End of June, end of an era!!
We would like to say a huge “Thank You” to 2 of our senior colleagues who left the firm at the end of June. Keith Ross is retiring after 25 years as our audit manager to conquer the world of seniors golf and Audrey Miller is leaving to concentrate on her own family business having guided our Grantown office for the last 6 years. We wish them all the very best with their future endeavours.
MFR Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Appeal 2019
Staff at MacKenzie Kerr wore their Christmas jumpers to work in return for a donation which helped raise much needed funds for the MFR Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Appeal.
Highland Cross announced its 2019 fundraising total of £286,121, and presented the 5 principal benefiting charities with their cheques.
MacKenzie Kerr have now provided voluntary admin support throughout the year for this event for the past 17 years, as well as being helpers on the day of the event since 1988.
Well done to all the competitors, volunteers and charities who have worked together over the years to raise a 37 year total of over £5.3million.
MacKenzie Kerr are proud to be one of the main sponsors of Highland Cross, a charity which provides benefit to local causes in the Highland community.
The charity event, a duathlon which starts from Morvich in the west coast of Scotland to Beauly in the east coast, 20 miles on foot and 30 miles cycling, has been held on the Saturday closest to midsummer’s day since its conception in 1983. As a firm we have been helping out with the registration at the start of the event since 1988, taking over the administration for the event in 2003.
Every penny of sponsorship raised in the 37 years of the event has been passed across to the benefiting charities and any surpluses donated to smaller causes each year, resulting in over £5million being handed over to charities in the Highland area.
Two colleagues from our Inverness office, Marie Eddie and Martin Nairn, along with Michelle McCormick from our Grantown office took part in the event this year, raising the fantastic sum of £1,190.
Marie and Michelle were first time “Crossers” but this was Martin’s 3rd Crossing and his PB finish in a time of 4.58.17.
Well done to them all.
Rhona Wilson promoted to Director
Rhona Wilson has been promoted to director having been with MacKenzie Kerr for 31 years, joining the firm in 1988 as a part-qualified accountant.
John Fraser, senior director of the firm, commented ‘I am very pleased to welcome Rhona to the director group. She has consistently provided a high level of support and advice to our clients and will continue to do so in her new role. As a business, we are continually looking to improve and enhance career opportunities here to enable our staff to reach their full potential.’
Rhona, who is one of the firm’s audit directors, works on a variety of client sectors with a strong emphasis on charitable organisations. She added ‘I am delighted to be given the opportunity to continue to work with my clients at this level and also to be involved in the ongoing growth and development strategy of the firm as it continues to expand’.
John added ‘Our offices in Inverness and Grantown on Spey both look forward to welcoming new recruits over the coming months as the firm continues to grow. Training and mentoring of our people is a key part of our strategy to enable them to provide the service that our clients expect and in the future we hope to see further promotions from within the existing team’
The Parliamentary Review 2017/2018
MacKenzie Kerr are proud to have been featured in this year's Parliamentary Review, an annual initiative to showcase best practice in all sectors of business across the UK.
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Happy Retirement Tommy!
After 29 years working in our Inverness office, Tommy Cumming has retired. We are most grateful for Tommy's valuable service over the years and wish Tommy every happiness in his retirement.
Karens 25 Years Service
The directors would like to congratulate Karen MacMillan on reaching 25 years service with MacKenzie Kerr. Karen is the twelfth current employee to reach that milestone.
ICAS President visits MacKenzie Kerr Ltd
Sir Brian Souter, the current President of The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, accompanied by Jeremy Clarke of ICAS, took time out from their busy schedule to spend an afternoon with some of the directors of Mackenzie Kerr Limited for a lively discussion on many topics including the local economy, unregulated accountants and our role in training the next generation.
MFR’s Mission Christmas Appeal 2017
MacKenzie Kerr Ltd are proud to help support MFR’s Mission Christmas appeal – Emma MacMillan, daughter of our colleague Karen MacMillan, is pictured handing over the gifts to MFR.
Thanks to everyone who donated this year.
Highland Cross 2017 Presentation Night
As one of the main sponsors of the Highland Cross, we are delighted that it has been another record breaking year raising a total of £280,346 for this year's nominated charities. The total now raised over the 35 years by the Highland Cross is £4.7 million. A huge thank you to everyone involved whether you were a competitor, someone who sponsored a competitor or one of the hundreds of volunteers that help organise and marshal the event!
At the annual presentation night it is always very humbling to listen to each charity explain the quite literally life changing difference this funding will make to them. This is the real purpose to the Highland Cross. A very proud team tonight. Thank you one and all.
MacKenzie Kerr Limited, the accountants who count them on and count them off the course.
The Corrieyairack Challenge 2017
Every year our client, The Speyside Trust organises a well-known event, The Corrieyairack Challenge, which runs from Fort Augustus to their centre at Badaguish near Aviemore. Although perhaps best known as a duathlon, this event can also be done from start to finish by mountain bike.
The Trust, which is a registered charity, runs this event annually to raise funds for their centre which offers people with a disability the chance to enjoy the outdoors in a safe environment. In addition they offer short break respite care activity holidays for both adults and children with 24 hour care from qualified and experienced staff.
This year one of our directors, Fiona Macritchie, took part in the duathlon. She was delighted to be first lady across the line and commented 'The Corrieyairack is an event that I had always wanted to do. It was so well run and the marshals were wonderful throughout the course. The bike handover was well organised and at the finish the hospitality was fantastic, as it was on the Friday night at the pasta party. I would highly recommend this event to anyone as the whole route can be cycled or you can choose to walk the first section instead of running. The most important thing is that you know that your entry fee and any sponsorship monies raised are going to a wonderful cause'
We wish The Speyside Trust every success with future events and why not put the 7th July 2018 as a date in your diary for next year's challenge!
Fiona Macritchie joins Mackenzie Kerr
We are delighted to announce that Fiona Macritchie FCCA, CTA has joined our team as Director.
Fiona most recently worked as a Partner with another local firm, and has over 20 years’ experience as a qualified accountant and tax professional, serving clients involved in agriculture, tourism and manufacturing industries. Fiona is looking forward to working with MacKenzie Kerr to strengthen the team and grow the business.
Speaking on behalf of the Directors, John Fraser, said “We wish to extend a very warm welcome to Fiona and are thrilled that she has accepted this key position in our firm. Her professional experience and skills will undoubtedly enable us to further enhance our services to clients throughout the North of Scotland”.
Highland Cross 2017
As one of the main sponsors for the Highland Cross, our Directors would like to congratulate all competitors that have been successful in securing a place in the oversubscribed event. We hope your training is going well as it now only 10 weeks until the event on the 17th of June. The Kintail registration team which consists of staff from Mackenzie Kerr all look forward to meeting you on the morning of the Cross and will safely set you off on your adventure. The Mackenzie Kerr time recording team will look forward to your safe arrival in Beauly.
Mackenzie Kerr Limited, the accountants who count them on and count them off the course!!
Director Roy Watson who is a keen curler recently won the Sutherland Province knockout competition with his Brora curling team. Roy learnt to curl in the Brora curling rink and has continued to be a member of the club as they now curl at the Inverness Ice Rink. ( L-R) Denise Ross, Claire Gibb and Val Murray.
Another keen curler from the office is Elizabeth Christie, who is a member of Inverness Ice Rink Ladies club. They were the Inverness Province Div 5 league winners. The team nearly had a 100% record and have secured promotion to Div 4 for next season. Elizabeth (far right) is pictured with her winning team mates, (L-R) Kirsty Ruck, Jan Lyle and Eunice Macdonald.
As one of the main sponsors of the Highland Cross, we are absolutely delighted that in 2016 it was another record fundraising year for the Highland Cross with over £277,000 raised for the nominated charities. In the 34 year history of the Highland Cross it has now raised over £4.4million for local charities. Our association with the Highland Cross started back in 1988 and we are very proud that our sponsorship has continued to grow every year since then.
MFR Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Appeal
Staff at MacKenzie Kerr took part in Christmas Jumper Day raising funds for the MFR Mission Christmas Cash for Kids Appeal.
Happy Retirement Caroline!
After 17 years working at the Grantown on Spey office, Caroline Duff has retired. Latterly Caroline was the main person dealing with all clients’ payroll requirements, and she enjoyed a very close and friendly relationship with everyone. Caroline was originally recruited as an Accounts Assistant, however her previous experience in payroll quickly became very useful, as the payroll department expanded quickly. We are most grateful for Caroline’s valuable contribution over the years and wish Caroline every happiness in her retirement. She will remain a good friend of the Grantown team!
HIGHLAND CROSS 2016
On Saturday 18th June 2016, 15 staff and members of their families turned out to assist with the 24th Highland Cross. As MacKenzie Kerr organise the registration at Kintail, there is no chance of a Saturday morning “long lie” and the team meet up at the office just after 6am to arrive before the competitors and set up the registration process. At the other end of the event in Beauly, we set up computer facilities and others help with the finish line, information point and collating all the results and prize winners.
Over the years, quite a few of our staff have taken part in the event and this year Elizabeth Christie completed her second Highland Cross along with Fiona Macleod, now in the Police but many years ago a MacKenzie Kerr employee. Well done to both of them and also to all those in the office and elsewhere who have sponsored them.
This is the 29th year that MacKenzie Kerr have been involved with assisting at the Highland Cross registration in Kintail. Although the office has supported a number of charities in different ways over the years, Highland Cross has consistently been supported by us and we are now one of the main sponsors of the event which has raised more than £4.1million over the 34 years which it has been running. As the event is run entirely by volunteers, all of the funds raised have been donated in full to meet the costs of capital projects by Highland Charities.
We look forward to our 30th year of involvement in 2017 and perhaps some more of our staff may also take part as competitors as well as volunteers. For more information on Highland Cross see www.highlandcross.co.uk.
Clydesdale Bank Professional Firms Quiz Night in aid of Highland Hospice.
The Clydesdale Bank held a fundraising quiz night on the 25th March which Mackenzie Kerr duly entered. To our surprise we were the winning team on the night. The team consisted of Linda Lyle, Tommy Cumming, Karen Anderson and Roy Watson. They are pictured along with Doug Green, Pat Kozlowski and George Moodie from the Clydesdale Bank after being presented with the trophy.
The Clydesdale Bank also gave every team a £5 Commemorative Polymer Banknote that they have recently introduced. We decided to raffle this within our firm with every employee paying £1 for a chance to keep the £5 note. The winner was Becky Kelbie and this raised a further £42 for the Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal.
Strength in Numbers
We are pleased to announce that from 1 April we have merged with Burnett and Co, Chartered Accountants who are based in Grantown on Spey. See article below extracted from the Strathspey and Badenoch Herald.
Burnett and Co was founded in 1995 by Lindsay Burnett and Lindsay joined us as a director of MacKenzie Kerr Limited and is happy to remain at the Grantown office. The Grantown office employs 7 staff and we are delighted they will all be staying with Lindsay continuing to help him run the office.
The merger follows 2 years of discussions in which we realised that we both have the same aims and philosophy about how we can help clients. The expansion will strengthen both of our offices. We will be able to offer a greater range of services over a wider area of the Highlands and Islands, giving our clients a choice of offices to visit.
One change resulting from the merger is the moving of the Grantown payroll bureau to the Inverness office. With greater resources in the Inverness office we are able to offer clients assistance with implementing pension auto enrolment, the government’s new mandatory pension scheme for all employers. The new law took effect from 6th April 2014 for larger employers and all other employers will have to change over in the near future. We are also able to offer clients a full BACS service automatically paying employees rather than having to manually pay them.
We are confident the merged firm will continue to grow and serve our clients throughout the Highlands and Islands and strengthen our commitment to provide the highest level of service.
If you have any questions or would like to meet and discuss any issues with one of the directors please contact us.
Support for Highland Hospice
We recently took a table at the Highland Hospice Sporting Dinner, one of the many activities currently being organised to raise funds for the Highland Hospice Project Build Appeal to upgrade their facilities. MacKenzie Kerr have had a long association with the Highland Hospice as auditors and we wish them well with their fundraising.
Archie Gemmill, scorer of what is widely regarded as Scotland’s best ever goal when he scored against Holland at the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, joined the MacKenzie Kerr team for a team photograph, holding the jersey he wore scoring that famous goal.
We had a fantastic activity day out on 26th September that most of the staff attended. After a hearty lunch we headed up to Bogbain for an afternoon’s adventure. Split into 3 groups we all had a go at quad biking, clay pigeon shooting and archery, with careful instruction given before each activity. The weather couldn’t have been better and team spirit was greatly enhanced with some of the stories including one incident of low-flying staff. The day’s activities were rounded off with tea and biscuits before we set off to hose down and polish up for the evenings fayre. At 7.30 we met in a well-known curry house in town to replace some of the lost calories and tell a few tales of the afternoon.
Looking forward to 2015’s outing already.