Tax accountancy chain is planning new NI franchises
A UK-wide tax accountancy chain is planning to expand into Northern Ireland as it seeks out new franchises in 2016.
TaxAssist Accountants already has two franchise businesses in Northern Ireland, including one in Belfast and another in Ballymena.
But it now wants to grow its network here further, with greater demand from small and medium businesses across the province.
It has announced plans to expand operations and is eyeing up locations in areas such as Coleraine, Londonderry, Omagh and Enniskillen.
Jim Andrew, who runs TaxAssist Accountants in Belfast, told how "becoming a franchisee is certainly a less risky option than starting your own business from scratch". "TaxAssist Accountants is a prosperous, award-winning brand and business model which has worked for me and my business," he added.
"I'm aware that the franchise is looking for other franchises in Northern Ireland, and I believe that there is great scope for other local entrepreneurs to join this network."
"This is a forward-thinking franchise which looks after the accounting needs of small businesses as it is those businesses that power the economy.
"This is an exceptional opportunity for local entrepreneurs wishing to change career or work for themselves, and with a great organisation like TaxAssist Accountants behind them they have the potential to create a new but much-needed business."
TaxAssist Accountants has the largest national network of accountants in the UK and Ireland, with 260 offices, and deals with more than 56,000 business clients.
"With the assistance and guidance of their business model and brand, those looking for a new opportunity can really benefit from being their own boss," Mr Andrew added.