Graham hands over the reins at accountancy firm

Graham Boyes of Pierce
Graham Boyes of Pierce
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A leading figure in the success of a Lancashire business advisory and accountancy firm is passing on the baton after 32 years.

Pierce CA Ltd chairman Graham Boyes is retiring confident that his client portfolio is in the capable hands of colleagues.

His portfolio will be managed by Ben Smith, Gary Speak, Simon Diggle, Paul Moulding, John Corteen and Paul Warren.

Respected by colleagues and clients as a “charismatic, energetic and professional man”, Graham, 66, who lives in the Ribble Valley, is credited with helping Pierce to establish its extensive client base.

He marked his retirement with a celebration lunch attended by past and present colleagues and clients at The Out Barn, Clough Bottom, Bashall Eaves, near Clitheroe.

Guests included former Pierce colleagues Mike Wills, Eddie Nutter, Simon Baxendale and John Thompson, and serving directors David Sharpe and Ben Smith.

Also invited were current Pierce CA shareholders Paul Warren, John Green, Mark Maden-Wilkinson and Nadeem Hussain.

Speaking about his retirement, Graham said: “I have had an amazing time at Pierce, making many great friends while providing some inspirational entrepreneurs with advice that has helped them to grow successful businesses of their own.

“Some of that advice included succession planning and I am pleased to say that Pierce has a team in place who will ensure it can go from strength to strength by continuing to deliver the high level of service for which Pierce is renowned.”

It was in 1983 that Graham left his job as financial director with The Slinger Group, Great Harwood, to join PF Pierce and Co’s Accrington office.

He maintained his former employer as a client.