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Our Team

Our Team

Welcome to the IBGN team of experts. From consulting, to accounting, legal & finance we have experts that understand franchising to support the growth of your franchise.

Joel Bissitt VFP

Managing Director

Joel has been an entrepreneur since the age of 19, now 33 years on he has experience of many different industries including retail, catering, health & fitness, technology and sport.

Ian Townsend

Franchising Solicitor

Ian has over 20 years as a solicitor and runs his own successful practise, specialising in all aspects of franchising and advising clients across the UK. He has acted for…

Sarah Bissitt VFP

Finance Director

Sarah has almost 20 years franchising experience. Twice a Franchisor & also Co-Founder & Director of Infinity Business Growth Network Limited. Sarah also has extensive admin, HR & recruitment experience.

Curtis Bissitt VFP

Marketing Director

Curtis is our Marketing Director. Experience includes WordPress website design, email, automation & AI he ensures our clients receive first class support. Curtis also manages our website Franchise UK, a…

Gordie Smyth


A qualified accountant and partner for ambitious business owners, franchising provides an often overlooked growth route. In developing franchising as a growth strategy, coupled with a focus on embedding the…

Nasser Durgauhee

Finance Expert

I am a small business growth & funding expert. I bring fresh perspectives to organisations, hold senior management to account, and create opportunities for growth. I am particularly good at instigating change in culture and mindset. Leading to dramatic improvement in financial bottom lines, resulting in transforming businesses to great effect, now and into the future”

Gene Astell VFP


A seasoned professional in the world of franchising, with a career spanning over 25 years. Having entered the field at the young age of 25,I have amassed a wealth of experience and expertise, particularly in the realm of home improvements franchising. With a passion for nurturing business growth, I am dedicated to helping businesses flourish and expand their horizons through strategic insights and unwavering dedication, I plan to continue to make a significant impact in the franchising industry, hopefully leaving a trail of successful ventures in my wake.

Paul Hurley

Consultant & QSR Expert

Known as the Donut Guy, Paul’s been working with donuts since 1997. After spending time in France and Italy, he was inspired to create Donuts that werent just deep fried ‘Junk Food” Paul has grown the Dum Dums brand & has many years franchising & QSR experience

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