Sussex-based chartered accountants MHA Carpenter Box continues to expand across the region, despite the challenges of the wider business environment.


The firm has opened a new office in central Chichester, which is being led by Partners Peter Reading and Kevin Blake. It is a full-service operation offering business and personal advisory services, including taxation, audit and financial services.


Peter commented: “There’s no doubt the economic climate makes for a challenging trading environment for many businesses. However, we already have a number of clients in the Chichester area and have taken a decision to invest further to provide first-class support and advice to all local businesses and individuals, with a particular focus on property and agriculture.


“We will, of course, be respecting current rules around social distancing, but this is a long-term commitment which will deliver expert support to businesses both large and small in the area, and also to provide independent financial advice.”


The new office reflects the rapid growth of the firm in recent years, with Chichester now added to offices in Worthing, Gatwick and Brighton. The business has 16 partners and employs 170 staff.