Six new franchisees joined the TaxAssist, a small business accountancy network, on its last initial training course of the year, bringing the total number of franchisees recruited in 2018 to 19, including resales and partners.
TaxAssist Accountants welcomed Alex Chidlow (Horsham & Haslemere), Penny Taylor (Leamington Spa), Kam Aujla (Derby), Jeremy Gilks (Norwich South), Tressy Mpofu (Oxford West) and Zoe Tame (Winchester) and to its growing network, when they started trading in November.
Penny Taylor, who has more than 25 years’ experience in both the profession and commerce, with a wide range of experience across all sizes of businesses said: “I have always derived most satisfaction from working with small businesses and I found myself drawn to the ethos of the TaxAssist vision, as well as the robust business model. I was attracted by the high level of technical support provided, coupled with marketing, branding and assistance with client acquisition.”
CIMA qualified accountant Alex Chidlow has 18 years’ senior finance experience in SMEs and blue-chip organisations. He explained: “Over the last few years I have been nurturing a plan to move on from corporate life and start a small accountancy firm whose purpose is to help and support local small businesses. I felt (and still do feel) this change would give me greater job satisfaction and more control over my time, allowing me to spend more time with my family. I am looking forward to this exciting new challenge”.
Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive Director, said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome such a fantastic group of motivated and talented new franchisees to our 200+ strong network of franchisees. The Support Centre staff and I are looking forward to supporting them in their journey to building substantial practices.”