The iFranchise Group has been appointed to the Horwath Franchise
Services Group (a joint venture between Horwath International and
Eversheds) for the purpose of providing franchisors with comprehensive
solutions to their franchise and small business development needs
in the United States and, in cooperation with other members of the
group, around the globe.
Through this alliance, Horwath will provide its clients with access
to the franchise consulting expertise of the iFranchise Group. Horwath
Franchising will refer its U.S. clients to the iFranchise Group
for the development of strategic plans, operations and training
documentation, marketing materials and media plans, and sales strategies.
"We view this as a tremendously important endorsement of our
services," stated Mark Siebert, CEO of the iFranchise Group.
"More importantly, it provides us with a significant opportunity
to service our franchisor clients."
Horwath International is an integrated organization of independent
accounting and management consulting firms, which provide creative
and innovative business solutions, to clients generally and in key
specialty areas. It ranks among the top international professional
service firms associations, with more than 110 member and correspondent
firms with 415 offices in 280 cities throughout the world.
Eversheds is one of the world's largest law firms with 24 offices
and associated offices worldwide. It offers the complete range of
legal services to businesses. Its Franchise Practice Group is one
of the largest and most respected in the world.
According to Werner Rotach, CEO of Horwath and Martin Mendelsohn,
Chair of Eversheds' European Franchise Group, "The iFranchise
Group is well established as the preeminent leader in the international
franchise community and is staffed by experts with many decades
of franchise experience. Horwath is proud to announce this alliance
and to make the services of the iFranchise Group available to all
of our global partners."
Through this alliance, the iFranchise Group will offer franchisors
a tremendous array of services under a single roof. In addition
to the franchise consulting services provided by the iFranchise
Group, this fully coordinated approach will feature:
- Accounting and Tax Services for Franchisors and Franchisees
- Information Technology Services and Software
- E-Commerce and POS Solutions
- Back Office Support including Bill Payment, Invoicing, Payroll
Services, and Reporting
- Estate Planning
- Pension/Retirement Services
- Corporate Finance
- Financing Packages for Franchisors and Franchisees
At the same time, this alliance will allow the iFranchise Group
to better serve the needs of its international client base. Through
its affiliated offices, it can now offer ground-level representation
on every continent.
"For the first time ever, the franchise community can go to
one source for all of their consulting and small business needs,"
stated Siebert. "Franchisors will have the comfort of working
with a one of the world's largest consulting firms with the industry-specific
expertise of the nation's premier franchise consultants."