Pierce chairman to retire

Pierce chairman Graham Boyes is retiring from the business advisory and accountancy firm, passing on the baton after 32 years as the practice goes from strength to strength.

Graham BoyesHis 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.

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.

Pierce director John Green said: “Graham’s clients have known the care and attention of a superb professional and will not be disappointed going forward as their needs will continue to be met by a team of people who share his values and commitment to quality. “Practising what he preached about succession planning, Graham was mindful of building a strong team to continue his good work once he retired."