Historical Timeline

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The history of Griffin Stone Moscrop & Co.

  • 1918

    We have lift off

    We have lift off

    Mr Griffin Stone forms an accountancy practice in Catford, South East London.

  • 1930s

    Meeting of minds

    Meeting of minds

    Mr Leslie Moscrop joins his fellow accountant in a meeting of minds and philosophy. Together, they build the business, as well as acquiring like-minded clients from another practice, including the group that makes ‘Old Charm’ and other ranges of furniture, who are still a client today.

  • 1940s

    On the move

    On the move

    Moving to offices in The Strand and later in the decade to similarly styled ‘residential’ offices alongside The Wallace Collection in Manchester Square, it was the partners’ wish that clients should feel at home. And indeed they did. Typically sitting in front of a roaring fire in GSM offices.

  • 1950s

    Promoting from within

    Promoting from within

    Following Griffin Stone’s death in 1949, Leslie Moscrop promotes two new partners from within and the firm continues to help clients consolidate and grow. Not least, two neighbouring farmers, Pimblett and Playle, who become clients, the latter later diversifying to become butchers, owners of an abattoir and rest homes. Both these significant businesses remain clients of GSM today.

  • 1960s

    Helping Three Lions

    Helping Three Lions

    GSM takes clients Wiggins Construction, Bishops Food Stores and Geers Gross on to the London Stock Exchange. Acts for key England players, Geoff Hurst, Bobby Moore and Martin Peters, in their fight with the Revenue for a call to pay tax on their World Cup winning bonus and wins the case.

  • 1970s

    On the road again

    On the road again

    David Wells and Geoffrey Hill join the practice in Manchester Square. And there GSM remained on a particularly well negotiated lease of £2 per sq ft until 1979, when the lease expired along with the generosity of the freeholders! The firm then moves to Welbeck Street.

  • 1980s

    World Vision for Europe

    World Vision for Europe

    World Vision is steered by GSM from small beginnings in the UK, to a high profile Europe-wide positioning with firm financial foundations, before they team-up with a big four firm to further broaden their international appeal.

  • 1990s

    Welcome to the digital world

    Welcome to the digital world

    Jenny Tolmie and Chris Brecht join the practice. Dot.Com incubator company New Media becomes a client introducing many clients to GSM. Together they help start-ups in the sector to become significant businesses, including such businesses as Firebox, a company begun in an attic and now turning over in the region of £10m pa in the UK.

  • 2000s

    New century, New clients

    New century, New clients

    Richard Hill joins GSM in 2005. Ex Goldman Sachs executives set up a fund management and advisory firm. An ex Morgan Stanley managing director sets up a stockbroking firm, Olivetree Group Limited. GSM helps with the set up of both and within the first year each company experiences rapid growth.

  • 2010s

    Still going strong

    Present day

    Senior Partner, Geoffrey Hill retires in 2012. After 34 years in Welbeck Street, GSM move across town to Lamb's Conduit Street in 2013. Through the ebb and flow of domestic and global economies we continue to thrive. Existing clients maintain their faith and new clients continue to come to GSM to similarly benefit from our experience and expertise.

Our Clients benefit from this legacy and the continuity of expertise from our current family of exceptionally loyal, long serving partners and personnel.

Now, we capably cover most aspects of audit, accountancy and taxation, shaping our services to meet the current and future needs of our exceptionally loyal clients.