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With spring just around the corner, a fresh start is at the forefront of many people’s minds. This February, Birmingham’s NEC will welcome thousands of aspiring business owners who are looking for a change of direction to The National Franchise Exhibition.

The event will showcase a wide variety of national franchise opportunities alongside essential expert advice, equipping entrepreneurs with all the necessary tools to build and sustain a successful business.

Globally recognised companies, including McDonald’s, Platinum Property Partners, Dream Doors and Esquires Coffee, will be on hand to offer attendees an insight into what it means to be part of a top franchise brand.

An exclusive partnership with the British Franchise Association ensures that all exhibiting franchises have proven that they operate a viable and ethical business model, allowing visitors to explore their options with confidence.

The franchise industry is testament to the fact that age is just a number, with research indicating that the average age of new franchisees is 41 years old. Would-be entrepreneurs at any stage of life should give serious consideration to the benefits a proven business model has to offer.

At last year’s event, visitor Greg De Saulles commented: “At the ripe old age of 45 and after 10 years working in the financial services sector, I decided to make a career change and set up my own business. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do, but haven’t had the capital or opportunity to explore it in the past. Because I’m new to franchising, I wanted to come to a show that was bfa-approved and be able to speak to independent advisors and experts.

With franchises to suit all budgets and interests exhibiting at the event, The National Franchise Exhibition is unmissable for anyone serious about making the dream of becoming their own boss a reality.

Anytime Fitness, Entrepreneur Magazine’s Global Number One Franchise 2016, is sponsoring the event for the third consecutive year in support of their ambitious growth plans. The global gym company now operates over 110 franchised clubs across the UK and will be looking for enthusiastic potential franchisees at the event to join the booming fitness market.

Fast-food giant McDonald’s are on the look-out for exceptional new business partners and will be hosting McDonald’s Franchisee Recruitment Insight Sessions on both days of the exhibition. These give visitors privileged access to a selection of McDonald’s recruitment decision-makers to uncover exactly what it takes to be part of the world-class franchise.

Throughout the event, attendees will also have access to a goldmine of free advice from industry professionals. An extensive programme of seminars loaded with expert guidance about investing in a franchise, as well as franchising an existing business, will ensure that visitors leave the event with a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of franchising. Free one-to-one sessions are also available in the finance and careers clinics, and experienced advisors from Ashton’s Franchise Consulting will be on hand to give potential franchisors high-quality commercial insights.

For those keen to keep on top of the latest business trends, the Growing Your Own Business Conference will return to the exhibition to equip entrepreneurs with start-up and business growth strategies. Inspirational keynote speakers, including Angela Enright, successful businesswoman and founder of online children’s shoe store Huntley’s Shoes, will share their personal stories and the secrets to their success.

Adrian Goodsell, Franchise Sales Director at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of The Franchise Exhibitions, comments: “Investing in a franchise or franchising your business is a big step. We offer visitors the opportunity to meet face-to-face with top brands, obtain essential knowledge and see how others have made a success from franchising, all under one roof, to help them make an informed decision about their future.

To see how you can advance your career in franchising, book free tickets to The National Franchise Exhibition. Visit

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1 bfa NatWest Survey 2015 2 The 2016 Franchise 500


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