A new local governement initiative will be held by Ipswich Borough Council to create more franchise owned businesses and jobs in their region by hosting Ipswich Franchise Discovery Day, due to be held on Wednesday 10th November at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.

The Discovery Day will be a fantastic opportunity for franchisors searching for franchise owners in the Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Essex region.

Ipswich Borough Council and Suffolk Chamber are to host the Discovery Day, which aims to introduce new and existing franchised business to the Anglia region. It will enable franchisors to meet with potential franchise owners and provide valuable resource for the expansion of franchised businesses.

There will be free seminars specifically designed for owners of successful businesses that would like to explore the franchise option. Plus, seminars to help people from the region to clearly understand the steps that they need to take in order to evaluate a franchise opportunity and then how to check out the franchisor and opportunity being presented.

With radio, television and local media coverage, event organisers are confident that the Discovery Day will be a success.

John Dugmore, Chief Executive of Suffolk Chamber, said: “Franchising provides the opportunity for people to branch out on their own, with the support of a tried and tested business behind them.

“For anyone considering owning a franchise, help and advice will be available on the day and I would encourage them to come along to find out more about what franchise opportunities that are available, as well as arming themselves with the information that they need to know before proceeding to own and operate the franchise of their choice.”

Councilor Richard Atkins, Ipswich Borough Council's Economic Development portfolio-holder, said: “We have been working very closely with Franchise Development Services, with their assistance and industry knowledge we hope to bring more business to the local community and fill our city’s empty shops.

"We believe that this exhibition will be a great source of information for prospective franchise owners in and around Ipswich and the Anglia region - as well as for owners of successful businesses considering expansion by franchising. This hopefully will lead to more businesses starting up and flourishing in the town.”