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The History of Oldfield Advisory


Oldfield Advisory started from humble beginnings in 1976, but our journey has been one of constant growth to the current day, now with a focus on providing forward-thinking cutting-edge tax solutions and advisory services to growing businesses.

Back when VAT was a new creation, our small team spent most of their time helping clients with their VAT returns and bookkeeping, then progressing into accounts preparation and assisting with audits.

But we wanted to do more. We had an eager passion for helping businesses succeed, which led on to us taking an active role in managing the finance departments of some larger growing clients. This meant that we got immersed in the finances of businesses in a wide range of industries, giving us extensive experience and invaluable insights into the business owners perspective, and the real issues, challenges and opportunities they were facing every day. This germ of realism remains engrained into our advice, right up to the present day.

Oldfield Advisory Milestones


1954  - 1975 

John Brewer works as a full time Maths teacher at Bablake School, Coventry. He teaches a range of pupils, from 10-11 year old students to those that were beyond A-levels and hoping to pass their university scholarship. In September 1975 he changes to a 4 day week and begins to do VAT returns and other bookkeeping for shopkeepers, also similar tasks on a subcontract basis for local accountants on his free afternoons.


John Brewer leaves teaching and sets up Oldfield Services as a partnership. He initially works from his home in Oldfield Road, Coventry, expanding the business to include annual accounts, payroll, tax returns and other accounting services. His son Mark Brewer joins the practice at this point working 2 days a week for Oldfield alongside gaining experience working in other businesses.


Oldfield moves to rented offices in 1 Warwick Street, Earlsdon, Coventry.


Mark Brewer leaves Oldfield to take up a position in another business. Joe Brewer, another son of John, joins the practice full time.


Oldfield move to rented premises in Warwick House, 7 Warwick Street, Earlsdon, Coventry.


Purchased own freehold premises at Maudslay Road, Chapelfields, Coventry.


Mark Brewer rejoins the practice.


Oldfield Services rebrand to Oldfield Accountants to reflect the increased emphasis on accountancy in the practice and establish second office in Leeds, covering the north of the country. 


Moved to larger freehold premises at Santis House, Curriers Close, Coventry.


Rebranded to Oldfield Advisory to reflect the fact that we are more than just accountants and to clarify our increasing emphasis on business advisory services and innovative top level tax solutions.


Oldfield celebrates 45 years of service in Coventry.


Oldfield rebrands to Oldfield Accountancy & Advisory to further clarify the brand identity and messaging.