The TaxAssist Direct Group named finalist for Business Award

October 18, 2019

The Eastern Daily Press has named The TaxAssist Direct Group as a finalist in the Large Business category in the Norfolk Business Awards.

The annual Eastern Daily Press Business Awards are a celebration of business success within the Eastern Region. All the entries have been rigorously analysed, after the finalists were interviewed as part of the process to help inform the final decision as to who will be named winner next month.

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Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive of The TaxAssist Direct Group, said: “To even make the shortlist is a huge honour, and highlights the stature of our business which has grown so successfully since its inception in Norwich in 1995. We now have more than 250 franchised areas across the UK, Ireland and Australia, with the network servicing over 84,000 clients with a combined fee bank of more than £55.4 million.

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“We moved to new premises 5 years ago and last year doubled the size of our office on the prestigious Broadland Business Park to cope with demand from our fast-growing franchise network. We plan to recruit further new employees this year, as new support lines to our global franchisee network are added. We are also progressing well with plans to launch in Canada and USA in 2020.”

Richard Porritt, Business Editor of The Eastern Daily Press, said of the finalists: “These are the firms that are driving our region. These are the firms on the edge of innovation that will change all our lives. These are the firms making a difference.”

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Award winners will be announced at the Norfolk Showground Arena on Thursday, 21st November by the host, star of film and television, James Nesbitt. Further information about the awards can be found here.

The TaxAssist Group strengthens network support with new appointments

October 8, 2019

New recruits have recently joined the technical, marketing and technology teams further bolstering support to the TaxAssist franchise network.

Gary Clark AAT, CTA, a highly experienced tax practitioner has recently joined the Norwich based Support Centre as Technical Manager, to strengthen the support to its network of over 200 franchisees.

Gary, who has 30 years of experience, including 10 years as a specialist tax manager covering personal tax, CGT and IHT and 10 years as a proprietor of his own practice, joins an experienced and diverse team, who provide technical training, support and advice to the fast-growing franchise network.

Lee Currell and Nick Kyle join the digital technology team as Software Training and Support Officer and Junior Web Developer respectively, Patsy Boyle joins the marketing and business development team as a Marketing Executive and Jack and James Sandall join on 18 month Business Administration Apprenticeships with Skills Edge Training.

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Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive Director, said: “We remain committed to investing in support to our network as the need arises and I am delighted to welcome the new additions to the team.

“Gary brings with him a wealth of expertise, including providing advisory services to clients seeking income and capital taxes advice, all aspects of personal tax compliance and invaluable real-world practice experience, from which our franchisees can benefit.

“Our digital technology team has now grown to seven, with a further senior appointment expected shortly, and our marketing and business development team to 11 – an example of our desire to lead from the front in terms of embracing and rolling out new software effectively and efficiently and supporting our franchisees to grow substantial practices.”

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Continuing to buck industry trends with its consistently high levels of new franchisee recruitment, TaxAssist Accountants welcomed 16 new franchises in 2018 with 20 new joiners scheduled to complete training in 2019.

To meet this growing demand, The TaxAssist Group expanded its office premises on Broadland Business Park earlier in the year, and plan to recruit further in the next few months, to complement the team of 58, who currently support UK and International Operations.

TaxAssist Accountants is the UK’s largest network providing tax and accountancy advice and services specifically for small businesses, with more than 300 TaxAssist Accountants offices nationwide. It is also established in Ireland and Australia and further expansion is planned to the USA in early 2020.

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Resale successes abound for the TaxAssist network

September 30, 2019

There have been five franchise resales in 2019 so far, with another expected to complete later in the year

Purchasing an established TaxAssist Accountants practice continues to be a popular avenue for new joiners, who see the value in taking on a business where the brand is already established with an income stream from day one.

Jonathan Berks had been TaxAssist Accountants’ longest serving franchisee before he sold his practice in Royston, Hertfordshire in April 2019. He joined the franchise in December 1996 and, after 22 years and four months, realised his investment after deciding to retire.

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TaxAssistExperienced accountant Tasnuva Tina, who purchased Jonathan’s practice, said: “I had always been interested in working for myself but did not know the best way to realise this ambition.

“As I had not run my own business before, being part of a franchise, where I can get the help and support of a strong network, was top of my wish list.

“I met with the Support Centre team and was impressed. I found out that the Royston practice was being sold by Jonathan, who was looking to retire. I arranged a meeting to find out more and followed this by speaking to several existing franchisees and completing my due diligence. The feedback I received highlighted how Jonathan had built up a strong client base and it would be too good an opportunity to miss. I am now looking forward to working with an excellent and supportive team and growing the client base further.”

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Phil Cornish sold his 10-year-old TaxAssist Accountants practice in Altrincham, Cheshire to husband and wife team Samit & Preeti Gupta in August 2019. Following the sale, he said: “I’d like to thank all of the Norwich team for their help and assistance over the years.

“My experience as a franchisee has been excellent, I have never regretted making the decision to join and am pleased that the franchise continues to grow. We were able to build a good business and income and have now had the ability to realise our investment at a decent multiple, I have no doubts that being part of the TaxAssist network has been a significant factor in this success.

“I am very pleased to have been introduced to Samit and Preeti, who I am sure will make a great job of continuing the growth of TaxAssist Altrincham and Sale.”

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Karl Sandall, Chief Executive Director of The TaxAssist Group, said: “Buying a practice through a resale can provide many advantages, including investing in a ready-made business with a fee base, established premises, experienced staff and practice management systems in place.

“Incoming franchisees benefit from an immediate income stream with access to our full range of ongoing technical and business development support, advice and training enabling them to develop the businesses further. Added to this, the banks remain fully supportive of our business model because of the reduced risk of franchising and our proven track record and will typically lend 70% of the total investment required.”

The other three franchise resales in 2019 include Chesham in Buckinghamshire, Smarden in Kent and Godalming in Surrey.

If you are interested in finding out more about the current practices for sale around the TaxAssist Accountants network – please click here.

The TaxAssist Direct Group rolls out wellbeing support package across its UK and Irish franchise network

September 17, 2019

The Health Assured Employee Assistance Programme is now being offered to TaxAssist franchisees, staff and their immediate families in the UK and Ireland.

The TaxAssist Direct Group is pleased to announce it has adopted the services of Health Assured, the UK and Ireland’s largest employee assistance programme (EAP), which has helped more than 9.5 million people to overcome physical, mental, social and financial challenges.

Karl Sandall, Chief Executive Director of The TaxAssist Direct Group, said: “We are very pleased to be providing this comprehensive service, which includes free face-to-face counselling as well as online and webinar-based support to franchisees, staff and their immediate families.

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“As a caring franchisor we recognise the crucial role we can play in improving health and wellbeing. I sincerely hope that by providing quick access to counselling and support, workplace stress and absence will be minimised, leading to a healthier and happier network of franchisees and staff.”

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The EAP offers a complete resource of wellbeing services including a 24/7 all year round helpline, access to structured counselling support, an online Wellbeing Portal and Health e-Hub app, mental health first aid (MHFA) training, workshops and more. More information about EAP can be found here.

The TaxAssist Direct Group regularly monitors the welfare and happiness of franchisees and employees and following surveys of Support Centre staff and franchisees by independent research agency WorkBuzz earlier in the year, TaxAssist was awarded ‘5-star employer’ and ‘5-star franchisee satisfaction’ status for being above the benchmark compared to businesses of a similar size and industry.

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Cheryl Hopkins Celebrates 10 years of TaxAssist success

September 12, 2019

Nuneaton and Tamworth based Cheryl has recently celebrated a decade in business with a party for staff, clients, family and friends.

Cheryl’s shop based at 17-18 Abbey Green in Nuneaton was the venue for the special event which was attended by local Mayor June Tandy.

Cheryl said: “The last ten years have flown by, but I feel like a lot has been achieved in this time which I wanted to take the time to acknowledge. In particular I wanted to thank my fantastic team of five staff who have been invaluable in helping me to grow and support my practice.

I’d also like to thank the TaxAssist Accountants Support Centre team in Norwich, as the guidance I have received from them has played a significant part in the growth of my business. Having this support means I have had more time to spend on servicing my clients and working on my business.”


For Cheryl Hopkins it was a desire to escape the corporate rat race after the birth of her first child that spurred her into action to start her own business and she hasn’t looked back since.

“Returning to work after maternity leave, I realised it was very difficult juggling home and work life with the pressures of working overtime and monthly deadlines, and I decided I needed to work for myself in order to have more flexibility and freedom.

“It’s been hard work but great fun to grow my practice from nothing to over 350 clients and I love the variety of clients that I get to meet and work with. I find that referrals happen more and more, as clients are recommending our services to business associates, friends and family. I’m looking to grow the practice further so I’d encourage anyone interested in finding out more about our services to get in contact for a free initial consultation.”

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TaxAssist Accountants specialises in providing accountancy services, company tax returns, self-assessment returns, payroll, bookkeeping, tax savings and tax advice to small businesses. In addition, TaxAssist also offers QuickBooks Online and Receipt Bank which help business owners manage their finances, scan receipts and stay in control of their business.

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TaxAssist Coming Soon to a Screen Near You

September 10, 2019

TaxAssist Accountants to launch TV advertising campaign as part of recruitment drive to expand franchise network

The TaxAssist Accountants franchisee recruitment team at the Norwich-based Support Centre have been busy of late organising the filming of a new commercial which will hit TV screens in September through to November across Leeds, Coventry and Ipswich, where there are currently vacant territories.


Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive Director of The TaxAssist Group said: “We are very excited to be launching our new TV advert as we believe we may be the first franchise to use this medium to reach out to potential new franchisees both in the UK or elsewhere. TaxAssist Accountants is continuing its tradition of breaking the mould.
“The TV commercial looks great and we’re excited by the potential this offers to get our franchise opportunity in front of the right audience who have the drive and ambition to run their own accountancy practice but want the assistance and support of a national brand with all the benefits this brings. If the campaign works well, I’m hopeful of rolling out the advert nationally.

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“We have actually filmed seven separate campaigns to assist with franchisee recruitment and these are now all live on our website. These include five case study videos where franchisees were interviewed and filmed about what led them to consider franchising and the benefits of being a part of the TaxAssist network.

An ‘Introduction to a Discovery Day’ video has also been produced following feedback from franchisees on their initial training course regarding apprehensions they may have had in attending a Discovery Day. We decided an educational video which highlighted the informative, not sales nature of the day was needed and we are very pleased with the final results which reflect the friendly, family feel of the Norwich Support Centre.

If you are interested in finding out more about joining the TaxAssist Accountants network, please get in touch. The next step is to attend a ‘Discovery Day’ where you can meet with the directors of the franchise, learn more about the successful business model and support on offer and what can be achieved as a franchisee of TaxAssist Accountants.

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TaxAssist magnificent seven ride for diabetes awareness

September 5, 2019

A team of TaxAssist Accountants from the south east of England will be using pedal power for Tour de TaxAssist – a three-day cycling challenge across East Anglia – to help increase awareness of Type 1 diabetes and to raise funding for the charity JDRF UK.

Charlie Walker from Bedford, Nadeem Iqbal from Walthamstow, Robin Johnson from Norwich North, Martin Thomas from London Victoria, Jeremy Gilks from Norwich South, Eliott Betts from Bury St Edmunds and Tony Hall from Beverley, will saddle up in their London & Zurich and TaxCalc sponsored jerseys on 12th September for the 233 mile ride, which starts at Charlie’s TaxAssist Accountants Bedford shop and ends there three days later.


The magnificent seven will be covering the 87 miles from Bedford to Swaffham via King’s Lynn on the Thursday, followed by the 81 miles to Bury St Edmunds via Norwich on 13th September, while the final day will see them cover the 65-mile home run back to Bedford. Over the three days Team de TaxAssist will also be using TaxAssist’s growing network of shops as pitstops by visiting those in Bedford, Norwich, Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Bury St Edmunds.

Charlie, who came up with the idea of the Tour de TaxAssist, said: “As a keen cyclist and having Type 1 diabetes for 40 years, I recognised the great business networking opportunity provided by cycling. Tour de TaxAssist, therefore, provides the perfect chance for me to combine my passion for cycling and raising money for JDRF.”

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The charity is very close to the hearts of TaxAssist Bedford, and the funds raised from Tour de TaxAssist will go towards helping find a cure so that children don’t face a lifetime of painful insulin injections five times a day and more.

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New TaxAssist Accountants shop opens in the heart of Norwich

August 28, 2019

Experienced accountant Jeremy Gilks has launched a new accountancy practice on Ber Street in Norwich specifically aimed at small businesses and individual tax-payer clients.

Norwich is set to benefit from the addition of a new walk-in TaxAssist Accountants shop when Jeremy Gilks FCCA opens his practice on 113-119 Ber Street on 27th August.

“Since joining the TaxAssist Accountants network in November 2018, I’ve been on the look out for the ideal location to open a shop, which will provide a warm, welcoming environment for me to meet with new and existing clients to discuss their tax and accountancy requirements,” said Jeremy.

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TaxAssist Accountants“The shop on Ber Street ticks all the boxes as there is a high volume of passing traffic and a vibrant local traders association. There is also plenty of on-street parking for clients to use when popping in, as we want to be convenient to the city centre, to make it easy for clients to come and visit us while doing their shopping.

“We do not consider ourselves to be typical accountants, which is clear from the look and feel of our modern shop. We are passionate about offering a bespoke, tailored service to every kind of small business client and we have adopted the latest software on offer, which allows us to be more responsive to clients’ needs and provides greater efficiencies. But, we have a best of both worlds approach for those who enjoy using tech and those who prefer just to come in and talk to us. I would like to encourage anyone interested in finding out more about our services to pop in for a free initial consultation.”

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As well as providing all the regular services you would expect from a local accountant, Jeremy, who has over 30 years’ accountancy experience across a range of sectors, is looking for his shop to become a destination for new start-ups by providing a business hub. This will offer a flexible working environment with space to hire by the hour, half day, day, week or month.

“I’m keen to offer help, to nurture and support new start-ups” said Jeremy. “In addition to hiring out desk space, we will be looking to offer lock up offices with provision for a board room with large screens for presentations, which will run independently of the accountancy practice.”

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Karl Sandall, Chief Executive Director of The TaxAssist Group said: “I’m very excited to see another fantastic looking addition to the TaxAssist Accountants network of shops and would like to congratulate Jeremy on the look and feel of the shop after it has undergone an extensive refit.”

Jeremy’s shop on Ber Street joins an established network of over 210 TaxAssist Accountants shops nationwide, including shops in Norfolk on Aylsham Road in Norwich, Attleborough and King’s Lynn.

Five new franchisees join TaxAssist Accountants

August 14, 2019

Five new franchisees have recently completed their initial training and have begun trading as TaxAssist Accountants in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Mark Gibbs (Southend on Sea), Martin Murray (Swinton), Salmaan Shaikh (Surbiton) and Prav Tyagi (Manchester South), along with Declan Browne (Newbridge, County Kildare) are the latest franchisees to become part of the TaxAssist Accountants network in the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Martin Murray, a FCCA qualified accountant with almost 30 years of experience, said: “Having followed TaxAssist’s progress over a number of years and long history of continuing success and development, I feel confident it will accelerate my practice development beyond what I could achieve on my own. The TaxAssist Brand and operating framework is modelled to give the most efficient working processes which are essential in a very competitive and vibrant sector of the market. I believe this translates into the best value for money a small business can get from their accountant.”

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Before joining the TaxAssist network, Prav Tyagi gained more than 20 years’ experience in the finance, risk and regulatory world of UK national and global banks.

“What attracted me to TaxAssist Accountants is its unique approach of ‘retail’ accountancy shops use of scalable integrated software suite, active use of social media, and a strong technical, marketing and operational support team backing you and your business to grow,” explained Prav, who is a Fellow member of both the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) and Institute of Financial Accountants (IFA).

“I am confident of TaxAssist franchise model and look forward to build up a successful accountancy practice.”

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Salman Shaikh, a Fellow member of ACCA, worked in a variety of accountancy practices for 15 years before being attracted to the TaxAssist franchise opportunity and praised the initial training he received at the Support Centre at Norwich’s Broadland Business Park.

“All the staff have always been supportive, and the organisation culture is professional, progressive, friendly and positive. To work in an accounting practice is one thing, and to run one of your own is entirely another one. With TaxAssist I always get personalised continued support, which really a great thing. Joining the network as franchisee has been a wonderful experience.”

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Karl Sandall said: “We were delighted to meet such a fantastic group of new franchisees and we look forward to helping them to grow their practices. They were joined by four other new franchisees who also completed their training and will be shortly be taking the reins of existing practices.”

Group Business Development Director celebrates 20 years

August 14, 2019

Group Business Development Director James Mattam has recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with The TaxAssist Group

It was 26th July 1999 that James Mattam joined the fledgling franchise TaxAssist Accountants to be part of a team of just four staff and a network of 41 franchisees.

Having just completed his honours degree in Business Information Systems, James was recruited as IT Manager to build websites and provide support to franchisees. Promotions to Marketing Manager and Senior Business Development Manager followed, before joining the Board of Directors in 2016.

Reflecting on his experience with The TaxAssist Group, James said: “I’ve had a fantastic 20 years working with TaxAssist. I feel very fortunate to have found such a forward thinking and supportive employer which has enabled me to grow both on a personal and professional level and one which I am proud to represent at Board level. I am very much looking forward to the next 20 years!”

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To celebrate James’ special anniversary, Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive of The TaxAssist Group presented him with a cake and a card and thanked him for his hard work and dedication.

Karl said: “Many congratulations to James for reaching this milestone anniversary and also for dedicating himself so enthusiastically to helping to grow the network so successfully.

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“Having spent his entire full-time career with TaxAssist Accountants, James has witnessed and embraced huge changes in technology and software over the years and he has played a fundamental role in delivering record client leads to the network, developing new marketing, brand and business development strategies and the expansion of our network of shops.

“James’ recent achievements have involved the launch of a national television brand campaign – the first of its kind in the UK for the accounting sector – and expanding the social media programme for the UK franchise network to drive more awareness in each local territory.

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“The TaxAssist Accountants Support Centre in Norwich, which has recently expanded to allow for anticipated growth, has 51 members of staff with 359 years of experience between them. If you combine this figure with the 1,086 years of combined service of our network of 215 franchisees, this really highlights the stability of support and the experience of the accountants around the network.”

Karl Sandall himself heads towards 20 years in franchising in 2020 which also marks the 25thanniversary of the founding of the TaxAssist Accountants franchise.