James Darville is a man who knows what he wants out of life. After working in the accountancy industry and becoming an AAT qualified accountant, James decided it was time to use his experience and ambition to start his own business and provide tax and accountancy services to the small businesses community in and around his home town of Havant, Hampshire.
James knew that franchising would offer him a brand name, plus the technical and marketing back up and support he wanted, to make a success of his business and after doing much research he decided to join TaxAssist Accountants.
“I felt that TaxAssist was by far the best franchise available,” explained James. “The support system alone was enough to convince me that this was the right move. I was keen to make use of the big brand presence to gain clients quicker and be part of a network I could see was working together as a whole, to achieve incredible results.”
For James, owning his own practice was always something he wanted to do: “Starting my own accountancy practice was a no brainer, as all of my qualifications and previous employment have been in the finance and accountancy arenas, so it made sense to establish a business which I could be passionate about.
“I had worked in practice for five years before I started my TaxAssist business and, as well as passing exams along the way, I had dealt with every aspect of working with clients and meeting them face to face initially to explain their tax position after completing their accounts. I like dealing with people and I don’t have a problem with selling my services confidently to clients.
“When I first considered setting up on my own, I discussed my plans with my father Alan, who had himself run his own business. We both attended a Discovery Day, and we were very impressed with the people running the franchise and the help and support being offered. Thankfully my business is progressing very well, and everything TaxAssist said it would do and more has been done. Six months into running my franchise I’ve already exceeded my business plan.”
James opened his shop in August 2016 and it is proving to be a real hit with his clients.
“I’m really ambitious and excited about growing my business through the Havant shop and plan to eventually open additional offices in neighbouring towns, so our services are always convenient for our clients," said James, who currently employs two staff members and is looking to double his business’ size by the end of the year.
“I’m really proud to have opened my own TaxAssist Accountants practice in an area I know really well,” said James. “I pride myself on offering fantastic, jargon-free tax and accountancy services, specifically tailored to the small business community, which allow my clients to get on with doing what they do best – running their business.”