“When people say ‘Actually you’ve made an impact, you’ve made a difference to my life’…that’s fulfilling. That encourages you to go back the next day and do more, push yourself… I’m extremely proud of my network, I’m proud of who we are…a network that genuinely cares for its clients.” – Bukky Shonola, TaxAssist Hitchin & Letchworth

Franchisor of the year

TaxAssist Accountants is the British Franchise Association (bfa) HSBC Franchisor of the Year BRONZE WINNER 2015

TaxAssist Accountants the successful small business tax and accountancy franchise is thrilled to announce that it has won a bronze award at the 2015 ‘Franchisor of the Year’ awards, arguably the most prestigious awards ceremony in the franchising industry calendar.  This is on the back of winning the Gold award in 2010, silver in 2008 and 2009 and being a finalist in 2014 and means TaxAssist has now won the award in every available colour!

Judges comments were:

Cathryn Hayes head of business support at the bfa comments: “This is a business that has taken on multiple challenges in the last 12 months and met all of them successfully. The strength of the relationship that TaxAssist Accountants has with its franchisees has instilled a deep trust and honesty between all parties, critical to the exceptional performance of the business and duly recognised with this award.”

The UK head of franchising for HSBC, Andy Brattesani comments: “TaxAssist Accountants impressed the judges on many different fronts, not least the franchisee-assisted management buyout and international expansion. It’s particularly notable that these have been achieved alongside continued expansion within the UK and with increased support and training for their franchisees, who continue to thrive. This is a business to watch in 2016.”


The winners were announced at a black-tie dinner held at the ICC in Birmingham on June 25th.  Group CEO Karl Sandall and Group Business Development Director Sarah Robertson of The TaxAssist Group picked up the award on behalf of the company.  Karl comments “Winning the bronze award in this, our 20th Anniversary year and on the back of being a finalist in 2014 is a brilliant result and is testament to the hard working Support Centre staff and our fantastic network of franchisees.  We know our business model works, but to hear such positive comments from the judges on our achievements and way of working is a great endorsement of TaxAssist.”

Established in 1989 and the highest honours available to brands in the sector, the awards recognise the UK’s most exceptional franchisors in a range of categories for their business growth and development, service excellence and commitment to ethical franchising practice.  

Sean Hammond of Express Newspapers comments ”In challenging business markets, franchising continues to flourish and franchisors are adding value more than ever to their business model. We are delighted to recognise their efforts with these awards, following a very high calibre of entries received.”

UK head of franchising for HSBC Andy Brattesani comments “The high standard of finalists represented the diverse pool of talent found in modern franchising. It’s our pleasure to present the highest accolades UK franchisors can achieve to our worthy winners.”

On the back of this success, the Directors of TaxAssist are keen to push the growth of the franchise network forward by offering an incentive to any franchisee that joins TaxAssist as a new franchisee on the last course of the year which starts on 19th October.

Karl explains “To celebrate our milestone anniversary and our bronze award win, we are seeking to expand our network further by incentivising people with an offer of £5,000 cash back from the franchise fee when they move into a shop front.  The only stipulations are that the franchisee must take on a new territory, i.e. not join TaxAssist as a partner or due to a resale, and that they join us in our 20th year 2015 on our next course in October. 

I’m more than happy to meet any interested parties, as I usually do, at one of our regular discovery days in Norwich to discuss further.  These days are a great opportunity for prospective franchisees to meet the senior support team, and learn more about how we work with you to help you to establish your own substantial business.

I’ve seen franchisees join us for a variety of reasons. Some are looking for a better work life balance, some for less commuting, and others are just fed up of working for others and want to break free and work for themselves.  All of them could see that by joining TaxAssist, they could work for themselves but not by themselves and while they are doing so, they are building a valuable asset.  With our help and support, we can help you to achieve your personal goals, whether you’re working towards a 5 year contract or 25.  Tax and accountancy services are always in demand and with our retail style shop concept which is so convenient for the small business owner we know how successful you could be.

Please contact the recruitment department on 0800 0188297 for an initial chat and to book onto a discovery day.  I look forward to meeting you.

June 2015

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