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Introducing Hanaa Raydan and Ahmad Aboul-Hosn, the new owners of Rosemary Bookkeeping Wembley. 

Rosemary Bookkeeping is bringing its expert bookkeeping services to Wembley and the surrounding areas for the first time under the expert supervision of Hanaa Raydan and the support of her business partner Ahmad Aboul-Hosn.

We sat down with Hanna and Ahmad to discuss their new adventure and why they invested in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise business.


Who are Hanaa and Ahmad?

The business partners are keen entrepreneurs with experience living and working in North London’s thriving business community.

A mother of three girls and the holder of multiple qualifications in business development, accounting and bookkeeping, Hanaa has wanted to own and operate her own bookkeeping business for many years.

After working as a part-time bookkeeper since 2015, she has finally achieved her dream of supporting her local community with the support of a trusted and expert brand behind her, alongside her business partner.

Ahmad Aboul-Hosn is a local entrepreneur who has lived and worked in the Golders Green area for over fifteen years.

He is a father of two boys and loves spending time with them, his dog, and cycling when he is not growing and nurturing his businesses.

It is in the shipping franchise business that Ahmad owns that his and Hanaa’s work overlapped, as she worked within this business while working as a treasurer for a local charity.

Ahmad is passionate about the businesses in the Wembley area and, having studied bookkeeping is excited to help support Hanaa as part of Rosemary Bookkeeping Wembley.

With his existing knowledge and experience in franchising, Ahmad encouraged Hanaa to follow her dream of owning a bookkeeping business using a franchise model to gain the support of a renowned franchisor and nationwide franchise network.


The benefits of a Rosemary Bookkeeping business

With a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, Hanaa says she has the support and expertise to succeed in business by building upon her existing knowledge and specialism.

She is excited to grow alongside her clients and business partner and support the community where she has lived and worked for a long time.

With Rosemary, she says, “I can make connections with the community while providing services in a professional way.”

Hanaa has been prepared to hit the ground running with her two-week training academy at the ServiceMaster franchise support centre, helping her set up her business and providing varied support from operations to sales and marketing.

The process, she adds, was easy and straightforward, thanks to taking everything step by step with “advice from experts who knew what they were talking about.”

 “I didn’t think it would be that easy!” she says.

“You find yourself in a rhythm of doing tasks bit by bit, and before you know it, you’re ready to go!”

With the business now open and providing support to clients in the Wembley area, Hanaa is excited to deliver quality and consistent bookkeeping services to her clients in the short term, with the goal of expanding her territory within the next five years.

Yasmin Chaudhari, Senior Marketing Executive and Marketing Manager for Rosemary Bookkeeping, says:

“I’d like to personally welcome Hanaa and Ahmad to our ever-growing Rosemary Bookkeeping network.

This is a really exciting time for the brand and Hanaa and Ahmad in particular as we look to extend our services to businesses within the locality of Wembley.

Their experience and business mindset make her a great addition to the network of franchise partners, and we look forward to supporting her as she grows her business in the years to come.”


Could you be the next Hanaa?

If, like Hanaa and Ahmad, 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.

Meet Zoe Barnard-Rowland, the brand-new owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping in Exeter.

Rosemary Bookkeeping Exeter is now under the new and expert supervision of Zoe Barnard-Rowland, an FCCA-qualified accountant with over 25 years of experience working for over 30 companies, optimising their bookkeeping processes.

We sat down with Zoe to discuss her new adventure and why she chose to purchase Rosemary Bookkeeping Exeter.


Background

During her 25 years in accounts, Zoe has worked her way up by working long-term and in temp positions for different companies, gaining experience and qualifications as she went.

Having worked in multiple sectors, from insurance to energy supply, media and home care, in roles from accounts assistant to financial controller, Zoe says she has “seen pretty much every financial system that’s going.”

While working across sectors, she became adept at identifying these packages, picking them up quickly, identifying similarities to other packages and taking that information forward to streamline processes for the companies she’s worked for.


Why Rosemary Bookkeeping?

Taking over from the previous owner, Zoe takes on an existing client base alongside supporting new small business owners who want support with their bookkeeping to grow their business or streamline their processes.

Zoe came to Rosemary Bookkeeping after taking redundancy from her previous company in 2023.

Realising she was at a crossroads, she decided to take the opportunity to branch out, invest in herself, and use her redundancy package to purchase her franchise.

Initially, she was unsure of where to start but knew a franchise model would give her the support she needed to go into business for herself.

“I can do bookkeeping with my eyes closed,” she says. “But having franchise support makes the fresh start less daunting.”

Having looked at different opportunities, Zoe decided Rosemary was perfect for her because of the amount of head office support the brand offers – allowing her to be her own boss while still being part of a company and community of like-minded business owners.

“If there is someone responsible for marketing, legal or HR, and are there as your main point of contact, it gives you that comfort and backing,” she says.

Now, what was daunting has been made easy with the right franchise.


Aspirations

Zoe is now excited to be her own boss and grow alongside the business (which she says she plans to expand once she has found her feet) and her husband, who will support her with data entry.

“At the moment, Lee is excited about bookkeeping. I’m excited about checking his work,” she jokes.


Want to be your own boss with a bookkeeping franchise?

If, like Zoe, 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 our area.

Meet the owner: Waqas Chughtai from Rosemary Bookkeeping Reading shares his story.

There are as many reasons to start a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise as there are people.

Our business owners work for themselves but not by themselves to deliver personalised and expert bookkeeping services to commercial clients and small business owners nationwide.


Professional Background

As a qualified Chartered Management Accountant (CIMA) and Certified Chartered Accountant (ACCA) with enormous experience in practice and across different industries, Waqas is an expert in personal tax corporation, Tax and VAT.

Already the founder of his practice, WAC and Co Accountants and E-Accountants Limited, Waqas’ decision to take over Rosemary Bookkeeping Reading in 2022 was “driven by a passion for accuracy and a commitment to client satisfaction.”

 “We offer a comprehensive suite of bookkeeping and value-added services, from meticulous accounting to strategic financial planning. Upholding the highest standards of integrity and ethics, I ensure our practices inspire confidence in our clients,” he says.


Why Rosemary Bookkeeping?

As a result, Waqas says that he chose to own a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise due to the brand’s commitment to excellence. A value that he shares.

“Rosemary’s dedication to top-tier bookkeeping services aligns seamlessly with our focus on precision and personalised client care.

This partnership provides a robust framework for innovations, ensuring we deliver cutting-edge solutions. The collaborative community within the Rosemary network enhances our growth and knowledge-sharing opportunities, reinforcing our position as a trusted leader in the accounting industry,” he says.


The benefits of a Rosemary Bookkeeping business

Through the tried and tested Rosemary Bookkeeping model, Waqas could achieve his aspiration of contributing to society by creating employment and helping smaller businesses grow.

“Beyond financial expertise, we are dedicated to community dedicated to community engagement. As the owner, I have the flexibility to support initiatives that contribute to the greater good,” he says.

With a focus on expertise, innovation, and a client-centric approach, owning Rosemary Bookkeeping Reading also allows Waqas to deliver cutting-edge solutions and build lasting relationships.


The story so far…

Waqas’ journey with the Rosemary Bookkeeping has been marked by significant milestones and achievements.

He has experienced steady growth, expanding their client base and service offerings and achieving a notable increase in client satisfaction scores by pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved by offering end-to-end solutions for all their client’s needs.

“We’re proud to have exceeded the performance benchmarks set by the franchise,” says Waqas.

“Our team has completed advanced training programs, enhancing our aspiration to continue this trajectory and further solidifying our position as a trusted financial partner.

We are committed to surpassing our goals, delivering exceptional service, and contributing to the continued success of the Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise.”


Words of Advice

Waqas has some expert words of advice looking for business owners or aspirational individuals looking to start a bookkeeping franchise:

“Embark on success with Rosemary, merging strategic vision and unparalleled support. Align your goals with Rosemary’s proven excellence in bookkeeping, benefiting from robust support for business growth. Ensure seamless synergy between your skills and Rosemary’s renowned services, creating a powerful combination for client satisfaction. Tap into the network of successful Rosemary franchise owners, gaining valuable insight by taking full advantage of the brand that has created an exceptional reputation,” he says.

“Experience the empowering commitment to excellence and continuous learning, achieving measurable success. Build a reputation for outstanding customer satisfaction with Rosemary’s client-centric approach. Leverage adaptability for resilience in dynamic markets, operation confidently with a commitment to legal standards.

Choose Rosemary for elevated business standards and a path to sustained success.”


Want to succeed in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise?

If you are ready to work for yourself with a passion for helping clients with their bookkeeping needs while controlling your work-life balance, a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise could be your perfect next step.

Call our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 to enquire about available franchise opportunities near you today.

Sarah Connop, owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping Shrewsbury and Telford, shares her experience as a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchisee.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is one of the UK’s only bookkeeping franchises.

Our business owners work for themselves but not by themselves to deliver personalised and expert bookkeeping services to commercial clients and small business owners nationwide.


About Sarah Connop

Sarah Connop opened her Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, Rosemary Bookkeeping Shrewsbury and Telford, in September 2021, having been an accountant for over 15 years in various sectors, including retail, insurance, and financial services.

Due to her passion for numbers and helping people, Sarah said she loved these roles as they allowed her to help people make sense of their numbers.


Why did Sarah join Rosemary Bookkeeping?

As the mother to a young family and a Labrador who loves long hilly walks across Shropshire, Sarah wanted a business that would utilise her experience and let her be in charge of her time and future.

This meant that when she found out about Rosemary Bookkeeping through a close friend who was part of our network, it was a natural fit for her, as she “wanted to do something I was proud of and to support [her] local thriving small business community, with the flexibility of being there for [her] children.”

Furthermore, she was attracted to the Rosemary model because “Rosemary was highly recommended by its franchise owners.”

“I was attracted to the level of support offered by the head office and fellow franchise owners,” she says.


How’s it going?

Even opening her business in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sarah hasn’t been held back.

Sarah has used the tried and tested Rosemary model, which grants business owners the unique opportunity to achieve an attractive turnover based on recurring income from loyal clients.

Sarah has achieved more than 200% growth from year one to year two and is on track to achieve a minimum of 33% growth from year two to year three!

Thrilled with her progress and aiming to grow the business by 40% each year, Sarah says she is overjoyed with what she has achieved in her business.

“I have been able to successfully start the business, run the business, and be there for family more, which is everything I had hoped for,” she says.


Words of advice

As a thriving Rosemary Bookkeeping franchisee, Sarah has some advice for anyone looking to start a new business:

“It can be daunting and hard work owning your own business,” she says, “but the rewards of being own your boss and being in control of your future are worth it!”

“Do your research into the local community to ensure there are plenty of opportunities for bookkeepers. For example, I knew Shrewsbury had a thriving small business community.”


Want to succeed in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise?

If you are ready to work for yourself with a passion for helping clients with their bookkeeping needs while controlling your work-life balance, a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise could be your perfect next step.

Call our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 to enquire about available franchise opportunities near you today.

Nirmal Thakkar, owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping Garden City, shares her experience as a Rosemary Bookkeeping Franchisee.

Rosemary Bookkeeping is one of the UK’s only bookkeeping franchises.

Our business owners work for themselves but not by themselves to deliver personalised and expert bookkeeping services to commercial clients and small business owners nationwide.

Nirmal Thakkar opened her Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise, Rosemary Bookkeeping Garden City, in July 2022 after the brand was recommended by a friend who is a CIMA-qualified accountant.

Upon having a brand intro call with ServiceMaster Brands UK Franchise Sales, Nirmal was sure she and Rosemary were a perfect match.

“When I met people at Rosemary, I felt that I could be a part of the family, and I will never feel left out.”

“I feel proud to be a part of the Rosemary Franchise,” she says.


Who is Nirmal Thakkar?

With a Master’s in Business Administration and having worked in the financial industry for about 15 years, and as part of a family of accountants, Nirmal supports her clients with years of knowledge and experience.

“My husband is a Financial Director of his property-based company in the UK. He is an accountant. All the men in my family are accountants.”

“Bookkeeping runs in my blood,” she says.

As a mum in a family of four, Nirmal balances her responsibilities as a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise owner, mother, and committee member of her local Indian Cultural Association, which includes planning events and cultural activities throughout the year like Holi, Diwali and Navratri.


Why Rosemary Bookkeeping?

As a busy, family-oriented businesswoman who is entrenched in her local community, Nirmal chose Rosemary Bookkeeping to “work for [herself] and have control of [her] work-life balance.”

Franchisees like Nirmal also benefit from being part of a trusted brand, a nationwide network of bookkeepers, and a centralised and dedicated franchisor support team that helps with queries, best practices, sales, marketing, and operations.

The tried and tested Rosemary Bookkeeping model ensures they are on track to succeed in all they do – with the unique opportunity to achieve a turnover of £135,000 in just five years, based on an average commercial job value of £2,100 pa.


The Rosemary Bookkeeping Experience

Nirmal says the fundamentals of running a successful Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise have been to take small steps and work to her strengths.

“My people skills have [seen] me achieve success,” she says. Having also received esteem for her interpersonal skills, Nirmal knows that she can use this to her advantage when faced with the things she finds harder – like aspects of marketing.

“Face-to-face marketing helps a lot, as it shows your confidence and commitment in what you do, and the business owners can feel the same,” she says.


Words of advice

She says this commitment is what will enable your success as a franchisee.

“No matter who you are and what you have done, your commitment will make you successful.”

“If you are ready to work for yourselves and are passionate about your business, you will always succeed.”


Want to succeed in a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise?

If you are ready to work for yourself with a passion for helping clients with their bookkeeping needs while controlling your work-life balance, a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise could be your perfect next step.

Call our franchise sales team on 0116 275 9000 to enquire about available franchise opportunities near you today.

The essentials of writing a great business plan.

So, you’re ready to write your business plan.

First of all, congratulations on deciding to go into business!

The business plan is one of the first (and most important) documents to complete when starting a business.

Making it a good one is vital for many reasons.

Whether it is to apply for finance, attract a business partner or give you a clear path to achieving your business dreams, ensure that your plan achieves what you set out for it to do.

What needs to be covered in a business plan?

Executive Summary

The purpose of your Executive Summary is to make your business proposition understood by others.

Think of it as a short paragraph outlining what your business is and what it sets out to achieve.

Business Description

In addition to your summary, the business description should further detail your business’s purpose.

Here are some key questions to consider when writing this section.

  • What are the products/services it will provide?
  • What is its overall structure?
  • How will it achieve the business goals?

Market Analysis

This section is dedicated to the research underpinning your decision to go into business.

It includes market, competitor, and customer research.

It may be helpful to use SWOT analysis here.

People & Processes

Outline the people and processes that will be used to run the business effectively.

Organisational charts and process maps are your friends when constructing this section.

Marketing Plan & Sales Strategy

How will you attract customers/clients?

In this section, describe the activities that will take place to attract customers to enquire and buy from you.

Financials

Reveal the financial goals and expectations of the business in this section.

This proves the financial viability of the business.

Profit and loss, cash flow and balance sheets are good models here.

How a franchise model helps your business plan

With a franchise business like Rosemary Bookkeeping, you have the support of a world-renowned franchisor and nationwide brand.

As a result, the stress of writing a business plan is massively alleviated as much of the content is pre-established.

Can’t think of a sales pitch? We can.

We already have.

With over 10 years of experience in what we do, our proposition (delivering friendly, local bookkeeping services to SMEs across the UK) is already set out.

As are our core services, the market, competitor and customer research.

Rosemary Bookkeeping’s systems for success have been tried, tested and proven to provide excellent results.

For example, with the average client value reaching £2100 p.a., you can achieve a yearly turnover of 135,000 and a gross profit of £70,000 by year 5*!

All while working to a model of flexible owner-operated working.

*Based on a figure of 64 cumulative clients by Year 5/+13 clients p.a.

Working with our dedicated team, you’ll have support in your operational, sales and marketing activities to ensure you hit the ground running and are on the path to continued growth and success.

This includes a comprehensive starter pack that contains all the marketing and branding materials you need to make a great first impression.

Including:

  • Marketing and promotional materials
  • Vehicle branding package
  • Prospect Data List
  • Fully bespoke and maintained website
  • Ongoing PR, Social Media, and pre-launch local press support
  • Pre-launch support from over 40 head office staff

As part of a franchise business, you’ll still be writing a business plan, but with the content and support behind you.

Don’t know where to start? We do.

There’s so much to get from a world-renowned franchisor.

Everything that we offer is to help you on your way to business success.

Whether that’s providing support with finances or giving you the tools for an excellent business plan.

See what we can do for you today by calling 0116 275 9000 or email franchisesales@servicemaster.co.uk to find opportunities near you.

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We sat down with Mohammad Hossain, the owner of Rosemary Bookkeeping in Stratford to chat about his experience as a franchisee for Rosemary Bookkeeping.

Mohammad’s Experience

Mohammad came to the UK in 2009 to begin training in accountancy with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. Within three years he was ready to start work in an accounting firm, getting some hands-on and practical experience as a training provider.

Whilst continuing with his study, Mohammad spent seven months training on SAGE accounting and payroll.

During this time, he also practised at different accounting, practice, and charity firms to build a base of practical accountancy skills like managing VAT and accounts, with the hope of one day being able to build a client base of his own and become a trusted source for people looking for help with their finances.

A change of career

When the COVID pandemic began in 2020, Mohammad was able to take a step back and gain a fresh perspective. He realised he wanted to start his own business.

He realised he had been gaining experience for around 10 years now, it was time to make something of his own. So, he did some research and decided that he wanted to go the route of franchising because of the added support he would gain from a franchise network.

“I wanted to be independent and be out on my own,” he says.

“I was very confident in the skills, knowledge and expertise I had in accounting and services like payroll, VAT, and CIS, and that I could run my own business.

I knew it would be difficult for me to do this on my own without any kind of support to help me strengthen and grow the business. So, I decided not to go alone and to go with a franchise that could give me all the support I needed to grow.”

Mohammad then spent a long time looking into franchises that would be a good fit for his experience and that he felt would be a reliable investment for him but says he struggled to find anything that was a good fit.

“I had been gaining experience for the last ten years and I wanted to use my skills and expertise for my own business. So, I was looking for something that suited me but wasn’t finding anything.”

Finding Rosemary Bookkeeping

But then, whilst looking in the franchise magazine Point Franchise, Mohammad found ServiceMaster and Rosemary Bookkeeping. He got in touch with our friendly franchise recruitment team and was impressed by the simultaneous friendliness and professionalism of the ServiceMaster and Rosemary team.

Mohammad then asked Emma for some references for the other Rosemary franchisees before making any decisions, and says he was left very optimistic due to the responses of the other business owners, as well as feeling reassured in his investment due to Rosemary’s background “as a multinational company with a very strong background.”

Training as a Rosemary business owner

After deciding to join the Rosemary Bookkeeping network as a franchise owner, Mohammad underwent our comprehensive two-week training academy to become acquainted with the systems, processes, and operations of managing a Rosemary Bookkeeping business.

As someone who is always looking to grow and expand his knowledge, Mohammad says he enjoyed the experience of the training academy.

“I found the academy excellent and that period of training really exciting. Rosemary prepared so much to welcome me on board that was not only engaging with the business, but training, support, and preparation for all the knowledge and technology the business needs.

Everything I needed, they provided me [with]. The academy was perfect.

Even though I was already trained under SAGE, Xero, and other bookkeeping steps, came out with more knowledge, new skills, and experience.”

Network support and getting settled

Due to starting his business during the COVID-19 paramedic, Mohammad initially struggled to build a client base. But he was supported through this by the franchise network.

“In the beginning, there weren’t many clients, mostly ones from my old business. But I was assured by Nina [Rosemary Bookkeeping brand leader] and other Rosemary franchisees to be patient and it would grow and that’s what happened.

Now I’m really happy I am getting more clients, more responses, getting familiar with the people and local businesses and it’s just looking very positive.”

The rewards of a Rosemary Bookkeeping franchise

Now, Mohammad says he finds being a franchise owner very rewarding for many reasons. Chiefly though, he says he gains satisfaction from building a strong customer base and building brand awareness in his territory – something he says is helped by being part of the wider Rosemary brand.

“I’m getting clients through the website and now my friends and other people ask me about Rosemary, whereas previously they didn’t know about it, or people don’t know the difference between bookkeeping and accounting.

But now thanks to the website or marketing, the Rosemary name is getting out there online and locally, so that when people search for bookkeeping organisations – my name comes up as a leading name.”

But at the heart of it, Mohammad’s primary source of satisfaction comes from helping his clients and feeling accomplished in that he can help them when they need it. And due to being part of a wider network, when he needs help and support, it is on hand.

“The best thing is all work I do for the clients and the satisfaction from being able to help them through something myself, but also knowing that whenever I face difficulties, there is support and the rest of the franchisees who can help me. At any time, I can leave questions or messages and get a response very quickly, which is wonderful.”

Mohammad says that this makes working with a franchise a lot better than owning a business by yourself. Even though he was concerned about the initial investment.

“[Owning a business on your own] will be really difficult in this competitive market because the big brands will not let you get clients easily. But working with Rosemary, within one year I can see that I am getting a positive return on the investment.”

Looking for a change?

If like Mohammad, you would like to be part of a dependable franchise network, whilst supporting clients with their finances, fill out a contact form or call 0116 275 9005 to get in touch with our Franchise Sales team today and find available opportunities near you.

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. 

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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

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

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

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.

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.

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

http://elitefranchisemagazine.co.uk/franchise-interviews/item/how-lisa-curteis-realised-her-entrepreneurial-dreams-with-rosemary-bookkeeping

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.