Sussex-based chartered accountants, tax and business advisers, MHA Carpenter Box has acquired Crawley-based chartered accountants Lewis Rowell.
Lewis Rowell co-founder and Partner Peter Rowell and many of his team have joined the Gatwick Office of MHA Carpenter Box, which opened in June 2015 and is now full to capacity with a headcount of around 25.
Lewis & Co. accountants was established in Brighton prior to relocating to Crawley almost 35 years ago and over that time, Peter has gained a wealth of experience in tax, audit and accounts and commercial matters. As well as being a Chartered Accountant, Peter is also a member of the Chartered Institute of Taxation. After qualifying, Peter worked in the London office of a large national practice before moving into commerce gaining experience within the offices of an international bank and an MOD military contractor, returning to general practice in 1985. He then joined Roland Lewis in partnership as Lewis Rowell operating from a Crawley office.
Peter, who joins MHA Carpenter Box as a Departmental Director in the Business Services Group, commented: "I felt the time was right for the acquisition to take place to support the longer term needs of the business and its clients. After following up on a recommendation from a colleague and already being aware of the excellent reputation MHA Carpenter Box has in the industry, I had no hesitation in agreeing to the acquisition of Lewis Rowell by them. Once I had met with the firm's partners and staff, I knew it was the right move for the business."
Chris Coopey, Partner and Practice Director at MHA Carpenter Box added: "We are delighted to welcome Peter and his team on board and are proud to serve Lewis Rowell's client base for whom we are making the transition as smooth as possible."