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  • History of BDO

Our History

Our most recent milestone

In our Annual Results 2017/18, underlying revenues exceeded £464.1m and profits increased 19.7% to £109.4m.

Our long history

1903: The first powered flight and the first US/UK radio broadcast

1903: A.F. ‘Fred’ Stoy founds Stoy and Co.

1914-1918: World War I

1919: Amid the turmoil of that year, RJ ‘Jack’ Hayward joins Fred Stoy and ‘Stoy Hayward is created.

1929: Wall Street crash

1939-1945: World War II

1945: Establishment of the Bretton Woods system.

1952: Stoy Hayward moves to the West End – breaking away from the conservative confines of the City

1963: BDO International is founded (Binder, Dijke, Otte)

1965: Takeover of Lavy, Ascher​

1969: ​ Takeover of Laurence Fenton​

1973: International oil crisis

1992: Maastricht Treaty creating the European Union is signed.

1992: Stoy Hayward begins a period of expansion through the merger with Finnie & Co.

1994: The Channel Tunnel opens

1994: Stoy Hayward merges with BDO Hamlyn to form BDO Stoy Hayward. The new firm becomes the UK member firm of BDO International

2004: Facebook and Gmail launched

2004: BDO Stoy Hayward converts to Limited Liability Partnership (LLP) providing more transparency to clients and protection to the business.

2004: The firm acquires John Gordon Walton in Leeds.

2005: London wins the right to host the 2012 Olympics but also suffers the 7/7 bombings.

2005: BDO Stoy Hayward acquires the Numerica practices in Bristol, Manchester and Southampton.

2009: The UK economy officially enters a recession following the financial crash.

2009: BDO Stoy Hayward adopts the single trading name and branding of BDO, dropping the ‘Stoy Hayward’ from its name.

2013: BDO merged with PKF (UK) LLP

2019: BDO merged with Moore Stephens LLP to create one of the UK’s strongest firms focused on the mid-market.