Accountants Terry Murphy CPA and Celeste Godwin BBUS, a husband and wife team, will initially be taking on the Regional Master Franchise Licence for Queensland with a commitment to take New South Wales by September 2016.
Terry & Celeste currently have 6 practices across both Queensland and New South Wales which, starting with the Queensland practices, they will rebrand as TaxAssist Accountants, so they will have an instant footprint when they are ready to start recruiting franchisees.
Terry comments, "We have been tracking TaxAssist in the UK for a few years now and have been impressed with their achievements and progress. It was therefore an opportunity we couldn’t say no to, when I saw an advert advertising the Master franchise rights here in Australia.
"As experienced and innovative accountants, both Celeste and myself are looking forward to using our skills, along with the proven TaxAssist business model to build a successful network of franchisees.
"They will not only benefit from our business and technical awareness, but also the comprehensive training, marketing and business development support from a long-established and multi award-winning franchisor. This should create a very strong platform for future growth.
"Like the UK, the small business market is huge in Australia at over 96% and I know that the potential for business, combined with the innovative shop front concept, which has proven to be so successful in the UK, will go down well in Australia. We both can’t wait to get started!”
Karl Sandall, the CEO of the TaxAssist Group comments, "We’re delighted to be launching in Australia, which has a burgeoning franchise sector, with business format franchises worth some AUS$65 billion, but does not yet offer our unique packaged accounts and tax service for small businesses. We see a significant growth opportunity and couldn’t make a better start than with the experienced team of Terry and Celeste."