The National Franchise Exhibition, 20 & 21 February 2015, NEC Birmingham

The National Franchise Exhibition is taking place at the NEC in Birmingham on 20 & 21 February 2015, giving aspiring entrepreneurs a superb insight into the hugely successful world of franchising and the enormous range of franchise opportunities on offer.

The exhibition will showcase many proven franchise concepts across a broad spectrum of sectors such as food and drink, property, retail, homecare, finance and fitness. Franchise companies exhibiting include: Platinum Property Partners, McDonald’s, Dream Doors, Home Instead Senior Care, EweMove, Kare Plus, Dublcheck, Mac Tools and many more.

Why I should visit this exhibition…

The event is exclusively supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa) and only features franchise companies that have met the Association’s strict code of ethics. This means you can be confident that the franchise opportunities presented to you are operating an ethical and commercially viable franchise model.

The most effective and efficient way to research the franchise market, The National Franchise Exhibition gives you a fantastic opportunity to meet face-to-face with top brands in the industry and gauge which opportunity best suits you; it’s a ‘one-stop shop’ for potential franchisees. It offers everything you need to know about franchising, with free advice from industry experts and the chance to learn about opportunities available from some of the UK’s most well known brands.

The event incorporates Growing Your Own Business, designed to assist and educate those looking to expand their existing business through franchising. Visit the franchising your business seminars; hear from inspirational keynote speakers and visit consultants and experts on their stands to find out how you can take your business to the next stage.

Seminars and features

Gear yourself up with as much information as possible before making that all important final decision. Attend the informative seminars throughout both days on a range of aspects of franchising including specialist panel seminars from the bfa which are made up of a lawyer, banker, franchisor and a representative from the bfa.

Hear first-hand experiences of investing in a franchise at the Real Franchise Stories panels, where four franchisees will give an insight into the brand they chose and how it has changed their lives.

Professional advisors such as specialist lawyers, high street banks and franchise consultants are all on board offering free advice. Why not take advantage and get your franchising, financial and legal queries answered?

A hugely popular feature is the McDonald’s Open Sessions, which will give you the opportunity to learn the ins and outs of running a McDonald’s restaurant and what one of the biggest brands in the world looks for in their franchisees.

Experts at the Finance Clinic, facilitated by Franchise Finance, are offering free advice on writing a business plan, how to raise funds for your franchise and how to prepare before meeting with the bank.

Personal Career Management are facilitating the Careers Clinic, offering you the opportunity to discuss skills and experiences and advice on the best career path to suit you as an individual.

If you are considering investing a large amount of capital in a franchise you will be invited to attend as a VIP guest, giving you exclusive access to the VIP Lounge and complimentary refreshments. You may also be interested in the High investment options seminars and hot topics also discussed in the High Investment Panel Sessions.

The Children’s Activity Centre, hosted by The Creation Station, will ensure that children are kept occupied throughout the day. Bring your little people and get crafty whilst your partner explores the exhibition.