London's must attend event for aspiring business owners

The only London franchise event supported by the British Franchise Association is set to bring together thousands of prospective franchisees with growing franchisors at Olympia, London this March

The British & International Franchise Exhibition - well-established as London's major franchise event - will showcase a superb range of career opportunities with proven, successful franchised businesses on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st March at Olympia, London.

With a vast list of leading ethical franchising companies from recession-proof industries such as food and beverage and automotive repair already confirmed as exhibitors - including McDonald's, Snappy Snaps, Papa John's, ChipsAway, Pitman Training Centres and Chemex - the exhibition offers ideas to suit virtually every interest and type of skill and so is London's 'must-attend' event for aspiring business owners.

As the only London franchise event run with the support of the British Franchise Association (bfa), all exhibitors at The British & International Franchise Exhibition have been bfa accredited in accordance with its code of ethical franchising. This means all companies at the event have proven to be a viable enterprise and reputable company within the industry, and visitors can have confidence in all the franchise opportunities presented to them.

The exhibition will also provide a wide range of features designed to help those with little knowledge of franchising. A new initiative, the Franchise Starting Point, will provide a complete beginner's guide to franchising in one place. Incorporating the Find Your Franchise Zone - which helps to match visitors goals, budget, skills and lifestyle with franchises on-site and provides a bespoke route round the hall - the Franchise Starting Point will also bring together solicitors, bank representatives and advisors who can answer visitors' questions on all the fundamental elements of franchising.

Complementing this feature will be the popular Franchisee Forum, offering visitors an interactive platform to network with existing franchisees. This is ideal to help potential franchisees gain a real insight into the transition and difference between being an employee and working for themselves. The Women in Franchising Zone will once again help to educate and assist female visitors considering a new career, by hosting presentations and networking opportunities with successful female franchisees.

The International Pavilion will again be at this year's London event, featuring a host of global franchise opportunities looking to expand into the UK.

Taking place on both days of the event, free seminars run by the British Franchise Association provide free franchising advice as well as featuring key success stories. Presented by leading speakers from the UK franchise industry, the seminars provide the perfect starting point for anyone wanting to find out more about becoming a franchisee or franchisor.

'An introduction to franchising' - for prospective franchisees.
These seminars are aimed at aspiring business owners, new to the franchising concept. They 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.

'How to franchise your business' - for prospective franchisors.
This free hour-long seminar is designed for prospective franchisors and consists of a short introduction to franchising as a means of expanding an existing business or developing a new business venture.

The Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference
Held in conjunction with The British & International Franchise Exhibition, the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference concentrates on educating business people about how to take their already-established business to the next level.

Supported by free seminars led by consultants, successful entrepreneurs and leading advisors, the exhibition and conference will provide practical advice and information on all aspects of growing a business.

The British & International Franchise Exhibition, supported by the Daily Mail and run in association with the bfa, is open from 10am each day, closing at 5pm on Friday 20 March and 4pm on Saturday 21 March 2009.