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Northern Ireland Franchise Success Stories



Richard and Emily Magrath are currently the biggest providers in the Caremark network. As of late 2021, they’re delivering approximately 9,000 hours of care per week – in fact, they doubled their number of hours over the height of the COVID pandemic. They have about 350 staff, around 700 clients – and have now moved to 5,000 square foot offices covering two floors, due to their growth.


Award winning franchise was perfect opportunity for Belfast Finance Director

largetaxassist_andrew.jpg Andrew Bassett had an established career in finance before accepting voluntary redundancy.  Considering all related career options, Andrew started researching the franchise industry and after much research into credible and award-winning franchises, Andrew decided to take his interest in TaxAssist Accountants further.  When an existing franchise became available, Andrew jumped at the chance to buy into an established business.  Over a year later, Andrew has plans to open a second office in Belfast.

Exclusive Interview: "The Signs Express brands opens doors and lets my business thrive"

largesignsexpress_derry2.jpg In October 2005 Richard McGonigle opened Signs Express (Derry) and has gone from strength-to-strength ever since with a highly-skilled team of 5 in the centre. Richard and his team pride themselves on putting the customer’s needs first and offer innovative signage solutions to a vast range of businesses. In this interview we hear from Richard and how he went about growing his sign franchise to where it is today.

Exclusive Interview: "Maintaining an excellent quality of life with WPA"


Simon Marks has run a WPA Healthcare franchise in Northern Ireland for 4 years. He left behind a long career in the banking sector and was able to transfer many of his skills to suit his new role. Simon was impressed by WPA’s support package and felt this was invaluable to running a successful business. After so long working in a corporate environment Simon relishes in the fact that he can plan his diary around his commitments and maintain an excellent quality of life.


Exclusive interview - "I am reaping the benefits of being my own boss with TaxAssist"

largeTaxAssist_IanAiken.jpg Before buying his TaxAssist franchise, Ian was a chartered management accountant and after deciding that he wanted to be in charge of his own destiny, he started to look at what was available to him. Though accountancy experience is not a necessity for joining TaxAssist, Ian enjoyed his accountancy work so much that he wanted to transfer his skills to franchising. To find out the steps Ian took to becoming a franchise owner...

TaxAssist Accountants franchise gives small businesses dedicated focus

largeTA_Andrew.jpg Jim Andrew launched a TaxAssist Accountants franchise in Belfast as he was impressed by their clear focus on small businesses.

Cafe2U franchisee happy with working life

largeC2U_Belfast.jpg Jeff was Franchise Partner of the Year in 2008, and has three Cafe2U vans running in his territory, employing 5 full time and part time people, as well as renting premises for van parking, and storage, and plans on a 4th van by 2011.

Chance finding of Snack-in-the-Box franchise


Deciding that I wanted to go into business for myself, I started to thoroughly research all the options available to me.  It was purely by chance that I came across Snack-in-the- Box (SITB). 


TaxAssist Accountants announce the opening of their first shop front premises in Northern Ireland!


TaxAssist Accountants provides small businesses with expert advice tailored specifically for their needs, from the completion of end of year accounts and tax returns to payroll, VAT and bookkeeping. This is complemented by a wide range of additional services for small business clients, including debt recovery, independent financial advice and personnel (HR) services.


Richard McGonigle - Signs Express (Derry)

largeDerry_L.gif Richard McGonigle wanted a change and had always aspired to start his own business so looked at franchising as a way to achieve this.

Oscar Reaps Success in Northern Ireland

largeOscar_Paul2.jpg "I chose franchising as it offered me a complete system to start up my own business and to keep it running efficiently. Before taking up the Oscar Pet Food franchise, I worked in an engineering environment, being responsible for the quality inspection department of one of the factories, operated by an aircraft seating company."

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