The Franchise Exhibition: Enterprising boost for Belfast

Thousands of Northern Ireland's budding entrepreneurs are expected to visit The Franchise Exhibition, which will feature many leading franchise companies at Belfast's Odyssey Arena

Supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa) The Franchise Exhibition, prompted by tremendous interest in and demand for franchises in Northern Ireland, has attracted an impressive range of franchising companies to the area. The event will provide potential franchisees with all the advice and support they will need before making a decision about which franchise opportunity is right for them. Franchise experts from the bfa will be on hand to give advice, and seminars from industry professionals will provide an introduction to franchising.

Entrepreneurs visiting the event will have the chance to meet face-to-face with directors and senior managers of leading franchisors to find out about the superb opportunities in the UK and Ireland. Established franchisees will also be present to give potential investors a clear insight into the reality of being a franchisee and running a successful franchised business. There will be franchises to suit every interest and skill. Among those exhibiting will be Agency Express, Apollo Blinds, Assist Financial Solutions, Ink World Belfast, O'Briens Sandwich Bars, Pristine, Raring2go, Signs Express, Spolar and The Streat Franchising.

The invaluable seminar programme will run on both days, presented by high profile industry experts from the bfa who will advise on choosing a franchise and how to start up and build a successful franchise operation. David Tuck, Franchise Sales Manager at the Venture Marketing Group, comments: 'Northern Ireland offers superb opportunities for both franchisors and franchisees. This event will be a great success for everyone.'

The Growing Your Own Business Showcase and Conference

The Growing Your Own Business Showcase and Conference profiles companies that can help take small businesses forward to the next stage. The exhibition will be supported by free seminars, providing practical advice and information on all aspects of growing a business. Speakers will include leading advisors, consultants and successful entrepreneurs, who will provide case studies and success stories.