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Richard Swansea - Franchise Partner, Guildford

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Published on: October 2, 2013

Richard was a financial journalist for almost 20 years working in both Hong Kong and London. He then changed roles to become an editor and supervisor of research reports at leading investment banks in London giving him a thorough knowledge of the business world.  In 1997 he took an MBA degree at London’s City University Business School.

He has a keen interest in politics and for 12 years was a member of Wandsworth Borough Council and has an interest in Languages speaking both French and Chinese.

Richard lives in Guildford with his wife, who is a hospital administrator, and 2 children who are at secondary school.

How Richard got involved with Rosemary Bookkeeping

“I came across Rosemary at the British Franchise Exhibition in Manchester, in June 2013. Having done my due diligence, I chose Rosemary in preference to other bookkeeping franchises because of the breadth of its management team; this gave me confidence that my relationship with the team would not be influenced by issues of personality.

Bookkeeping appealed to me as it is a business service, not a retail service. We deal with clients as business owners like ourselves, not simply as consumers. So I can appreciate that our clients face very similar challenges to us in managing their businesses.”

Richard’s secrets to success...

“Choose a business that you can relate to and that would draw on your own experience.  I hope to grow the business steadily starting with a small but still growing portfolio of retained clients and I would aim to be highly visible both to clients and to their accountants.”


What Joanna Dennis, Franchise Development Director of Rosemary Bookkeeping says:

“Richard is a great addition to the Rosemary family of franchise partners.  He is an extremely conscientious and diligent bookkeeper with great attention to details with a fantastic work ethic that will help him achieve his goals.” 


About Rosemary Bookkeeping

Rosemary Bookkeeping is a British Franchise Association accredited franchise, based on a successful business which was established in 2002 and offers a unique bookkeeping system which is built around charging clients per transaction rather than per hour.  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.

According to the Federation of Small Businesses, over 4 million customers NEED this service. By law, all businesses in the UK are required to keep records of their transactions which later are used by an accountant to file for tax and often VAT. Managing these transactions through bookkeeping is often the biggest headache to the small business owner and a task that is left at the bottom of the pile.

There is a growing network of established Franchise Partners in the UK either running their franchise as a management business with bookkeepers undertaking the work for them or working on client accounts themselves.

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