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Rosemary Bookkeeping has expanded its expert bookkeeping services into Croydon under qualified account Dean Kokshun.

Rosemary Bookkeeping has expanded its expert bookkeeping services into Croydon and the surrounding areas for the first time under the expert supervision of Dean Kokshun.

Dean’s expertise in bookkeeping is unparalleled, with multiple prestigious qualifications and decades of experience supporting him in helping business owners with their bookkeeping needs.

He is supported in his venture into self-actualisation by way of business by the Rosemary Bookkeeping, its proven model for success, its national franchise network and the central support team of franchisor ServiceMaster Ltd.


Dean’s Road to Rosemary

This began with him joining the bookkeeping and external audit departments of KPMG Mauritius – then known as Peat Marwick.

He then qualified with the ACCA in the UK in 1993.

As a qualified accountant, he has held senior positions within small UK accountancy practices, accumulating 30 years of experience.

Throughout his career, Dean has excelled in external auditing of small to medium-sized entities, financial reporting, and management reporting across diverse industry sectors, including retail, services, manufacturing, hospitality, and investment.

Dean’s extensive background and experience in accountancy have provided him with a comprehensive understanding of the intricacies of financial reporting and external auditing.

Having worked with businesses in various sectors and clients in the UK and EU, he has developed a versatile skill set in navigating different accounting systems and processes.

His expertise in preparing financial statements following the UK GAAP and conducting external audits for small to medium-sized companies has equipped him with “a keen eye for detail and a commitment to compliance,” he says.

This experience has provided Dean insight and directly informs his approach to providing professional bookkeeping services for local businesses in Croydon and its surrounding areas under the Rosemary Bookkeeping brand.


Why Rosemary Bookkeeping?

Dean says he chose the franchise route for its proven business model and the comprehensive support it offers.

“Franchising with Rosemary Bookkeeping provides me with a ready-made system, established brand recognition, and ongoing support from a reputable franchisor.”

This reduces the risks associated with starting a business independently and ensures Dean has access to the wealth of experience and resources to help him succeed.

“I am excited to be a part of Rosemary Bookkeeping,” he says.

“The franchise is known for its commitment to professionalism, accuracy, and delivering high-quality financial solutions.”

“With the support and reputation of ServiceMaster Ltd, I am confident in the franchise’s ability to provide comprehensive assistance to businesses needing reliable bookkeeping services.”

Dean says that he chose Rosemary Bookkeeping for several reasons, including the franchise’s commitment to delivering high-quality bookkeeping service, aligning with his professional values, and the proven systems, ongoing support, and reputation of ServiceMaster Ltd provided him with the confidence that he would be part of a successful and reputable franchise.

“Additionally, the comprehensive training and resources offered by Rosemary Bookkeeping were instrumental in my decision, ensuring I have the tools and knowledge to excel in this venture,” he adds.


Training and Support

By joining Rosemary Bookkeeping, Dean received comprehensive training as part of our two-week training academy to help equip him with the tools to succeed in his business, from technical support from long-serving franchisees to marketing and sales support from our central head office team.

“The academy process with Rosemary Bookkeeping was thorough and invaluable,” Dean says.

“The training provided a deep dive into the franchise’s systems, processes, and best practices.”

“The training staff were knowledgeable and supportive, ensuring I gained a comprehensive understanding of the business model and acquired the skills necessary for success.”

“The academy process not only equipped me with the technical knowledge but also helped franchisees and support staff meet and bond, building a friendly community for working together and supporting each other.”


The beginning of a beautiful friendship

Dean says his adaptable nature and passion for learning have prepared him to embrace his new business.

“I believe that my strong work ethic, effective communication skills, and dedication to finding solutions to complex problems will contribute to the success of the venture, ensuring that clients receive high-quality and tailored bookkeeping services,” he says.

“I’m excited to bring this wealth of expertise to my franchise business, eager to provide top-notch bookkeeping services to the local businesses in Croydon and its surrounding areas, helping business owners with their books, saving them time and money and allowing them to focus on the things they do best – like running their businesses.”

Dean’s aspirations for his business align with the opportunities presented by Croydon’s strategic development plan.

As the area undergoes urban regeneration and economic growth, Dean promises to be a key player in supporting businesses to thrive amidst these positive changes.

In line with the Croydon Council’s four-year business plan, he envisions expanding his portfolio of clients and contributing to the economic opportunities flourishing in the area, with the view to scaling up his business.

“As my client base expands, I see the potential to evolve my business into a management-style franchise.”

“This transition would be facilitated with the help and guidance from the support team at ServiceMaster Ltd, ensuring a seamless and successful shift to a model that can accommodate the increasing demands of a thriving bookkeeping business.”

Yasmin Chaudhari, Senior Marketing Executive for ServiceMaster Commercial Brands, says,

“We’re so excited to have Dean join the Rosemary Bookkeeping network as we expand our services to the local businesses of Croydon and surrounding areas.”

“Dean joins us with a wealth of experience in finance, and we wish Dean all the best with his new venture with Rosemary Bookkeeping.”


Could you be the next Dean?

If, like Dean, you would like to start your own growing bookkeeping business with the expert support of an extensive franchise support team, contact our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000, email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk or book an intro call to the brand to learn about opportunities in your area.

We sat down with ‘paperwork queen’ Karen Mann the new owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping North Dorset and Salisbury to discuss her new business.

From a young age, Karen Mann loved figures, paperwork, and numbers. She says when she was at school she always thought about being an accountant. But, as she tells me, during our sit-down following her completed induction academy to Rosemary Bookkeeping, life took a different path.

Prior Career

Karen has worked for a waste management company for the last 17 years. She began in their customer service department, but within nine months, had been promoted to running their accounts office.

As an office manager, Karen oversaw the operation of accounts and managed a team of 25 other people. So, when the Financial Director retired, she was well-prepared to take up the position of Company Director.

This entailed running all the accounts side of the business, handling all administration, and doing the management accounts to be sent to the company accountant.

This work has given Karen expert technical knowledge and a wealth of experience in management, as well as the ability to work alongside others and help them with things they have found difficult.

A skill which she knows stands her in great stead as a bookkeeper.

Finding Rosemary Bookkeeping

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Karen decided that after 17 years in the same place, she wanted to do something on her own and start her own business.

“I had been working for the same company for 17 years and it felt like it was time to go and do something for myself.”

With her experience and love of figures, the path was clear to Karen:

“I thought, why not run my own bookkeeping company?”

However, all was not certain. Karen says that the one thing that always held her back from setting up her own business was the worry of coming across a problem that she had never encountered before and being unsure of how to help the client.

Then, whilst Karen was looking for jobs, she found Rosemary Bookkeeping. The possibility of joining a franchise eliminated this worry for Karen as she wouldn’t be in business alone.

“Coming across the franchise, I realised that that support network behind actually covers off that element. You’re never going to be on your own.

There’s never going to be something that you can’t find the answer to, somebody will always be able to either let you know or direct you to where to find it,” she says.

“If you’re on your own, it could take you hours of Googling or trying to phone through to ask people and not getting through to the right department, so you could end up costing yourself more money in time from trying to dig those issues out.

Whereas having the franchisor behind you who can direct you to the right place will save you hours of that trudging.”

So, Karen got in touch with our friendly franchise sales team.

“Reading through the website and reading on the BFA website about Rosemary and it just instantly felt like it was going to be a really good fit. It suited my personality and my experience and having a support network behind you gives you that reassurance.”

Getting started

With the support of a renowned nationwide franchisor behind her, Karen has finally been able to realise her dream of working for herself as a bookkeeper.

And she’s ready to go. Having completed her comprehensive Rosemary Bookkeeping training academy, Karen has been guided through the ins and outs of our franchise model and supported in setting up every aspect of her business, from marketing to sales, to operations.

“Doing the academy and starting to see how everything will work in practice has been really good I really enjoyed the whole thing,” she says.

“It is marrying up and I can see everything now slotting into place and how it’s all going to work.”

Launching her business today, she says that she is raring to get started helping customers and putting her love of bookkeeping to good use.

“I am a bit of a paperwork queen,” she says.

“I love paperwork, I love Excel, and figures are what I’m about. The whole of bookkeeping, I just love it.”

“I’m really looking forward to doing all of that and getting into the nitty gritty with customers and solving their issues and getting it all nice and straight for them.”

Could you be a bookkeeper?

Bookkeeping can be complex and time-consuming, but with the right support, it doesn’t have to be.

As a Rosemary Bookkeeper, you’ll provide a transparent and expert service in your local area, backed by a network of other experienced accountancy professionals.

If you’re looking for a change and think Rosemary Bookkeeping could be the right fit for you, get in touch with our franchise sales team today to book a discovery session and find out about available opportunities near you.