope this new approach will appeal to all sections of the community; including those who are time poor such young professionals, working couples and stay at home mums.”

Davis Blank Furniss was established in 1877 and advises clients on many areas including property, family, personal injury, employment and wills and probate law.

Date: Wednesday 4th October

Location: Pico Lounge, Unit 3 & 4 Howard Town, Victoria St, Glossop SK13 8HT

Time: 10.30am to 12.00pm

Contact: Lewis Thompson on 01457 860606 or lewis.thompson@dbf-law.co.uk


Law firm Davis Blank Furniss has joined forces with Capstone Financial Management, a Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management, and will be staging a free event in Glossop that will provide practical advice and guidance around inheritance tax and estate planning. The free event will be taking place in the evening at Glossop Golf Club on Thursday 13th July 2017.

Inheritance tax has historically been associated with the wealthy, but a person’s property value alone may leave them vulnerable to this tax. The event will give essential, up to date information and guidance about ways to plan to mitigate this tax and reduce the potential worry for families and beneficiaries.

Attendees will hear from three industry experts – Steve Moy, Senior Pension’s Expert at St. James’s Place, who will be covering what assets are at risk of inheritance tax for families, how much you are likely to pay and how to create a plan to ensure you protect your wealth and pass it down to future generations.

Graham Dodd, Senior Manager at Foresight Group, who’ll be discussing effective inheritance tax solutions that can mitigate IHT liabilities quickly and innovative solutions to ensure assets are passed down to beneficiaries.

Finally, Laura Willis, Associate Solicitor in the Private Client team at Davis Blank Furniss, will be summarising general estate and inheritance tax planning, discussing why it is important to keep wills updated, considering opportunities to use trusts for business owners and other individuals in wills to mitigate inheritance tax, explaining the rules of protecting assets from care home fees and talking about the importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney.

The three talks will then be followed by a Q&A session plus food and drink at the Golf Club.

Laura Willis commented: “There’s no doubt that inheritance tax and estate planning are complex so the aim of this event is to cut through the confusion and provide up to date information that people can understand and then apply to their our particular set of circumstances. “ Andrew Williamson, Director at Capstone Financial Management, added: “This event is a great way for local people to find out how inheritance tax could impact them and their families in future. I see more and more of our clients being affected by this tax, which we can easily mitigate with the right financial planning”.

Event Summary: Date: Thursday 13th July 2017

Times: 6pm for welcome drinks/ 6.30pm to 8pm speakers and Q&A, 8pm drinks & food

Venue: Glossop Golf Club, Sheffield Rd, Glossop, SK13 8QP

Cost: Free

Booking: Please email: mailto:hollys.capstone@sjpp.co.uk