National Franchise Exhibition 2019

National Franchise Exhibition 4th and 5th October

Rosemary Bookkeeping are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at The NEC Birmingham on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 2019.

Here at Rosemary Bookkeeping we are a huge fan of spreading the word and sharing the vision for our franchise opportunities. We strongly believe that the franchise exhibitions in which we attend, allow us to reach more people across the country, widening both theirs and our horizons.

It promises to be a fantastic couple of days and not just for those considering buying a franchise but for existing business owners too. Over 60 sessions will take place over Friday and Saturday so even the most experienced franchisees should be able to leave the event with new insights. There will be informative sessions such as the “Growing Your Own Business Conference” featuring interactive workshops on topics such as PR, marketing techniques and sales skills. If you are attending, please visit us to say hello.

Attending the Franchise Exhibition is the perfect opportunity to not only meet us, but to meet other franchisors too. Research is key in the early days of a new business journey and is much easier if you can do much of it all in one go!

If you’d like to attend, you’ll need to apply for a FREE ticket. You can do so [HERE].

You can also book an exclusive 1-2-1 slot to chat with our franchise recruitment team and brand managers

Click the dates to register your interest for Friday 4th or Saturday 5th October.

We’re on stand M100

The National Franchise Exhibition 2019
Hall 3
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
B40 1NT
4th & 5th October 2019

We hope to see you there!

 

Not one, but two new Rosemary businesses open for business this week!

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We are proud to announce that two new Rosemary businesses are open for business this week!

Fiona Perks of Rosemary Bookkeeping Wyre Forest and Steve Booth of Rosemary Bookkeeping East Kent have successfully completed their comprehensive training with us and have opened the doors to their new bookkeeping business.

Here’s a little about Fiona,

“Hi, my name is Fiona, and I am very excited to be joining the Rosemary network covering the Wyre Forest area in Worcestershire.

I have worked in finance for 15 years and am a CIMA qualified accountant so feel that my experience and passion will give me a great start when opening my bookkeeping business. I can’t wait to get started and helping local businesses to get organised!

I am also keen to grow my business and hope to be able to offer some flexible working options in my area in the future.

I have a young family so am confident that Rosemary will allow me a great work life balance.  As a family we love walking our dog and we love to try and get away on holiday around the UK or abroad as often as we can.”

Here’s a little about Steve, 

“Hello I’m Steve, I am the new franchise owner of Rosemary East Kent.

Justine my partner will be helping me run the business who is an FCCA accountant, and has worked for the past twenty years for Lloyd’s of London on the financial review team, being responsible for corporation’s VAT returns.

I decided to become a Rosemary franchisee because I wanted more flexibility in my life and wanted to work for myself. My main drive for joining Rosemary was because I wanted a better work, life balance and I want to spend more time with my 10-year-old son Aiden. As a Rosemary franchise owner, I am looking forward to being my own boss and not having to travel 3 hours a day for work!

I am really excited to have joined Rosemary and I am looking forward to the challenge!”

We look forward to working closely with both Fiona and Steve to help them to grow their Rosemary Bookkeeping businesses. They’ll get to meet our whole Rosemary network very soon at our next network meeting in early Summer.

If you’d like to find out more about owning your own Rosemary franchise or perhaps you’d like a chat with Fiona or Steve on their feedback so far, please get in touch at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk or 0116 275 9005 to arrange a call. 

Come and see us at The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham this February

Come and see us at The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham this February 15th & 16th 

Rosemary Bookkeeping are proud to be exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham on Friday 15th and Saturday 16th February 2019 for the second year running.

The National Franchise Exhibition gives us the perfect opportunity to meet as many budding entrepreneurs and business investors as possible, so that we can find out more about you and tell you more about us.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to do your research in to other franchisors, business sectors, finance providers and the benefits of being part of a franchise who are affiliated with the bfa (British Franchise Association).

We’re offering exclusive 1-2-1 introductory sessions to learn more about:

  • Our brand & model
  • Territory
  • Projected earnings
  • Marketing & operational support

To book your free, no obligation 30 minute introductory session – click on your chosen day and time. You will be redirected to your email browser to send us your preferred session by email. We’ll confirm upon receipt.

Friday 15th February 

11:00am    11:30am    12.30pm    13:00pm    13.30pm    14:00pm    14:30pm    15:00pm

Saturday 16th February 

11:00am    11:30am    12.30pm    13:00pm    13.30pm    14:00pm    14:30pm    15:00pm

If you’d prefer to meet with us at your own leisure over the two-days, that’s no problem. You can find us on Stand C45 in Hall 10 of the National Franchise Exhibition, NEC Birmingham.

Don’t forget to book your complimentary tickets, you can do so here.

We hope to see you there!

Rosemary Franchise Recruitment

franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

0116 275 9005

Rosemary Bookkeeping in Top 75 Franchises in the UK

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Rosemary Bookkeeping, one of the UK’s leading bookkeeping franchises, has been named in the top 100 franchises in the UK, according to a guide by Elite Franchise.

elite-top-100-rosemaryThe Elite Franchise Top 100 Franchises recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria from their financial performance and heritage in the industry to their contribution to the community and the way that they embrace innovation. Ranking applicants from 100 to one, the guide defines the best opportunities in the UK.

Rosemary Bookkeeping featured in 75th place in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (23), TruGreen Professional LawnCare (77), Merry Maids (45) and Furniture Medic (90).

Brand Leader for Rosemary Bookkeeping, Hannah Banfield said:

“We are just in to the second year of our acquisition of Rosemary Bookkeeping and what a sixteen months it has been! Being shortlisted a whole 15 places better than last year really does reflect the work that we have done in the last 12 months. We’re looking forward to 2019 and will continue to strive for the top spot!”

It was great to meet so many of you at the National Franchise Exhibition!

We had a jam packed two days exhibiting at the National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham last weekend (5th & 6th October). 

Thank you to all of those who came to see us, we hope that you enjoyed it as much as we did!

The Franchise Exhibitions in which we attend, give us the perfect platform to meet with prospective Rosemary business owners from across the country. It’s always great to meet individuals face to face, to hear about their motivations and their concerns around taking the leap in to owning their own business.

We were fully booked for 1-2-1 introductory sessions over the 2-days with prospective business owners plotting bespoke territories, building their financial forecast and learning all about the wonderful world of Rosemary Bookkeeping.

Here’s some of our highlights from the exhibition last weekend

We understand that some of you unfortunately missed out on booking a 1-2-1 slot with us, so we’d like to give you the opportunity to meet with us at our Franchise Support Centre in Leicester.

Email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk or call 0116 275 9005 and quote ‘Open Day’ to find out our next availability.

National Franchise Exhibition 5th / 6th October

The BIG Summer Summit

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One of the best parts of being in a franchise is having the peer network around you.

Here at Rosemary we vow to give our franchise business owners a platform to communicate with their fellow peers on a regular basis. We also ensure that we provide useful information to our franchisees in an interesting and enjoyable format.

The BIG Summer Summit saw over 100 individuals from our franchised businesses meet to talk all things business and to attend four session topics of their choice covering HR, Marketing, Sales, Technology and Products.

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The session topics were carefully decided by our operations team at the Franchise Support Centre to cover areas of the business that our business owners felt they needed further support in. We drafted in expert advice from HR, Marketing, Sales, Technology & Product specialists in order to deliver on brief. We also held some additional sessions with our own qualified franchise professionals team.

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Our Rosemary business owners even left with a goody bag of branded merchandise to further their investment in a very powerful and recognised brand.

Our event was a huge success! Take a read of some of the testimonials below;

“Well paced, informative and interesting sessions and event.”

“I stayed overnight and the venue was great, the food great, the sessions were all good and it was really good to meet not only the new FP’s but some of the other brands as well.”

“Excellent day and I personally found it very informative.”

Being a part of our franchise network means that you not only get support from a world-renowned franchisor, but also from a network of established business owners all working towards the same goal as you. We’re a friendly bunch and between us all, have heaps of knowledge around our service, sector, customers and all things business!

If you’d like to find out more about being an integral part of our Rosemary network, contact our Franchise Recruitment Team on 0116 275 9005 or at franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Rosemary Bookkeeping opens in Bridgnorth & Wolverhampton!

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Local businessman, Mark Hamblett has launched his new Rosemary Bookkeeping business in the Wolverhampton and Bridgnorth area.

Mark has successfully completed his training academy with Rosemary Bookkeeping and today begins his journey with our franchise opportunity.

With over 30 years experience in the financial sector, and over 35 years living in Wolverhampton, Mark couldn’t be better placed in terms of knowing the locality and the fundamentals in his sector.

Mark said:

“I chose Rosemary Bookkeeping and ServiceMaster because I was impressed with the strength of the organisation, the help that’s on offer to grow my business, and the regular contact and support I have been given throughout my due diligence exercise. For me all of this put my mind at ease that I would be able to focus on building a strong business that will exceed the needs of my clients”.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is all about providing a simple, effective and good quality bookkeeping service to clients within a designated territory. Delivering excellent customer service and relationship building with clients is key to ensure that clients are loyal and become Rosemary’s biggest advocates.

Mark is keen to do all of the above! 

“I want to provide a good quality service, so that people can trust in what I am providing for them. I feel sure that forming strong working relationships with my clients will allow me help them achieve success for their businesses.

“I believe  my experience  in previous financial roles, where I progressed to become Finance Director and owner manager in a local design and manufacturing business enables me to appreciate the needs of business owners when it comes to bookkeeping.”

The Rosemary franchise opportunity benefits from an award winning marketing team dedicated to help franchisees to grow their businesses and achieve their business goals. Our CIM (Chartered Institute of Marketing) marketeers, provide onsite and remote support, expertise and guidance in accordance with the Rosemary brand and the latest and most innovative marketing activities.

Mark added:

“The strength of the Rosemary marketing team was another tick factor for me; it allows me to focus on my strengths and gain help in areas like marketing and sales. I’m now looking forward to getting started.”

 

Head of Marketing, Hannah Banfield is delighted to have Mark on board.

“Momentum for Rosemary Bookkeeping is really building and there’s such a great deal of opportunity just around the corner with HMRC’s “Making Tax Digital” plans next year.

“Mark has big plans for his business that includes creating local job opportunities and supporting local businesses. We’re thrilled to have him as part of Team Rosemary and I’m confident he will build a fabulous bookkeeping business”.

 

Rosemary offers a great business opportunity for those who are looking for a proven business model, established brand and unrivalled support. Our business model gives great flexibility in that the business can be operated from the comfort of your own home in hours to suit you.

If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to speak to a member of our Franchise Recruitment team on 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk for further information. 

Afternoon Tea with Rosemary!

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Rosemary Bookkeeping are pleased to announce the date of the Spring Discovery Day in the theme of Afternoon Tea 

Wednesday 16th May is the day that we hold our Afternoon Tea party at our Franchise Support Centre in Leicester specially for those who are interested in learning about the Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise Opportunity.

afternoon-tea-with-rosemaryIt is the most perfect opportunity to find out more about who we are, what our franchise does, what’s included and what kind of support you will receive as a business owner. Our relaxed and informal discovery day will involve several fact finding sessions regarding the model, marketing, starter pack, territory, the team and sessions involving our existing franchisees, as well as our newest currently on training academy!

There will also be an ample amount of networking whilst enjoying finger sandwiches, cakes and unlimited tea, coffee and soft drinks.

Places to our Discovery Day are limited, as we like to ensure that all of our prospective franchisees have the opportunity to speak up and tell us a little about themselves too.

If you would like to reserve a place at our FREE Discovery Day, please call 0116 275 9005 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk

Rosemary Bookkeeping listed in top 100 UK franchises

Rosemary Bookkeeping, one of the UK’s leading bookkeeping franchises, has been named in the top 100 franchises in the UK, according to a guide by Elite Franchise.

The Elite Franchise 100 recognises the sector’s brightest businesses and ranks them according to a broad range of criteria from their financial performance and heritage in the industry to their contribution to the community and the way they embrace innovation. Ranking applicants from 100 to one, the guide defines the best opportunities in the UK.

Rosemary Bookkeeping featured in 90th place in the guide and was joined by fellow franchise brands under the ServiceMaster franchisor umbrella, ServiceMaster Clean (26), Merry Maids (39) and TruGreen Professional LawnCare (76).

Brand Leader for Rosemary Bookkeeping, Hannah Banfield said: “ServiceMaster acquired Rosemary Bookkeeping in August 2017 and we’re delighted to be featured in this years’ Elite Franchise 100. With a fantastic network of Franchise Partners in place already, we’re excited to see the franchise develop further and climb the list of the top franchises in the UK.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is a franchise of ServiceMaster, which has over 300 franchisees operating in close to 700 licensed areas under its brands, including ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, Merry Maids, TruGreen Professional LawnCare and Rosemary Bookkeeping.

All aboard for the Rosemary Franchise Forum

Find out what happens during a Rosemary Franchise Forum, the twice annual meetings for Rosemary franchisees from across the UK.

Rosemary Bookkeeping exhibiting at The National Franchise Exhibition

Rosemary Bookkeeping, one of the UK’s leading bookkeeping franchises is to exhibit at The National Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham, this autumn.

The exhibition takes place on 13th and 14th October at the NEC in Birmingham and is one of the largest franchise exhibitions of the year, with over 100 franchisors on display and thousands of attendees expected over the two days.

Book your free tickets here.

Rosemary Bookkeeping brand leader, Hannah Banfield said: “We are excited about the upcoming event and keen to meet as many people as we can who are dreaming of owning their own business. Franchising is a fantastic route to business and the exhibition should be the first port of call for all budding entrepreneurs.”

Rosemary Bookkeeping is joined by other ServiceMaster brands, TruGreen Professional LawnCare and Merry Maids on Stand A20.

Rosemary Bookkeeping acquired by ServiceMaster

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ServiceMaster Ltd has acquired the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise business, for an undisclosed fee, as it looks to grow its operation across the UK.

The Leicester-based business, ServiceMaster, is one of the UK’s largest and longest-established multi-brand franchisors, having launched in the UK in 1959 which now offers five franchise brands.

Rosemary Bookkeeping, which was founded in 2009, provides a practical, friendly approach to bookkeeping for micro, small and medium-sized companies and has close working relationships with accountancy firms. The business currently has 15 franchise outlets across the UK and ServiceMaster has big plans to expand on this figure.

Alan Lewin, managing director of ServiceMaster said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the acquisition of Rosemary Bookkeeping.  The investment makes good business sense to us as an organisation as it tucks neatly into our structure as a multi-brand franchisor and also serves to complement and broaden the business to business range of services offered by the already established ServiceMaster portfolio of franchise brands here in the UK.

“Existing Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisees will benefit from access to the skills and resources provided by the ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group. As one of the UK’s leading and longest-established franchisors, we are able to provide additional help in marketing, sales and other operational areas of franchise development and management to help existing Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise Partners realise the significant growth potential of their franchise. We will also be actively recruiting new investors into the Rosemary Bookkeeping network as we start to drive and market the opportunity under the ServiceMaster Franchise Services Group banner.”

Lisa Curteis QFP, founding director of Rosemary Bookkeeping added: “Launching Rosemary Bookkeeping fulfilled a personal ambition to share my business know-how with others and I’m proud that we’ve been able to take the business this far and I’m excited for the future of our Franchise Partners and our brand with ServiceMaster.”

Joanna Dennis FCCA, director of Rosemary Bookkeeping said: “My greatest pleasure has come from supporting and witnessing our Franchise Partners to create, develop and grow their businesses and with the acquisition by ServiceMaster, I’m confident that they will go on to greater things.”

ServiceMaster has over 300 franchisees operating in close to 700 licensed areas under its brands, including Merry Maids, ServiceMaster Clean, Furniture Medic, TruGreen Professional LawnCare and now Rosemary.

Later life entrepreneur?

There is a new wave of franchisees – and they are over 50. The over-50s have come to dominate the new start-ups sector. Read more of this article in Making Money magazine.

If you would like further information please get in contact with us 0345 862 0072

Stress of financial paperwork

Is the stress of financial paperwork making you ill?

A recent report for the business innovation charity Nesta  suggests that Small businesses’ growth could be stifled because of the burden of financial administration and also warns that a lack of transparency in the market for financial products can hamper small firms.

It found that 42% of entrepreneurs say dealing with finances is the most stressful aspect of running a company, while 17% add that the stress has made them unwell.  The vast majority of small business owners handle their banking and finance without professional help. One in five spend more than eight hours a week managing their banking.

If you can identify with these findings then outsourcing your bookkeeping is an easy way to ensure that a professional is dealing with your business finances giving you more time to spend developing your business and looking after your health!

Rosemary Bookkeeping delivers an intelligent bookkeeping service to SME’s, Accountants and Franchisors ensuring a consistency of delivery and high-quality work.  Our practical, down to earth and friendly approach provides clients with information that enables them to understand and make decisions on their business, provides peace of mind that HMRC will be happy, with fair and reasonable charges.

If you would like further information please get in contact with us 0345 862 0072

Rosemary is a winner at the bfa awards

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A  former IT specialist, who now runs a bookkeeping business in Newbury, was named  Olderpreneur Franchisee Of The Year, at the British  Franchise Association’s 2016 bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards ceremony, held at Town Hall Birmingham last night (September 29th).

Steve Brown said: “I am proud, delighted and a little shocked – it’s great to be recognised for your success – as well as having a sustainable business which I can pass on to my family in years to come.”

Pip Wilkins, bfa chief executive, said: “Steve’s shown the ability and resilience to overcome many challenges. From leaving a corporate environment and starting his own business, to managing that business while caring for his wife, his calm head and steadfast approach has translated into a fast-growing business – and now a national award as well.”

Andrew Brattesani, UK head of franchising for HSBC, commented: “While running his business and helping his daughter with hers, Steve’s still found time to put new ideas into the wider network for the benefit of his fellow Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisees. He’s a brilliant example of how in franchising, experience is highly valued and no age limit applies.”

Steve took over the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise six years ago, and since then he has seen turnover increase by 37% per annum; client numbers have almost doubled since 2012 and one client is a company with a turnover of £5m.

“We are so proud of the success Steve and his daughter TJ have achieved and we will continue to support and guide them in growing their business even further” says Lisa Curteis, Recruitment Director Rosemary Bookkeeping Ltd.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has released more territories in the UK so please contact us on 0345 862 0072 to find out more information.

Qualified Accountant is won over…

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Neeta Patel attended a bfa sponsored franchise exhibition and was curious when the name Rosemary Bookkeeping kept being mentioned.  Being a qualified Management Accountant she was initially researching Accountancy franchises but her curiosity won and she looked the Rosemary Franchise website and booked in for a Discovery Event.

Having worked in industry for all of her working life, Neeta was seeking to find the ideal work/life balance following the birth of her son.  She wanted to work – working with numbers was something that always interested her – but she also wanted to spend quality time with her son.  A traditional 9-5 role didn’t fit this bill so when she was made redundant in November 2015 this was the ideal opportunity to search for the right position for her, hence her visiting a franchise exhibition.

“In 12 months’ time I want to have established myself as a reputable bookkeeper in my area of Northampton and to have built up a sizeable business whereby I can begin to employ staff and turn my role into a more management position”.

The Rosemary BookkeepingTM franchise responds to the increasing need in the UK for an affordable, professional bookkeeping service that supports both the client and the accountant. Neeta will be working in harmony with her clients’ accountants, providing them with exactly what they need in the format they want saving his clients’ time and money.

The franchise is based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002, providing a unique bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package. Neeta will be able to obtain great flexibility and the potential for a superb work-life balance, that will allow her to juggle her new business whilst looking after the family home with her husband and child.

The Founding Partners have over 60 years of business and bookkeeping experience between them in the essential business disciplines of accounting, operations, sales and marketing.  As an Associate Member of the bfa, Rosemary Bookkeeping has a proven ability to sustain a franchise network successfully.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has recently opened up more territory opportunities in the Midlands, North of England and South East. For more information please call 0345 8620072.

A Business Model with proven success

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Since joining Rosemary Bookkeeping in January 2013, Mike Wallace has been building a successful and growing business. Achieving his goals year-on-year, Mike claims that his success is all down to simply following the Rosemary Bookkeeping business model! Although the hard work and dedication he has put into the business may have also contributed.

Having operated as a one-man band for the first three years, Mike is now finding that his capacity for new work and clients is diminishing and he’s ready to take on a member of staff to help him grow. This is not a route that all franchisees choose to take but the Rosemary model gives them the option to take the business as far as they wish.

“Having worked as a business partner previously, I had had a taste of running a business and I knew that it was something I wanted to pursue further. Rosemary Bookkeeping suited my existing skills and gave me the help and support I needed in my areas of weakness. Completing the bookkeeping and the technical side of things wasn’t a problem for me, I needed support in marketing my business and gaining new customers. I just did everything Rosemary Bookkeeping told me to do and it has worked!” explains Mike.

The Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise has over 20 nationwide franchised offices with a potential market size of approximately 6 million individual businesses. The franchise is based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002 providing a unique bookkeeping system within a fully-supported franchise package. Franchisees obtain huge flexibility with superb work-life balance – they work the hours they want, around their own commitments.

Like many Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisees, Mike appreciated the support on offer from Head Office and being part of a network of like-minded people with a range of experiences and skillsets.

“There’s a lot of support from the franchisees. It’s nice to have someone to ask how they would do things. It’s a great group of people and they have a lot of combined experience so there’s some great advice within the network. I am in contact with franchisees on a regular basis we call each other to discuss technical issues or just to see how it’s going,” adds Mike.

Mike chose to join a franchise because he wanted the safety net of a structured and established business model and he recognises the importance of following it to the letter to help get the business up and running and to gain customers.

“I have spoken to a few franchisees in the past and one or two said they were having doubts about their move into franchising originally because it didn’t seem to be going so well. However, it turned out that was because they weren’t following the business model in the way that you should – the model is there to help you and you can expect to be less successful if you do not follow it!” concludes Mike.

If you would like to find out if the Rosemary franchise would suit you, please contact our Franchise Team on 0345 862 0072 for an introductory chat.

Lisa Curteis, Director realised her entrepreneurial dreams

Lisa Curties, Director of Rosemary Bookkeeping Ltd recently gave an interview to Elite franchise magazine about her experiences in franchising:

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Age is no barrier

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Steve Brown of Rosemary Bookkeeping Newbury is a finalist in the Olderpreneur of the Year category of the BFA’s Franchisee of the Year Awards.

Steve started his bookkeeping business in 2010 with his daughter, TJ Sutherland, who operates the Basingstoke territory.

He says: “I was working long hours in IT as a global business support manager in a pressurised environment and my daughter was looking to go back to work after having her daughter. We both wanted to achieve a better work/life balance.

TEAMWORK

“Since 2010 our business has grown extensively and we now have two full-time and three part-time members of staff. TJ and I work as a team, but each has key roles, with individual responsibility for our own territory and the clients within our territories. “Having grown the business, we now are able to take a back seat in relation to actually doing the processing and focus more on managing and growing the business. “One of my key aims at the start of the franchise was that I wanted to build a sustainable business to pass down to my children and grandchildren and support the local community. Rosemary Bookkeeping has helped me to fulfil this ambition and I hope that in our next term with Rosemary perhaps I can retire. “I am extremely proud to be a finalist in the British Franchise Association awards. It shows that even with age you can achieve great things.”

AFFORDABLE

The Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise responds to the increasing need in the UK for an affordable, professional bookkeeping service that supports both the client and the accountant. It’s based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002, providing a bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package. The franchise is run by two successful business women, Joanna Dennis and Lisa Curteis, who have over 50 years of business and bookkeeping experience between them. As an associate member of the bfa, Rosemary Bookkeeping has a proven ability to grow and sustain a franchise network.

Announcing a New Franchise Partner in Bournemouth

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From Poland to Germany to South Africa to the UK – support and guidance wins over Goska

Goska Dabrowski, as a child, moved around the world with her family – from Poland to Germany and finally settling in South Africa where she married and had her children.

In 2014 the family decided to relocate to the UK.  Whilst on a business trip to the UK, Goska’s hsusband, Jan,  saw an article featuring Rosemary Bookkeeping in a franchise magazine.  Being a bookkeeper, with 14 years of experience, after reading the article Goska knew that this was the perfect opportunity for her.

Settling in Bournemouth Goska continued with her due diligence on Rosemary Bookkeeping and after speaking to some existing franchise partners and meeting the Head Office team decided to join the franchise.

She hopes that the wealth of experience she has built up with ensure that she effectively support and guide her clients by offering a efficient and professional bookkeeping experience.

Rosemary BookkeepingTM franchise responds to the increasing need in the UK for an affordable, professional bookkeeping service that supports both the client and the accountant. Goska will be working in harmony with her clients’ accountants, providing them with exactly what they need in the format they want saving his clients’ time and money.

The franchise is based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002, providing a unique bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package. Goska will be able to obtain great flexibility and the potential for a superb work-life balance, that will allow her to juggle her new business whilst looking after the family home with her husband and children.

The franchise is run by 2 successful entrepreneur business women, Joanna Dennis, Lisa Curteis who have over 50 years of business and bookkeeping experience between them. As an Associate Member of the bfa, Rosemary Bookkeeping has a proven ability to grow and sustain a franchise network.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has recently opened up more territory opportunities in the Midlands, North of England and South East. For more information please call 0345 8620072.

Dedication, passion and determination

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With the NatWest Encouraging Women into Franchising (EWIF) Awards 2016 behind us, we’re congratulating our winners by shining the spotlight on each of them in turn. We had more entries than ever this year and Kellie Blake from Rosemary Bookkeeping stood out in the Franchise Employee of the Year Award category sponsored by What Franchise.

Kellie was nominated for her award by her employer, Lisa Curteis who wanted her to be recognised for the hard work she puts into her role on a daily basis. Kellie has been the backbone of Rosemary Bookkeeping HQ since she joined in 2012. She has stepped up to the many challenges that 2015 has brought with dedication, passion and drive. With such a varied role, Kellie has to make sure that she’s on top form to help support their franchise network and make sure they have everything they need to be successful.

“I was surprised and delighted to win my award, being a finalist last year and not winning made me even more determined to win this year. I believe that working within a small team for a franchisor means that you need to show real strength and commitment and I think that my award entry showed this. The tasks within my role are extremely varied and I have never turned down an opportunity to learn new skills and to develop myself in order to support the franchise and our franchise partners better,” explains Kellie.

During 2015, Kellie’s role within the Rosemary Bookkeeping team stepped up due to another member of staff’s personal pressures. Not one to shy away from a challenge, Kellie stepped into her new role with the same commitment and dedication she’s shown throughout her employment. Kellie’s role includes Franchise Recruitment, Social Media planning & writing, Event Planning (Discovery Days, new franchisees training events, Franchisee Forums and franchise shows), dealing with the setting up of new franchisees, looking after the administration of Head Office, supporting existing franchisees, dealing with the initial bookkeeping enquiries and collating Rosemary Bookkeeping work – to name but a few!

“I hope that, besides bringing excellent PR for our business, my award win will highlight how I work for an excellent franchisor who takes the time to develop their staff to impact not only themselves but, most importantly, their franchise partners, and that we all have a real pride in the franchise that we want everyone to know about!” adds Kellie.

EWIF’s primary focus is to support women who are looking for a route into the franchise industry. Our remit is threefold; to encourage women to consider buying a franchise, to encourage business women to franchise their existing operations and to help franchisors attract more women to their networks. We are a not-for-profit organisation run entirely by volunteers, providing advice and guidance to anyone looking at trying to break into the franchise industry.

Tips in a digital bookkeeping world

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How do Rosemary Bookkeeping support franchisees during times of technological change?

Just like any business in any sector, Rosemary Bookkeeping have to keep innovating and changing the way they work in order to keep up with changes in technology. While HMRC aim for a fully digital system by 2020 so it is essential that bookkeepers remain up-to-date with advancing technologies to avoid going out of business. With such a massive shift in the way that bookkeeping is conducted, how do Rosemary Bookkeeping support their franchisees in this changing world?

Rosemary Bookkeeping support to deliver their bookkeeping services as well as marketing their business in a digital world. By keeping up to date with the latest technology and software, franchisees ensure that they stay ahead in a highly competitive market. They are trained in new ways of working to win and retain business – working smarter and faster whilst maintaining a high level of customer service.

The Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise has over 20 nationwide franchised offices with a potential market size of approximately 6 million individual businesses. The franchise is based on a business concept that has been established and refined since 2002 providing a unique bookkeeping system within a fully-supported franchise package. Franchisees obtain huge flexibility with superb work-life balance – they work the hours they want, around their own commitments.

With so many businesses now operating online and using third party software to integrate into their businesses to complete sales activity it is vital that bookkeepers understand how this impacts their clients’ business so that they don’t get left in the dark ages whilst everyone else flies into the digital world and this is where Rosemary Head Office can offer support to their franchisees.

“One of our key customers is an online retailer. The biggest difference between an online client and a regular client is the lack of paperwork. We exchange all of the documents we need online and then upload them into our own online software in order to generate an invoice for each transaction. It’s a very simplistic system. There can be VAT issues depending on where their customer is and foreign currency can be a bit more complex. Rosemary Head Office support us in the technical aspects of the work and if we ever have any queries they’re our first port of call. We structured our online system along the lines of the Rosemary system which gives us guidelines for our own business,” explain Tony and Rosie, Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisees in Cheshunt.

“At Rosemary Bookkeeping, we provide our franchisees with a knowledge bank called ‘Herbal Essences’. This helps our franchisees to differentiate between different types of client and a guide on how to provide the best service for each one. As the bookkeeping world evolves, at Rosemary Bookkeeping, we keep on top of changes and make sure that everything we do is in line with the changes. Technology changes what we do for clients and how we do it,” explains Lisa Curteis, Franchise Director at Rosemary Bookkeeping.

Rosemary Bookkeeping ensure that they stay ahead of the competition and keep their franchisees successful and thriving in the bookkeeping sector.

If you would like to find out if the Rosemary franchise would suit you please contact our Franchise Team on 0345 862 0072 for an introductory chat.

The best time of year to start…

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When you speak to the experts on this topic the replies are varied. Some say in January, some say after the school summer holidays. The truth is, it really depends on the industry, the potential clients and with the biggest differentiator being the new business owner themselves.

It’s been a successful Q1 for Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchisees with more satisfied new clients than ever! The number of small businesses operating in the UK has been steadily increasing. In the last 24 months alone there’s been 146,000 new businesses formed, taking the total number of SMEs to around 6 million. That’s a huge market! It’s no wonder Rosemary Bookkeeping are seeing even more small business clients coming to them to keep their books tidy and up-to-date.

The how, what and when to business!

With business ownership being such a fashionable and attractive route to earning a living, many people turn their thoughts towards how they will make good money and in what sector to start in. The beauty with franchising is the greatly reduced risk in using someone else’s tried, tested and proven business model. Let them make the mistakes, so you can avoid them and fast track your own success – it’s a no brainer really. That’s why franchising has an over 97% success rate (according to the bfa/NatWest annual survey). Plus, there’s already a market need established – vital if you want to get ahead.

So, we go back to timing – the when. If you are considering a service based business, then the first rule of thumb is to make sure you have a good, solid target market. We’ve already explained that business ownership is on the increase (check out recent stats on the FSB website too). Rosemary Bookkeeping is so successful because their franchisees help small firms to intelligently process and keep financial records. Yawn yawn ,boring boring some might say, but hang on a minute! Having clear and meaningful accounts isn’t just something the banks like to see when considering lending. If you’re serious about growing, you’ll need to look weekly and monthly at meaningful management accounts: profit levels and payment schedules alone help clients understand what is happening in their business so they can make decisions about how to grow, what support they need or when to get finance.

What a client says:

“I’ve always been interested in how businesses make decisions to grow and what information they use. Our Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisee provides super tailored reports before our board meetings so we can really see what is happening,”

Sarah Carlile, Director at Coconut Creatives Ltd.

The Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise has over 20 nationwide franchised offices with a potential market size of approx. 6 million individual businesses. The franchise is based on a solid business concept established in 2002 with a unique charge-by-transaction bookkeeping service. It’s clear to clients exactly what they’re paying for which offers complete transparency for new sole traders or Ltd companies. Franchisees obtain huge flexibility with superb work-life balance – they work the hours they want, around their own commitments.

If you would like to find out if the Rosemary franchise would suit you please contact our Franchise Team on 0845 862 0072 for an introductory chat.

A Lifestyle checklist for 2016

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Whats Holding you back?

We’re looking for more Franchise Partners to join our growing network. Why not take the Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchise Partner quiz to see if you’ve got what it takes.

  • Do you want to choose the hours you work?
  • Are you ambitious?
  • Do you want to be your own boss?
  • Do you have drive and determination?
  • Can you delegate and manage people?
  • Can you follow a proven system?
  • Are you looking for a business with growth potential?

If you answered yes to 5 or more of the above, then Rosemary Bookkeeping could be the franchise opportunity you’ve been looking for.

Rosemary Bookkeeping delivers intelligent bookkeeping services to SMEs, accountants and franchisors ensuring consistency of delivery and high-quality work. We enable clients to make decisions on their businesses and give peace of mind that HMRC will be happy. With a market of over four million businesses in the UK, we know that our services are in demand and valued by business owners who are looking to spend time building their businesses. Our franchise is based on a unique business concept that has been established and refined since 2002 providing a bookkeeping system within a fully supported franchise package.

Shape your future

Not only will we support you in setting up and running your business, we offer three entry levels to reflect the added training and support we provide at the higher entry levels. We know that everyone has different goals and skillsets which is why our entry levels vary depending on your goals, aspirations and experience.

  • Associate Franchise Partner – £8,970
  • Franchise Partner – £16,970
  • Managing Franchise Partner – £21,970

In the progression from Franchise Partner to Managing Franchise Partner you will receive even more training and expert advice on growing your team to help you develop your business even further.

By offering these entry levels, we give you a process of managed progression to allow qualified professionals a lower entry level with vast opportunities to grow at your own pace and when the time is right within our extensive support structure.

Please contact us today if you’re ready to become a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisee.