TaxAssist Accountants continues nationwide growth with 13 new franchisees in 2016

TaxAssist Accountants has further increased its nationwide network after it welcomed six new franchisees, including three franchisees taking on resales, on its Autumn initial training course, further consolidating TaxAssist’s position as the UK’s largest network of small business accountants.

The UK network coverage continues to grow apace, with more than 210 franchises operating from over 290 offices. The successful and award-winning franchise, which recently rose to 21st position in AccountancyAge’s Top 50, continues to see double digit growth across the board, and now looks after over 65,000 clients with a combined fee bank of over £41 million.

The TaxAssist business opportunity continues to attract the talents of accountants and senior finance professionals, keen to benefit from the excellent training, support and brand name synonymous with the franchise.

In the case of TaxAssist resales, new joiners benefit from the advantages of a ready-made business with established premises, an income stream and experienced staff.

James Darville, who this year became owner of TaxAssist Accountants in Havant, Hampshire, said: “I made the decision to join TaxAssist within a few hours of attending a discovery day. I was so impressed with what I found out, I couldn’t see how I could pass on the opportunity.

“Franchising seemed like the perfect middle point between employment and running an individual practice. I believe having the backing of a national brand in a large network such as TaxAssist Accountants was the best possible way for me to start my journey as a business owner.”

New franchisee Simon Hunt, who joined on the Autumn course, said: “Having worked for large multi-national companies in senior finance roles for most of my career, I decided the time had come to be my own boss. I love accountancy and finance, as I feel it’s the ‘life blood’ of business. But after three years of contracting, I realised that although it was quite lucrative, I was not building any kind of business asset I could invest in for my family’s future.

“I realised the best way to achieve my ambition was to run my own practice, but without having to set it up from scratch. Having looked at the franchises available, I chose TaxAssist Accountants because of its proven track record. Using TaxAssist’s tried and tested business systems will, in time, allow me to work on building my own business rather than in it.”

New franchisee, Taskir Qureshi, who operates from Willesden, added: “I am an accountant who has worked for various firms over the last 15 years. Until last year, I was happily employed in a reasonably well paid job that I loved and had no intention of leaving, until my brother asked me to accompany him to a discovery day.

“This changed all of my plans and after carrying out due diligence, I was a total convert! During my training I was made to feel like a member of the extended family, with everyone, including the directors, being really approachable and helpful. While I am responsible for my own business, I do feel there is a very strong team behind me.”

Sarah Robertson, Group Operations Director at TaxAssist Accountants, said: “We’ve welcomed 13 great additions to our network in 2016, while interest in investing in either a new franchise area or purchasing a resale remains strong.

“I would urge anyone considering taking control of their career through franchising to come along to one of our regular discovery days in Norwich, which are incredibly informative, friendly and welcoming. We are always open and honest and would love to have the opportunity to share the business model’s potential with you. The small business target market is huge and with our back up and support, we know how successful you could be.”

TaxAssist Accountants is a multi-award-winning accounting franchise with more than 290 shops and offices in the UK, over 20 in Ireland and 6 locations in Australia. Established in 1995, TaxAssist specialises in providing accounting services to small businesses and individuals.

December 2016

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