New managing partners risen through accountancy firm’s ranks

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A MAN who joined an accountancy firm from college in 1993 as a teenager has risen to the role of managing partner.

Alan Edwards has succeeded John Billings at Worthing-based Carpenter Box, who led the firm from strength to strength over the past ten years and now becomes a senior partner.

Mr Edwards said: “I am delighted to have been appointed managing partner of the firm that I joined straight from college 22 years ago.

“I look forward to building on the work of my predecessors and working alongside such a strong group of partners as we pursue a policy of measured expansion, notably in the immediate term via our new Gatwick office.

“As always, central to our success in the future will be the specialist support that we are able to provide to our growing client list.”

In 1993, Carpenter Box had 42 employees and six partners.

Since then, the firm has enjoyed continual growth and now boasts a team of 120 staff, with 11 partners, looking after more than 4,500 clients.

In 2010, the firm became a founding member of MHA, a national association of leading independent accountants, giving Carpenter Box the ability to provide larger clients with accounting solutions across the UK.

It is also a member of Baker Tilly International, which provides client access to a global network of trusted advisors.

Mr Edwards has performed the role of Student Partner over the last eight years, overseeing the Carpenter Box trainee accountant programme and helping to maintain its platinum accreditation under the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) scheme.