Franchisees, their partners, staff and specialist services providers gathered for an exhibition in the morning, followed by a productive and informative afternoon conference where the CEO provided a network update and announced that the franchise which has already expanded to the Republic of Ireland and Canada, will also be expanding to Australia.
Representatives from the British Franchise Association were speakers during the conference, and provided an overview of the history of the relationship between TaxAssist and the BFA. They announced at the conference that TaxAssist are finalists for the prestigious BFA franchisor of the year award again this year, having previously won the award back in 2010.
Two franchisees have previously been finalists for the franchisee of the year award. The BFA were happy to endorse the TaxAssist model and later in the year the Franchisee Assisted Management Buyout, which is believed to be the first in the UK, will be held up as an example to other franchisors at their own Annual Conference.
The conference was rounded off by a black tie dinner, with top notch entertainment provided by Paul Daniels and Debbie McGhee who performed a magic show, followed by the amazing ABBA tribute group Bjorn Again. Over 480 guests were in attendance – the largest attendance yet – and rather than reward individual franchisees, the event was this year, focussed on celebrating the success of the network of almost 200 franchisees as a whole.
Karl Sandall CEO of TaxAssist comments “Absolutely delighted to witness such a fantastic turnout for our Annual Conference and celebration dinner. Our franchise network and all our partners are on top form and looking forward to our continued expansion and building of our brand worldwide. Our 60,000 small business clients are in good hands and I look forward to many more enjoying the TaxAssist service.”
Platinum sponsor Richard Simms comments ““From all at F A Simms & Partners we would like to congratulateTaxAssist on their 20th anniversary and another successful annual conference. We have worked closely with TaxAssist for many years now and it is such a pleasure to see them reach this milestone anniversary. We look forward to continue working with and supporting them for many more years to come.”