Ben Smith becomes a Director
We are delighted to announce that Ben Smith has accepted a promotion to the Board of Pierce and has become one of our Directors.
Ben graduated in 2001 with MEng (Hons) from Durham University. Following a career in engineering, Ben joined Pierce in 2005 when he retrained as a Chartered Accountant.
Following a stint in industry as an accountant for a blue chip company, Ben returned to Pierce. Since then he has advised a broad range of clients as a general practitioner and has developed a specialism in Research and Development Tax Claims.
Ben looks after a substantial number of SME clients and will be growing his portfolio in the immediate future.
“I moved to the North west from my home in the Midlands in 1992 to run a business in Pendle. I was fortunate to be able to secure the professional support of Graham Boyes and his team, right from the beginning. In 2013 the business, grown from those roots, was sold and I retired. In the intervening years our enterprise had changed significantly but at every stage its development was ably assisted by advice from the same source.
The final period of my involvement in the business was concerned with its sale to our most significant customer. It was during an extended period of frenetic, sometimes traumatic activity that my fellow shareholders and I got to know and appreciate the skills and professionalism of Ben Smith. His knowledge of the process of disposal, his ability to handle the accounting complexity and also to understand the legal implications, helped to ensure a successful transaction.
It is testimony to Ben’s abilities that our purchaser has been very complimentary about his role and shares the same high regard as we have for him. I congratulate him on his well deserved appointment; Pierce has a valuable asset and one which I shall miss contact with in my retirement.” Philip Cox
“I have been in business for over 35 years. Ben is, without doubt, the best accountant that I have ever worked with” Philip (Pip) Stewart