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 six 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.
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
Elvis Presley is enlisted into the U.S Army and assigned to Second Medium Tank Battalion, Second Armoured Division.
Buddy Holly dies in a plane crash - referred to as ‘the day the music died’.
The start of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The crisis ended 2 weeks later.
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.
England win the World Cup
Christian Barnard performs first human to human heart transplant.
Martin Luther King was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.
Neil Armstrong and Edwin (Buzz) Aldrin are the first men to walk on the moon as part of the Apollo 11 mission for NASA.
The Pound becomes a decimalised currency where 100p = £1
Value Added Tax (VAT) is introduced to the UK at a rate of 8%.
The top-rate of Income Tax is increased to its highest level since the war - 83%.
Harold Wilson elected to a second term in office as Prime Minister
Richard Nixon resigns as U.S President following the Watergate scandal.
October ‘75 to August ‘76 saw just 43% of normal rainfall at Kew.
Graham Cobb becomes a partner of Stewart & Co.
Andrew Cousins joins Stewart & Co. as a trainee chartered accountant.
Margaret Thatcher elected as first lady Prime Minister.
The Institute of Chartered Accountants celebrates its Centenary.
The Wedding of HRH Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer.
Andrew Cousins marries Roz Pepper - Secretary of Neil Doody.
1 Pound = US$1.00
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.
Andrew Cousins becomes a partner of Stewart & Co.
The Great Storm of ‘87. Winds gusting in excess of 100 knots cause £2 billion of damage and 23 deaths.
Pan Am Flight 103 is blown up over Lockerbie killing 270 people.
David Hartley joins Stewart & Co. in 1990.
Neelson Mandela is released from prison after 27 years.
VAT increased to 17.5%
David Hartley becomes a partner.
The World Wide Web is launched and by the end of the year there are 26 web servers.
Phil Clennell joins Stewart & Co.
Channel Tunnel officially opened by Queen Elizabeth II and François Mitterrand.
Phil Clennell becomes a partner
The introduction of Self-Assessment Income Tax.
Prince Charles and Princess Diana are officially divorced.
Tony Blair is elected as Prime Minister.
David McCusker joins Stewart & Co.
The turn of the Millennium dampened by fears of havoc caused by the Millennium Bug.
Opening of the ill-fated and controversial Millennium Dome.
David McCusker becomes a partner
Terrorist attack the World Trade Centre.
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.
Gary Robinson joins Stewart & Co
Inland Revenue and HM Customs & Excise merge to become HM Revenue & Customs
Lucy Evans Joins Stewart & Co
Gordon Brown succeeds Tony Blair to become Prime Minister
Gary Robinson becomes a partner
Stewart & Co. take over the practice Scott Bonella including all employees.
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
VAT increased to 20%
Stewart & Co. take over the practice SMBB Bookkeeping including all employees.
London hosts the Summer Olympics
Stewart & Co. take over the practice Cook & Co including all employees.
Scotland hold a referendum and vote to remain part of the United Kingdom
Lucy Evans becomes a partner
Stewart & Co. take over the practice Tilbury Young including all employees.
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
Stewart & Co. celebrates its 60th anniversary
Luke Fletcher joins Stewart & Co
Luke Fletcher becomes a partner
Making Tax Digital for VAT is introduced