Our first master franchise was established in Ireland in 2009
In 2009, TaxAssist Accountants awarded its first Master Franchise Rights to an established firm of Accountants in the Republic of Ireland, which was led by Roddy Comyn (Chartered Accountant). Having established a successful pilot operation, the network in Ireland has grown to 17 franchised areas (as at January 2019).
Prior to joining TaxAssist Accountants, Roddy was a partner in a local practice in the Fairview region of Dublin. While the practice was successful in its own right, he was ambitious and wanted to develop a national brand across Ireland.
Rather than going down the managed office route, Roddy saw the value in taking a Master Franchise and after researching options and completing due diligence, the TaxAssist Accountants Master Franchise opportunity stood out. Given, at the time, the widely publicised problems with the Irish economy, this was a brave decision for Roddy to take and it has proven to be the right one.
In 2017, Roddy retired and the Master Franchise was acquired by the TaxAssist Group. TaxAssist Accountants Ireland is now operated by Managing Director Alison McGinley, backed up by the Irish Support Centre Team and the UK Support Centre team in Norwich. Alison was announced as 'Irish Franchising Woman of the Year' at the 20th Anniversary of the Irish Franchise Awards in 2015.
Master franchisee achievements
Since taking on the TaxAssist Accountants brand, the Master Franchisee has:
- Established a pilot operation to prove the viability of the concept in Ireland
- Established their own training centre with all technical training provided by in-house experts
- Established a technical support team to provide general helpdesk support to the growing network
- Recruited 17 franchisees, operating from shop fronts and offices
As at January 2019, the Republic of Ireland network has grown to more than 5,700 clients and reports a fee bank of €5.5 million.
TaxAssist in the UK couldn't have done much more to support us...
We don't underestimate how helpful the support from the team in the UK was for making this happen, their own banking experience and standing with the UK banking community made a real difference!
Master franchisee testimonial
Alison McGinley testimonial
Alison McGinley gives her views on being a master franchisee for the Republic of Ireland.
Single unit franchisee testimonials
Dermot Kane testimonial
Dermot Kane gives his views on being a franchisee for the Republic of Ireland.
To hear more about the TaxAssist Accountants franchise in Ireland, please contact Alison McGinley for a confidential chat on 01 854 0662 or email [email protected]. The Republic of Ireland prospectus can be seen here.