The firm was founded in 1907 by Harold Moore and Albert Partridge under the name Moore, Partridge & Co. It became Moore & Co a few years later after Partridge left. The company then became Moore, Stephens & Co in 1918 when John Robinson Stephens, the manager of the firm at the time, partnered with the firm.
In 1986 it established itself as Moore Stephens and in September 2019, the company rebranded to become an international network known as Moore.
The UK company comprises ten member firms with 38 offices and over 1,300 people. Each firm has a strong local presence, providing accounting and advisory services to businesses from start ups to mid-sized listed companies, the not for profit sector and private clients.
Its UK offices are run by third generation family member Richard Moore, who stepped down as chairman in 2019 and is now a managing partner. He is aided by Maureen Penfold, managing partner, and a member of the firm’s governance board and Nick Hilton, the firm’s executive director.
In January 2021, the firm announced the acquisition of the audit and accounting business of Frank Hirth, a top 35 UK accountancy and tax firm. The business comprised Frank Hirth’s general practice audit, accounts and payroll business as well as incorporating its team of 23 employees.
The firm offers a full range of accountancy and audit services to businesses and not-for-profits of all sizes, from startups to large multinational corporations.
Accounting, auditing, assurance – The services include, accounts preparation, annual financial reporting, audit, internal audit, bookkeeping, accounting systems and software, cloud accounting solutions company secretarial services and VAT return preparation.
Consulting and advisory – This service offers advice on a range of topics such as Covid Brexit, cyber security, talent shortages and businesses today. Additionally the service offers advice on dispute advisory and investigations, restructuring and insolvency, governance, risk and internal audit. As well as IT consultancy, corporate finance and wealth management.
Tax – The tax service offers support with VAT advice, business tax, private client tax, capital allowances, research and development tax relief, stamp duty land tax, tax investigations, as well as trusts and estates.
In October last year, the firm announced its full year results for the year ended 31 December 2019 which saw revenue increase by 8.6% from £108.3m to £117.5m.
The group recently announced the appointment of Graham Tyler as chairman having spent 13 years as a partner and seven years on the firm’s governance and executive boards.
He joins Penfold in steering the firm’s ambitious direction and strategy. Collaboratively, they will aim to guide the group’s operations and continue to inspire employees to achieve organisational objectives.
In addition, the company recently appointed a new corporate finance partner, Damian Ryan, who will join the West End office. He brings with him a wealth of corporate finance experience spanning publishing, broadcast, outdoor and digital that will further strengthen the firm’s media sector services. His new role will also see him lead in technology and media.