Sussex-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box is re-establishing an office in Brighton where the partnership was originally founded nearly a hundred years ago.
In 1923/24 Robert Carpenter, who practised from Midland Bank Chambers in Brighton, went into partnership with Harold Box to form Carpenter Box and Co.
The firm is now moving back to the city where it said it aims to focus on providing Brighton’s growth sectors, including creative and media, construction and real estate, with advisory, investment and tax expertise.
The new office, in Ship Street, will be led by creative and new media expert Sam Uwins, MHA Carpenter Box’s youngest-ever partner.
He said: “Brighton and Hove is such a dynamic city, full of entrepreneurs and exciting businesses with huge potential – and we are delighted to be coming ‘home’ to support them. We already work with many companies and individuals in the city but having an office here will make it easier to help them meet today’s challenges and grab tomorrow’s opportunities, and to grow our customer base through our sector expertise.”
The latest development reflects the rapid growth of MHA Carpenter Box over recent years, which has seen the opening of its Gatwick office in addition to its Worthing base – and a rise in headcount to 16 partners and 170 staff.
The Brighton office was officially opened at a special reception attended by around 100 people including clients and leading business figures from Brighton and Hove.