A POPULAR biscuit maker has teamed up with one of East Lancashire's oldest professional outfits to further their cause.

Farmhouse Biscuits, in Nelson, has enlisted Blackburn-based Beever and Struthers to handle their payroll, audit, tax and accountancy requirements.

The McIvor family has built up the bakery into a renowned supplier to a host of leading stores, while Beever and Struther (B&S), has been around for 120 years.

Iain Round, partner at B&S, said: “We are renowned for the delivery of tailor-made accountancy and wider business advice and expertise to small and medium-sized enterprises and in particular, family-owned and expanding businesses such as Farmhouse Biscuits and look forward to helping them to grow the business further.”

Gill McIvor added: “The business has grown enormously but we remain faithful to our traditional methods of baking and continue to hand down our combined wealth of experience from generation to generation.

“We feel the invaluable knowledge of Iain and his colleagues at Beever and Struthers can only help us to constantly improve the business while developing delicious new biscuits and recipes.”

Around 250 staff are now employed at Farmhouse's Brook Street bakery, which was started in 1973 by husband and wife Philip and Dorothy McIvor from their farm kitchen in Barrowford.