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.


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.


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 or book an intro call to the brand to learn about opportunities in our area.