18 people have joined TaxAssist Accountants so far in 2010
So far in 2010, TaxAssist Accountants has successfully recruited 18 people to their network. 13 have joined as new franchises whilst 4 have purchased existing franchisees businesses and 1 person has joined another franchisee as a partner with a two year plan to buy out the existing franchisee.
This brings the network up to over 200 offices, 114 of which are shop front premises.
Despite the challenging economic times, demand for TaxAssist Accountants services remains strong. They were one of only seven Top 50 Accountancy Practices that saw double digit growth in 2009 (the average was 3% growth) and they continue to perform strongly in 2010 with further double digit growth across all key indicators.
David Paulson, Franchise Recruitment Manager, explains “The growth is testament to our ever evolving business model, the shop front concept and the focus our franchisees have on marketing and business development whilst employing qualified staff to complete the accountancy work”.
The work we have done has been recognised by the industry with them winning Gold in the British Franchise Association / HSBC Franchisor of the Year Awards earlier this year and being listed as the 34th largest Accountancy Practice in the Accountancy Age Top 50.
Franchisees do not need any formal accountancy qualifications as full training is given, but you do need to have a relevant career background, be self motivated, disciplined, ambitious, hardworking and keen to build a substantial successful business.
A Franchise Discovery Day is being here at their support centre in Norwich on 05 August so, If you can see yourself as the principal of your own Accountancy Practice, then call us on 0800 0188 297 for an initial chat, to answer your questions and to discuss the next steps.
TaxAssist Accountants was founded in 1995, specifically to serve the tax and accountancy needs of sole traders, the self employed and small business with a turnover of less than £1 million. Its Support Centre is in Norwich, and currently TaxAssist Accountants has a network of offices with over 170 accountants and tax specialists around the country.
Chief Executive - Karl Sandall FCIB
Karl spent 26 years at a senior level with a major clearing bank before joining TaxAssist Accountants on 1st January 2000 as Operations Director – taking on the role of Chief Executive in 2002. A 'fellow' of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, a School Governor and a member of the Financial Industry Group and of the Committee of the IFS School of Finance for the East of England, Karl oversees the running of the company and the whole network on a day to day basis and ensures the company continues to expand rapidly.
Business Development Director – Sarah Robertson MSc, Dip M, Chartered Marketer, FCIM FIDM
Sarah founded a successful Brand Agency ‘The Point’ in 1994 with three other Directors. ‘The Point’ became one of the foremost marketing communications agencies in the Eastern region with billings in excess of £4.5m. Sarah has a total of 20 years experience in the marketing and advertising industry, working with a broad range of national and regional brands such as the British Red Cross, Norwich Union, Oracle, Del Monte, the Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Swinton Insurance. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a Fellow of the Institute of Direct Marketing. Sarah joined the TaxAssist Accountants Board on 1st September 2004. Sarah is responsible for marketing strategy, brand development, shop fronts, practice management and business development strategies for franchisees.
Network Operations & Finance Director - Phil Sullivan BSc (Hons), ACIB
During a 26 year career with HSBC Bank plc Phil achieved Executive Management status and undertook roles covering a wide range of disciplines. These included corporate banking, branch retail banking, credit control, strategic planning, human resources and training. Prior to leaving HSBC Phil was Area Director for Leicestershire, a role with responsibility for all aspects of the bank's branch banking & commercial business in the county and corporate banking activities in East Midlands. He was responsible for 400 staff operating from 36 offices and a cost budget of £11m. Phil established his own business in 2006 providing corporate and commercial advisory services to selected business clients. He specialised in assisting with the creation of strategies for large transactions, including business sales, MBOs/MBIs, flotations, raising unquoted equity and exit/succession. His main business interests lie in corporate finance and management/leadership theory and practice.
After working with TaxAssist Direct Ltd for 18 months on a consultancy basis, Phil joined the Board as a full-time Executive Director with effect from 1 October 2008. His responsibilities include overall technical competency and compliance of the Network and Support Centre, internal financial control and operational integrity.