Bernard Blick, who was part of the firm from inception, was not an accountant and ran an insurance broking department. After about four years he established a separate general insurance broking business.
The firm’s first premises were a small suite of rooms in Copthall House, Copthall Avenue, in the City of London and the ground where it stood is now part of the “new” building of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
In the firm’s first year the total fee income was £2,061, having sent out 56 bills to 36 clients.
The firm’s first employee joined as a secretary in 1946 and the first professional member of staff, Phil Phillips, joined in October 1947. Henry Rothenberg (Helmut’s brother) joined as a partner in December 1946; he died tragically aged 51, at the height of his career in January 1968.
During the 1960s Eric Noble, a Manchester Chartered Accountant, joined the firm, first in Manchester and subsequently in London, and the firm was then known as Blick Rothenberg & Noble.
Helmut Rothenberg’s sons David and Bob joined the firm in 1966 and 1977 respectively. Bob is the firm’s current senior partner; David retired in 2016 after more than 50 years with the firm. Helmut retired as a partner in 1989 and from then the firm practiced under the name of Blick Rothenberg; he remained as a consultant to the firm until his death in 2003 at the age of 88.
In December 2012, the firm moved to its current premises in Covent Garden. At the same time the firm was incorporated as an LLP.
Whilst maintaining the firm’s values and culture, and continuing to focus on international and entrepreneurial businesses and individuals, the firm has not stood still. It has developed new businesses and services to support its clients, most significantly providing market leading outsourced accounting and administrative support to businesses in the UK and those operating internationally in multiple territories (www.brgbs.com).
In October, 2016, private equity firm HgCapital made an investment in the firm as part of its sector focused approach of investing in leading regulatory-driven businesses in and around the accounting and tax compliance space.
The investment will allow Blick Rothenberg to continue its development; keeping pace with clients' rapidly changing requirements while maintaining its culture of supporting and developing its people, as well as investing in innovative technology to support the delivery of a truly excellent service.
The firm now has 28 partners and directors and over 200 people.