Boyce Celebrates 30 Years in Moree
16 April 2008
Boyce Chartered Accountants recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the firm’s branch in Moree with a cocktail party for clients and colleagues to mark the occasion.
Boyce Moree is one of six Boyce offices located in major regional centres throughout the state. The firm employs more than 140 people and is one of the largest regional accounting practices in Australia.
Mick Boyce founded the firm in 1973 and today, although retired, still acts as a consultant to the firm. He attended the celebratory function and reminisced with guests about the early days of the Moree branch.
“The practice was established in Cooma, however, our client base included many farmers from the north-west of the state”, said Mr Boyce.
“Even so it was a big decision to open a second branch of the firm, in what was in 1978 quite an “out-post”, but we believed in the enormous agricultural potential of the region”.
The establishment of the Moree branch proved to be perfectly timed with a cotton industry in its infancy and a large number of cotton growers needing help to understand the financial aspects of their new businesses.
Today, Boyce Moree has a diverse client base, its own purpose-built building and employs 20 local people. Paul Fisher, a director of the firm who is based in Moree, said that Boyce offers excellent opportunities for young people to pursue their professional careers without having to move to a capital city.
“Our aim is to encourage young people to stay in the country”, said Mr Fisher.
“One way in which we do this is by offering an annual scholarship and guaranteed period of work to a third year accounting student from the University of New England”.
Charles Sullivan, a past recipient of the Boyce scholarship, is now employed full-time with the firm in Moree and is studying to become a chartered accountant.
“It is immensely satisfying to work with such a progressive accounting firm”, he said.
“I am learning so much and the firm’s team structure offers great support to new recruits”.
Boyce also has a cadetship program which is flexible and offers young people the opportunity to combine paid work with tertiary study.
Boyce has been listed in the Top 50 of the BRW Survey of Accounting Firms for the past six years and is recognised as offering a level of professionalism that many would expect to find only in the larger metropolitan-based firms.
“We live and work in the region, so the financial health and happiness of our clients, and our community, is of great importance to us”, said Boyce Moree director Phil Alchin.
Mr Alchin says that Boyce offer a full range of services aimed at maximising the wealth of their clients including specialist divisions to advise clients in areas such as family reorganisations, benchmarking, business planning, superannuation strategy advice and compliance, estate planning and complex tax advice.
The Boyce team has built an enduring reputation for combining their knowledge, insight and experience with personalised country service.
“As our recent 30 year anniversary indicates we are here for the long-term”, said Mr Alchin.