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The Broadland Business Park-based TaxAssist Accountants franchise has been operating successfully in the UK for 24 years. Three of its longest standing franchises, who recognised the potential of the business model in the very early days of the franchise’s inception, are now celebrating a milestone anniversary after becoming firmly established in their local small business communities.

Brother and sister franchisees Keith and Katherine Loader’s Northampton-based practice has grown into a team of eight and has been operating from a shop in the town since 2008.

“Over the years the business has successfully navigated its way through many changes within the industry” said Keith. “Recent years have seen the development of many cloud-based bookkeeping software packages, and numerous applications for tablets and smart phones. TaxAssist Accountants has partnered with companies such as QuickBooks Online, to find solutions to prepare its clients for these industry enhancements and for the next big challenge, Making Tax Digital. 

“With the industry constantly changing, every small business should have the support and backup of an accountant like TaxAssist Accountants. I would like to thank the Directors and all of the staff at the Support Centre for their help and assistance over the last 20 years.”

Newcastle-based David Ingram (pictured) is also full of praise for the franchise: “I’ve had a fantastic journey with TaxAssist Accountants since being made redundant and deciding to do something independently and suitable to my skills."

Karl Sandall, Group Chief Executive, said: “My congratulations go to the three franchises celebrating 20 years of successfully operating their TaxAssist Accountants practices. The franchise and the accountancy industry in general have developed enormously over this time, and it is reassuring to hear that stalwarts of the network remain happy and engaged in continuing to develop their practices with us. More than a third of the network has been with us for 10 years or more, and the longest serving franchisee at present has been with us over 22 years – a testament to our brand presence, training and support.” 

The third franchise celebrating 20 years is Sheffield South, operated by business partners Tim Cook and Robin Milnes.