175 Year Celebration


Today, this venerable firm of Chartered Accountants and Tax Advisers is a specialist in helping its’ clients pay less tax, however as Nick Oliver a Partner at the practice explains, it was all very different in early Victorian England: ‘Pearson May can trace its origins back to 1841, the year Brunel completed his Great Western Railway in Bath and Queen Victoria was still only four years on the throne.

The firm was founded by Mr H B Mundy and its first recorded offices were at 7 Trim Street with a quarterly rent of £5 and a bill of £1.10s 6d for coal to keep the ink wells from freezing.

From the outset, the practice offered a diverse range of professional services and Pearson May are still in possession of one of their earlier text books entitled ‘Elements of Book-keeping’. Mr Mundy himself described the firm’s core activity as ‘uniting knowledge of business with that of book-keeping’. The firm thrived on the boom in business connected with the railways and Mr Mundy quickly established himself at the centre of the Bath Business Community as an early secretary of the Bath Chamber of Commerce amongst others.

This was an era before the advent of some of today’s business hurdles such as red tape and the ever increasing complexity of our tax system and it was usual for professional companies to offer a one stop shop for all things ‘white collared.’

The firm continued to grow and to reinforce its reputation amongst owner managed businesses, private clients and fellow professionals in the South West and after a succession of eponymous partners and an important merger, the firm became known as Pearson May in 1974. And today this leading Accountancy Practice is proud to still act for some of the longest established businesses and private clients in the South West – as well as some of the very newest.’

Pearson May 175 Celebrations Event 1 - 22 September 2016

Pearson May 175 Celebrations Event 2 - 4 October 2016

Pearson May 175 Celebrations - Video