Make your business dreams a reality at Manchester Central

Entrepreneurs from all over the country will find a superb choice of business opportunities at The British Franchise Exhibition, taking place at Manchester Central on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th January 2008

As the premier franchise event for the North of England, the British Franchise Exhibition will feature an extensive choice of franchises, expert advisors and a comprehensive seminar programme covering all aspects of how to run a business successfully.

Visitors to the show will be able to meet with a wide range of well-established franchise companies and can assess the benefits of running their own business as part of an established franchise brand. Visitors can also meet existing franchisees to gain a clear insight into the reality of working with a particular franchisor and its business.

More than 100 companies will be exhibiting at the show. They include: Dial A Rad, Dream Doors, Fastsigns, Fastway Couriers, Lasertech, Myhome, Punch Taverns, Shoes Galore, Sign-A-Rama, Smilequest, thebestof, Usmoothie, Wimpy, YellowTom and Your Move.

The British Franchise Association (bfa) and other experts will be on hand to lend invaluable free advice and assistance on every key aspect of running a franchise business, from choosing the right venture all the way through to raising the finance and how to go about reading through the legal contracts.

Taking place on both days of the event, free seminars run by the bfa will offer visitors 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. These seminars include:

• 11am & 3.30pm Friday & 11am & 2.30pm Saturday: 'An introduction to franchising', for prospective franchisees. This seminar is aimed at aspiring business owners new to the franchising concept. It 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 finance - and how to get it.

• 1.30 pm Friday and 12.30 pm Saturday: '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 exhibition will once again feature the very popular Franchise Match-Making Zone, which has been especially created to help match up visitors with their ideal franchises. Participants will be able to gain guidance on the most suitable franchise options available at the event according to their level of investment, key interests and location. The Zone will then provide visitors with a bespoke route plan around the exhibition.

The Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference features companies that offer small business advice and can help take established businesses 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 include leading advisors, consultants and successful entrepreneurs who will provide case studies and success stories.

The British Franchise Exhibition is open from 10am each day, closing at 5pm on Friday 25th January and 4pm on Saturday 26th January.


BY TRAIN: Visitors to the exhibition can arrive at any of the following:

• Manchester Piccadilly

• Manchester Victoria

• Manchester Oxford Road

• Deansgate Station
All are within a few minutes of Manchester Central.

BY METROLINK: From Piccadilly or Victoria Rail Stations: take the tram in the direction of Altrincham or Cornbrook. Alight at Manchester Central. Cross over the tram track and you will see Manchester Central (the back of) just ahead of you.

BY CAR: There are ample car parking facilities adjacent to the Centre. The entrance for car parking to Manchester Central is via a ramp on Albion Street