Chiks name change signals ‘exciting’ new era

Chiks will trade as MHA Chiks from October 1 2017

Firm to retain independence but adopts prefix of national accountancy network, MHA, which it joined in 2010

Name change is in response to national and international growth and will help firm stay at ‘cutting edge’ of accountancy sector

One of the region’s best-known accountancy, business advisory and wealth management firms has unveiled a name change.

Chiks will trade as MHA Chiks from October 1 2017.

The firm, which has offices across Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside and the East Midlands and employs over 300 partners and staff, will retain its independent ownership status but is looking to build on its growing national and international reputation.

MHA Chiks joined the in 2010. It is a UK wide association of eight independent accountancy firms with 50 offices nationwide.

Member firms benefit by being able to offer clients specialist services in more local markets. Employees of member firms also benefit through shared professional development resources.

MHA Chiks’s managing partner, Graham Gordon, said: “The business world continues to evolve and it is vital we stay ahead. We have always looked forward as a firm. It has been part of our DNA since 1892.

“While we remain at the heart of the North West, many of our clients operate on a national and global level. Through MHA, we have that UK and international reach and we feel it is important that our brand reflects that, while retaining our independence.

“We have also seen year on year growth in new business enquiries coming from outside the region and through MHA we are able to maximise these opportunities.

“With an evolving technology landscape and increased regulation, accountancy and business advisory firms have to adapt to thrive. This is an exciting new era for everyone connected with MHA Chiks.”

MHA member firms are also part of , the world’s ninth largest network of independent firms that provide accounting, assurance, tax and specialist business advice.

MHA member firms collectively employ 179 partners and around 2,200 staff, with a combined turnover of £130m.

Graham added: “It’s not only our clients that benefit from our relationship with MHA by accessing more specialists in more territories, but so do our people.

“We share internal resources and intelligence with other member firms giving our people access to new thinking on a national and international level. Some of this includes national and international secondments. This will enable our people to stay at the cutting edge of a changing sector.

“This move is an investment in our future.”