Subway re-opens Peterborough store

May 26, 2020

Subway has re-opened its store at Bretton Court.

 
The sandwich chain has been re-opening a number of its outlets across the UK and Ireland for delivery, mobile order through the Subcard® app and takeaway.

And subscribers to the app have received a notification today that they can now order from the store in Bretton.

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Subway said it has introduced “new operational and social distancing safety measures… to ensure the continued protection of guests, third party delivery and supplier drivers, Sandwich Artists™ and the wider communities in which they serve”.

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It added: “The measures include new directional signage to support social distancing, enhanced hygiene practices and the supply of PPE to protect Sandwich Artists™, guests and delivery drivers. Stores will also open with a reduced menu, operating with a selected menu of favourites, with the full menu being introduced as and when we can.

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“These procedures will ensure our franchise owners are able to operate and trade responsibly and have been tested in a small number of stores that have remained open to support and serve key workers and hospital staff.”

By Joel Lamy

Source: Peterborough Today

Franchise Brands raises £14mln as plumbing businesses see continuing demand

May 24, 2020

Franchise Brand PLC (LON:FRAN) said its drain specialist businesses – Metro Rod, Metro Plumb and Willow Pumps – have seen ‘continuing demand” for a majority of their services, having been designated as essential under the UK government’s pandemic rules, and the group also revealed it has raised £14mln via a share placing.

 
In a trading update released after the close on Monday, the franchise business said it expected the B2B division, which includes Metro Rod, Metro Plumb and Willow, to continue to trade profitably during the coronavirus lockdown, adding that in the first quarter of the year, underlying earnings (EBITDA) for the division were 42% higher year-on-year, while growth in Metro Rod system sales accelerated to 19% from 14%.

Meanwhile, the company’s B2C division, which includes its brands ChipsAway, Ovenclean and Barking Mad, was 5% ahead of the prior year in the first quarter, although the company said it had “significantly reduced or eliminate” franchise fees as the pandemic impacted customer demand for the franchisee’s products from early March.

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Franchise Brands added that it has taken a number of actions to preserve cash and strengthen liquidity, including staff furloughs and salary cuts for its board and senior management.

Looking ahead, the company said its first-quarter EBITDA was up 27% on the prior year, and that this added to its cost-saving measures meant it should be able to generate a positive but reduced adjusted EBITDA through the period, with a “strong recovery” anticipated in the key B2B division as business premises were re-occupied.

The B2C arm is expected to mount a slower recovery, with the firm estimating a full quarter for activity levels and income to be fully restored.

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Share placing

Franchise Brands also said it carried out a placing at 90p a share that raised £14mln with directors and senior management putting up £2.07mln. Executive chairman Stephen Hemsley subscribed for £1.35mln worth of shares to take his stake to 23.2%.

As well as strengthening the balance sheet, Franchise Brands said the placing will help position it to take advantage of “earnings-enhancing external growth opportunities”, saying it had “considerable interest” in acquisitions to expand the range of services offered by Metro Rod, Metro Plumb and Willow Pumps.

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“The group had strong momentum ahead of the [coronavirus] crisis, with Q1 trading showing significant growth on the prior year and a continuation of the accelerating rate of sales growth in its B2B division in particular.

“We have taken all the necessary actions to enable us to trade through this current uncertain period profitably, albeit at a significantly lower level”, Hemsley said in a statement.

The company’s shares rose 4% to 96p on Tuesday.

By Calum Muirhead

Source: Proactive Investors

KFC Celebrates Reopening 500 Stores With a Video Montage of Your Sad Fried Chicken Efforts

May 22, 2020

KFC has announced the reopening of 500 of its restaurants, meaning you can get your finger licken’ chicken delivered straight to your door and stop trying to crack the Colonel’s recipe. Your attempts suck anyway, and KFC knows it.

 
The brand dropped the news alongside a a YouTube video celebrating your attempts at recreating KFC’s crispy chicken at home; even though the recipe is a secret, there have been a few recipes that claim to have figured it out. But you’ve still got to cook the chicken to perfection, which is where it all went a bit wrong looking at your attempts. Good effort though!

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Paula MacKenzie, general manager at KFC UK and Ireland, said:

“Five hundred restaurants reopening is a huge milestone. It’s credit to the hard work of all of our amazing teams in restaurant and we wanted to celebrate the moment.

“We’ve loved seeing the nation’s homemade efforts whilst we’ve been away, so including a few of them in our new ad is the perfect tribute. Some of the creations looked incredible, some less so… now that we’re back on delivery, probably best we take it from here!”

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You heard her. Leave it to the professionals. Unless the professionals aren’t opening back up in your area. You can check out whether you can put the deep fryer back into the recesses of the cupboard from whence it came after consulting the website.

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The chain was amongst the first of the fast food giants to open its doors for delivery last month, starting off with just 11 stores and a limited menu. The franchise intended to get 100 locations in the UK back up and running for delivery by May 4, and seems to have avoided the issues Burger King and Five Guys encountered with a rabid, MSG-starved rabble rolling up for takeout with all the decorum of a zombie horde that’s had a whiff of brains. Maybe the Colonel’s fare attracts a slightly more civilised crowd, or they’ve just been biding their time before going bonkers. We’ll have to wait and see.

By Shabana Arif

Source: Gizmodo

Franchise theatre school network continues to support talented youngsters with thousands of pounds worth of training

May 21, 2020

Despite the closure of schools across the UK, a Dragons’ Den backed theatre school franchise wanted to continue offering incredible opportunities to young people with a passion for the performing arts.

 
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been working with children for the last twenty years and has offered in excess of one million pounds in scholarships and grants to help children participate in the theatre arts.

Even during this lockdown period, Razzamataz are digging deep to give children with the drive and determination to make it in the world of performing arts, a chance to achieve their dreams by attending professional performing arts training.

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Razzamataz Theatre Schools across the UK have joined forces with The Stage newspaper to offer scholarships to children and young people to attend their local Razzamataz free of charge for one year, worth up to £855. The scholarship audition process has been taken completely online to adhere to social distancing measures. The deadline for entries is 19th June 2020, so there is still time to get involved.

“We were the first part-time theatre school to work with The Stage newspaper to offer these scholarships and we have seen the amazing results across the UK,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “Now, more than ever, we want to continue to be there for our families and young people in our communities and give them something to look forward to. The pandemic has taken away such a lot for children and teenagers so we were determined to keep this exciting partnership for them.”

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When schools closed, Razzamataz laid out a very thorough plan to keep offering performing arts training online. Not only have the schools been able to continue to support families with regular classes, there have also been a host of special guest workshops and interviews. Over the last few weeks, Razzamataz students have been able to participate in interviews with West End stars Kerry Ellis (Wicked) and Jennifer Tierney (Come From Away) as well as join in commercial classes with Lizzie Gough (Strictly Come Dancing). There have also been special interviews on social media so students can learn more about the industry with Felicity French (casting agent with Cameron Mackintosh) and actress Danielle Fiamanya (&Juliet).

To ensure as many youngsters as possible can enter The Stage scholarships, Razzamataz has created a system that is easily accessible to all.

The competition is open to current and non Razzamataz students aged 6-18. Videos do not need to be professionally filmed and can be emailed, sent via dropbox or uploaded via wetransfer.com to the child’s local Principal.

They will simply need to create a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. Applicants will also complete a short application form detailing why they would like to take this opportunity.

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Many former Razzamataz students have gone on to work professionally in West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a major film franchise. Past winners include Jess from the Seniors group at Razzamataz Medway who secured her scholarship on her seventh attempt.

“I started when I was eight because I loved to dance and I also wanted to make friends,” says Jess. “But I was so anxious and nervous that I almost quit. Throughout my time at Razzamataz, I’ve been extremely lucky playing some amazing roles. I think my biggest achievement was performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre and I remember the buzz I felt the whole day. I was amazed that I actually won the scholarship, it didn’t feel real because I had tried so hard each year but I’ve now learned that you shouldn’t give up because every year I came back stronger.”

Jess’s story echoes what many past scholarship winners say as Denise explains: “Many of our past scholarship winners have told us that winning gave them a boost of confidence and the belief that they could achieve if they set their mind to it. Offering children these life opportunities are part of the Razzamataz ethos and makes us all proud to be part of the network. Even during these very challenging times, we wanted to send out a very clear message to our students and their families that we are there for them, supporting and encouraging them to never give up on their dreams.”

Source: BM Magazine

Supporting Our Local Communities

May 20, 2020

As we all work together to stay safe and alert, OSCAR’s nationwide network of Local Nutritional Advisors are on hand to deliver essential services to customers in their communities.

 
Delivering a comprehensive range of pet foods, treats, toys and accessories to those self-isolating, shielding, or recovering from Covid-19, means peace of mind for pet owners who can concentrate on their families and working lives knowing their pets are going to be cared for – one less thing to worry about in these uncertain times.

Above and beyond the call of duty, our Nutritional Advisors are working tirelessly to support their local communities by finding new ways to help other small businesses and organisations throughout this crisis and are busy lifting community spirits wherever they go.

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Spontaneously volunteering to deliver essential supplies for customers that are self-isolating, thoughtfully delivering care packages to the most vulnerable and generously helping to deliver PPE face shields to the NHS front line are just some of the ways our franchisees continue to be involved in supporting their local communities.

Reacting quickly to assist our franchise network in its community strengthening role is both a privilege and a priority. Focusing on giving our franchisees the tools to carry out good work within their local communities at a safe distance means they can look after their existing customers with care (not to mention an increasing number of new customers – many of whom are either self-isolating or returning to work) whilst continuing to help their communities with confidence.

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Ensuring relationships with customers stay personal in a climate of pandemic change is challenging but vital. Quickly finding new ways of communicating and keeping customers updated in every possible way means the nimble use of social media platforms has an important role to play in keeping pet owners and business owners connected.

Nigel & Sally Bragg – Bridport

“Having just taken the business on in February we had put a lot of work into our proposed marketing strategy (which involved attending lots of shows and plenty of door-to-door leaflet drops) – none of which we could embrace when Covid-19 came along. Knowing we were going to have to rethink our entire strategy we contacted Head office and their social media guru [Sam Beirne] spurred us on with our new ideas. It was great to feel they had our backs.”

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“They were able to help us adapt and reminded us that the current situation is unprecedented for every business – no matter how large or small.”

“Many people just think it is a dog or cat food delivery service, so we’ve been able to educate them about other products in the business.”

Would you like to find out more about business opportunities with OSCAR and how you can make a difference in your area?

Countrywide Signs evolving during COVID-19

May 19, 2020

We have all had to change the way we work and live under the COVID-19 lock-down, none more so than companies that work in a sectors which appear not to be able to profitably function at this time. However, it is not all doom and gloom for Countrywide Signs who have seen their busiest recruitment period for quite a while.

 
When speaking to their prospective franchisees they have discovered that people are using this ‘enforced’ downtime to re-evaluate their work-life balance; deciding what is most important to them and, for some, choosing to move to self-employment from employment. Those looking for a fresh start, a new challenge & the freedom to take the direction they want are finding that Countrywide Signs is perfect franchise. The full support and training; working in the fresh air; physical work and freedom to expand where possible is really fitting the bill.

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Some of their new prospective franchisees had looked into the franchise previously but never made that leap of faith – but now they appear to have a new perspective… and here’s why:

  • UK property market is continually playing catch up regarding supply & demand – therefore whatever dip the market may have taken, we would expect a bounce back and industry articles seem to back this up e.g.

Estate Agent Today states the following on their website:

  • House sales edged down only slightly in March compared with February according to HM revenue & Customs, despite the lockdown in the final week of the month.
  • Across the UK, 99,440 residential property sales took place in March – that was 0.2 per cent down on February but 0.3 per cent higher than the same month a year earlier.
  • Agents are taking an optimistic assessment of the figures, indicating how strong the market may well be when the lockdown finally ends.

Property Industry Eye also reports that:

  • London agent Chestertons reports that it has kept busy over the lock-down period and has registered 2,369 new tenants needing to move, conducted 3,432 virtual viewings, received 396 offers and agreed 199 new tenancy agreements over the past four weeks.
  • In the same period, it has also conducted well over 500 video market appraisals for landlords and brought nearly 800 properties to the market for rent.
  • The company hasn’t carried out any physical viewings or market appraisals since the 23rd March, when the Government announced the lock-down rules, but prepared for the lock-down by getting video tours of around 50% of its properties before the restrictions were put in place and was quick to introduce virtual market appraisals, which it has been relying on since.

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The estate agency and property industry are proactively reacting to this changing world with innovations that will undoubtedly continue after lockdown is lifted as they remain efficient while employing different ways of doing business.

As a franchisee with Countrywide Signs you can grow your own sign management business with the training and support of an experienced franchise network so why not look into the Countrywide Signs opportunity today?

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How Harrogate mums are keeping fit during the lockdown

May 18, 2020

Losing the ability to meet up with friends and family has been extremely hard to swallow, and many have been left feeling isolated and lonely – a quarter of UK adults, according to The Mental Health Foundation.

Being a mum can be a lonely time under normal circumstances, so for many these feelings have been compounded as a result of the current crisis.

 
Getting out of the house and meeting up with other mums is a lifeline for many, and the vast array of Harrogate baby groups and play venues do an incredible job of providing support during what can be the most magical, but also the toughest of times.

So when these groups and venues were forced to close, mums were amongst the hardest hit.

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In an attempt to continue to provide that lifeline, many businesses in the town aimed at mums, have completely transformed the way they work, moving on to online platforms or offering innovative ways of reaching out to their clientele.

One of these is MummyFIT Harrogate and York, a pre and postnatal fitness business, which is usually based in gym studios, such as Nuffield Health and David Lloyd.

The franchise is owned by Nina Meads, a journalist-turned personal trainer and mum-of-two, who specialises in pre and postnatal exercise.

She said: “Just before the forced closure of the gyms, I got a call from MummyFIT HQ saying they had taken the difficult decision to stop running sessions for the safety of our members.

“It was an emotional call, as we genuinely care about all our mums, and we really didn’t want to let them down.”

Nina, former education correspondent at The Yorkshire Post, took over the franchise in November, in a bid to follow her passion to help mums train safely when pregnant and after having a baby, as well as help to promote the benefits of exercise for mental health.

“So when lockdown happened, it was a case of ‘how do we continue to offer that support, and still be there for our mums?’” she said.

“The owners of MummyFIT, Jenny and Alex Drage, made the decision to pull sessions at the gyms on the Monday night, the week before lockdown, and by Friday, they had completely transformed the business and MummyFIT LIVE was launched.”

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Nina, who also coaches at F45 Training Harrogate, which is also offering live online workouts, currently runs sessions every weekday via Facebook Live. This allows mums to interact during the workouts, which are adapted specifically for pre and postnatal mums.

“Never in a million years did I think I’d be training my members from my kitchen. However, I was absolutely blown away by how many mums embraced it, with more than 50 taking part in the first session,” said Nina.

“The MummyFIT team knew from the response that we had to keep it going, with so many saying it was keeping them sane, by continuing to give them that vital ‘me time’ and interactivity with other mums.

“Exercise is so important for physical and mental health, and when you have young babies, or even older children, it is so important to have that time just for you, alongside other mums who are in the same boat.

“In the gym studios, mums can workout alongside their babies, who love to watch their mummies work up a sweat while they chill out on playmats.

“With the live sessions, it’s exactly the same, and the mums often post ‘sweaty selfies’ with their babies – we even have older children and dads getting involved. And last week we had a virtual coffee morning on Zoom, so we could have a much-needed catch-up.

“Staying healthy, physically and mentally, is more important than ever during lockdown, and that is what MummyFIT is all about.”

Harrogate mum Kate Froggatt said the sessions had given her a sense of purpose during isolation, as well as a “sense of belonging to a fabulous mummy community”.

She said: “As well as providing a well-needed structure to my week, with no support from friends and family during this time, MummyFIT has been an outlet to relieve any stress or tension built up from having to be inside with a baby around the clock!”

Teresa Kelly said MummyFIT had helped her “so much” during isolation.

She said: “It’s been great joining in with all the other mums and our motivational trainer. Even though we’re not physically together, it seems like we are! It has given me a sense of belonging and a purpose during these strange times. I’m actually doing more exercise than before now.”

Long-term member Emily Ryan added: “I started MummyFIT classes when Alice was six-weeks-old and have been so proud to be part of such a friendly and supportive community. I was so glad when the sessions went live and this community spirit could continue. Nina is a fantastic PT and really uplifts me. It is such a fantastic start to every day and it keeps us mums happy, healthy and sane.”

Pregnant mum Emma Oakes said she was now even fitter than before lockdown.

She said: “The online live classes makes it feel like I am in a normal class, interacting with others. Nina is amazing at keeping me motivated and always tailors it for pregnant women, while keeping it fun.

“It’s challenging but also achievable. My husband has also joined in a few times and I don’t think he thought he was going to sweat that much! It gives me something to look forward to, knowing I’m exercising with others and not just by myself. MummyFIT has been a lifeline during this crazy time.”

Last Monday, MummyFIT launched a two-week ‘Reset’ challenge, which is aimed at encouraging mums to make healthier food choices and move more.

New member Katie León said: “The challenge in particular has been wonderful for my mental health, giving achievable daily challenges which provide a sense of satisfaction and achievement. It’s really been an invaluable experience during lockdown for me.”

How you can take part:

MummyFIT LIVE Harrogate and York sessions run every weekday at 10.30am.

– A free live session runs every Monday night at 7.30pm.

– All sessions are adapted for pre and postnatal mums, however you must be at least 12 weeks pregnant and six weeks postnatal to take part – 10-12 if you have had a cesarean section.

By Brogan Maguire

Source: Harrogate Advertiser

Belvoir CEO delighted housing restrictions have been lifted and expects quick lettings bounce back

May 17, 2020

Belvoir Group PLC’s (LON:BLV) Dorian Gonsalves says the re-opening of the housing market by the government has come earlier than expected.

 
The ban on people moving and renting houses was lifted on Wednesday, two months after the lockdown was introduced but a month earlier than it was budgeting for.

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Gonsalves expects a swift recovery especially on the lettings side as this is a fast-moving market and people might have been fed up with their house during lockdown, while landlords will be keen to get voids filled as soon as possible.

Belvoir has also so far seen a far lower level of arrears than it predicted when the lockdown was introduced.

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Gonsalves adds it did not lose one franchise to financial distress during the lockdown period, underlying the strength of its network.

By Andrew Scott

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Ohannes Burger chooses Nottingham for second UK site

May 15, 2020

Despite current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, gourmet burger restaurant Ohannes Burger has opened their second UK site at 61 Long Row, Nottingham city centre.

 
The popular franchise, with 16 restaurants across Turkey, opened their first UK branch in Arnold on the outskirts of Nottingham in November 2019 and has quickly gained a reputation for top-quality handmade burgers at affordable prices.

They have transformed the 570ft² ground floor with basement stores, former Maryland Chicken takeaway with an eclectic fit out into a venue seating up to 30 people with open kitchen.

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In order to operate within government guidelines, the store has opened initially on a click and collect basis as well as delivery through UberEats.

FHP Property Consultants secured the letting on behalf of the private landlord. Oliver Marshall, Associate Director at FHP said:

“We were instructed to market the property initially on a confidential basis, using our market knowledge and contacts we quickly drummed up significant interest culminating in agreeing terms with Ohannes who performed in a timely and
transparent manner.

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Ohannes are an exciting new brand and it is testament to Nottingham that they have chosen to launch the UK business here, following the success in Turkey. Long Row is an ideal location with them being in and amongst a great mix of food operators benefiting from strong footfall throughout the day and night. Their impressive fit out makes them really stand out”.

Ohannes are looking to expand their UK stores further into the East Midlands over the coming years.

Source: WB Wire

TaxAssist Accountants launches in the USA

May 14, 2020

Following successful expansion to the Republic of Ireland and Australia, the UK’s largest network of small business specialist accountants is now launching in the USA.

 
Having proven that the TaxAssist Accountants concept can be successfully replicated in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Australia, TaxAssist is now offering Area Representative and single-unit franchise rights to selected states in the USA.

Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive Director, says: “After years of careful research and planning, I am pleased to advise that we have completed the formation of TaxAssist Direct USA Inc. This has been a long-held wish of mine personally and always the company’s long-term aim, with our successful franchise model offering massive potential.”

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The shareholders are The TaxAssist Direct Group Ltd (85%), Hal and Jamie Gross (7.5%), and Mike and Penny Melling (7.5%).

Hal Gross, based in New Jersey, holds the role of President, with Mike Melling as Director. Karl Sandall, Phil Sullivan and John Chambers, (who are all Directors of The TaxAssist Direct Group in the UK) will also act as Directors for TaxAssist Direct USA Inc.

Hal is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with extensive experience in risk, audit and regulatory leadership roles at major global financial institutions including most recently at UBS’ Investment Bank and Citi, where he held senior positions in the Corporate and Investment Banking operational risk teams. Earlier in his career Hal also held management roles in American Express audit after starting his career in public accounting at Main Hurdman (KPMG).

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“Hal recognised the huge opportunity that TaxAssist Accountants would offer to develop and grow accounting and advisory services for small businesses in the USA,” explains Karl, “and with a strong corporate and financial background, in Hal, we saw the ideal candidate to partner with, to launch, build and mature the TaxAssist Accountants brand across the US through the Area Representative model.”

Mike Melling has had a 35-year career as a senior financial services executive in the UK, USA and Asia for American Express, GE Capital and Marsh & McLennan including board-level roles for subsidiary companies. He also served as UK President for operational consultancy Alexander Proudfoot Company serving large and mid-capitalisation businesses.TaxAssist Accountants

As well as having extensive international business experience, Mike is also a successful TaxAssist Accountants franchisee in the UK, having purchased a large single location practice resale for £1m in 2012, followed by a further resale purchase in 2015.

Karl explains: “Mike brings with him a huge amount of energy, experience and expertise. He will be able to share best practice, having successfully invested in staff, technology and client acquisition to build his practice up to a 20-person team serving nearly 2,000 small businesses, Directors and individual clients from seven TaxAssist shops and offices.”

TaxAssist is expecting a surge of interest in franchising in the USA during and post the coronavirus pandemic, as people re-think their lives.

“These are unprecedented times for everyone, but we have a very sound business model, and our services have never been in more demand, as people look to their accountant for advice and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, hence our confidence in continuing with our plans to launch the franchise in the USA.

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“Our business model is going to appeal to CPA-qualified accountants working in industry, individuals with a strong financial services or banking background, as well as those that already own an accounting practice they wish to develop as part of a global brand. We are looking for people who are capable of setting themselves up in business, but see the value in the brand, training, support and systems that investing in a franchise with TaxAssist Accountants brings.”

David Paulson, Senior Vice President, Franchise Development, will be seconded to New Jersey later this year, where the USA Support Centre will be based. David is working behind the scenes with the TaxAssist International Team and investors to do as much preparation as possible in readiness for the official launch which will take place at the 2020 International Franchise Online Expo on May 28-30.

The global TaxAssist network supports more than 265 franchised areas with 425 shops and offices, servicing more than 86,000 small businesses and self-employed individuals. Global annual billings are in excess of £56m.