Russell Bedford expands in UK with leading Manchester accountants Hallidays

June 2015

Within the British Isles, Hallidays joins alongside existing members Lubbock Fine (London), Cooney Carey (Dublin) and SMP Partners (Isle of Man).

Hallidays can trace its origins to a firm founded in central Manchester by Charles Halliday in 1843. The founder subsequently entered into partnership with William Welch Deloitte (founder of what has become Deloitte) and the firm traded as Deloitte Halliday until 1887. Today, based in Stockport in the Greater Manchester conurbation, Hallidays is one of the leading professional services firms in the north-west of England, having developed through a series of mergers and acquisitions.

The recipient of numerous industry awards, Hallidays offers a broad range of professional services including accounting, audit, tax compliance and consulting, business consulting, HR consultancy, recruitment and payroll, IT consulting and wealth management.

Reflecting its roots supporting the wealth creators and institutions of mid-19th-century Manchester, the firm has built a reputation advising owner-managed businesses, academies, charities, credit unions, property companies, solicitors and health sector consultants.

Russell Bedford International CEO Alan Bezzant commented: “The addition of Hallidays marks a major step in establishing the Russell Bedford network in key business locations throughout the British Isles. With our existing presence in London, the Republic of Ireland and the Isle of Man, we are delighted to welcome one of the foremost accounting firms in north-west England.”

Hallidays’ managing director Nigel Bennett added: “Having established ourselves as one of the leading independents in the north-west, we were keen to become part of an organisation that would allow us to support our clients as they expand their operations throughout the UK and abroad. Russell Bedford is one of the few true accounting networks that would allow us to do this while retaining the valued independent brand identity we have built over the years.