The British & International Franchise Exhibition, incorporating the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition and Conference, at Olympia, London on 23 and 24 March 2007 provides the ideal opportunity to find a diverse range of exciting new business opportunities from around the world.

he British & International Franchise Exhibition, one of the major franchising events in the UK, is aimed at entrepreneurs looking to start and run their own franchised business. Visitors to the show will be able to meet with an array of well-established franchised companies and assess the benefits of running their own business as part of an established franchise brand.

Sponsored by The British Franchise Association (bfa), The Daily Mail, Business Franchise and Franchise World, the British & International Franchise Exhibition will again feature a unique International Pavilion and conference featuring a whole host of global franchise opportunities looking to expand into the UK.

Franchising is growing rapidly worldwide as a proven way to develop successful new businesses because it offers ready-made solutions to the issues faced by those wanting to set up a new venture. It is big business, with franchise operations in the UK now turning over in excess of £10bn a year.

Over 200 companies will be exhibiting at the show, providing a superb opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of a particular business face-to-face. In addition, a series of high-profile speakers from the UK franchise industry will be on hand to offer expert tips and advice on how best to become a successful franchisee or franchisor.

The exhibition will also include the Franchise Match-Making Zone, a new feature designed specifically to help prospective franchisees. Visitors to this area will be given assistance on the most suitable franchise options to them, enabling them to maximise their time at the event. By indicating their level of investment and key business sector interests, the Zone will provide visitors with a bespoke route around the exhibition. Also new for 2007 is the Women in Franchising Zone, sponsored by SureSlim. This is a dedicated area within The British and International Franchise Exhibition featuring leading women entrepreneurs, who will offer inspiration and valuable advice to those looking to start their own franchise businesses.