The research process to buying a franchise is an important one. There are a minimum of 5 questions to ask a franchisor to help you in this process. These questions aren’t the typical questions relating to financials and what you get for your investment.

These 5 questions are ones that could potentially help you to make your decision based on your human needs.

  1. In what areas do you offer support? 
    Why – You might be strong in some areas of business, but not others. You need to ensure you’re strong in all
    Our answer – We offer support in all areas of the business.
  2. Are there any existing franchise owners who have come from a similar background?
    Why – You can then ask for their story and if you could be put in touch with them
    Our answer – We absolutely can match you to existing franchisees in our networks and of course, you can chat with them.
  3. Do you have a ‘buddy scheme’? 
    Why – Partnering up with a more established business owner can help you to follow in their footsteps, learn from their mistakes and grow
    Our answer – We do!
  4. Are there any additional training opportunities?
    Why – The initial training might not be enough, could be too overwhelming and over too quickly for some
    Our answer – Absolutely, we offer continuous refresher and new training opportunities.
  5. What communal events do you have and do you recognise achievements? 
    Why – Communal events represent togetherness and recognising achievements fosters motivation
    Our answer – We do, large events at least once per year and regional events quarterly. Our awards our annual too.

Through asking the above 5 questions, you’re giving the franchisor the opportunity to respond to your human needs.

If there’s anything else we can help with, most questions have been asked and there’s no such thing as a silly question so ask away.

0116 275 9005 / franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

There are some great benefits to being a business owner and we are looking for enthusiastic, driven and determined business owners to own and operate Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise businesses across the country.

In joining Rosemary Bookkeeping as a franchise business owner, you can enjoy the following benefits;

Control your own destiny 

You are the decision maker, goal setter and getter. As such, you can control where your business goes and what it achieves. There is no greater reward than reaching your destination and we help to make the journey as comfortable as possible with our support and expertise.

Take on the risk and reap the rewards 

Fortunately, the risk associated with a franchise is much lower than going it alone. This is because of the learnings made before you. Take the leap and enjoy the rewards in a safer way to do business.

Choose the people you work with 

When you own your own business, you can to choose the people to help you to reach your goals. You can build a strong team of likeminded individuals who are all dedicated to the cause and if you’re unsure of what to look for, we can help.

Lifestyle and freedom 

If you dream of a particular lifestyle and freedom from a ‘typical day in employment’ then owning your own business is suited to you. You can choose when you work, where you work and ultimately how you work, to suit your lifestyle requirements.

Financial rewards 

It goes without saying that when you work hard, you work hard for yourself. Your hard work pays you your own dividends rather than an employers. If you are hungry to make money and want to know how using a proven business model, then a ServiceMaster franchise (there’s eight in total to choose from) could be for you.

If you would like to chat more about how we can help you to become a business owner with an established brand, proven business model and support when and where you need it, chat to us on 0116 275 9005 or via email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Bookkeeping is an essential part of business. Some business owners choose to do it themselves or keep it within the business, some choose to outsource their requirements entirely to a bookkeeper. So what do they look for and how can a Rosemary franchise be beneficial?

Organised and methodical 

Don’t worry – we got you! All of our Rosemary Bookkeepers are taught in the very same methodical bookkeeping process to keep our systems uniform. This is not only helpful to the client so that their bookkeeping is consistent, but it’s also helpful for our business owners to share workloads if and when they need to.

Trustworthy 

When a client selects a Rosemary Bookkeeper, they know they are getting an ethical bookkeeper as they are part of the Rosemary Franchise Network. It’s fairly common for clients to choose bookkeepers from a well known brand rather than independents unless they come from recommendation.

Up to date knowledge 

All Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise owners are trained in the latest method and technology of bookkeeping. Refresher training is also available to all franchise owners when updates are made to the system or the requirements of bookkeeping.

Good communication

Two-way communication between the bookkeeper and the client is essential to enable the bookkeeping to be efficient and accurate. Whilst we don’t teach communication as part of the training academy, there are many communication touch points throughout the Rosemary System.

The above are just a few aspects that clients tend to look for in a bookkeeper and how a Rosemary franchise could prove to be beneficial in the decision making process.

As well as our training programme, new franchise owners also benefit from lifelong* support and a marketing launch to hit the ground running. Quashing most new business concerns with getting clients and requiring help.

If you’d like to learn more about the Rosemary Bookkeeping business model, bookkeeping process or perhaps the support you can expect to receive as a franchisee, contact us today on 0116 275 9005 / franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

*for the length of the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise agreement

Did you know that you do not need any prior experience, or qualifications in bookkeeping or accounts to become a Rosemary Bookkeeping business owner?

Whilst they are nice to have, they are not essential prerequisites to join our franchise opportunity. In fact, many of our franchise partners have come from a range of backgrounds, not just financial.

So why did they want to start a bookkeeping business? 

  • Low entry level in to business
  • High demand
  • Valued service
  • Low running costs
  • Great margins
  • Can be operated remotely
  • No need for an office facility

What about, why our franchise partners chose us? 

  • Full training
  • Marketing launch
  • Fully managed website
  • Established Brand
  • Established franchise network
  • Unlimited support

The list could go on!

In short, a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise is a great step in to business from any background, with the opportunity to build a scalable business.

If you’d like to discuss the opportunity, training or investment in further detail, we would love to hear from you.

For further information contact us at 0116 275 9005 / franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

Alan Lewin, ServiceMaster UK Managing Director of 15 years speaks exclusively with Elite Franchise Magazine on the journey and future of ServiceMaster Brands in the United Kingdom.

Read in more detail about our MD Alan Lewin, our brands, opportunities, challenges, successes and innovations.

This is the first interview of its kind for ServiceMaster Brands UK and it is a real privilege to be able to share the finished article.

You can read the article in full HERE.

Credit to Martin Morris, Writer at Elite Franchise Magazine.

For any questions surrounding our brands and franchise opportunities, you can speak to our franchise department on 0116 275 9005.

The Rosemary franchise network is well established after being incorporated in 2002. That said, resale opportunities are generally few and far between because once you’re in, you don’t want to come out.

Rosemary poses as a fantastic, flexible and scalable franchise opportunity. It’s well loved amongst those with young children, family and other lifestyle commitments because of the flexibility it provides.

Whenever a franchise owner does look to sell, it’s for very genuine reasons and we support all franchisees in their plans, even the ones to exit.

The benefits to purchasing a resale include:

  • Established name in local area
  • Customers – no need to build a customer base from scratch
  • Employees (in some cases)
  • An income from the outset (ideal if you have financial commitments)

To view our resale opportunities in the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise network, you can find out more at this link

If you think a new territory could be for you, you’ll benefit from the new franchise launch and the thrill of building up a customer base from scratch.

All franchise opportunities whether they are a new territory, or resale benefit from our in-house franchise owner training programme where you will learn everything from the fundamentals to running a business, to the bookkeeping process itself.

If you’d like to chat about Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise opportunities in your area, contact us today on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

Keep reading if you have ever wanted to go in to business but have been put off by the following:

  • You don’t have the qualifications or experience
  • Marketing and HR scare you
  • Initial investments seem too high
  • You don’t know where to start
  • Worried how you’ll stand out in the crowd

Don’t let your fears choose your path. Let us help you to build a great business with our established brand, proven business model and support in areas where you need it.

Rosemary Bookkeeping have been established in the UK for over 20 years and are a trusted provider of bookkeeping services to accountants and businesses. The main reason that a business would outsource their bookkeeping is generally so that they can focus on other areas of the business where they see a return for their time.

Each territory has a minimum of 10,000 businesses within it, giving each Rosemary Bookkeeping business owner a great opportunity to build a scalable business, all from the comfort of their own home and working hours of their choosing.

Every Rosemary Bookkeeping business owner trains exclusively with us and there’s no need to have any prior experience or qualifications to be accepted.

Our marketing team have many years of experience in working with businesses to help them to attract attention from their customers and persuade them to enquire. We provide every franchise owner with their own fully managed webpage and dedicated marketing launch upon set up.

Finally, our franchise fee could be financed through the Government Start-up Loan Scheme or via most major high street banks. Why not chat to us regarding the application and approval process?

If you’d like to learn more about this great opportunity to go in to business for yourself, not by yourself – contact us today without delay on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

A new bookkeeping business has just been opened by Sri Lankan born, Nilusha Thayanthurage and she looks forward to helping businesses to get back on their feet in the coming months by helping them with their bookkeeping requirements.

“I was looking for more of a challenge in my career and after doing a lot of homework on different businesses, Rosemary Bookkeeping stood out as the one to invest in”, said Nilusha.

Nilusha gained a masters in Business Adminstration and started her career as an Accounts Clerk in Sri-Lanka, going on to work for a bank and then in 2013 moved to the UK to help her husband with his business. After 8 years of assisting her husband in his business Nilusha decided it was time to move on and run her own business.

As Nilusha has done bookkeeping for a lot of her working life she’s gained a real passion for it and is looking forward to bringing that passion into her new Rosemary Bookkeeping business. Nilusha wants to start off by approaching local accounting firms and assisting them with their bookkeeping needs. After a few years of continual growth, Nilusha will look at expanding her workforce and bring on local bookkeepers from the Bristol area.

All of the bookkeepers in the Rosemary Bookkeeping network thrive on helping businesses with their bookkeeping in order to give them more time to grow their business, and Nilusha is no different.

I’m excited to welcome Nilusha to the Rosemary Network. Having experience running businesses in the past, Nilusha will be able to help small and medium enterprises in the Bristol area thrive. Nilusha has a great amount of knowledge, experience and ideas on how to develop her business and I’m looking forward to following and supporting her on her journey”, said Nina Ostasz, Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Manager.

We are looking forward to supporting Nilusha in achieving her business goals. Welcome to the network Nilusha!

If you would like to discuss our available franchise opportunities in the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise network, contact us to day on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

We’re grateful to Grant Dye of Rosemary Bookkeeping North Kent & Isle of Sheppey for taking time out of his busy schedule to chat with Tim, at our franchise support centre about why he joined Rosemary Bookkeeping.

They chat about:

  • Why should an individual join our franchise
  • Business ownership after redundancy
  • Thinking about the future & retirement
  • Industry research
  • What attracted him to Rosemary

You can watch the full interview here

It’s less than 4 minutes long and well worth the watch!

For anything else, contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

#90!

We are proud to announce that Rosemary Bookkeeping are shortlisted in the Franchise Direct Top 100 Franchises for 2021. 

This is no mean feat and being shortlisted to position no#90 is a real achievement from the hundred’s of franchise operations in the UK.

The awards take many things in to consideration including it’s size, growth, years established, overall revenue, as well as it’s policies regarding sustainability, the environment and accessibility for new franchise owners.

Our application included a wealth of information on the above, as well as our support system for franchise owners and our innovations we have introduced to keep up with the pace of the ever-changing market.

The Franchise Direct Top 100 serve as ‘models’ to the franchise sector, particularly those who are looking to enter it with a lower risk business model.

If you’d like more information on our ranking, or our brand, contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

 

Goska Dabrowski is the proud owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping Bournemouth and joined the franchise almost 5 years ago.

We asked Goska the following questions that could prove helpful to someone looking to join the Rosemary Bookkeeping network, read on for Goska’s answers:

What made you choose to own your own business? 

“I needed more flexibility!”

Why did you choose to partner up with us?

“Good support. Being new to the country and owning a business – I needed a good support structure.”

What would be your advice to someone starting up in business/franchising?

“One step at a time. Don’t rush in to it by picking up every client possible. Be careful not to grow to fast in case you have client management issues.”

What were your growth plans when starting your business?

“To work back my financial input from the business. The first year I wanted to make back 1/10. The second year I hit figures I didn’t even dream of in just year 2!”

Would you recommend Rosemary Bookkeeping as a franchise opportunity?

“It’s good and fair. Advice is given when needed.”

Goska will soon be entering her second five-year agreement with us and we look forward to continuing our working relationship through helping Goska to achieve her financial and lifestyle. goals

If you’d like to chat with Goska or any other member of our franchise network, contact our franchise recruitment team to day on 0116 275 9005 to set up a conversation.

It is essential that you find out further information before choosing a franchise opportunity, but where do you look?

There are many places to look when doing your research. It’s important to leave no stone unturned when researching a franchise opportunity as you need to be 100% certain it is the right one.

Here are five places you should look to get you started:

  1. Google search– First and foremost do a search on Google to see what comes up surrounding the franchise opportunity, try to look through all the pages listed (at least on page 1)
  2. Social Media– Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, LinkedIn, the list is endless. Have a thorough look through the pages
  3. News Outlets– Has your franchise opportunity been featured in the news or been picked up by any PR? Is it positive?
  4. YouTube– Search through the videos to check for any relevant information surrounding your franchise opportunity
  5. Companies House– Where relevant, it’s good to know what financial position the franchise opportunity is in before you potentially invest

Pay specific attention to reviews, content, pictures/videos, financials and dates.

It’s important to do your research before making any decisions and if anything concerns you, raise it up with the franchise opportunity in question.

It’s also worth noting that just as you do your research, so will a franchise opportunity surrounding information about you!

If you’d like to chat through our opportunity, please contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005. 

We are pleased to announce the latest addition to the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise network, Mohammad Hossain has started his own business in the Stratford area and he looks forward to helping businesses to get back on their feet in the coming months through help with their bookkeeping requirements.

“I decided on a Rosemary Bookkeeping business because I wanted to do my part in helping local businesses with their bookkeeping during and after the pandemic”

Said Mohammad.

Mohammad has spent most of his professional working time as a Chartered Certified Accountant and also as a Bookkeeper for several accounting and audit firms in London covering various small and medium corporations and in 2020 he decided it was time for a change.

He decided to look into owning his own Bookkeeping Business, because this is the aspect of enthusiasm of his previous roles he most enjoyed. That’s where he came across the Rosemary Bookkeeping and thought it would be a great opportunity to join a national network of bookkeepers to have the help needed from the brand and other business owners.

All of the bookkeepers in the Rosemary Bookkeeping network thrive on helping businesses with their bookkeeping in order to give them more time to grow their business, and Mohammad is no different.

“I’m really pleased to welcome Mohammad to our Rosemary Bookkeeping Network. With all the experience, fantastic attitude and strive to develop his business Mohammad is a great addition to our network of bookkeepers and will be a great support and asset for local Stratford companies. I’m very excited to work with Mohammad and follow his journey to thrive.”,

said Nina Ostasz, Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Manager.

If you are like Mohammad and are looking to go in to business for yourself, not by yourself, why not speak to our friendly franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk for our available territories and future training dates

As part of your due diligence, you’ll need to research the opportunity thoroughly to ensure that it’s right for you. We get asked many questions as part of the due diligence process, here are the most popular ones:

Q. Do you provide the clients? 

A. No, we help you to source your own clients with our support in sales and marketing.

 

Q. Is there a demand for bookkeeping services? 

A. Yes! The demand is huge. There are millions of small businesses in the UK who would benefit from outsourcing their bookkeeping rather than doing it themselves.

 

Q. Is the software included? 

A. We include a 12 month subscription with Sage Accounting, although you may wish to use something you are more familiar with.

 

Q. Do I need any prior experience or qualifications? 

A. No. Although both are beneficial if you have them. We provide full training and support throughout your franchise journey.

 

Q. How big is the territory? 

A. The territory isn’t based on a geographic radius, it’s based on the demographics within it. We ensure that you have a minimum of 10,000 SME to target.

 

These are our most commonly asked questions, but if you have any more, why not contact our friendly franchise recruitment team to ask your own? You can reach us on 0116 275 9005.

We have recently worked with the Chantry Group on a redundancy feature.

Grant Dye of Rosemary Bookkeeping North Kent tells us why he chose to join Rosemary Bookkeeping following taking voluntary redundancy.

You can watch the video as featured by the Chantry Group here.

If you have recently been made redundant, or are facing the possibility of redundancy, there are opportunities out there to do something for yourself, not by yourself.

We have many business owners who have joined us following redundancy and now are the proud owners of their own business, making money for themselves, not by themselves.

Ask to be introduced to our franchise partners who joined us following redundancy for why they chose to partner up with us and how it’s going.

If you’d like to discuss our opportunities in the network, give us a call on 0116 275 9005.

There are so many things to consider before starting a business. But first, you need to research a few different things to ensure that this is the right choice for you and it has an opportunity to succeed.

Lifestyle 

This is a big one. Most franchise agreements are for a duration of 5 years. This is a long commitment and you need to ensure that you can adapt your lifestyle to suit the needs of the business.

Finance 

There are costs associated with starting a business and it’s important to consider how you will finance these. If you don’t have cash to invest, you may be eligible for finance from your bank, another high street bank or from the Government Start Up Loan Scheme.

Premises 

Not all business opportunities require you to have premises. It may be possible to operate the business from home. However, if you do need premises you need to decide whether you will look at renting or purchasing.

Competitors, customers and demand 

You need to ensure that there is demand for the services that you are looking to provide and that there is room for you in the market place to differentiate yourself to stand out to your customers.

Staffing 

If you’re going to need to recruit staff, do you have access to that employee market? It’s important to be able to get the right employees to deliver your services and you need to ensure that you can pay them legally and the going rate for that role.

The above includes some of the operational matters that you’ll need to consider, but don’t forget you’ll also need to consider the use of technology and marketing to get the ‘ball rolling’.

If you’d like to talk through the above, along with the business model and our available territory – get in touch with our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk 

Joining a franchise with Rosemary Bookkeeping will give you the brand, tools and support to build a great business, but to have the total recipe for success you will need ambition, drive and passion.

Brand

We’ve built the brand up almost 20 years in the UK, with strong ties to professionalism, honesty and integrity, customers are happy to allow us in to their businesses to look at their confidential financials. Up and down the country across all of our franchise outlets, customers expect the same great service from the brand they know and trust.

Tools 

We train you in all of the necessary business disciplines, provide you with the tools needed to get started and give you a fully coordinated marketing launch to draw attention to your new venture. All to ensure that you have the right tools and you know how to use them.

Support 

We fully support you to grow your new investment by providing help in HR, admin, accounts, marketing, operations and sales. This support is on hand when you need it from a team of franchise and sector professionals, but also from a network of other Rosemary Bookkeeping business owners who have been there and done that themselves.

You 

You are who drives the train. The creator of your destiny and to do this, you will need ambition, drive and passion. We harness these qualities of yours and turn them in to success with the remaining ingredients of our recipe –  brand, tools and support.

If you would like to learn more about our recipe for success and how YOU are the special ingredient – contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 

As the government have released a road map in an attempt to exit out from the restrictions put in place to protect us throughout the pandemic, more and more businesses will be looking to open their doors safely.

  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Beauty
  • Retail
  • & more

As such, reopening their doors will be a time consuming exercise, particularly with new measures in place and extra things to consider. Businesses will be looking to outsource what they can to ensure that they are as productive as possible and outsourcing bookkeeping is generally a good place to start.

We anticipate the demand for bookkeeping services will increase as the UK finds its feet again following the pandemic. We are hopeful for a boom in the economy, where businesses will recoup some of their lost revenue over the last 12 months and as such, will have the extra flexibility in income to outsource a job they hate – the bookkeeping.

Choosing a bookkeeper is an important decision for a business, they will look for someone established, trustworthy and experienced. That can be found in using a bookkeeping franchise, such as Rosemary Bookkeeping. 

All of our franchise partners have been trained in the franchise model, in operating a business and all share the same strong brand ethics as each other. We make a great choice for a business who needs a little, or a lot of help in ensuring that their books are present and up to date, as mistakes can be costly!

If you would like to chat about our future training academies, available territories or indeed the demand in this service – contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005. 

As the new tax year is almost upon us on 6th April, could it be time for a new start? 

This could be for joining our franchise, or for using the services that our franchise offers.

Many of us mark the new year as a point for new beginnings, but those in business choose the tax year for the same thing. As such, it’s a good time to make a fresh start and do something for yourself, not by yourself.

Our brand was established in 2002 and since has grown with many franchise outlets across the country, all providing essential bookkeeping services to small businesses and accountants so that they can focus their efforts elsewhere.

Why Rosemary?

Established Brand – As our brand is already established nationally, we work with you at a local level to establish your brand to the customers in your territory who would benefit from your services, we include a marketing launch in your initial franchise fee

Comprehensive Training – We provide comprehensive training to all of our franchise owners in not only bookkeeping, but all of the necessary business disciplines required to operate a first-rate bookkeeping business

Unlimited Support – Not only throughout your training, but throughout your entire journey with us. You won’t just receive it from our team of franchise business professionals, but from our friendly franchise network too

Joining our franchise is a great way to get in to business for yourself, not by yourself.

So if you are looking for a reason to join, make a fresh new tax year be that reason! Contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 to discuss our next available training dates and available territories

This is a question we get asked quite often.

You’ll get out of your business, what you put in to it! 

Your earnings in the franchise are dependent on what you you put in to it, as we do not guarantee your earnings at any point in the franchise.

We do however provide you with our franchise model ahead of you making a decision whether or not to join our franchise. It is a realistic representation of how the business could perform based on some flexible metrics (such as the hours you work and the customers gained). This can help towards making a decision to join our franchise.

For example, our average annual customer value is £2,100, so you would need just 24 customers to turnover £50,000.

We fully support our franchise owners in helping them to achieve their goals in business and we can help you too.

If you’d like to discuss writing a business plan for your new Rosemary Bookkeeping business, you can speak to a member of our franchise sales team today on 0116 275 9005. 

In order to maintain brand integrity, we carefully select the franchise partners who are to join our brand by inviting prospective business owners to an interview with our Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Leader, Nina Ostasz.

We asked Nina, 5 questions to help prospective business owners qualify themselves to join: 

Q. Describe the characteristics of the most successful franchisees in your network.

A. They are self-motivated and proactive. 

Q. What skills/attributes do you look for in a franchise partner?

A. It helps for them to be business-minded.

Q. What personality do you look for in a franchise partner?

A. Positivity. 

Q. What experience is required?

A. None, but a good head for numbers helps. 

Q. What is a ‘red flag’ for joining your brand?

A. For a prospect to expect to gain clients without marketing. 

Do you think you have what it takes to become our next Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise Partner?

If you would look a no-obligation conversation with our Rosemary Bookkeeping Brand Leader, contact our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 who will happily arrange this for you. 

Nothing proves that the future is bright for franchising more than the fact that 2020 was our biggest year for both enquiries and franchise partners joining our brands.

2020 was by far one of the most unexpected and challenging years for everyone. The extent of the effects of Covid-19 could not have been predicted, nor prevented. Our business expected to see the demand for owning a business reduce as individuals may choose to stay in secure employment or stick with something familiar.

In fact, in most cases, we found the complete opposite. We discovered that the pandemic led many people to revaluate their career choice and research other options in to how they could make more money and improve their lifestyle. This was reflected in a 67% increase in enquiries in 2020 compared to 2019.

It was encouraging to see growth in enquiry numbers and whilst we did not expect to see growth in new franchise partners, knowing that there were more individuals exploring a future in franchising, was a result in itself in such uncertain times.

The uncertain times weren’t enough to put aspiring entrepreneurs off from investing in a franchise in 2020 and we also saw a 60% increase in the number of new franchise partners joining in 2020 compared to 2019.

Franchising has proven to be a resilient business model in the testing times brought upon us by Covid-19. Our brands have been able to successfully support our franchise owners through this difficult period by our expertise, experience and also strength in numbers through the established franchise network. We understand this to be one of the main reasons why we welcomed so many franchise partners throughout a period of uncertainty and will continue to invest in supporting our franchisees going forward.

ServiceMaster Brands – Stronger Together.

Enquire today on 0116 275 9005

If you’re considering starting your own business, but have concerns around the wider support available outside of the franchise, this blog is for you.

Your local government can provide specialist help in many areas of business including finance, growth, recruitment, technology, tax and more.

By the government supporting you in your new venture with funding, guidance and advice; they are helping you to succeed in your business, contributing positively to the local economy.

Here are some areas where they can help: (do check your specific local government website)

Finance

You may be eligible for a start-up loan of up to £25,000. Click to view the Government’s start up loan scheme here

If you need to raise money for your business, you may wish to find out more about venture capital schemes here

Growth

Through funding and research, Innovate UK helps to support small businesses to grow. You can view their website here

For support in growing your business locally, you can contact your local growth hub here

The business support helpline is also a great resource if you have any queries and they can be reached here

There may be government contracts in your area that you could pick up. You can check to see if there is here

Technology

For support in technology and FREE online courses to improve digital skills click here

Tax

The making tax digital service has been introduced to make tax returns easier. For further information on this you can visit the website here

Recruitment

Government funding may be available if you were to take on an apprentice within your business. You can find out more here

For franchise support, we’re here! If you’d like to learn more about our franchise opportunity, contact us on 0116 275 9005.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is an established franchise business and we have numerous areas available for resale across the UK. Contact us to find out more about the territories we have available and about how we work alongside you and your local area knowledge to help you with your franchise investment.

Whilst we want you to grow and nurture your Rosemary Bookkeeping business and prosper for many years to come, the time may come where you want to realise your investment and seek to sell your business.

According to the last undertaken British Franchise Association survey in 2018, almost 20% of franchise units are owned by individuals under the age of 30.

This statistic goes to show that that age doesn’t stop entrepreneurs from achieving their dreams. This can be put down to more individuals looking to business ownership rather than employment to achieve their career goals.

It’s refreshing to see younger individuals trusting the franchise model, particularly for their first step in to entrepreneurship.

Here are some reasons why under 30’s have chosen to join our franchise:

  • Support received by franchisor and franchise network
  • Quicker learning experience because it is all set out
  • Less mistakes to be made because it’s a proven model (lower risk)
  • Some of the hard work is removed (brand already established, systems in place)
  • Structure is in place (franchise terms), but the possibilities are endless

Age has no bearing on whether you are awarded a franchise or not. Suitability is assessed on your ability to operate the business effectively. We are looking for motivated, driven individuals who are keen to succeed in business, regardless of their age.

Experience is not necessary to join our franchise so it makes for a great entry level in to business for those with fewer years’ experience in business under their belt.

For an introductory chat, contact our franchise recruitment team today at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Buying a franchise isn’t like buying a loaf of bread. It’s not just a decision for there and then, it is one for not only now, but also the future.

It will therefore be no surprise to you that we have had business owners join our franchise in a timescale as short as one month and as long as almost three years. Both of these are okay!

You need total ‘commitment to the cause’ to join a franchise. It’s a lifestyle choice and at times it can be difficult and you may indeed feel like giving up. The truth is, if you follow the model, put the work in to it and take the rough with the smooth, you can build a substantial investment for the future.

For 2020 we surveyed the timescale taken for each new franchise partner to come on board.

The longest period of time was 2 years and 4 months*

The shortest period of time was just 1 month*

The average period of time was 8 months* 

*it’s important to note that timescales do not include the due diligence taken and the onboarding process.

The fact is that there is no right or wrong amount of time to take in making this kind of decision. We’re here with you every step of the way and are guided by your timescales rather than our own.

We do however recommend that you begin the conversation as early as possible to make the most out of the journey.

To start yours today, contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9

If you are thinking about joining our brand this year, but have concerns over the current situation and the affect that it may have, this blog is for you.

In 2020, the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise became stronger as it adapted to the ‘new normal’ and as such, pushed the business model to new heights. All businesses found their feet to remain open safely following government guidelines to provide bookkeeping services to businesses and accountants.

As we enter in to the third national lockdown, providing bookkeeping services safely, offsite or at a social distance will continue to be permitted, meaning that Rosemary Bookkeeping businesses are indeed, FULLY operational.

At the very beginning of the pandemic, as the franchisor we were able to roll out and franchise owners were able to adapt to new working conditions to ensure the safe delivery of bookkeeping services to not only protect our clients, but our valued employees too.

Bookkeeping services are still certainly very much in demand and are valued amongst all business sectors as it allows them the time to focus on other things – whether lifestyle, or other areas of business consuming more time – such as the pandemic.

In these particularly challenging financial times, a professional bookkeeper can help keep things in order as every penny counts! Rosemary Bookkeeping are a known and trusted brand for bookkeeping services –  a business, businesses can turn to.

This year, like any other year, our support as a franchisor continues. Business owners will receive unlimited support in not only all of the necessary business disciplines required to operate a first-rate Rosemary Bookkeeping business, but also updates and guidance on the current and ongoing situation with regards to the pandemic. A sympathetic ear is also always available from a peer network of existing Rosemary Bookkeeping business owners.

With the added learnings and experiences from 2020 across a wide franchise network, the momentum is already there to build on 2020 and to make 2021 a better year.

If you would like to find out more about our resilience as a brand and our plans for 2021, speak to a member of our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005.

Back in 2019 when we were evaluating our brand and making decisions for 2020, we could never have predicted what was in store for our franchise in 2020.

That said, our brand has developed, our franchise owners have built resilient businesses that have stood the difficult trading conditions that the pandemic has brought upon the globe.

The very early part of the year in January and February, the brand operated as expected, delivering essential bookkeeping services to businesses and accountants.

In early Spring, news on the horizon was of the virus and we were able to communicate to our customers some changes required to ensure the business could operate safely, at distance and with enhanced hygiene measures in place to protect our employees.

As our franchise owners were able to adapt quickly, it meant that many customers were still able to utilise the bookkeeping services that they have come to expect, and franchise owners saved much of their business through delivering services differently, but safely.

As bookkeeping services are provided generally offsite and at a social distance from customers and other Rosemary Bookkeeping employees, the Rosemary Bookkeeping network was largely unaffected, apart from the unfortunate closure of some businesses who were not able to withstand the pressures of the economy.

However, some franchise owners saw new customers as they were spending more time on their business to help it to thrive, so didn’t have the time to undertake their own bookkeeping and chose to outsource it.

In short, whilst 2020 proved to be a difficult year, utilising our support, Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise owners have showed new learnings and developed their businesses to survive in the new normal. As such, our brand has become more unified and much stronger.

All franchise owners are fully supported in all aspects of business not only by the franchise support centre, but also by the peer network of existing Rosemary Bookkeeping business owners.

Stronger together, Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise.

An all-year-round opportunity

There are many great business opportunities out there and it’s important to consider whether you wish to operate to capacity all year round, or in seasons.

Seasonal work is great for those who undertake more than one venture or prefer a little time off to regenerate. However, all year round is great for those who require a constant, regular flow of income to give them their chosen lifestyle.

Whilst most businesses naturally have busier and quieter periods, a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise, is an all-year-round opportunity.

Bookkeeping is a necessity in business and whilst businesses may have quieter and busier periods, they will always require this service if they do not undertake it themselves.

Although this is a year round opportunity, the nature of the business allows for the work to be undertaken at a time convenient for the business owner. This makes for a great, flexible, full time business opportunity, ideal for those with busy lifestyles and family commitments.

So, if you are looking for an all-year-round opportunity where no two days are the same, a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise may be exactly what you are looking for. Contact our friendly franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005 for more information.  

The importance of a Customer Relationship Management System (CRM)

Whether you store customer data on a spreadsheet or via business cards, both are disorganised and likely a breach in GDPR.

If you are looking to get in to business, it’s a good idea to have thought about how you intend to store customer data to ensure that it is well organised and safe.

A CRM system can do this effectively for you, and also has many other benefits.

  • Data storage in compliance with GDPR
  • Data segmentation so that customers can be grouped
  • Anniversary and milestone tracking so they can be recognised
  • Lifetime and average value calculations so they can be recognised
  • Customer buying patterns so they can be remarketed to
  • Recording of contacts made so there is a contact history

& any, many more…

There are lots of CRM systems to choose from, so it’s important to choose one that most suits the requirements of your business.

If you decide to join our franchise network, our franchise owners can share their knowledge on the CRM systems that they use and have found most beneficial to their business.

For further information, contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 today

The Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises is all about celebrating successes in British franchising by ranking applicants from 1 to 100. 

Despite the difficult trading conditions in the past year, we are proud to announce that the Rosemary Bookkeeping brand has ranked within the TOP 100 franchises in a solid position of #92! You can view our ranking by clicking on this link. 

It is worth noting that securing a place in the rankings isn’t all about profitability and turnover, it’s also about the value added to the community and the franchise sector.

Our application included a complex write up of how our brand has developed over the year and what affect that this has had on our franchise network, customers and all stake holders alike.

Andrew Brattesani – UK Head of Franchising at HSBC was one of the judging experts and had this to say: 

“This year we have had to assess how business have had to proactively adjusted in response to closures caused by the pandemic. It’s been essential for entrants to demonstrate how they have pivoted their services. Despite the economic difficulties of this year, these franchises have prospered due to their proven business models and determination. 

Brand Leader, Nina Ostasz had the following to say:

“As Rosemary Brand Leader I am incredibly proud that Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise has been ranked as Elite Top 100. It adds a great amount of credibility to the brand and helps us grow through the addition of more franchise partners and clients. At Rosemary, we continue to develop and improve the franchise model to ensure that it remains a profitable and an efficient way of working for our franchise owners and serves the clients perfectly.

We focus on helping franchise owners to build scalable businesses, where they can take a more managerial approach and build a lifestyle that they desire.

We continuously invest in technology to make our brand attractive to franchise partners and clients and to ensure that our franchise offering remains a great place to invest.

Over past few months we embraced new ways of work and delivered support and training remotely to our Franchise Partners. We embrace technology and build a business model that can be run completely remotely from the comfort and safety of a franchise partners own home.

This Elite Top 100 recognition is a great opportunity for our brand and we will keep striving for excellence in years to come.”

We are absolutely thrilled to be a part of a prestigious ranking and will continue to work on our franchise offering over the next 12 months to secure a spot in the 2022 ranking next year.

For further information on our franchise or our spot in the Elite Franchise Top 100, contact a member of our franchise recruitment team today on 0116 275 9005. 

As proud affiliate members of the British Franchise Association, we are pleased to share their Prospect Franchise Certificate, a free course designed to help you to feel fully prepared ahead of embarking on your new journey.

The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the source of impartial information on all things franchising. It’s the self-regulatory body for the ethical franchise sector, setting and maintaining standards which are respected around the world. 

The popular business model of ‘self-employment with support’ is favoured by many, and the course shares with you the hints and tips of becoming accepted in to a franchise so that you can start your new business.

Joining a franchise is a huge lifestyle choice, it’s a commitment over a term of 5 years (in the case of our franchise) where you will devote your working hours solely to the business to help it to thrive. There is a lot of hard work involved, so you’ll hear what franchisors look for in franchisees so that you can prepare and are aware.

Click this link to be directed to the Prospect Franchise Certificate

Upon completion, we’d love to hear about your experience studying the Prospect Franchise Certificate and further assist you to continue your journey in becoming a proud franchise owner with our brand.

Contact our franchise recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 for our network availability and next steps