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Tue 11 Aug 2015

90 Years

Leslie James Boyce started selling properties in Brixham in the summer of 1925. The population of the town was approximately 9000 and Leslie knew many people in the close knit community. This summer, grandson, Mark Boyce, managing director of L.J Boyce, is keen to shout about the 90 year anniversary for many reasons.

Mark commented “As a family, we are extremely proud to have steered the business through nine decades and have not only negotiated difficult recessions but a World War! I myself have been blessed and privileged to work in such a lovely community and an area of outstanding beauty. I never forget how lucky I am to both run a business and live in the port”.

Mark has been in the office for thirty years and has made it his goal to keep the family business progressive and successful. “We have a culture of always ‘giving best advice’ and our clients respect this and have been loyal to the point that we look after generations of the same families”.

My grandfather passionately loved Brixham and apart from selling or auctioning countless properties, he got involved in many aspects of Brixham life. He was a long standing member of Brixham Urban & District Council, a director of Dolphin Holiday Park and developed property, to name a few.

The Boyce family settled in Torbay circa 1895, moving down from Evercreech in Somerset. Leslie had eight siblings but very quickly identified Brixham as where he wanted to live.

Later, Leslie was a director at Torquay United and of course, Mark’s father, Tony, went on to become chairman of United in the early 1960’s & 1970’s. (Tony founded Boyce Hatton Solicitors in Torquay in the early 1950’s). Mark also followed that course becoming a director at United in 2007 and was on the board for seven years with his brother, Cris, who is a partner at Boyce Hatton.

Mark added “I have a great team here in the office, very much my second family, and still thrive on trying to help people by giving them absolutely ‘best advice’ even if it’s not what they always want to hear. We celebrate ninety years in a very positive position having had three strong years. Brixham is buzzing! Having walked the streets for thirty years I guess I am well placed to feel the vibe!

Back in the 1920’s Brixham fishing industry was booming and again it is nice for Mark to remind us how Brixham is currently ranked as England’s most successful port in recent times (measured on the total receipts in any one year of fish sold on the market). “I feel very lucky to work in a small town which has two very strong industries - fishing and tourism. So many towns in the UK have lost their core industry but Brixham has kept right up there. Fish town is alive and kicking".

"Boyce Brixham now have six Brixham 'Born and Bred' team members and nine of the team live in the town." Mark commented "As you can imagine, our local knowledge is pretty impressive and between us, we know so many of the town's residents." 


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