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International Development

The story so far

International Development

The international expansion of TaxAssist Accountants began in 2009, and since then, we have steadily expanded the TaxAssist international franchise network, utilising knowledge and experience built up over the 25 years that the franchise has been operating in the UK. 

 

Ireland

In February 2009, we awarded our first Master Franchise Licence to the Republic of Ireland (ROI). The Master Franchise Rights were awarded to an established accountancy practice (principle being a Certified Public Accountant) that was already successful in its own right, but wanted to grow nationally and saw the value in the TaxAssist Accountants brand, experience and support.

At March 2020, our Master Franchisee in ROI had recruited franchisees covering 19 areas, who look after more than 5538 clients with a fee bank of €5.45m. TaxAssist Accountants Ireland is operated by Managing Director Alison McGinley. To read more about our Irish operation and single-unit franchise opportunities, click here.

 

Australia

In 2015, business partners Terry Murphy and Celeste Godwin, acquired the Master Franchise licence for Queensland and extended this to New South Wales, ACT and Victoria. Terry and Celeste currently have their own company-owned TaxAssist Accountants practices across both Queensland and New South Wales and they have grown the network to ten franchised areas. 

To read more about our Australian operation and Master Franchise Opportunities, click here.

For regular updates of our international expansion you can also follow our global Twitter account @TAAGlobal

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International team

David Paulson QFP
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David Paulson QFP

Senior Manager, Global Franchise Recruitment

David joined The TaxAssist Direct Group in 2009 with the responsibility for franchisee recruitment in the UK. During this period, David was instrumental in recruiting 93 franchisees into the UK network, plus over 20 franchisees in Ireland and Australia. David was also responsible for brokering the sale of our first £1million ($1.6 million) franchise resale. As Senior Manager for Global Franchise Recruitment, David leads the expansion of the TaxAssist Accountants brand into targeted international markets. This role includes supporting Master Franchisees with franchisee recruitment and ensuring legal compliance with Australian franchise regulations.

Prior to joining TaxAssist, David worked for one of the UK’s leading franchise consultants and publishers and brings with him a thorough understanding of both the UK & International franchise markets and excellent contacts to further support TaxAssist master and single unit franchisees. After a two-year period of study, completing dissertations and a formal interview process, David has been recognised as a British Franchise Association (bfa) Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP). The QFP is a formal recognition of professional knowledge and experience in franchising and demonstrates the individual’s understanding of the complexities, best practice and expertise in franchising.

In December 2018 David was elected to the British Franchise Association’s Board of Directors. Representing all members – franchisors, franchisees and the professional advisors, the bfa is the ethical voice of franchising in the UK, representing members and helping to promote them within the industry and beyond. They also provide information and advice to businesses planning to franchise, or people considering joining a franchise.

Richard Chatten QFP DipFM
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Richard Chatten

Senior Business Development Manager, QFP DipFM

Richard joined TaxAssist in July 2015 following seven years at a leading international franchise consultancy and publishing company, FDS. Richard graduated from the University of Northampton with a First-Class degree in Retail Marketing before joining FDS and specialised in creating Franchise Operations Manuals for business expanding by franchising, working alongside experienced franchise consultants and working with a number of national and international clients.

With more than 10 years’ experience in national and international franchising, Richard is responsible for the running of the Business Development department to deliver sales and marketing campaigns across the UK. Leading a team of 12 sales and marketing professionals who are solely focused on winning new clients for the 300+ TaxAssist Accountants shops and offices we have in the network, Richard is also responsible for leading the Franchise Recruitment and International teams to recruit new franchisees and deliver support to our global network.

Richard holds a Diploma in Franchise Management and is recognised as a British Franchise Association Qualified Franchise Professional (QFP), which is a formal recognition of professional knowledge and experience in franchising and demonstrates the individual’s understanding of the complexities, best practice and expertise in franchising.

Hannah Westgarth
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Hannah Westgarth

UK & International Recruitment Executive

Hannah is a long serving, dedicated and experienced member of the TaxAssist Accountants Support Centre. She joined the franchise recruitment team in 2003 and has experience of all roles within the department. Currently, she has responsibility for promoting the TaxAssist Accountants franchise opportunity in the UK and Internationally by writing articles and news stories and updating content on our websites and on social media platforms.

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