Our History

In October 1958, Purves Stewart took the bold step in creating his own firm of Chartered Accountants in Camberley. Almost immediately, Neil Doody joined as a trainee accountant and Stewart & Co. quickly grew and established a reputation in the local area for offering a quality personal service.

Since then, the firm has continued to expand and today we have five partners and over thirty members of staff serving a wide-ranging client base. The current partners have continued with the philosophy of offering a service based upon the highest possible professional standards, whilst maintaining the ethos that the relationships we have with our clients is what makes this business a success.

We will continue to be a forward-looking partnership, proud of our heritage. We will forever hold a huge debt of gratitude to the founding partners, the staff and the clients that have supported us on our journey so far.

1958

Purves Stewart starts Stewart & Co. Located at 1 High Street, Camberley.

Neil Doody joins as an Articled Clerk, qualifying in 1963 and becoming a partner in 1965.

1 Pound = US$2.90

1958

Elvis Presley is enlisted into the U.S Army and assigned to Second Medium Tank Battalion, Second Armoured Division.

1959

Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash - referred to as ‘the day the music died’.

1962

The start of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The crisis ended 2 weeks later.

1964

Stewart & Co. take over the practice of CD Clarke including all employees.

Stewart & Co. moves to Knoll House, Camberley, occupying then just half of the lower floor.

1966

England win the World Cup

1967

Christian Barnard performs first human to human heart transplant.

1968

Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.

1969

Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin are the first men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission for NASA.

1971

The Pound becomes a decimalised currency where 100p = £1

1973

Value Added Tax (VAT) is introduced to the UK at a rate of 8%.

1974

The top-rate of Income Tax is increased to its highest level since the war - 83%.

1974

Harold Wilson elected to a second term in office as Prime Minister

Richard Nixon resigns as U.S President following the Watergate scandal.

1975

October ‘75 to August ‘76 saw just 43% of normal rainfall at Kew.

1977

Graham Cobb becomes a partner of Stewart & Co.

1978

Andrew Cousins joins Stewart & Co. as a trainee chartered accountant.

1979

Margaret Thatcher elected as first lady Prime Minister.

1980

The Institute of Chartered Accountants celebrates its Centenary.

1981

The Wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.

1983

Andrew Cousins marries Roz Pepper - Secretary of Neil Doody.

1985

1 Pound = US$1.00

1985

Live Aid, the multi-venue rock and pop concert, is organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure in aid of famine in Ethiopia. It boasted an estimated 1.5 billion viewers across 100 countries.

1987

Andrew Cousins becomes a partner of Stewart & Co.

1987

The Great Storm of ‘87. Winds gusting in excess of 100 knots cause £2 billion of damage and 23 deaths.

1988

Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up over Lockerbie killing 270 people.

1990

David Hartley joins Stewart & Co. in 1990.

1990

Neelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years.

1991

VAT increased to 17.5%

1992

David Hartley becomes a partner.

1992

The World Wide Web is launched and by the end of the year there are 26 web servers.

1994

Phil Clennell joins Stewart & Co.

1994

Channel Tunnel officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and François Mitterrand.

1996

Phil Clennell becomes a partner

The introduction of Self-Assessment Income Tax.

1996

Prince Charles and Princess Diana are officially divorced.

1997

Tony Blair is elected as Prime Minister.

1998

David McCusker joins Stewart & Co.

2000

The turn of the Millennium dampened by fears of havoc caused by the Millennium Bug.

Opening of the ill-fated and controversial Millennium Dome.

2001

David McCusker becomes a partner

2001

Terrorist attack the World Trade Centre.

2003

Allied forces invade Iraq. Start of the 2nd Gulf War.

Johnny Wilkinson kicks the winning drop goal to secure England’s Rugby World Cup victory.

2004

Gary Robinson joins Stewart & Co

2005

Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise merge to become HM Revenue & Customs

2007

Lucy Evans Joins Stewart & Co

2007

Gordon Brown succeeds Tony Blair to become Prime Minister

2010

Gary Robinson becomes a partner

Stewart & Co. take over the practice Scott Bonella including all employees.

2010

Air traffic throughout Northern and Western Europe was seriously disrupted when a volcano in Iceland began erupting, sending a volcanic ash cloud into the atmosphere

David Cameron becomes Prime Minister with Conservative victory ending 14 years of Labour power

2011

VAT increased to 20%

2012

Stewart & Co. take over the practice SMBB Bookkeeping including all employees.

2012

London hosts the Summer Olympics

2013

Stewart & Co. take over the practice Cook & Co including all employees.

2014

Scotland hold a referendum and vote to remain part of the United Kingdom

2015

Lucy Evans becomes a partner

2016

Stewart & Co. take over the practice Tilbury Young including all employees.

2016

The United Kingdom hold a referendum with a small majority of those voting supporting leaving the EU

Theresa May succeeds David Cameron to become Prime Minister

2018

Stewart & Co. celebrates its 60th anniversary