Company director Bill Mancer has worked in the financial sector since the 1990s until 2002 working first as a General Manager for finance at Sanitarium and then as a Financial Controller for Tip-Top Bread, a subsidiary of George Western Foods.
Due to family circumstances, Bill realised that he would need a lot more flexibility in his working hours and so he gave up salaried employment to start out on his own. Although personal circumstances forced his hand, Bill had gained a lot of valuable experience in the commercial world and wanted to create a future of his own. With family support, he created Rise Accountants, named after his desire to see his clients’ businesses grow.
During the business’s infancy, Bill took a chance by going into business with another accountant. Together they brought in 100 new clients between them and expanded by buying a block of fees on the North Shore. However, it quickly became clear how much disrepair the business was in: less than 25% of tax returns were being filed. When Bill told the staff of that firm that, within a year, they would file 90% of their tax returns on time, they didn’t believe him. The business managed 99%. “Staff that we planning on quitting turned around their decision when they saw what their branch could become.” In 2015 Bill sold the Waiuku branch with another in the region so that he could focus more on his region of Auckland.
Rise Accountants is still going strong 15 years on.