Where to turn your business dreams into reality

With a superb range of leading franchise opportunities from across the UK and overseas, The British Franchise Exhibition proved a must attend event for those looking to buy a franchise

Dreaming of starting your own business in 2009? How about running your own branch of McDonald's? This is just one of the many exciting opportunities you can consider at The British Franchise Exhibition, taking place at Manchester Central on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st January.

If your New Year resolution for 2009 is to make your business dreams come true, there is no better place to start than the premier franchise event for the North of England. There will be a vast range of proven business opportunities from leading franchising companies to suit every interest and skill, in markets including food and drink, travel, health and beauty, business services and home improvements. The event offers a platform for research and all the expert advice you need to take the next step.

You will meet many well-established franchise companies as well as existing franchisees to gain a clear insight into the reality of working with a particular franchisor and its business. Among the leading companies present will be Agency Express, Cash Generator, Dietcare, Go Cruise, Quiznos, Sign-A-Rama, Travel Counsellors and WPA.

The event is exclusively supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa). All the franchises present have been accredited by the bfa, thereby assuring visitors that every exhibitor present abides by the bfa's code of ethical franchising and have all proven to be viable enterprises.


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

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.

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.

If you know how much you can invest in a franchise and what sort of business might suit you, but not which companies you could consider, then the Find Your Franchise Zone is the ideal place to start. The team will match your budget and skills to the companies present and provide a bespoke route plan around the exhibition to visit each of the highlighted exhibitors that match your criteria.

The highly popular Franchisee Forum gives you the inside story on becoming a franchisee. It allows you the chance to question and network with existing franchisees about how to make the successful transition from being an employee to working for yourself, from what it involves to how many hours you might expect to do in your first months.

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.

Download a free ticket to the show by clicking this link!