Beginning of October: The National Franchise Exhibition
This year, the National Franchise Exhibition is being held on 2 and 3 October 2009 at the NEC in Birmingham. According to the organizers it is the UK’s largest and most important franchise event and succeeds each year in creating new and highly successful franchise entrepreneurs.
Besides featuring a diverse range of proven franchises, the exhibition also provides an opportunity for aspiring business owners and existing entrepreneurs to learn everything they need to know about franchising. Whether looking to franchise an existing company, or becoming a franchisee, the event is the ideal one-stop shop for anyone’s business needs.
The exhibition, supported by the Daily Express and Sunday Express, will showcase more than 150 proven franchise concepts, from health and fitness, motoring and recruitment to cleaning, food and drink, and home improvement. Those attending this year include companies such as Agency Express, Cash Generator, ChipsAway, Computer Xplorers, Diet Care, Energie Fitness, Go-Kart Party, McDonalds, Papa John’s, Prestige Nursing, Snappy Snaps, Subway and WPA.
“This event is a showcase of proven business opportunities that are ready to be bought and launched,” said Mike Seaman, Franchise Portfolio Manager at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of The National Franchise Exhibition. “We know franchising boasts particular elements of security that independent business start-ups don’t offer, and people are really starting to take notice of that especially due to the economic downturn. They are learning more about franchising and confidence in the business model is spreading to all demographics, so we’re anticipating a healthy number of knowledgeable visitors who are serious about the investment opportunities presented to them.”
An extensive conference programme has also been organized comprising of a series of seminar tracks on key franchise-related topics. The tracks include: the British Franchise Association (bfa) seminars; women in franchising; growing your own business; as well as high level investment franchising, which is directed at those visitors who have a large amount of capital to spend on a franchise; franchise resales, a case-study and educational session looking at how to sell a franchise and the advantages of buying an existing franchise outlet.
The National Franchise Exhibition is exclusively supported by the bfa and only features franchise companies that have met the Association’s code of ethics. This means visitors can be confident in the franchise opportunities presented to them as they are an ethical entity within the UK market. The exhibition is open from 10am each day, closing at 5pm on Friday 2 October and 4pm on Saturday 3 October. (kbp)