London Olympia hosts major franchising event - free ticket
The British & International Franchise Exhibition, London Olympia is one of the major franchising events in the UK. Providing a whole host of new and exciting business opportunities from all over the world, this two day exhibition is a must attend event for entrepreneurs looking to start and run their own franchise business ventures
Visitors to the show will be able to meet with a wide range of well-established franchised companies providing them with the chance to assess the benefits of running their own business as part of an established franchise brand.
With over 200 companies representing a diverse range of industry sectors, the exhibition provides a superb opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of a particular business face-to-face. Exhibiting franchise companies will include Coffee Republic, Cash Generator, ChipsAway, iSoldIt UK, Snap-On-Tools, Snappy Snaps, Thresher Group, Bairstow Eves Countrywide and Your Move.
Held in association with the British Franchise Association (bfa) and supported by the Daily Mail, Business Franchise, and Franchise World and sponsored by Sherrards Solicitors, 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. They include La Retoucherie de Manuela, the leading Spanish clothing repair and alteration specialist; Mathnasium from the USA, providing after school maths skills tuition; Sign A-Rama, also from the USA, and The Mad Science Group from Canada, a leading provider of Science tuition for children.
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 for 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 & International Franchise Exhibition and will feature leading women entrepreneurs who will offer inspiration and valuable advice to those looking to start their own franchise businesses.
A further highlight of the exhibition is a series of free seminars run by the bfa. They include: -
11am & 2pm Friday and Saturday -
'An introduction to franchising' - for prospective franchisees
These seminars are aimed at aspiring business owners, new to the franchising concept and will address issues including: the benefits of franchising versus other business formats; what the franchisor looks for in a franchisee; what a franchisee should look for in a franchisor; the size and the expected growth in the franchise market; the initial choice of franchise; the business plan and the finance and how to get it. The panellists are all either bfa affiliated or bfa members.
12.30pm Friday and Saturday -
'How to franchise your business' -
for prospective franchisors
This free hour-long seminar consists of a short introduction to franchising as a means of expanding an existing business or developing a new venture.
The Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference
The Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference features companies that offer small business advice and can help established businesses to develop and grow. The exhibition will be supported by a free conference with seminars providing practical advice and information on all aspects of growing a business. Speakers include leading advisors, consultants and successful entrepreneurs who will provide case studies and success stories.