Danbro’s strategy for growth continues…

as acclaimed Lancashire ‘deal maker’ Rob Kenmare has been appointed Group Finance Director of Lytham-based Danbro Accounting, one of the fastest growing accountancy service providers in the UK.  The group offer specialist umbrella, accountancy, business and financial services.

Danbro MD Damian Broughton announced his ‘2020 Vision’ shortly after moving into Jubilee House, Lytham, earlier this year.  Mr Broughton explains: “We started our five year plan last year with the intention of getting the company up to £500m turnover; grow our workforce to 300-350 and almost double clients from 8000 to 15,000. “Rob joined us in November 2013 as Group Development Director. He is an adept strategist. He has helped with a key acquisition that has enabled us to have a fully operational London base in addition to our office In the City. “We believe wholeheartedly in the Northern Powerhouse but we must have a presence in the London area to serve the high volume of clients that we have in the southern counties. “Rob helped us secure that. He is a strategic thinker; he makes considered decisions, and has a good sense of perspective.”

Mr Kenmare admits: “Much of my work on strategic development and acquisitions has involved working closely with the financial function so this is a natural progression. We now have some idea of how proposed legislative changes in our market place will affect us and what our response will be. The industry needs to concur on the best way to provide services for recruitment agencies and end users. We will continue to ensure we grow the business, products and services, in the right way for our customers and staff.”

Rob Kenmare - Group Finance Director

Rob Kenmare – Group Finance Director

Mr Kenmare was born in Blackpool and grew up in Fleetwood, where he attended Rossall School before studying economics with accountancy at Loughborough University. He qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1996. He spent 15 years in merger and acquisitions initially at Ernst & Young and then Moore & Smalley where he became a partner before becoming a director at Barclays Corporate. He’s won Insider Lancashire’s ‘Dealmaker’ award three times and advised a wide range of businesses in and around the North West.

The keen sportsman concludes: “My dream job was professional sportsman – but this is the next best thing. And the dynamic nature of the company means that every day is different.”

Congratulations Rob from us all at Danbro!

1940s…!

This weekend saw a return to the 1940s in Lytham!   The atmosphere was wonderful with a brilliant weekend of entertainment, re-enactment and remembrance.  Historic vehicles, music and dance, memorabilia, thrilling battles, educational talks and demonstrations plus living history camp were the order of the day!

As well as dressing the part….

The Danbro Girls...1940s style!

The Danbro Girls…1940s style!

Great fun…see you next year ladies!

 

The Lytham Festival…!

What a fabulous week of entertainment during the Lytham Festival with music from Rae Morris, Tenors of Rock, Rebecca Ferguson, Scouting for Girls,  Faithless, Billy Ocean, East17, 5ive, Jimmy Sommerville (my favourite), Chesney Hawkes (dreamy!), Sinitta, McBusted, Jonathon Antoine, Laura Wright, AJ Brown, the Tootsie Rollers, Elaine Paige and Marti Pellow (my apologies if I’ve left someone off the list)!

Chesney!

Chesney!

Jimmy!

Jimmy!

 

But there were award winning comedians playing to the crowds as well and the Festival of Stories…a celebration of literature, art, word play, story telling, with Julian Clary and cult children’s author Joseph Delaney.  And don’t forget Grease and Moulin Rouge screened outside at Lytham Hall.

Danbro Rock Choir
Danbro Rock Choir

 

Danbro were delighted to sponsor the festival this year and the Danbro Rock Choir even took part on the Monday night at the Lowther Pavilion and Sunday night on the main stage.

Well done guys you were brilliant!

 

 

Debbie and one of the boys!
Debbie and one of the boys!

 

Saturday night and McBusted were the headlining act…they were fantastic….fun, energetic and great entertainment (and a little naughty)!

Our very own Debbie Mahon got to experience a “meet and greet” and loved every minute!

 

On the Sunday, at the Last Night of the Proms, the amazing RAF Falcons parachuted into the arena!  All looked rather dapper on stage afterwards in their uniforms!

Well lovely Lytham welcomed over 70,000 visitors this last week to see Lancashire’s largest live music event!

Lots of people!

Lots of people!

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So here’s looking forward to 2016!

Faithless, Pendulum, Danny Howard…night one, Main Stage, off with a bang!

The first night of Lytham Festival 2015 out on the Green was certainly no ‘warm up’. As the late evening sun lit the crowd, Danny Howard got things going before Pendulum upped the stakes, however, it was Faithless who stole the evening with a 15 song set and some impressive pyrotechnics to accompany their crowd pleasing hits.

Photos from the night!

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Great Reviews…

Scouting for Girls!

Scouting for Girls!

I’m hearing great reviews about the Scouting For Girls concert held last night at the Lowther Pavilion, Lytham…here’s what some of the Danbro team had to say:


They were FANTASTIC!  I really enjoyed them and it brought back some happy memories!  The atmosphere was brilliant, they got everybody involved and in a good mood!  I will definitely go and see them again!   Chanel Clough,  Facilities Assistant at Danbro

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Last night I had the great pleasure of attending ‘Scouting for Girls’ in concert at Lowther Pavilion. It was an amazing concert and you really felt part of the night in such an intimate setting.  The band were fantastic live and they interacted well with the audience – the room was rocking along to many of their greatest hits!  Susan Cartmel, Receptionist

*****

Great concert and a fabulous night out!  Glenn Swift, HR Administrator


Sounds like a good night was had by all!

Behind the Scenes…

As sponsors of the Lytham Festival this year Danbro staff were invited to a “behind the scenes” look at the arena last night…trust me it looks a lot bigger from inside!

View from the stage!

View from the stage!

The tour included the “green room” (where the performers sit just before going on stage), dressing rooms, the enormous stage and the VIP area.

 

 

Such a cool look!
Such a cool look!

 

Unfortunately it was a bit of a gloomy night weather wise but here’s a couple of the lads rockin’ the festival look!

The whole area looks great and there’s so much to do including plenty of choices when it comes to eating!

The catering staff will look after over 750 covers every night in the VIP area alone!  The menu this year has been tweaked to tie in with the theme of the evening…so the 80/90s night will be interesting!  But I can safely say if the canapés are anything to go by you are in for a treat!

 

Our thanks to Cuffe & Taylor for inviting us and showing us around!

See you over the weekend…look out for the Danbro Rock Choir performing on Sunday evening!

BBC Radio Lancashire interviews Danbro choristers!

Five of the Danbro choristers responded to an 11th hour call to turn up in Lytham Square yesterday (3rd) to be interviewed by John Gillmore of BBC Lancashire. They rushed down to the square during their usual working day ahead of their debut performance with the Tenors of Rock at the Lowther Pavilion.

Check out the interview (from 1.50-1.57pm and 2.10 to 2.15). http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02xr74p

Well done guys!  You all sounded great!

The Danbro Choristers!

The Danbro Choristers!

 

Being Interviewed!

Being Interviewed!

The Danbro Rock Choir…exciting news!

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Danbro is very proud not only to be a sponsor of the Lytham Festival for 2015 (with a great line-up of musicians) but also that our Danbro Rock Choir will be making a number of appearances!

Here’s some exciting news on future performances…

MONDAY, 3rd AUGUST – at the Lowther Pavilion, Lytham

Full support slot by the Danbro Rock Choir and band for the “Tenors of Rock” show. Evening performance. PLUS an invitation to perform a song with the Tenors of Rock during their performance!

SUNDAY, 9th AUGUST – main stage at the Lytham Festival, Lytham Green

A performance on the main stage at Lytham Festival, on the Last Night of the Proms – complete with full orchestral backing!  This will feature the Danbro Rock Choir PLUS a surprise during the performance of Jonathan Antoine and Laura Wright.

Come and join us…we’d love to see you there!

Check out the Lytham Festival website for more information!

Lytham Festival - Line up!

Lytham Festival – Line up!

 

What a difference 9 weeks makes for Inteb…

The Inteb / BE team with cake on our first day at Jubilee House!

The Inteb / BE team with cake on our first day at Jubilee House!

9 weeks ago the small team at Inteb was working in 4 separate rooms within a business centre, with 3 or 4 of us in each room – some upstairs, some downstairs and each room with a heavy, closed fire door separating us from our workmates. Now, we’re all working in one, light modern space, with new furniture, a staff break-out space, our own meeting rooms, washrooms and kitchen (luxury of luxuries after sharing in a business centre)!

We can walk around and have those ‘water cooler’ moments of spontaneous discussion with colleagues, about work matters or about other things. I feel like I know more about the jobs my colleagues do now and I’m more connected to their successes and challenges. If a new piece of business comes in, the whole room shares it, if someone hits an IT brick wall, a quick shout-out to the room usually flushes out someone who has tackled that before and can help.

Importantly I also know more about my colleagues now as people: One is a Beaver leader; another has a qualification to rescue stranded seals, should she discover any; a third has a serious weakness for Percy Pig sweets!   It’s not that we previously hid these things from each other – it’s just we just never really had the opportunity to discover them!

Then there’s the impact our new location has on everyone who comes to see us.  Suppliers, clients, partners and potential employees alike have all been hugely complimentary about Jubilee House and about the experience of coming here.  Parking is easy, Reception are smiley and efficient, the WIFI and mobile phone reception work (which wasn’t the case where we were before!) the food is great and the location is stunning.  We laugh with our contacts about coming to Inteb for an ice cream at Jubilee House by the seaside – and we’re pleased to be seen as somewhere people want to come and visit (and we’re happy to buy ice creams if that’s what it takes to make people feel good).

Like all growing businesses we’re still grappling with the usual stuff: building the sales pipeline, cash flow; attracting and retaining staff and offering them a career path within a small team  etc.  It’s been a huge commitment for a business of our size to take space at Jubilee House, but we see it as a bold statement of intent, a message that we’re heading for great things.

I think we’re going to need a lot of ice cream!

Julia Westcott, PA to Philip Hargreaves, Inteb

Jubilee House, East Beach, Lytham

A week of fundraising at Danbro…

On hearing of the Nepal Earthquake only a couple of weeks ago and the devastating affect this has had our thoughts turned to how Danbro could help and do whatever we could to support the work Operation Orphan are doing in Nepal.  (Operation Orphan is a charity designed to create a brighter future for orphans and vulnerable children in our world. For many of these children, education, employment and a decent standard of living are simply out of reach – please check out their website for further details www.operation-orphan.org).

With heads together and ideas flowing we decided to start our week of fundraising with the opportunity for everybody to dress down (usually this only happens on a Friday).  Fiona and Jenny put together a sweepstake using characters from animation films and a “spot the ball” competition.  And, of course, a traditional Danbro Bake Sale!

Throughout the week all our wonderful bakers have been gearing up for the Bake Sale on Friday – you would not believe how competitive they are!  Mind you the cakes are fantastic.  Our thanks to Brothers of Charity as well for donating all the money from the sale of their cakes today in the coffee shop.

Too many to choose from !

Too many to choose from !

It’s Friday and Bake day has finally arrived.  Aly has loaded up the trolley ready to take them around the building…although a few of us did sneak in early!  Can definitely recommend them all.  I have never seen so many fabulous gorgeous cakes (I think I tried most of them as well!)!

Yummy!

Yummy!

Operation Orphan have done an amazing job supporting those in need where they can in Nepal and we hope that we’ve helped in some way.  We’ve managed to raise over £500 – so thank you everybody at Danbro for joining in!