Join us for an insightful Q&A session with Andrew Kirk, the Managing Director of Forsyths, as he shares the story behind this esteemed financial institution and its commitment to both financial excellence and community well-being.
Tell us more about Forsyths and its role in regional New South Wales. What awesome things do you do and where do you make it happen?
At Forsyths, we take pride in being the go-to team for all things financial in regional NSW. Our commitment to the communities in Tamworth, Armidale, Inverell, Coonabarabran, Gunnedah, Narrabri, and Glen Innes is unwavering. Our team of highly qualified professionals specializes in Strategy & Advisory, Accounting and Tax, Audit, and Financial Services. From business health check-ups to crafting robust financial growth strategies, we are here to support our clients every step of the way.
What inspired you to start Forsyths, and how do you plan to continue its legacy beyond 100 years?
As the current Managing Director, my journey with Forsyths began with aspirations of business ownership and securing my financial future. However, the legacy of Forsyths goes beyond transactions; it's about people—those we serve and those we collaborate with. Our century-long legacy is a testament to trust, expertise, and commitment. As guardians of this legacy, we uphold values that have guided us for a century, ensuring our business leaves a positive mark for generations to come.
How does Forsyths create a positive impact in the community, and what initiatives are you proud of?
Forsyths is deeply rooted in the regional communities we serve. Our commitment extends beyond financial expertise to fostering a thriving environment. We actively engage in local initiatives, and the establishment of the Forsyths Foundation in 2015 is a proud achievement. Our team members contribute a portion of their salary, matched by the business, resulting in over $78,000 in donations to local charities across our communities.
Being a medium business owner in regional Australia, what sets Forsyths apart, and how does the lifestyle contribute to your success?
Without a doubt, it's the people. Our valued customers, dedicated team members, and the broader community—we are not just business owners; we are integral members of a tight-knit community. The authenticity that comes with this connection is unmatched. Additionally, the lifestyle in regional NSW is less stressful, allowing us to focus on what truly matters in our lives.
What advice would you offer someone thinking of starting their own small business?
Starting your own business is an adventure filled with opportunities and challenges. My advice is simple: remember that people are at the heart of your business journey. Surround yourself with good people, nurture your team, and treat your clients with respect and care. These connections will not only drive financial success but also create a positive impact on the lives of everyone involved.
Why did Forsyths choose to partner with Regional Australia Bank, and what sets this partnership apart?
First and foremost, it's the alignment of our values. Regional Australia Bank understands the essence of regional living, creating a sense of kinship. The exceptional banking experience stems from the team's knowledge, professionalism, and genuine approachability. Like Forsyths, Regional Australia Bank actively contributes to the growth and prosperity of the regions, fostering a sense of unity in working towards the same goal.