Lincolnshire-based chartered accountants, Forrester Boyd, are celebrating their 85th anniversary with the appointment of a new chairman and three new partners at their Louth office.
As one of the largest independent chartered accountancy practices in Lincolnshire and the Humber region, Forrester Boyd are delighted to be welcoming to the team, partners, Toni Beecroft, Adam Millson and Nicola Hunt and chairman Lee Bradbury.
Taking over as the new Louth office chairman from Alan Nesbitt, who is retiring next spring after 24 years, is partner and chartered accountant, Lee.
Lee advises clients across a number of sectors, and heads up the firm’s Agricultural specialist team.
Over the years he has guided numerous loyal clients through a myriad of changes – maintaining relationships that extend way beyond their financial situations.
Lee said: “Farming, particularly in Lincolnshire, is a way of life for the vast majority of my clients and we are here to offer independent support and advice through the highs and lows that come with the sector.”
Meanwhile three of Lee’s colleagues are delighted to be stepping up from manager to partnership level at the firm.
Toni, Adam and Nicola are all looking forward to their new roles in the Louth office.
Nicola, with more than 20 years’ experience, will be working alongside Lee in the agricultural sector, and her passion is the relationships she builds with her clients, which is a key to her success.
Nicola said: “We all take a genuine interest in what our clients do, and I consider myself to have grown with them over the years, in fact in many ways I am a part of their farming families.
“I get to know their lives, their business, and their opportunities and challenges.”
With Brexit and the end of the CAP subsidy payments on the horizon, Nicola’s role with many of her clients is more important now, than ever.
“This is perhaps the biggest single change within the agricultural sector in recent history and requires planning and communication between myself and my clients.”
Toni is another Forrester Boyd accountant to rise to Partner after a career spanning more than 20 years.
Studying accountancy at A-Levels, she worked as assistant manager and then manager in 2015.
With a highly specialist knowledge within the small business sector, her eclectic mix of clients range from sole business owners to larger professional tradesmen with employees.
Toni said: “Change is always around the corner and it is my focus to ensure that change is done in the right way and for the right reasons.
“It is my relationship with my clients that enables me to understand and assist.”
Adam has played an integral role within the education sector, dealing with local and regional schools as they move from conversion to becoming established academies.
His client base ranges from the smaller single academy to large multi-academy trusts.
Studying for his accountancy exams whilst working, he rose to manager level before accepting his Partnership this autumn.
“My work here is varied and extremely interesting and I enjoy it tremendously.”
“Academy work can be challenging, and my reward comes in assisting members of the schools’ teams to carry out and develop their roles, whist ensuring their organisations are on a sound financial footing.”
Partner of Forrester Boyd, Philip George, said: “There is little doubt of the way in which Lincoln has grown over the last two decades, a growth that has reflected the rise in the popularity of the University.
“People are no longer seeing Lincoln as a stepping-stone, instead it is somewhere they want to come to, to stay.”
“There is much more of an awareness of business in the region and what is going on, and the whole county is stronger as a result.”
As he looks to retire from the business, Alan Nesbitt is also delighted to be welcoming the new Partners, leaving the Louth office in the best hands to grow into the future.
He said of his career and chairmanship: “I can genuinely say that I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
“There is great satisfaction in working with so many different clients and in building long-lasting relationships.”
“I have seen people start a business in their back rooms who are now turning over millions of pounds.
“It’s massively rewarding being a part of that growth and helping contribute to their success.”
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