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.

Profit Advisors

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.

Business Awards

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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We want to spend time with you face to face to really help you create a successful business and build a better future for your family.

What our clients say!

"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."

"As a director of a small business still in relative infancy ,having a local accountant that I can depend on is of upmost importance . Wood & Disney oversee my accounts with great efficiency and care and offer a personal bespoke service which enables me to devote my time to the day-to-day running of the business ,knowing my financial matters and all duties that need to be legally fulfilled are in reliable and professional hands."

"The team at Wood & Disney are approachable , friendly and all round ,a pleasure to work alongside."

"We have been using Wood & Disney for approximately 10 years now and have always been very satisfied with the service provided. We get practical plain English advice with no jargon, with business advice, which can make a real difference to our success as well as doing all the usual tax and accounting stuff. We would recommend them to anyone."

"I am just writing to thank you and your staff for all the help you have given us all year with our accounts. We have been so impressed with the professional and efficient service you provide. Wages are calculated each week without delay and Laura has always gone the extra mile to answer our questions when we've needed advice."

"At the end of five years of profitable trading I wish to place on record my thanks for the way in which our accounts and tax affairs have been conducted. The advice and support given by everyone ensured that we avoided myriad pitfalls into which we could have fallen. The promptness and accuracy of your service is commended. It is a pleasure to work with dedicated professional people."

"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."

"Please can I take this opportunity to thank you and John for completing these accounts for me swiftly, and in an efficient manner. It is a great please to deal with a firm who can provide a good service without the need for me to get heavily involved in too much detail."

"I was really touched to receive the bottles of Australian Wine in honour of my 60th. It also reminds me that I have been using your firm, originally through Philip Wood, since 1976 (so half my life!). So thanks to you and the firm, and I look forward to your continued support. For some, retirement may begin at 60, but I am intending to stay in harness for some time still.. So you may assume that we will remain in contact for some years to come."

Wood & Disney Ltd
Lodge Park, Lodge Lane
Essex, CO4 5NE

T: 01206 233170
E: info@wood-disney.co.uk


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