The UK's premier franchise exhibition providing endless business opportunities

The National Franchise Exhibition (at Birmingham's NEC on 5th & 6th October 2007) will offer a vast choice of opportunities for those looking to start and run their own franchises

As the ideal starting point for entrepreneurs looking to invest in their own franchise businesses, The National Franchise Exhibition will give visitors the chance to meet a wide range of well-established franchises, allowing them to assess the benefits of running their own business as part of a franchise brand. The National Franchise Exhibition will feature over 250 business concepts ranging from health & fitness, motoring and recruitment to computing, cleaning, food & drink and management consultancy, giving visitors the chance to find a business that is ideally matched to their interests and skills.

Among the companies exhibiting will be Apollo Blinds, BB's Coffee & Muffins, Bartercard, Canas y Tapas, Cartridge World, Cash Converters, ChipsAway, Coffee Republic, Mail Boxes Etc, McDonald's Restaurants, Myhome, Papa John's, PlumbXpress, Prontaprint, ReactFast, Safeclean, Shoes Galore, Signs Express, Snappy Snaps, Subway, Thorntons Chocolates, Threshers, UK Biometrics and Vomfass. In addition, there will be experts from the British Franchise Association (bfa), banks, accountants and solicitors to help guide visitors on the practical issues of franchising, such as raising finance and handling legal contracts.

Free Seminars

Whether visitors are considering becoming a franchisee or are taking the first steps to becoming a franchisor, a series of free seminars run by the bfa will provide an essential overview for all those new to franchising. Held across both days of the event, these presentations will provide expert guidance for visitors as well as inspiring success stories from leading speakers who are all bfa members or affiliates.

<h@>The seminars include: 'An introduction to franchising' for prospective franchisees, 11.15am & 3.30pm Friday & 10.15am & 2.30pm Saturday.

This seminar is for 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 a franchise; the business plan; the finance and how to get it.

'How to franchise your business' for prospective franchisors, 1.30pm Friday and 12.30pm Saturday.

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.

Franchise Match-Making Zone

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 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.

Women in Franchising Zone

The Woman in Franchising Zone, sponsored by Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs, is a dedicated area aimed at educating and assisting female visitors considering a new career through franchising. The Zone will feature a series of free seminars and a networking lunch.

Opening with a keynote presentation from Rosemary Conley, key themes addressed during the seminar programme will include: achieving work/life balance through franchising; breaking the mould - alternative franchising options for women; and high profile case studies from successful female franchisees.

A networking lunch, to be held on the Friday, will offer visitors the opportunity to meet with existing female franchisees and franchise representatives and benefit from their knowledge and experiences on a one-to-one basis. This lunch is free to attend and open to all female visitors considering becoming a franchisee. Places must be booked in advance of the event by emailing

Next Step Clinic

New to the exhibition this year will be the Next Step Clinic, facilitated by FranAccounts. This clinic will offer visitors individual advice on the next financial steps to be taken once they have decided in which franchise to invest. The clinic will enable them to talk to experts from FranAccounts and receive personal guidance on all elements of the financial implications of buying and running their own businesses.

Appointments at the clinic are free and should be booked in advance of the event by emailing

The Exhibitor Presentation Theatre

Visitors will also be able to benefit from presentations given by the founders of some of the country's leading franchise brands, including the likes of Swisher, Bartercard and LMI, who will be addressing the theatre on the ideas behind their business concepts.

The Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference

Held alongside The National Franchise Exhibition, the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition is an excellent forum for small business owners to gain expert advice on how to develop and strengthen their businesses. The exhibition will be supported by a free conference with inspirational presentations and thought-provoking case studies from leading advisors and successful entrepreneurs.

With exhibitors such as Thomson Directories, HM Marketing, The Patent Office and Zurich Insurance, the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference will offer vital services and guidance to help entrepreneurs take their business to the next level.

The National Franchise Exhibition and the Growing Your Own Business Exhibition & Conference is open from 10am each day, closing at 5pm on Friday 5th October and 4pm on Saturday 6th October.