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Franchise Focus Balancing the books


Are you looking for a white-collar franchise? Then TaxAssist Accountants could be the right choice for you


INVESTMENT LEVEL: FROM £36,950


and recently purchased shops in the Beaconsfi eld and High Wycombe area. “Back in December 2012, after 30 years in the fi nancial services world and operational consulting more recently, I decided that I was very keen to develop a family-owned business,” comments Mike.


“I was looking to buy something that


was already established, sizeable and profi table, so I started to look at the franchise arena and came across the TaxAssist brand. The more I looked at what TaxAssist did, with its very impressive model, the more I liked it. “While many franchisees start from scratch, there were also a lot of sizeable businesses that I was potentially interested in buying, and I decided to go down the franchise resale route.”


Mike Melling A


re you an accountant working in industry or practice? Or perhaps you’re working in fi nance and dreaming of breaking free and working for


yourself? Then TaxAssist Accountants can turn that dream into a reality. TaxAssist is the UK’s largest network of accountants servicing the needs of small businesses and the self-employed and is looking to expand its network further. There are prime territories still available, as well as resale opportunities for those wishing to buy an established business. TaxAssist was established when the founder realised that small businesses were often over-charged by the larger practices and under-serviced by the smaller ones, and that catering for this market would be ideal for a franchise


network. Services off ered include year-end accounts, tax returns, bookkeeping, vat returns, payroll and cash fl ow projections. After consistently winning awards in both the franchising and accountancy sectors, TaxAssist has grown to become the 24th largest network of accountants in the UK, servicing over 59,000 clients from over 250 shops and offi ces. Franchisees operate from modern and welcoming shops, which have been designed specifi cally to appeal to the small business client.


One franchisee glad he made the move


to TaxAssist is Mike Melling, who bought one of the largest practices built up by a TaxAssist Accountant in 2012. Mike has grown the business further and now operates from shops in Harpenden and Radlett. He also has an offi ce in St Albans


“I now have a substantial business and operate with a team of 20 accountants and staff . I’m aiming to double the business, so this will mean expansion, too. We have a broad range of clients, as you would expect, including sole traders and start-ups, through to directors of limited companies that we have formed. “We have over 1,200 clients and the business has grown pretty rapidly, so there’s been a big investment in client service, people, training and development. I love it! It’s exactly what I was looking for at this stage of my life. I love the client contact and the massive cross section of clients whose businesses we help every day.” If you would like to fi nd out more, ring for an informal chat. The next step would then be to attend a discovery day at the support centre in Norwich, where you will be provided with more details and will get to meet with one or more of the directors of the franchise. You will also be provided with a full list of franchisees for you to speak with as part of the research process, as well as research guides and business plan templates.


TaxAssist Accountants Accountancy


www.taxassistfranchise.co.uk jody.macmillan@taxassist.co.uk 0800 018 8297


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Investment: £20k-£50k


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