2 Days of Good Business for visitors and exhibitors alike
With a superb range of leading franchise opportunities from across the UK and overseas, The National Franchise Exhibition proved a must attend event for those looking to buy a franchise
The National Franchise Exhibition and the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference 2008 at the NEC Birmingham, which took place on the 3rd and 4th October, concluded with visitors and exhibitors alike commending the exhibition. John Armstrong, a fireman from Liverpool, commented: 'This is a well run exhibition with some really enthusiastic exhibitors. I have picked up some really useful ideas. The marketing support package of a number of these businesses are particularly appealing.'
James Gower, an office manager from Leamington Spa was also very positive about the exhibition saying: 'I have found The National Franchise Exhibition to be a useful thought provoking exhibition which has provided me with a number of ideas to take away to follow up, helping me pursue my goal of setting up my own business.'
Exhibitors were also equally as positive. Leading electrical contracting organisation Mr Electric signed three new franchisees at the event so Clive Houlston, Managing Director, was obviously delighted. 'Welcoming a new franchisee on board after just one day at The National Franchise Exhibition proves that interested parties are wising up to the fact that franchising with Mr Electric is an extremely viable way to secure a new business venture,' said Clive. 'Even taking into consideration the current economic conditions, it's certainly not all doom and gloom for those wanting to become their own boss, as we offer expert advice and support within our tried and tested model.'
Alex Waite, Recruitment Manager for Dream Doors also commented about the event: 'We have met a large number of serious and well informed potential franchisees this year at The National Franchise Exhibition. Both days have far exceeded our expectations.'
A variety of new businesses were exhibiting for the first time including international ventures such as the Sankalp chain of Indian restaurants. Sujal Mody, Director of International Projects, commented: 'While starting our journey from India for The National Franchise Exhibition, we were slightly sceptical as to how people at the exhibition would accept us, but we were really happy with the response we received. Being the only exhibitors from India was a privilege. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the whole team behind the exhibition who have supported us during our time at the show.'
Sarah Cressall, Managing Director of The Creation Station, remarked: 'We have had an incredible two days. The level of interest in our children's activity franchise has been phenomenal and we are excited about following up on our file full of leads and diary appointments. The level of support we have received from the organisers has been second to none - what a great show!'
Supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa), The Daily Express, The Sunday Express and Business Franchise and sponsored by Bartercard, the exhibition showcased a diverse range of franchise and business opportunities.
The information zones proved invaluable, offering expert financial, legal and business advice to visitors. These included the Find Your Franchise Zone, the Exhibitor Presentation Theatre and the bfa franchise seminars. Of particular interest was the Women in Franchising Zone which presented the perfect opportunity for aspiring female entrepreneurs to gain one-to-one advice on how to run their own business, from some of the country's most successful businesswomen. Among the presenters were Josephine Fairley, co-founder of the organic chocolate company Green & Black's and Lara Boyle, joint founder of Beauty & the Bib, designers of bespoke baby bibs.
David Tuck, Franchise Sales Manager at Venture Marketing Group, commented: 'The National Franchise Exhibition once again delivered as one of the key franchise event in the UK, providing numerous business opportunities for both visitor and exhibitor alike.'