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Douglas Bank House, Wigan Lane, Wigan, Lancashire WN1 2TB

t. +44 (0)1942 241103 e. w.

Welcome to Fairhurst - Accounting for your potential

Working closely with businesses and business people, Fairhurst provides advice and expertise that enables our clients to achieve their commercial and personal goals.

Our professional excellence and commitment to our clients have firmly established Fairhurst as one of the leading independent chartered accountancy and specialist tax practices in the North West. We have successfully acted for many owner managed businesses for over 70 years as accountants, auditors, tax specialists and trusted advisors.

Our partners and managers, many of whom qualified with large national firms, form the backbone of our firm, ensuring their experience, expertise and enthusiasm is directed towards assisting with managing the financial affairs of our clients. Our people are our business and our 7 partners and 65 staff are committed to delivering:

  • Value: Our efficiency and eye for cost control ensures our fees are truly competitive. We believe in going the extra mile to deliver the value, service levels and attention to detail that our clients deserve – all of which means that Fairhurst fees should be seen as an investment, not just a cost.
  • Personal involvement: We are a partner-led local business based in Wigan, staffed by local people, who know and interact with the local and regional business community.
  • Service and Advice: Our professionally qualified team of partners and staff continue to develop their skills though ongoing training and mentoring. We aim to provide a complete range of services to allow you to concentrate on running your business and achieving your potential.


Audit & Accountancy 

Fairhurst have built an enviable reputation within the North West Business community for Accountancy and Audit services. Managed by our partners and dedicated teams, not only will we help you meet the statutory requirements but also take the opportunity to conduct a review of your financial and management systems. This can often result in identifying potential problem areas and recommending opportunities to improve your businesses performance. We are able to document and test accounting systems, including authorisation and controls procedures, and report any findings and possible improvements to the management team. We discuss the problems and opportunities with you and help you implement any agreed solutions. We see the preparation of your annual report as an opportunity to enhance your external image. A well-prepared report can have a positive impact on the perceptions of investors, potential finance sources, customers, referral sources, and even your own staff – all of which greatly improves your business prospects for the future. Our comprehensive Accounts and Audit services include:

  • Preparation of Annual accounts
  • Key Performance Indicators and Benchmarking
  • Audit services
  • Financial and management systems review
  • Preparation and review of Management accounts
  • Preparation of financial forecasts
  • Bookkeeping and VAT returns
  • Pension fund accounts
  • Preparation and submission of Grant claims

Tax Planning 

Our specialist tax team provide the highest level of advice, support and consultancy across all areas of business and personal tax. We provide the full range of compliance and advisory services that you would expect from one of the regions leading firm of accountants. No matter how large or small your needs we can assist you in the following areas:


  • Corporate and personal tax self assessment, including partnerships
  • and sole traders
  • IXBRL filing

Planning & Advisory:

  • Business purchase and sale structuring including due diligence and exit planning
  • Reconstructions and demergers
  • Group and cross border tax planning
  • Patent Box and Above The Line R&D tax credit
  • Capital allowances planning including energy efficient capital expenditure and business renovation allowances
  • Tax efficient cash extraction and repatriation
  • Stamp duty and stamp duty land tax mitigation
  • Property tax planning – dealing and investment companies
  • VAT planning
  • Tax investigations and Self Assessment enquiries
  • Employee share incentives/employee share options plans
  • Entrepreneurs’ Relief & Enterprise Investment Scheme planning
  • Personal income taxes and capital tax planning
  • Will planning including trusts and estates

Corporate Finance 

Our Corporate Finance partners provide professional assistance and advice on a broad range of issues including business acquisition and disposals, fundraising and refinancing.  Our partners have considerable experience in dealing with debt and equity providers. Our range of Corporate Finance services include:

  • Fund raising – debt, equity or mezzanine finance, where appropriate
  • Due diligence for potential acquisitions or as part of a vendor due diligence exercise
  • Business valuations
  • Heads of Terms and Sale and Purchase Agreement. In particular accounting and taxation warranties and indemnities including “earn-out”/deferred consideration.
  • Mergers, acquisitions and disposals.
  • MBOs / MBIs
  • Cash flow forecasting
  • Transaction taxes; structuring a deal in order to minimise tax liabilities
  • Post-deal integration and support

IT Solutions & Payroll

Fairhurst are ideally positioned to provide more than simply accountancy services to clients. By bringing together a dedicated team of accountants, payroll and computer professionals, Fairhurst are able to satisfy all of your information technology requirements. Under direct partner supervisions, our specialist teams offer consultancy and assistance to many businesses that do not have their own Payroll or IT departments. Our range of Payroll services include:

  • Full range of payroll frequencies from weekly to annual payrolls
  • Payment of wages and sums payable to HMRC as a BACS registered bureau
  • Electronic reports and password protected E-payslips to reduce your carbon footprint
  • Electronic submission of data to HMRC
  • Notification of monthly sums payable to HMRC
  • Completion of P35 and provisions of P60ʼs
  • Assistance with preparation and submission of forms P11d and P11d(b)

Our range of IT services includes:

  • Backup and disaster recovery planning
  • Virus/malware removal and PC security advice
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Development of bespoke management reporting systems
  • Support services and consultancy

Financial Services 

Our financial services company, Fairhurst Financial Planning Limited, provides both corporate and personal clients with expert independent financial advice. As professional Independent Financial Advisers, we specialise in giving clients advice on a wide range of financial matters. Changes in Government legislation can be a daunting prospect for both companies and individuals. However, proactive management of our clients’ affairs can provide new opportunities for them in an ever-changing world. With over 40 years of combined industry experience and access to the full range of products and services available our team of independent advisers are able to give impartial advice to help you solve your financial planning problems and maximise your opportunities. We have in excess of £60 million funds under management and offer a variety of service agreements, all agreed at outset and tailored to clients individual needs. We will always give you choice, value for money and above all a quality service. Fairhurst Financial Planning Ltd specialises in the following areas:

  • Pension Planning – individual and corporate
  • Retirement Solutions
  • Capital Investments
  • Protection – individual and corporate
  • Inheritance Tax Planning

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