National Franchise Exhibition - 2-3 October 2009, NEC Birmingham

Get a boost: Run your own business with the support of an established brand

  • Listen to seminars from respected industry experts, lawyers, bankers and franchisors
  • Research a wide variety of tried and tested recession-resilient franchises
  • Meet established brands with proven business formats
  • Launch your franchising career with investments ranging from £5k to over £500k

Tried and tested solutions for starting your own business

If you are looking for a change in life - whether you have been made redundant, just retired, recently started a family, looking to expand your business, or simply in need of a change in lifestyle - a visit to The National Franchise Exhibition should be your next step.

Starting a franchise with a proven business and established brand business model has historically been shown to be more successful in a recession than starting your own independent business.

Take advantage of the FREE educational features:

Franchise Starting Point

The beginner's guide to franchising Have all your questions answered in one location before your hunt for that perfect business begins. Meet industry experts, consultants, lawyers, bankers and franchisors, for free one-to-one advice.

Franchisee Panel

Find out the realities of making the transition from being employed to working for yourself from a panel of franchisees. Hear about their successes, failures, true stories, anecdotes and advice, which no handbook can ofer.

FREE Conference Programme

Wherever you are in your search for that perfect business, take time to attend the free conference at The National Franchise Exhibition.

The seminar tracks include:

Management franchises
A management franchise involves co-ordinating a team of people. These businesses need franchisees who have strong sales, management and business skills.

Couples in franchising
Many franchises work particularly well for couples who are looking for a better work-life balance, keen to spend more time together and want a business that can ft around family.

Franchise resales
Often purchasing an existing franchise - known as a franchise resale - has its benefts over starting afresh. You are buying into a proven established business, there is a shorter start-up time and it may come with an established location, with employees and a customer base.

Women in franchising
There are a number of franchises perfect for women seeking fexible working hours and the ability to work from home in order to supplement a family income or juggle the responsibilities of home and children.

Hands-on franchising
If you have practical hands-on skills, enjoy meeting new people and getting out and about, there are a host of franchises that will suit you.

High-level investment franchising
If you have a large amount of capital to spend on buying a franchise and you want to fnd out how to invest your money wisely, fnd out which companies are selling at the top end of the market. What makes them diferent and why do they charge more than other franchises?

Exclusively supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa)

The National Franchise Exhibition is exclusively supported by the bfa, which means you can be assured that every franchise at the event has met the criteria laid out by its strict code of ethical franchising and business practice.

Meet with well-known brands and smaller recession-resilient businesses and fnd out how they are making a success of their business. Companies from the following sectors, amongst others, will be exhibiting: nursing, security solutions, slimming, home repair & maintenance, food & drink, online & business services, and children's products.

Meet franchisors face-to-face

Gain a thorough understanding of how the franchise works and what will be expected of you from the franchisor in person, which an Internet search alone cannot ofer.

Learn from the experts

Attend one of the many free seminars and gain practical tips and advice from the leading experts, including major UK banks, accountants, solicitors and consultants.

Network with current franchisees

Meet those who were in the same position as you, but have now bought a franchise themselves. Discover how they made the successful transition from employee to being their own boss.

Be inspired

Discover new business ideas from industries you may not have previously considered.

Get FREE entry to the exhibition (saving £13)

You can either...

  • Call 0844 257 8668 and quote the code "FDSX"
  • Print out the registration form and bring it with you on the day