TaxAssist Accountants: Life changing opportunity

As a white-collar management opportunity that brings results, TaxAssist Accountants is a franchise that adds up, discovers Adam Browning

It was through sheer chance that Gary Jacks discovered TaxAssist Accountants, the management franchise that enabled him to realise his long held ambitions of running his own business. 'I was first introduced to TaxAssist by a former colleague who happened to show me a letter that they had sent to him,' recalls Gary. 'I decided to take a further look at the business and, discovering that it was a franchise, I knew that this could be the opportunity for me.'

Having already forged a career in accountancy across a variety of industries, Gary was interested to find out how TaxAssist Accountants could benefit him. After getting in touch with the franchisor, he was soon invited to a discovery day at the company's Norwich headquarters where, to his delight, he found that TaxAssist answered all of his questions.

'I met the directors and was given a very interesting and comprehensive presentation that provided an overwhelming feeling that the business was open, honest and would be incredibly supportive. I have to admit that by the end of that day I wanted to be part of TaxAssist - there was no doubt in my mind at all.'

With expert training provided by BPP Professional Education, TaxAssist franchisees benefit from the knowledge of one of the UK's leading accountancy and taxation tutors. 'It was a great start to my business,' reveals Gary. 'I have experience in the field and the training was excellent. It was refreshing, interesting and was very considerate of the group's individual skill levels. A background in accountancy would be an advantage but I feel that someone with good business acumen, who takes on technical staff, could do very well. TaxAssist Accountants is an excellent opportunity for business builders.'

In addition to the technical aspects of accountancy, TaxAssist Accountants trains its franchisees in all aspects of running and developing a business. Franchisees also benefit from a highly publicised website, national advertising campaigns and the use of a contracted tele-marketing company. 'I found that after my April launch I was soon securing clients - I've already secured 45, and the annual fees from these currently brings me a turnover of £35,000. By following TaxAssist's business model, the speed with which I've grown my client base has far outweighed my expectations.'

In the next year, Ellesmere Port- based Gary plans to open a second shop in Chester, taking on a manager and extra employees. 'TaxAssist gives you a fantastic opportunity to grow your business,' enthuses Gary. 'I can't fault the support structure. They are there to help every step of the way - it's a breath of fresh air. From the random chance of seeing that letter I have been able to change my life for the better in a very short time indeed.'