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Roger Bowen, Robert Littlefield (pictured with his team) and Andrew Thornton all celebrated 15 years of practice ownership in January 2020.

Back in January 2005, the three ambitious accountants launched their own practices after joining the TaxAssist Accountants network, which this year marks its own special landmark 25th anniversary. 

Roger Bowen’s practice based in Llanelli, South Wales, has grown to a team of seven and has been operating from a shop since 2009.

“The best decision I ever made was joining TaxAssist,” said Roger. “It has provided me with an opportunity to choose a good work/life balance, make my own work decisions and be in charge of my own destiny. I can work from home when I choose, see clients when I choose or play golf when I choose. All this and a great income to boot. My success has proved it works.” 

Kent-based Robert Littlefield concurs: “Time flies when you are enjoying yourself. Aside from asking my wife to marry me, taking on a TaxAssist franchise has to be the best decision I have made in my life.  From working all the hours for an employer, I changed to working the hours I choose for myself. As a result, I have ended up considerably wealthier, and more importantly spent so much more time with my family, (I’ve never missed a sports day or parents evening since!) I would like to thank the TaxAssist support team for helping to make this all possible, as I could not have achieved what I have done without them.”

Andrew Thornton, who opened his shop in Otley, West Yorkshire, in 2005 said: “15 years! Wow! Where did that go? 

“I wish that I had had the opportunity to join 15 years prior to when I did. I achieved my ambition to work for myself and build my own small team but with the added benefits of having the support of a larger, friendly organisation with some really nice people. I have absolutely no regrets!”

Karl Sandall, Chief Executive Director of The TaxAssist Group, who are based in Broadland Business Park's Bankside 300, was quick to congratulate the trio. “It has been an absolute pleasure to support Roger, Robert and Andrew over the last 15 years, and to watch as they have built up substantial accountancy practices. 

“I take great pride in offering first class support to our network of franchisees and we never forget that our success as a franchisor is dependent on the success of our franchisees. I wish them many years of continued success.”