The origin of GKRA dates back to the 1979 when Clive Morris started an accounting and advisory practice at 177 Eley Road, Blackburn South. Clive’s expertise saw the practice grow and in 1985 he decided on a change of career path and sold the business to Graeme Ritchie.
Graeme Ritchie had already been an accountant for over twenty years when he took over the practice and his knowledge, dedication and hard work guaranteed the continued success of the practice. In 1989 Clive had decided his skills were better suited to public practice rather than banking and he returned to the business to partner Graeme and together they formed Morris & Ritchie.
Morris & Ritchie continued to grow and developed a reputation of integrity, excellence, outstanding client service which was built on a foundation of attention to detail and technical excellence. The practice focussed on small and medium sized business owners and spanned a wide range of industries. Most importantly, their empathy and understanding of their clients' needs forged many enduring relationships that continue to this day.
With the growth, staff numbers also grew. In 1994 Ben Stokes joined Morris & Ritchie from Melbourne University. In 1999 Marco Polloni joined the team with his excellent technical abilities and attention to detail. In 1999 Ben left the practice to act as the Finance Director and part owner of a small technology start-up business but later re-joined the firm in April 2007 after spending six years in London in in a variety management accounting, financial controller and software implementation roles for small and medium sized companies.
In 2000 Clive decided to transition to retirement with Graeme taking the reins as a sole practitioner trading under the name of G K Ritchie & Associates. Courtesy of continued client referrals the practice continued to thrive and 1 July 2008 Ben Stokes and Marco Polloni where admitted as partners. Their enthusiasm and knowledge combined with Graeme’s experience has positioned the firm as a premium small practice in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne.
In response to the changing needs of our clients we have also added new services such as our specialisation in self-managed superannuation funds, growing client wealth and business start ups. We have also developed several niches and industry specialisations with builders, the building trades, property developers, restaurants and cafes, manufacturers and the road transport industry.
As a progressive firm we continually adopt the latest technology and systems and in 2013 we have a team of 10 people. While the personnel may have changed over the last 28 years our commitment to excellence remains unchanged. GKRA now offers a complete range of business, tax, financial and compliance services to businesses owners. Our clients not only include local operators in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, they spread across all of Victoria with a number of client’s located interstate.