British Franchise Exhibition to Light up EventCity

Franchisors and potential investors in the North of England will come together at The British Franchise Exhibition, on the 20 and 21 June at EventCity, Manchester to meet face-to-face and explore franchising opportunities. The event will offer a superb opportunity for everyone with an interest in franchising to expand their knowledge, meet many brand owners in person and feed their inspiration. The Franchise Magazine reports

The exhibition will be held at new venue, EventCity, which offers visitors easy access to all main motorways for the north, multiple transport links and ample free parking. EventCity is located near The Trafford Centre just outside of Manchester and is easily accessible from Leeds, Newcastle, Sheffield and Liverpool.

Exploring The British Franchise Exhibition is a productive and efficient way of discovering more about franchising and meeting a number of brands in one day. There will be a wide range of companies exhibiting from sectors such as property, home care, technology, food and beverages, home improvement and retail. The exhibition offers investment opportunities to suit all budgets and interests including: McDonald’s, Anytime Fitness, Agency Express, Dream Doors, Mac Tools, Ewemove.com, Mail Boxes Etc, Platinum Property Partners, Mr. Electric, Mobalpa Kitchens, Home Instead Senior Care and Photobooth.co.uk, to name just a few. Visitors can plan their day in advance by booking an appointment via the website with a brand they are eager to meet.

James Geller, director of a retail company in Cheam, Surrey was ready to take the next step into franchising and visited The British Franchise Exhibition in June 2013 to explore the business sectors on offer. He explains: “It’s been well worth coming a long way. I’m thinking seriously about starting up my own business and already decided to choose a franchise as I believe in the importance and value of tried and tested ideas and models. But which sector and which business?”

Seminars

Over the two days there will be an extensive range of seminars, including speakers from the British Franchise Association (bfa), members of the legal and financial professions, business advisors, franchisors and franchise owners.

Seminars will cover all aspects of the franchising world such as: ‘executives in franchising;’ ‘Franchising your business’ ‘Hands-on franchising’ and panel seminars by the bfa, to name just a few. Police Officer from Liverpool, Paul Siner, came to the exhibition focused on meeting McDonald’s and left with several brands to follow up. “This is the first show I have been to and it has been very useful. I had identified particular franchise businesses that I wanted to focus on, including McDonalds. But having looked around the show, I have now broadened my horizons. I went to some seminars including the ‘Introduction to Franchising.’ I thought the McDonald’s Open Days were excellent and focused. I will be returning tomorrow with my wife to meet with Dublcheck,” he adds.

The McDonald’s Open Sessions, thanks to popular demand, will host two sessions on both days. Visitors can learn the ins and outs of the McDonald’s franchise model and the opportunities available.
The Real Franchise Stories panels offer visitors insight from franchise owners, sharing their experiences of investing in a proven business model. The seminar hosts will share true stories of their success and failures and plenty of advice. The theatre will be jam-packed as this popular feature is something that cannot be picked up from a handbook or information leaflet.

For those looking to invest a larger amount of capital in a franchise there will also be a series of seminars aimed specifically at high-level investment. The panel includes speakers from Platinum Property Partners and Mobalpa Kitchens, who will provide insight into what makes franchises stand out as a good investment opportunity and what the returns are likely to be.

High-level investors have the luxury of the High Investment VIP Lounge. This is an exclusive area that is designed to facilitate conversations in private, comfortable surroundings over complementary tea and coffee.

Advice clinics

A visit to The British Franchise Exhibition will provide expert knowledge and information from franchisors, consultants and industry advisers to help potential investors make a well-informed business decision that suits their investment level, expertise and interest. Popular features are the advice clinics, offering free one-on-one business advice.

The Expert Advice Clinic is the fountain of invaluable guidance and business advice from experts in franchising such as solicitors, accountants, business planners and consultants. Book an appointment for free one-to-one consultations via the website prior to the exhibition at a time that suits.

Facilitated by industry experts Franchise Finance, the Finance Clinic is also on hand to offer visitors advice on how to secure finance and to explain what you need to do to fulfil the banks’ lending criteria. The key to success in raising finance lies in the business plan, this is an essential part of the finance process. Visitors often take full advantage of the free advice and bring a business plan along to the event to receive a full analysis and guidance tailored to their ambitions.

To help visitors gauge their skills and discuss career opportunities, the Careers Clinic will analyse skill sets, interests and experiences and focus on an individual, personalised career plan. Visitors can book a one-on-one session with Personal Career Management via the website.

Exclusive support

The British Franchise Exhibition is the only exhibition in the North of the UK supported by the bfa. This means that brands exhibiting have met the Association’s strict code of ethics. Visitors can be confident all exhibitors operate ethical business models within the UK market. Adrian Goodsell, Head of Franchise Sales at Venture Marketing Group says: “The exhibition in Manchester is expected to attract more people than ever before this year with the move to EventCity. It offers an excellent opportunity for visitors to meet and network with brands that interest them and learn more about franchising as a whole.”

The Growing Your Own Business conference as part of the two-day event offers free advice on how to expand and grow your company through seminars and clinics facilitated by business and financial consultants. Visitors considering franchising as an option to expand will find the franchising your business seminars extremely valuable. The British Franchise Exhibition is open 10am – 5pm on Friday, and 10am – 4pm on Saturday. To register for FREE tickets, please visit the website and type in the promotional code TFMJ - this offers a saving of up to £10 on the door.