MHA Carpenter Box Partner, Chris Coopey, looks forward to the Business, Information, Technology, Efficiency (BITE) 2017 event, and provides an update on significant changes taking place within the business.

Marnus Broodryk isn’t a name you’re likely to be familiar with, unless you’re from South Africa. Why? Because Marnus is the South African equivalent of a ‘Dragon’ in their version of Dragon’s Den. This is rather appropriate because Marnus is one of the Keynote Speakers at BITE 2017, and the South African programme he stars in is called ‘Shark Tank’.

BITE is the MHA Carpenter Box’s free one-day flagship event for entrepreneurs and businesses interested in growing their bottom line and will take place on Thursday April 27th at the Amex Stadium.

Marnus will be talking about the mind of a successful entrepreneur – which is precisely what he is. At the age of 14, Marnus started his first business, designing websites. By the time he turned 24 he was a self-made millionaire, and today this 30-year old entrepreneur extraordinaire can boast that he has launched several multi-million Rand companies. For Marnus, however, making money is just as important as empowering others with the knowledge and resources to create their own successful enterprises, which is why he is the perfect fit for BITE.

Shark Tank South Africa invites go-getters with potentially lucrative products or business ideas to pitch their plans for their Sharks’ consideration. If the Sharks like what they see, they then offer the entrepreneur a deal and if more than one of them is interested, a bidding war can ensue.

As well as being one of the five financial heavyweights, who dig deep into their own pockets on television to make aspiring entrepreneurs’ dreams come true, Marnus is also the CEO of The Beancounter, which rather like MHA Carpenter Box is an accounting firm that is making waves by disrupting the normal perception of accountants.

Alternative Funding – Keynote Session 2

Reprising a very successful event at the Hawth Theatre in Crawley last year, our second keynote session brings together a panel of alternative funding experts, representing a cross section of this ‘new’ industry. We’ll have crowd funding and invoice financing experts, as well as Andy Davis, a former editor with the Financial Times and author of ‘Beyond the Banks’. Our very own Terry Porter, who enjoyed a long and illustrious career with a number of the big four national banks, will also be on the panel. They will be taking questions from the audience around funding in general and alternative funding in particular.

And there’s more….

Along with two keynote sessions, BITE also combines the chance to meet exhibitors whose objective is to make business better. From tech companies to alternative funders, BITE aims to open eyes to what’s out there to help businesses grow. The last event attracted over 200 attendees and this one promises to be even larger, so some great networking to be done!

For more information and to register for BITE visit

Dan joins the team

Well-known local tax adviser Dan Hobbs has recently joined the team at MHA Carpenter Box. Dan has been appointed as an Associate in our Tax Services Group. Having trained in accountancy he went on to specialise in tax, so is both a Chartered Accountant and a Chartered Tax Adviser.

Despite his youthful looks, Dan’s career already spans 14 years. He will provide advice to clients in a wide range of businesses, with a particular focus on specialist VAT advice - one of the most complex areas of taxation.

Dan looks for tax planning opportunities, helping clients to become tax-efficient. His= wide experience around accountancy and tax means that he can combine both sides, to give businesses really joined up advice.

Say hello to MHA Carpenter Box

As you may have noticed, we’re very excited to announce that Carpenter Box has started to trade as MHA Carpenter Box. We helped to found our national association, MHA, back in 2010 and since then it has gone from strength to strength. Although it’s a small change, our new name allows us to demonstrate that whilst we are an independent firm, we have a massive national resource at our finger tips.

Our new brand identity also reflects the way in which our business has developed over the past few years. For the first time we have included the words ‘Business Advisers’ as a descriptor. Our mission is to help our clients increase their profitability by giving great business advice, whether that is around tax, corporate finance, accountancy or audit, or indeed any other of the skill sets within our business.

The refresh of our branding is then more of a catch up than a departure. The new logo just means that what you see is what you get!

So what is MHA?

MHA is an association of some of the best independent regional UK accountancy firms. The concept works on the principle that the member firm’s knowledge and resource is shared at every level. Being part of MHA therefore gives our clients a totally scalable solution, from 50 locations across England, Scotland and Wales; MHA Carpenter Box is capable of delivering advice and support whatever the size of the client or whatever the sector or specialty.

MHA is also the UK member of Baker Tilly International which was recently awarded the prestigious title of International Network of the year, giving MHA Carpenter Box a global reach to over 140 countries for clients trading or wanting to trade internationally.

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