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MHA Carpenter Box

Award-winning MHA Carpenter Box* is well known to many companies in the Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology sectors. Our clients range from smaller businesses in the sector to those with multi-million turnovers and international credentials.

Our style is collaborative. The more we are involved with our clients and their businesses, the greater the value we can add. With a headcount of around 155 and with a dedicated Manufacturing Sector Group led by an ex-Engineer, the firm advises a broad range of clients in all three areas of business. Over the years MHA Carpenter Box has built up a wealth of expertise and beyond accounting and audit, it has helped clients by signposting funding opportunities, promoting tax efficiency and encouraging growth through diversification (by innovation, or by acquisition and merger) as well as through international expansion.

Our experience, along with the accumulated experience of our colleagues in the MHA National Manufacturing Group, which  operates across England, Scotland and Wales, means that we are ideally positioned to advise our clients on a diverse range of industry areas.  These include accounting and value added audit services, specialist tax advisory work, including Research and Development Tax Relief, Capital Allowances, Group Re-organisations and Patent Box.

MHA Carpenter Box also has strong sector links working alongside teams at the major banks as well as organisations such as our LEP – Coast to Capital, UKTI and iMechE. Having access to such networks mean that we are ideally placed to help with advice on funding, exporting and other sector related opportunities.

Our Corporate Finance team helps businesses to merge, acquire or sell businesses. Through our wide range of professional contacts we can help to find the necessary funding whether this be from the traditional banking route or through alternative funding routes. We can also provide outsource finance teams and help with an interim FD service.  Through our advanced approach to management accounting we can provide regular Key Performance Indicator information to help our clients to run their businesses more efficiently.

For clients wishing to trade internationally our membership of Baker Tilly International means that MHA Carpenter Box gives our clients access to a range of trusted advisers across the globe. Baker Tilly International operates in over 140 countries with a global headcount of over 28,000.

For more information on MHA Carpenter Box visit the website or contact Chris Coopey on 01903 234094.

* MHA Carpenter Box won Business of the Year at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards in 2018 and the national Accounting Partner of the Year Award 2016 from Xero, the leading cloud accounting technology company.

asb law LLP

asblawYou speak. We listen. Together we create the solution.

asb law is an innovative, client-centric, UK law and consultancy firm providing services constructed around its four key values of transparency, certainty, collaboration and innovation.

Based out of offices in the south east of England (Gatwick and Kent), asb law delivers commercial advice and creates collaborative solutions for organisations and private individuals.

We work with businesses across the manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors with the aim of helping them to maximise efficiency, sustain growth and minimise risk. We also support many of the region’s manufacturing forums and business awards, and regularly talk with owner-managers and leadership teams in the sector. We understand your industry.

Innovation and emerging marketing are consistently creating new opportunities for UK businesses. However, to gain full advantage from these opportunities takes considerable investment in R&D, people, processes and technology, as well as a robust business strategy.

Our team will work with you to protect your investment, ensure your underlying assets are not at risk, provide advice and guidance to help tackle the challenges, and ultimately help you to build a successful and sustainable business.

Whether you are gearing for growth, thinking about preparing your business for sale, or simply need advice and guidance in your day-to-day activities, we can provide a flexible and cost effective resource that fits your needs.

For more information about asb law visit the website or contact Russell Bell, on 01293 603637 or via this contact form.


CBSbutler has been synonymous with technical recruitment for decades having been formed through the merger of two leading recruitment firms in 2003.

A candidates’ impression of a prospective employer is strongly influenced by the contact with the recruiter. The specialist knowledge and professionalism of our consultants qualifies CBSbutler to be credible ambassadors to any client.



CBSbutler has an exceptional heritage in engineering having been the winner of Best Engineering Recruiter on no less than 6 occasions!

Having diversified their capabilities over recent years to include specialist teams in ICT, Life Sciences, Manufacturing and Energy. Today, CBSbutler can claim to be one of the UK’s leading technical recruiters with thousands of successful permanent appointments and contract assignments across 20+ counties spanning the EU, EMEA, APAC, and the Americas.

  • 10 times winner of the Recruiter Awards for Excellence – Engineering
  • Twice winner of Global Recruiter – ‘Best Client Service’

Specialist Insight

Sophisticated companies demand a high degree of specialist insight in order to meet exacting job requirements, and cultural / team fit. CBSbutler is able to achieve this through dedicated account management and specialist delivery teams who focus in defined markets.

With strong continuity in our recruiter teams, CBSbutler retains vital customer knowledge, so essential to deliver accurate job matching and thereafter high degree of assurance in job success and retention.
Furthermore, we are able to monitor sector trends and changes so that we can exploit new talent pools before our competitor or indeed our clients’ competitors.

Proven Skills

Typically, our clients either demand tried and tested individuals or with proven potential so that the hiring burden is minimised and the success rate is maximised. CBSbutler has an unrivalled candidate database of more than 0.5m professionals that has been built and continually updated over decades.
This resource is unrepeatable and provides for a distinct competitive advantage, particularly in validating work history and where a high degree of ‘fit’ is demanded. Moreover, in the cast of fast-track contractor assignments, clients can have a high degree of confidence that the candidates selected will deliver the quality of works and represent them positively.

Assured Delivery

CBSbutler have pioneered the use of behaviours in rewarding excellence in service by aligning with client expectations. Whether it be vacancy fulfilment, response times or candidate quality. In this way, our consultants deliver an exceptional service together with a consistency in professionalism that the best employers demand.

CBSbutler employs leading edge tools to exploit global talent pools and digital candidate networks to deliver class-leading performance. Our recruiters can boast some of the best fulfilment statistics and client satisfaction ratings in the business.

  • c.90% + of clients rated CBSbutler to be better than the competition (source: stakeholder surveys 2016)
  • unusually high levels of repeat business : 80% + of new business opportunities are referred

Moreover, the combination of true global reach combined with a local knowledge, ensures that our multi-national customers can have peace of mind throughout the recruitment cycle.