Our History

In 1882, Herman Moller commenced in practice as a Chartered Accountant in Manchester. In 1913 Mr. Moller was joined in partnership by Mr. Snape. The firm changed its name to Meller Snape & Co. in 1915.

Between the wars the firm expanded steadily with offices being opened in Macclesfield and Crewe. Expansion continued after the Second World War with further offices in Buxton and Oldham.

In 1972 the Manchester office of the firm absorbed the North West work of Josolyne Layton-Bennett & Co., a leading firm of Chartered Accountants in the City of London, which lead to the adoption of the name Josolyne Layton-Bennett & Co. in 1976. In line with growth trends in the profession, in 1981 the London firm together with the Manchester, Oldham and Crewe offices merged with one of the large international firms. The Macclesfield and Buxton offices continued under the name Josolyne & Co.

On 28th January 1989, Mr. Bullock retired from partnership in Josolyne & Co. and purchased the Buxton business and continued to practice as John Bullock & Co. The practice was taken over by Mrs. Karen Woodburn on 8th May 2000 and continues to practice as BullockWoodburn.

In early 2018 BullockWoodburn merged with the SMH Group and re-branded as SMH BullockWoodburn, continuing the practice’s rich history and leaving it well placed for future growth, tapping into the full range of business and personal financial services offered by the SMH group.

Read more about the merger here.