Annual Conference

TaxAssist holds an annual conference inviting franchisees, staff, suppliers and support staff for a day of business, networking and entertainment


The beautiful setting of Centre Parcs in Woburn was the venue in May 2019 for three days of networking, workshops, best practice, entertainment and relaxation.

In the natural surroundings of Woburn Forest, the conference had an informal look and feel. More time was built in to enable franchisees and their staff and families to enjoy the facilities and rejuvenate in between a day of meeting TaxAssist partners at an exhibition on Friday, before a busy day of attending workshops and audio pods on Saturday, rounded off by a party in the evening.

Designed to inspire and energise franchisees, Saturday’s series of events were designed to cover a range of forward-thinking strategies and ideas to improve practices. Topics covered included winning business through technology, making the most of the software estate, Making Tax Digital, tax planning, cyber security and driving local marketing.

Saturday evening was a chance for attendees to enjoy themselves at an enchanted forest themed party, with entertainment provided by dance troupe ‘LED Dancers’ and internationally renowned ‘Urban Soul Orchestra’.

Group Operations Director Sarah Robertson was thrilled with the event: “While the location and format were new, there was still everything franchisees have come to expect from our flagship event and much more. It was fantastic to catch up with so many franchisees and share an enjoyable and informative weekend together.”

Conference feedback 2019

TaxAssist Accountants Pudsey & Horsforth

The set up and entertainment on Saturday evening was spectacular, so far the best most of us have seen! Friday afternoon and Saturday morning were informative, refreshing and we loved the relaxed atmosphere.

Luiza Polec, Senior Accountant and Practice Manager

TaxAssist Accountants Aberdeen

I just wanted to say a huge ‘thank you’ and ‘well done’ to the team for the amazing Conference weekend. Being our first Conference, Cameron [Allan] and I weren’t sure what to expect but the event really delivered. The highest compliment I can give is that we have already decided that regardless of the cost and logistics we will bring our whole team to the next one as we can now see the value it will add.

Steven Mearns - Franchisee

TaxAssist Accountants Poole

Thank you so much for all your hard work in the planning and execution of a great Conference. It was very brave of you to change venue and format, but it worked. We both thoroughly enjoyed the weekend, and found the workshops particularly useful, and well thought out.

Martin and Elizabeth Tapley - Franchisees

TaxAssist Accountants Lincoln

Well done on delivering a fantastic ‘new style’ conference…. I particularly enjoyed the workshops which meant my team and I could get the information, education and updates relevant to us as individuals. I felt there was a positive vibe throughout the two days. I am sure you will have faced many challenges ‘behind the scenes’ but they didn’t show, and it came across as professional, slick and efficient! Thank you to everyone involved.

Terry Peachman – Franchisee

TaxAssist Accountants Loughborough and Long Eaton

Thanks so much for a most enjoyable conference this year. It never fails to amaze me, despite the network getting bigger and bigger each year, how much of a family feel there is being part of TaxAssist. I hope this is never lost as it is something that makes being part of the Network very special. This is not just my own opinion, but the same feeling my staff get from attending each year too (they’re already talking about what we’d do next year!)

Carl Whitehead – Franchisee

Conference feedback 2018

TaxAssist Accountants High Wycombe, Harpenden & Radlett

A quick note to say thank you for a terrific conference. Always excellent and while starting from an established high standard conference gets better every year! We had no less than 24 colleagues and TaxAssist Kids participate and everybody found the partner exhibition, afternoon content and the dinner celebrations excellent. Thanks from all of us.

Mike Melling, Franchisee

TaxAssist Accountants North Hykeham & Lincoln

Well done for putting together a very relevant and professional Conference. As usual I gained much from the informal discussions with peers, but the exhibitors and afternoon content also provided much clarity, information and vision for the short term and beyond (and much more for me to implement and build on)…and thank you for the very favourable pricing you have negotiated with our key partners/suppliers! Great event. Thank you all.

Terry Peachman, Franchisee

TaxAssist Accountants Bath, Trowbridge & Melksham

Thanks to everyone for the conference set up. Very good again. I was very impressed with the quality of the spoken presentations this year, especially from our own people. Consistently high standard of thoughtful preparation, focus on what matters, guidance, and calm clear unpatronising delivery. This is exactly how it should be. Very very good. Amongst the best corporate presentations I have ever heard to be honest. The switch toward service centred approach is a difficult and complex aspect to achieve. We had, to my mind, the most successful summary and explanation of that yet heard.

Keith Adams, Franchisee

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