TaxAssist Accountants announced as finalist for major franchise award

July 31, 2020

TaxAssist Accountants has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year accolade at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on 30th November.

 
TaxAssist Accountants is the UK’s largest network of small business specialist accountants, with more than 385 shops and offices servicing 76,000 clients. It is also the UK’s leading tax and accountancy franchise, with previous British Franchise Association (bfa) successes including winning Franchisor of the Year in 2010, as well as Bronze in 2015 and Silver in 2008 and 2009.

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It will be competing with five other well-known franchise brands before a judging panel of industry experts and receiving a nomination is an achievement in itself, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff.

Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive said: “At a time of such economic and social turmoil, it is very welcome good news to have once again been shortlisted as a finalist for this prestigious award, and very rewarding for the 60 strong Support Team to have their hard work and achievements recognised in this way.

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“We received fantastic feedback from our franchisees and their clients on the support provided prior to and during the COVID-19 pandemic, and we look forward to putting forward a very strong case as to why we should win to the judging panel.”

Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the bfa, said: “TaxAssist Accountants has been a long-serving member of the bfa, adhering to an airtight, ethical operation. In 2019, network sales grew by 9%, as did client numbers and recruitment figures as, despite a struggling high street, the business excelled.”

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Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said: “TaxAssist’s initial training for new franchisees and ongoing support is rigorous, with other courses available and optional for franchisees and staff, such as the Management Development Diploma, which has had a very good take up.”

If you are interested in joining TaxAssist Accountants, it is holding monthly Virtual Discovery Days where you can spend a day with the team to find out more about the business opportunity and support on offer.

Cheshire businesswoman up for major franchising award

July 30, 2020

Feeling stifled and unfulfilled as an accountant and knowing she always wanted to run her own business, Kim Pinnington, now 37, took on a Puddle Ducks franchise three years ago, and since then has thrived.

 
Because of this, she has been shortlisted in the Transformation category at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, taking place at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

She runs a Puddle Ducks (a franchise that teaches babies and toddlers to swim), that covers Cheshire, the North West Midlands, and Wrexham, employing 23 people. Despite the wide geographical split, she has managed to make the territory much more profitable through hard work and canny business decisions, even though it was operating as a successful business before she purchased it.

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“I am thrilled to be shortlisted for the Franchisee Business Transformation award and to be recognised for what I have achieved over the last few years as a franchisee.

“Franchising has given me the confidence to run my own business in the knowledge that I have full support from my network and helped me to strive towards my professional goal of building a successful sustainable business and my personal goal of balancing work life around my family” says Kim Pinnington, Franchisee.

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Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the bfa, said: “The territory Kim purchased is spread wide and far, and although the foundations and base of a great business were acquired when she purchased it, the previous franchisee had only made a modest return. However, Kim really utilised the power of the network for advice and formulated an airtight business plan.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising at HSBC, added: “Kim more than tripled net profit in her first year of operating through steady scaling and sticking to a robust plan and cutting classes where necessary. Despite having just over 700 customers in 2016/17 and just under 900 in 2019/20, the net profit margin has risen from 10% to 22%.”

Kim will go head-to-head against three other franchisees in November.

By Emma Lumley

Source: BDaily

Agency Express Nominated For Major Franchising Award

July 28, 2020

Agency Express has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year accolade at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

 
Founded in Norwich during 1998, Agency Express carry out the erection, maintenance and management of ‘For Sale’ and ‘To Let’ boards for estate agencies throughout the UK.

Support and innovation are the two values at the very core of the business, believing that a well-supported network, with a healthy work-life balance breeds happy, successful franchisee.

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Managing director, Ben Brookes commented:

“Agency Express are delighted to be announced as a finalist in the 2020 ‘bfa HSBC Franchisor of the Year’ awards. The revered award showcases the UK’s most exceptional franchisors, and achieving a place in the final selection illustrates our ongoing commitment to our franchisees, their success and welfare.

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“To be recognised as ‘Franchisor of the Year’ is truly the kitemark of franchise excellence and something every franchise should aspire to. The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is an achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, beating many other franchise systems who also entered.”

Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the British Franchising Association, congratulated the board services company:

“The vision of the business to increase client growth by 20 per cent, among other objectives, has seen the franchise flourish. Franchisee fleets have grown, and new client companies have grown by 23 per cent in the past 12 months.

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“Furthermore, a recent sole supplier agreement with a leading estate agent has generated an extra 750k for Agency Express franchisees.”

Andrew Brattesani, Head of franchising, HSBC, said:

“As well as the numbers speaking for themselves, Agency Express has implemented numerous technological advancements to remain ahead, including the Agency Express app, route optimisation services and a direct system integration.”

Agency Express will go head-to-head against five other franchise brands in November.

By Georgie Duffield

Source: BDaily

Slim Chickens begins south coast expansion with Southampton launch

July 27, 2020

The first of five planned franchise-run Slim Chickens restaurants for the south coast will open within Southampton’s popular in WestQuay Shopping Centre next month.

 

The opening follows the announcement earlier this year by brand owner Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) ​that it had signed a franchise deal with London-based franchisee JRK Restaurants, which already has interests within the food and hospitality franchise sectors, to open five sites of the ‘better chicken’ brand.

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The move is part of the BRG’s plans to accelerate the growth of the Slim Chickens brand, which now operates seven restaurants in London, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Kent since its launch in the UK two years ago. There are plans to expand the rand further with more cities being targeted in the future.

“We are delighted to partner with JRK in what is a significant move for everyone associated with the Slim Chickens brand,” Judd Williams, says BRG’s franchise director.

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“As a result of this new signing, we have taken the first steps in our ambitious sub-franchise plans to fast track the roll out of Slim Chickens and introduce the brand to more towns and cities across the UK.”

More company-owned Slim Chickens are likely to open across the UK as well following BRG’s purchase of Italian restaurant chain Carluccio’s​ earlier this year.

BRG purchased 30 Carluccio’s restaurants as part of the deal, with speculation at the time that it plans to convert around 10 of these to Slim Chickens.

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Oven cleaning business Ovenu Cheshunt celebrates return to full order book with maximum five star reviews

July 27, 2020

The owner of Ovenu Cheshunt is celebrating after achieving a clean sweep of more than 100 five-star customer reviews weeks after reopening the oven cleaning business.

 
Paul Bernard, who took over the franchise in March 2019 after spending 20 years working in managerial positions in the motor trade, received the maximum rating from every client posting feedback on respected review platform TRUSTist.

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The coronavirus outbreak led to the temporary closure of the business, just as Paul was seeking to expand by adding extra vans and subcontractors. However, since reopening, he’s been delighted at the positive response of his clients and a swift return to a full order book.

He said: “I spent the downtime preparing to reopen and ensuring I had the right safety procedures in place to keep both myself and my clients safe and I’m really pleased that, since reopening, things have ramped back up so quickly.”

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“The phone has been ringing non-stop, with both new and existing clients and bookings are exceeding the lead up to Christmas which is always one of our busiest periods.

“I pride myself on delivering the highest standards, so I’m thrilled to have received the highest possible five-star reviews from every one of my clients posting on TRUSTist.”

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Rik Hellewell, founder and managing director of the Ovenu franchise, said: “Paul has already shown he is a hardworking and successful Ovenu franchisee and I am delighted he has been rewarded with these maximum reviews.

“It is so important that clients rebook and recommend Ovenu services in order to grow the business, so I look forward to seeing his continued achievements and expansion over the coming months and years.”

Ovenu Cheshunt serves homes and businesses across Cheshunt, Waltham Cross, Potters Bar and surrounding areas.

By Paul Bernard

Source: BDaily

Taco Bell is coming to Aberdeen: Here’s everything you need to know

July 24, 2020

American fast food chain Taco Bell has its sights set on a Granite City opening.

 
The Mexican-inspired eatery will open its 57-seater restaurant to the masses on Saturday August 15.

Based on Union Street in the former Clarks shoe store, it will be open for both dine-in or takeaway, and will also boast a home delivery option and a click and collect service.

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The Aberdeen venue is the fifth Taco Bell to open in Scotland and the 47th in the UK.

Lucy Dee, marketing lead at Taco Bell UK, said: “We’re really excited to be opening a fifth Taco Bell in Scotland.

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“We’ve had our eye on a potential restaurant in Aberdeen for a while, and we know we’ve got plenty of fans in the area who we’re looking forward to welcoming through our doors.”

Raja Adil, CEO of The Adil Group which owns the franchise, added: “We’re delighted to be opening the first Taco Bell in Aberdeen, especially in such a great location.

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“The Adil Group are always looking to grow and develop nationwide and we’re excited to be able to bring the brand to the fans of Aberdeen.”

The eatery is best known for its tacos, and also serves up burritos, quesadillas and more.

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The Massage Company centres will reopen on the 30th July 2020

July 23, 2020

Planning has been in place for The Massage Company to reopen once the UK government gave the go ahead that the beauty and wellness sector could do so.

 
Communication has been the foundation of the planning, making sure that everyone in the business has been kept informed from the staff teams through to the member and non-member customer base.

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All of the members of The Massage Company will have received an email from the centres at the start of this week with a private unlimited advanced booking link, and the front desk teams are ready and waiting for calls too!

Non-members are welcome to book from one day in advance, or may join the membership to take advantage of the advanced booking option in the busy weeks ahead.

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The centres are happy to take calls to guide everyone through the new procedures and to ask any personal questions that the public may have about having a massage.

This week, the therapy teams will start back training, together with bringing a small number of customers into the centre to test, trial and feedback to them on how they find the experience. This will allow The Massage Company time to improve, refine and refresh training and the skills within the teams to be 100% ready to welcome everyone back from 30th July onwards.

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The Massage Company team can’t wait to be seeing everyone again – and that also includes prospective franchisees so anyone looking at starting a business with them do get in touch.

We’ll be ready when you are!

International coding school opens first UK sites in London

July 22, 2020

A coding school has announced that it has opened its first two UK centres in the London area. Code Ninjas, which has franchises internationally, opened its first centres in Watford and Pinner this month.

 
This comes ahead of plans to open more UK sites “in quick succession” before the end of this year.

Reena Patel, who owns the Watford centre with partner Jass, commented: “It’s an honour to be part of Code Ninjas and play such a vital role in spearheading the growth of the brand on British soil.

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“We both feel so passionately about Code Ninjas’ commitment to delivering quality, fun coding education and are thrilled to have the opportunity to support that mission in our community. We’re in for a busy few months but can’t wait to make our mark on the state of children’s coding education in the UK.”

Prasad Prabhakaran, one of the four co-owners of Code Ninjas Pinner, said: “It feels so wonderful to be able to welcome our first students. “

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It’s been an exciting few months for us all, as we’ve worked hard to prepare for our launch. The centre looks incredible and the feedback we’ve received from our ninjas and their families has been fantastic.

“We’re all looking forward to a ninja-fuelled future in our area!”

Marty Flanagan, VP of Franchising at Code Ninjas, added: “Opening our first few UK locations has come at such a pivotal time, as families plan for their children going back to school in the autumn.

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“The turnout at both events is proof of the demand for our kids’ coding curriculum in their respective communities and we’ve been blown away by the initial response.

“If the launches of Code Ninjas Watford and Code Ninjas Pinner are anything to go by, the next few launches – which will be taking place in quick succession before the year is out! – will really put Code Ninjas on the UK map.”

By Chloe Shakesby

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Snap-on Tools nominated for major franchising award

July 21, 2020

Snap-on Tools has been shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year accolade at the bfa HSBC British Franchise Awards, to be held at the Vox, Birmingham, on November 30.

 
Kettering-based Snap-on Tools is the world’s number one professional tool brand. It is the leading global manufacturer and distributor of tools for automotive, marine, railroad and engineering technicians. Franchisees sell the most sought-after tools in the industry and deliver outstanding customer service to technicians from their very own, iconic showroom on wheels.

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“As we celebrate our 100th year in business, the recognition we’ve received by being shortlisted for the Franchisor of the Year award is an indication of our standing in the automotive and franchising industries,” said Lisa Law, national franchise manager at Snap-on Tools.

“It’s very humbling to have been chosen as a finalist from hundreds of other respected franchise brands across the country. Our success is down to the hard work of our 400 franchisees, so I want to thank them for their continued dedication.”

The awards evening is the flagship event in the franchising calendar and getting a nomination in itself is an achievement, proving the business works ethically and in the best interests of franchisees and staff, beating many other franchise systems who also entered.

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Pip Wilkins QFP, CEO of the British Franchising Association, congratulated the franchise:

“With over 160 support staff, Snap-on Tools really focuses on enabling the franchisee network to thrive, with an enviable support programme to ensure that everybody has all the tools for success.”

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Andrew Brattesani, Head of Franchising, HSBC, said:

“Initiatives created to help the entire network stand out at Snap-on Tools. For instance, it’s ‘Jump-Start Programme’, paying for half of the start-up costs for millennials, has been pivotal in allowing the leaders of tomorrow get into franchising.”

Snap-on Tools will go head-to-head against five other franchise brands in November.

By Martin Stone

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TaxAssist Accountants drives up growth with new client campaigns

July 20, 2020

New advertising campaigns highlight the benefits of being a client of a proactive and innovative network of accountants.

 
On the back of successfully delivering services, support and guidance to its 77,000 clients during the COVID-19 pandemic, TaxAssist Accountants is launching new campaigns to attract new business start-ups and those wishing to switch over to a more proactive and supportive accountant.

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James Mattam, Group Business Development Director at TaxAssist Accountants, explains, “We’ve had some fantastic feedback from the network’s clients on the speed and comprehensiveness of communications we’ve been providing. The support delivered by the accountants during the lockdown, has made a huge difference to them personally and professionally, as well as ensuring their business’ ability to survive.

“We are now targeting those looking to start a business and business owners who feel unsupported by their current accountant through this challenging time. We believe they will benefit enormously from the quality and breadth of services that TaxAssist Accountants offers, including the very latest software and apps.

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“We have also been running a series of webinars to raise our profile with business start-ups, the first of which, ‘Starting a Business’, was held on 1st July. We have also created a new dedicated client hub on our website full of useful content to support clients to manage their business’ finances and to work closely with their accountant in the post COVID-19 environment.”

TaxAssist Accountants across the UK have been incredibly busy over the last few months helping clients with grants, funding applications and furloughing claims. All have continued to fully operate, reporting new business enquiries and client referrals throughout lockdown. Clients can make an appointment either via telephone consultation, video consultation or as they gradually begin to re-open, by visiting a shop or office.

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TaxAssist Accountants has ambitious growth plans and also wants to talk to retiring accountants, or those seeking to sell their practices at this time. They can be introduced to a TaxAssist Accountant who is interested in buying a block of fees and will incur no broker fees by selling directly to the franchisee local to them.