Positivity and relationships crucial for growth

Business is buoyant for Blackburn-based commercial law firm Taylors, and its managing partner is encouraging other firms to do business ‘the Blackburn way’ to capitalise on the economy’s emergence from recession.

Taylors reported strong growth in the last two years, with a 68% increase in profits before tax in 2012/13, followed by a further 25% in 2013/14. The company also saw growth in turnover of more than 20% in both years.

Elaine Hurn, managing partner, said: “This strong growth is in part down to a healthier and more vibrant economic landscape. What we feel is really setting businesses apart at the moment is positivity and relationships, and these are two key focuses for our business.

“Positivity creates a breeding ground for success, making businesses more attractive to prospective clients and customers. Focussing on relationships improves client and customer retention and gives a solid foundation for ambitious growth. This is the Blackburn way of doing business.”

In 1991, founding partners Elaine Hurn and Tony Catterall, who were later joined by Andrew Livesey, who are all Blackburn born and raised, left the big city law firms of Manchester to set up on their own.

“Selecting Blackburn as the location for our business was in part because we grew up here, but it also made good commercial sense. The entrepreneurial spirit, strong manufacturing and creative heritage, and the sensibility of how business is done suited what we were trying to achieve – offering big city law firm talent on the doorstep of businesses in key sectors,” said Elaine.

The firm maintains specialisms in manufacturing, textiles & home furnishings and creative, with a national standing in intellectual property – Taylors is the only northern law firm to have been appointed as a Legal Affiliate to work the national organisation, Anti Copying in Design (ACID) Specialist services are a strategic focus for Taylors as the team continue to provide a national level of service at a local level.

Elaine added: “We have a passion for Blackburn and East Lancashire at Taylors. This is why it is so encouraging to see initiatives such as Hive that aim to spread an upbeat and positive feeling amongst businesses and what the area has to offer. By bringing business leaders together and encouraging them to talk, best practices can be shared and valuable relationships developed. “We all need to have a pride in Blackburn and Darwen, and a pride in what our own business is achieving, as well as what our clients, suppliers and associates’ businesses are achieving.”