Firm having a ball as it reaches 90th year

Distinguished guests at the Carpenter Box 90th birthday celebration ball. Picture by Lex Ballentine
Distinguished guests at the Carpenter Box 90th birthday celebration ball. Picture by Lex Ballentine

A CHARTERED accountancy firm has celebrated 90 years of business in vintage style by hosting a charity ball.

Carpenter Box, based in Crescent Road, Worthing, started life as a humble partnership between two men but has grown to become one of the largest independent accountancy practices in the south east.

In celebration of its milestone, the firm held the 20s, 30s and 40s-themed event at Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre, with numerous guests of honour attending.

But it was not only a celebration – instead the firm’s management turned it into a prime opportunity to fundraise for Love Your Hospital, managing to raise £2,500 on the night.

Managing partner John Billings said: “This is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our history and our longevity, with contacts and clients from Sussex and beyond, whilst doing our bit for a great charity.

“I am thrilled that so many people came and supported the event.”

More than 250 guests enjoyed a three-course meal, followed by a full evening of entertainment, including live music and a Charleston dance demonstration.

The event was primarily organised by practice director Chris Coopey, who spent several months planning it.

He said : “Carpenter Box has established an excellent reputation in the south east since its earliest days and it continues to go from strength-to-strength.

“It really is a local success story with a regional footprint.

“Here’s to the next 90 years.”

Carpenter Box was the first-ever member of Worthing Chamber of Commerce, which now incorporates Adur.

Set-up originally by Harold Box and Robert Carpenter, the company now employs more than 100 members of staff. Over the years, it has managed to raise tens of thousands of pounds for local and national charities, while in 2010 it founded its own charitable foundation.

In just three years, it has made grants and donations totalling £38,000.

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