Explore a century of Moore Kingston Smith with our interactive timeline
Commemorating 100 years of creating lasting success for its people and its clients, Moore Kingston Smith is thrilled to launch an interactive timeline showing key events in the firm’s rich history between 1923-2023. The timeline maps the major milestones and transformative moments that have shaped the firm over its past century in business.
Founded in 1923 by Herbert Kingston and George Alan Smith, today over 75 partners and 700 people make up the firm’s talented teams advising businesses, private individuals and nonprofit organisations on all aspects of their journeys.
Having chronicled 100 years of history with a video telling its story, the timeline captures the firm’s growth and client expansion, and highlights the people who’ve been instrumental in its continued success. It draws on anecdotes and imagery collated over interviews with past and present partners, as well as research into ICAEW records and tracing the living relatives of the firm’s founders.
Maureen Penfold, Managing Partner said: “We invite you to join us in exploring the firm’s 100-year success story. From modest beginnings with two founders, to supporting some of our first clients during World War Two, it’s amazing to see how far we’ve come. At a personal level, having joined the firm in 1982 by applying for a training contract here, I am incredibly proud to now be Managing Partner as we celebrate our centenary and reflect on everything we have achieved together, thanks to our clients and our people.”
More recently, the firm secured external investment from European private equity firm, Waterland, which will help facilitate Moore Kingston Smith’s continued growth, enabling acquisitions in line with its vision for sustainable success. In April it acquired Pilot Financial, a workplace pensions, employee benefits and financial planning consultancy renowned in the education sector and, since May, added three new partners and ten new directors to the growing team.
Maureen added: “With the support of our new PE partner, we are excited to seize the opportunities that lie ahead to help strengthen our offering for our clients, our people and the communities we serve – and ultimately live out our purpose of creating a positive impact with lasting success.”
The beginning of 2023 saw the launch of Moore Kingston Smith’s ‘Giving 100’ campaign, reflecting this purpose. Celebrating and giving back to its clients, people and local communities, the firm has planted 100 trees with Forest of Hearts, and donated over 150 chocolate eggs to local foodbanks for Easter. In April, over 100 of the firm’s people took part in the London Landmarks Half Marathon, raising over £30,000 for Tommy’s, which the firm’s Community Foundation matched with an equivalent donation to Mind.
May’s Mental Health Awareness Week saw a schedule of activities complementing the firm’s ongoing commitment to supporting the wellbeing of its people. This included an informative webinar themed on anxiety, a powerful talk on emotional wellbeing and a financial session on navigating mortgages and financial planning, from very own adviser, Matthew Cuoghi. Wellbeing at Work provided massages which were enjoyed by teams across the firm’s six offices.
And with a particular focus on social mobility for 2023, the firm recently announced its new Charity Partner, St Giles, chosen by a firmwide vote. The firm’s people also continue volunteering with Rise, the ICAEW-led initiative dedicated to improving the career prospects of young people in low-income areas.