A Bit of History
A bit of history…
Morris Wood & Co
Morris Wood & Co was established by Philip Wood and Dorothy Morris in 1975. Starting in London they quickly established a base in Wivenhoe on the outskirts of Colchester.
In 1984 the firm moved into the old Manse in Wivenhoe High Street. This unusual building was in fact a folly in the shape of a greek temple built originally in the grounds of Wivenhoe Hall. The Manse remained the home of the firm until October 2003 when it moved to brand new modern offices at Lodge Business Park in Langham.
Peter Disney & Co
Peter Disney & Co was established in 1984 by Peter Disney. Peter had qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1981 having served his articles with Butt Cozens & Co in Colchester.
Peter then spent the next two years working for Pannell Kerr Forster(now BDO) in their London, Ipswich and Colchester offices and also completing secondments to the Audit Commission and Fraud Squad . He was given the opportunity to run the small Harwich office and he decided that working with small businesses was what he really wanted to do. He finally set up his own practice serving small and medium sized businesses working initially from home.
Wood & Disney
The two practices merged on 1st November 1987 to form Morris wood & disney. Dorothy Morris retired in 1987 and four years later the firm dropped the name Morris from it’s name and became wood & disney which it has retained today. Philip Wood retired in April 2001.
Peter Disney had always had an interest in what makes a successful business and in 1992 had bought in a Management Consulting tool from the USA and trialled it on a client. He decided that he could create something better and so developed ‘Question Master’, on the basis that there are no great answers but there are many great questions which really make a business owner think about their business. Over 1000 questions divided into 14 modules so that they could be used one at a time cost effectively for small businesses.
As a result of his work with Question Master he was invited in 1997 by Mark Lloydbottom of Practice Track to join him and a few other accountants in visiting the Institute of Profitability Advisors in Chicago. When they returned the four main firms including wood & disney formed the Association of Profit Advisers in the UK.
Between 1998 and 2002 Peter created an Online Business Advisory Website called Plus4Business. He went on to develop his own Recession Busting Program in 2008
Merger between Wood & Disney Ltd and BAH Accountancy Ltd
On 1st July 2013 Peter Disney and Brendon Howlett merged their two practices and moved into bigger premises on the Lodge Park estate. Brendon qualified as a chartered accountant in 1992 and has worked in practice in both local and national firms including nine years in the tax department of a national firm before setting up his own practice called BAH Accountancy Ltd in 2009. Peter Disney and Brendon Howlett continue to trade as Wood & Disney Ltd but as a result of the merger have been able to expand their specialisms and services.
We have won four business awards in the past all for innovation and technology. One National Award for “Most Innovative 2-4 Partner Firm” in 2015 plus two Colchester Business Awards and one Essex award previously.
Our most recent being a national award by AVN in 2018 for “Changing Lives”, reflecting the proactive work we have done to significantly change the lives of some clients.
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What our clients say!
“I have been in the consultancy sector of business for 10 years and have worked with Wood & Disney throughout this time. During this time they have worked with me through the good and bad times to help evolve my business and steer me in the right direction.
With the help of Wood & Disney I moved my records onto QuickBooks Online accounting software. I struggled to find the time to use the system to its full potential therefore I soon offloaded all the hassle onto Wood & Disney who have been able to provide me with far more beneficial real time information which has allowed me to make far better decisions for both myself and my company. I started to notice a real difference as, in a difficult period for the very niche industry, my time was freed up to spend looking for new contracts.
The impact of the more efficient use of cloud technology has had a direct improvement on my ability to plan my cash flow. Wood & Disney have provided me with provisions and forecasts for the company and its VAT and corporation tax liabilities along with my own personal tax liabilities. This has recently enabled me to make a saving of over £20k – fantastic news.
All of this has been with the help and support of Wood & Disney. They are no longer simply my accountants; they are my business advisers and I can trust with ALL my affairs. I have no hesitation in recommending them as accountants and business advisers
Thank you for your continued assistance and I look forward to achieving more together in the future".
Brand Life Consultancy Limited
“All the wood and disney team are friendly. Calls/emails are answered in a timely manner. We do not just feel like a number and it feels like wood and disney really care about us and have our best interests at heart".
Kate Heffernan & Verity Dent
Heffernan Dental Specialists Limited
“After being with Wood & Disney for several years and recently embracing cloud computing and outsourcing payroll to them I would like to say a big thank you to the whole team.
I am constantly delighted with the comprehensive and tailored support that we receive, they are a wonderful bunch of professionals. They provide us with prompt and friendly help and guidance whenever needed which is important when running a small company. They are forward thinking and always take the opportunity to give advice on improving our profitability. I can't think of anyone I would trust more with our accounts".
Paul & Amanda Cartlidge
R. Bullock Precision Engineering Limited
“I have been in the consultancy sector of business for 3 years. During this time I have had contracts which involved me working away from my family for periods of time. As difficult as this was I was happy to complete the work as I knew there was a purpose to this. The real problem I had with working away from home was having to complete my bookkeeping upon my return. This meant I missed out on spending additional time with my family at the weekends.
Wood & Disney introduced me to the use of cloud accounting technology in September 2017. To be honest I was sceptical at first, however I decided to take the plunge and see if this could help me.
I took up the cloud training on Quickbooks Online with Wood & Disney in January 2018.
Since then I am happy to confirm I can now complete my bookkeeping much more efficiently (usually during downtime at the airport), I know exactly;
• How much my company is owed from my customers and can chase them directly via Quickbooks
• How much my company owes to suppliers
• How much is left in my company bank account
I would be happy to confirm that I feel I have got my weekends back and feel more in control of my business than ever!
I have even been able to take the time to look at my company offerings and diversify my services such as drone aerial photography.
All of this has been with the help and support of Wood & Disney.
Thank you for your help and I look forward to what we can achieve together in the future".
Giles & Emma O’Sullivan
Lean Global Consultancy Limited
“I have been working with Wood and Disney for about 4 years now and I am very satisfied with the service I have received from them. They are by far the best accounting company I have worked with. They are not just my accountants; they are very professional business consultants who have been providing me with very useful suggestions on different aspects of my business. They are very competent and experienced in what they do. Brendon and David who have been working with us, are very professional and knowledgeable, and the advice they offered me in relation to claiming my company’s R&D Tax relief has been extremely useful. As such, I have no hesitation in recommending them as a very professional and reliable accounting firm based in Colchester".
Oxborrow Engineering Limited
"Since applying to your team of accountants later last year my husband and I have now realised just how misinformed we were previously. Book keeping, once a miserable task resentfully performed, has now proved to be a fundamental quality experience which has enhanced our autonomy."
"The humanistic approach undertaken by the team is of significance when dealing with people who are not so experienced in the fine art of accounts. Once again thank you, and may our future transactions prove just as satisfactory."
In my view, Wood & Disney isn't just an accountancy firm, but instead act as my business advisors. They support me and my business in planning ahead and assessing what steps I need to take to help grow my business further, in a way that suits me. I would recommend Wood & Disney to anyone looking for plain-speaking help with the financial aspects of managing a growing business. Speak with David or Peter."
“I love that you are not stereotypical accountants. You make the “subject matter” interest (as best as is possible!), and I had fun when we meet! Your engagement process is slick and simple and I’m very clear on what I’ve signed up to and my responsibility in the business relationship. You have quickly earned my trust and I feel assured you will look after Neon Solutions business needs and support us with professional, honest advice when we need it.
I am especially grateful for your patience and support while we have been getting our business off the ground and am looking forward to Neon Solution’s future with confidence – I’m pleased we can share the road to success!”
Neon Solutions Limited