BDO UK provides tax, audit and assurance, advisory and business outsourcing services to companies across all sectors of the economy. We make the time and effort to understand our clients’ businesses and markets. Our partners and staff are specialists in their fields and have a proactive, flexible approach to helping clients overcoming the challenges they face. We aim to be as innovative and entrepreneurial as our clients.
Our approach and expertise are what help us deliver exceptional client service. 95% of our clients would recommend us.
We operate from 18 offices, covering all major business centres, so that we can be close to our clients. We employ 3,500 people who are allowed to be themselves; taking responsibility for their work and their relationships with clients. All our people share core values that underpin both our culture and the value that we bring to our clients. Our values are also reflected in our Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental policies.
BDO LLP is a key member of the BDO global network of public accounting, tax and advisory firms. The firms have representation in 162 territories, with 74,000 people working out of 1,500 offices. Being a member of the BDO global network allows us to meet the needs of clients who are growing and trading internationally.
Our most recent milestone
In our Annual Results 2016/17, underlying revenues exceeded £428m and profits increased 11% to £87m.
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 to create one of the UK’s strongest firms focused on the mid-market.
Our firm is distinctive, and our people tell us we have a very special and unique culture. We want to preserve and build on the strengths of our culture and the characteristics that make us both successful and different.
Our core purpose
Everything we do at BDO is driven by our core purpose – ‘helping you succeed’. It governs what we do. It’s why we do what we do. It’s why we come into work each morning.
Our purpose reflects how we work with our clients to achieve their business goals and be successful, it underpins the ‘Achieving My Potential’ learning and development framework that supports our people, and it is a key ingredient of our entrepreneurial and innovative culture.
We are guided by our values in everything we do, they act as a yardstick to measure our behaviours.
We have four Values, which complement each other and all contribute to our success and to that of our clients.
Honesty and integrity
Be transparent, genuine and fair. Operate with the highest degree of personal and professional integrity. We need and want our clients to trust us. This can only happen if we act with honesty and integrity.
Mutual support and respect
Value and support each other. Maintain an inclusive working environment where teamwork and relationships matter. This allows us to work better together and to deliver better services to our clients as a result.
Professional and personal client relationships
Understand the person as well as the business. Build relationships based on respect, trust and exceptional service. This reflects our commitment to understanding our clients and their businesses and markets.
Empowerment and personal responsibility
Work with confidence, flexibility and freedom. Understand that trust and responsibility go hand-in-hand. There can be no one-size fits all approach and we empower our people to have the flexibility and freedom to deliver what our clients need.
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