The birth of Bishop Fleming
Frank Bishop was born in London in the late Victorian era, the son of a grocer and importer. Though he was initially expected to go into the family business, Bishop’s interest lay in accountancy and he had to more or less run away from home to join a firm of accountants in the city.
Over 95 years of business experience
During the First World War, Bishop worked for the government at the Ministry of Munitions run by Winston Churchill, where he met the man who’d give us the second half of our name, Fleming. During the War, the pair did some work together as Bishop Fleming and Co, but after the war finished, Bishop struck out on his own, opening an office in Torquay, where he’d been working as an office manager and accountant.
A firm base
The firm really came into its own following the Second World War, with offices opening up throughout Devon and several new partners admitted and keen to take the firm in a modern direction. Our records show the partners planning for the computerisation of accountancy as far back as the 1970s! Our founder retired in 1951, widely admired by the local business community.
Since then we’ve moved beyond Devon, incorporating several smaller firms and offices of larger practices of top 5 accountants like Grant Thornton. The 90s saw us expand into Truro and Bristol, and in 2012 and 2013 Bishop Fleming was the fastest growing top 50 firm of accountants in the UK during which time we also acquired Rabjohns in Worcester and the Bath operation of Target accountants.
Academies Act 2010
Following the introduction of the Academies Act 2010, a significant number of academies opened in September 2010. The bill enabled all maintained schools to apply to become academies with schools rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted being pre-approved. It also allowed maintained primary and special schools to apply to become academies in their own right. As new academy trusts were deemed to be exempt charities, Bishop Fleming decided to focus the attentions of their charity team on providing specialist audit and advisory services to newly formed academies.
One of the UK's top 40 firms and number 2 auditor of academies
Since 2010, Bishop Fleming have built their reputation in the academy sector and are now ranked as the number 2 auditor of academies in the UK with a client base of over 400 academies.
The firm has grown to become one of the top 40 firms of accountants in the UK, providing businesses with the support and assistance they need to help them thrive in today’s competitive world. Aside from our core services of audit, accounts and tax advice, we also have top teams in corporate finance, grant funding, payroll, financial advice, and business recovery and insolvency.