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Senior Partner at Whitehead & Aldrich set to retire after 34 years 3 weeks ago

Senior Partner at Whitehead & Aldrich set to retire after 34 years

Richard Mullineaux, Senior Partner at Whitehead & Aldrich is retiring at the end of September after 34 years with the firm.

He started his career in accountancy as an articled clerk in Preston with Moore and Smalley in 1965 and after becoming a fully qualified Chartered Accountant in 1969 moved to Deloitte in Manchester.  After 14 years in Manchester, Preston finally exerted its pull on him and he returned to his home city to join Whitehead & Aldrich.

Over the years, Richard has formed long standing relationships with many clients, offering advice and support to aid their business growth. In some cases, he's even seen businesses pass from one generation to the next!

Founded in 1906, Whitehead & Aldrich is one of Preston's oldest established accountancy firms.  With a team of sixteen they're based in a stunning historic building in the heart of Preston in Winckley Square. Clients have come to trust and value the team's support over the years and some have been with the firm since the very beginning.

When asked how he felt, Richard said, It will certainly be strange not coming to work each day after all these years, but I must say I'm looking forward to having more time with my grandchildren and also on the golf course. I'm hoping the team will allow me to pop in for a coffee and a biscuit every now and again, and I wonder if I ask nicely, whether I'll be allowed to use the carpark when I'm in central Preston sometimes too!

David Greenwood, Partner at Whitehead & Aldrich commented, During his 34 years with the firm there has hardly been a day when Richard was not present. His dedication and his sage advice will be missed by both the firm and its clients. We wish Richard and his wife Linda a long and happy retirement.

For further information contact Jonathan Hughes-Deane, Partner at Whitehead & Aldrich on 01772 259625 or email

Introduction to Equity Investment for SMEs 1 month, 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Introduction to Equity Investment for SMEs

University of Central Lancashire

Need finance for growth?

Want to understand what venture capital is and how to successfully apply?

Perhaps unsure whether venture capital or business angel finance is right for you?

Led by experienced investors, the University of Central Lancashire’s Investment Readiness programme is designed to demystify the world of equity finance and prepare ambitious businesses with growth potential to apply for much needed investment.

Join us at our group introductory workshop to ensure you are well equipped to clearly present your proposition and demonstrate you have a credible plan to deliver the results that investors are looking for.

Event format

An overview of private and institutional investors
What investors are looking for and what they are not looking for
The venture capital and angel investment process
Introduction to due diligence, the term sheet and legal process
The importance of your investment pitch
Contributions from investors and nationally recognised experts in their fields.

Who should attend

Anyone actively seeking equity investment for their business or wanting to gain an insight into the investment process in preparation for future needs.

Following the introductory workshop, participants have the opportunity to receive one-to-one assistance from experienced investors and attend further specialist workshops.

Purpose of programme

The purpose of the programme is to help businesses prepare themselves for investment from business angels and venture capitalists. This structured programme of investor-led input and investment readiness guidance, takes growth businesses through all aspects of the investment process and helps management build a compelling investment case.

For further information on the programme please call +44 (0)1772 895656 or email

*Eligibility: The event and programme are funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and so is only eligible to Lancashire based SME's seeking equity investment into their business.

Upon receiving your Eventbrite booking request, the team will contact you to confirm eligibility and liaise with you about registering for the programme in advance of attending.

Date and time: Thursday 14 September 2017 12 noon – 4.30pm

Location: The University of Central Lancashire, Media Factory, Kirkham Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2XQ

Eventbrite link


Date and time: Thursday 12 October 2017 12 noon – 4.30pm

Location: The Globe Arena, Christie Way, Westgate, Morecambe, LA4 4TB

Eventbrite link

Orb's 501 in 50 1 month, 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Orb's 501 in 50

On 28th July 2017 the epic 501 miles in 50 day challenge began. The aim is to raise £1,000 to donate to Manchesters Children’s Hospital as part of their Many Hands Campaign.

The Many Hands Campaign is run by Theo Pathits (Drangon's Den fame), and is a ‘competition’ amongst 50 small businesses in Manchester. Each business will raise £1,000 for the hospital.

This year the £50,000 will buy a new state of the art X-Ray machine for the children. The business who has the most inventive way of bringing in their £1,000 will win a business meeting with Theo himself.

So I have gathered together ‘Team Orb’ - Myself, my wife Julie, my 6 year old son Thomas and my 2 sub contractors Rob and Hayden, and between us we will cover 501 miles in 50 days.

So far we have been cycling, running and swimming our way through the miles, but why make it easy? 

As part of the 180 miles already covered my amazing son Thomas has taken part in a 1 mile road race and will take on more challenges like this over the next couple of weeks.

I have run the lakeland 50 Ultra Marathon (50 miles run off-road in the Lake District) and completed a 10 mile run dressed as Humphrey the Bear (the hospital mascot!), believe me, that was harder than the 50 miles in the Lakes! 

To keep updated on the action as it happens, please follow us on Twitter @OrbRopeAccess 

Our final 1 mile will take place on day 50 of this epic challenge where myself, Rob and Haydn will rope climb 1 mile (think the Burj Khalifa, twice, and a little bit more!) 

And so as we continue on our 501 mile journey, Team Orb would be incredibly grateful if you or your business would like to contribute to this amazing charity and as a special ‘Thank you’ I will be able to share with you all the great business tips I pick up from Theo when we win the competition!!!!

Take on a Mission for your local Air Ambulance Charity 1 month, 4 weeks, 1 day ago

Take on a Mission for your local Air Ambulance Charity

Join the North West Air Ambulance Charity this September for its annual Mission Walk – a scenic hike through Lancashire’s countryside in aid of the charity’s lifesaving work.  

The event, which will be held on Sunday 17th September and form part of National Air Ambulance Week celebrations, will give supporters the chance to raise funds to keep the North West Air Ambulance Charity’s helicopters in the air. Participants can choose between two scenic routes - a challenging 10km hike or a gentler 8.5km family walk – both of which will take place in beautiful Wyresdale Park near Preston.

The walk will begin at 1pm, with registration open from 12pm. In the event village, alongside food stalls and entertainment, participants will have the chance to meet paramedics and to chat to members of the fundraising team. All walkers who complete their mission will receive a special edition t-shirt they can wear with pride on the day and medal as a reward.

Last year, the charity flew over 2,000 rescue missions throughout the region and the service completely relies on public donations to keep its helicopters operational.  

Entry fee is £15 for an adult raising sponsorship, and £7.50 for children aged 6-15 years. To register for the Mission Walk please visit or call the team on 0800 587 4570.

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