Practical business solutions

About PBS

Practical Business Solutions does exactly what it says on the tin, we provide practical advice and services to business people, and individuals.  

There are five things that are important to us



We pride ourselves on being honest at all times, no matter what.



In a world where moral principles go out the window for the sake of a few pounds, we continue to act with integrity.


Mutual Trust and Respect

Unless we are given a reason to doubt, we will trust our clients implicitly, and we expect the same in return.



We have two ears and one mouth, we listen twice as much as we speak so that we can be sure that we understand our clients.


We Care

Most importantly, we take great care in everything we do.

It is vital that our values resonate with our clients so that the journey ahead is smooth sailing.

The PBS Story

At Practical Business Solutions (PBS), our journey has been marked by dedication, growth, and a commitment to delivering unparalleled service. The business was founded by Mike Hickman, who has worked tirelessly to grow the business organically to where it is today. Here’s a glimpse into our story, illustrating significant milestones:


Our humble beginnings trace back to when Mike, while working as a consultant, envisioned a firm that would simplify complex financial processes for businesses. With this vision, he laid the foundation of Practical Business Solutions right from his spare bedroom.


Our dedication to excellence didn’t go unnoticed. Within a year, our clientele grew significantly, prompting us to move to a more professional setting. We found our new home at Hewitt House in Orrell, marking our first significant milestone.


With an aim to cater to niche markets, we introduced ‘Practical Sporting Solutions’. This specialized wing was created to assist sporting professionals in navigating the intricate world of tax and financial planning.


A decade since our inception, our growth story reached another pivotal moment. To cater for our ever-increasing clientele, we moved to a larger office space and welcomed new team members. This move wasn’t just about the physical space; it was a testament to our commitment to adapt, grow, and serve our clients better. 



Practical Business Solutions merged with DNS Accountants, creating a dynamic partnership that strengthens our ability to provide top-tier services. This union signifies our dedication to enhancing our clients’ experience and expanding our capabilities as a unified entity.


When I started Practical Business Solutions in 2010, I was determined to break away from the ordinary and create something exceptional for our local businesses in Wigan and across the country. Our vision was to provide a level of service that went  beyond the standard offerings of traditional accountancy firms. We believed that by combining our expertise with a personal touch, we could make a real difference in the financial success of our clients. Today, our dedicated team continues to uphold these values, offering tailored solutions and unwavering commitment to help our fellow businesses thrive. Come and join us on this journey as we work together to achieve your financial goals.

What we strive for

At Practical Business Solutions, we take the time to understand your current individual needs and future goals, so that we can provide tailored advice suited to you.

We understand that running a business can be tricky

By using Practical Business Solutions, you can sleep at night knowing your business finances are being looked after. We really listen to what you are trying to achieve and match our services to make your goals a reality. We ensure that you remain compliant with HMRC, whilst maximising your profit, ensuring that you take advantage of every tax break available to you.

We make it our business to find ways to improve the profitability of your business, using the tools available to us.

Mike Hickman

Have a question?

Why not email, or drop us a line we will be happy to discuss and help with any project you have.