Our History

Brief History Of BDO

A F (Fred) Stoy founded the firm in 1903 as ‘Stoy & Co’ and was joined in 1919 by R J (Jack) Hayward. The firm became known as ‘Stoy Hayward’ in 1988 and in July 1992 it merged with another medium-sized firm of chartered accountants, Finnie & Co. In 1994, the firm extended its national network through a union with 13 BDO Binder Hamlyn offices, changed its name to ‘BDO Stoy Hayward’ and applied successfully to become the UK member firm of BDO International. In 1999, we merged with twelve Moores Rowland offices.

In 2002, we became a single national partnership with an associated office in Belfast. As one firm, we converted to LLP status in January 2004, giving greater protection for the business and greater transparency to clients. The firm acquired John Gordon Walton in Leeds (October 2004) and the Bristol, Manchester and Southampton offices of Numerica (June 2005).

BDO has recently merged with PKF (UK) LLP in Spring 2013. The firm, under the BDO brand, has become a leading accountancy and business advisory firm, with some 3,500 people in 19 offices in the UK generating revenues approaching £400 million. The merger creates a financially strong business with significant sector and geographical coverage across the UK and a leading position in the mid-market.

The BDO International network has continued to grow and transform in response to client needs, culminating in the change of our name in October 2009 to simply ‘BDO’. Our move to a single global trading name demonstrates our commitment to service our clients and to compete successfully in our market on a multinational basis.

We have no parent company, being an LLP, and no changes are envisaged to our structure or ownership in the foreseeable future. We are not currently in discussions in respect to any take-over bids, buy-outs or closures.

Brief Description Of BDO’s Primary Business And Main Products And Services

The principal activity of BDO is the provision of professional services to clients. We are a firm of Chartered Accountants and business advisers. We specialise in helping businesses, whether start-ups or multinationals, to achieve their goals. Through our own professional expertise and by working directly with organisations, we have developed a robust understanding of the factors that govern business growth. Our objective is to use this to help our clients maximise their potential.

Our strength in the market place is mirrored in our achievements – FT Best Workplaces, The Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For, The Times Top 50 Where Women Want to Work, Best Innovation in client service or relationship management, Audit and Accountant of the year award, and Tax adviser of the Year to name a few of our accolades.

Nothing matters more to us than our clients. All our energy is centred on giving you exceptional service.

That is why we seek out and develop talented, free-thinking people with the imagination and initiative to make a difference for you.

We operate without silos, so we can bring together the best team from a wide range of disciplines to bring you valuable ideas and get the job done.

We have cut out needless bureaucracy, so we can serve you responsively and flexibly. Our systems work to support our people, not the other way around. That gives us more time to get to know you and your business, so you receive more relevant, intelligent advice.

We will be there any time you need us. Whenever and wherever that may be: as the UK member firm of BDO, a global accountancy network, we give you access to over 55,000 people in more than 1,200 offices in over 138 countries