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BFA franchising seminars

The British Franchise Association is the only voluntary regulatory body for the UK franchise sector. It promotes ethical franchising practice in the UK, helping the industry develop credibility, influence and favourable circumstance for growth. The bfa seminars are an extension of the Association’s work to develop, protect and promote industry standards. During these sessions, you’ll benefit from insights from industry veterans from a range of backgrounds.

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FRIDay 5 October



10:30 - 11:15 | An introduction to franchising
For aspiring owners who are new to the franchising concept
  • How buying a franchise can change your life – on a personal and business level

  • What you should look for in a franchise

  • Why and when you should get legal advice

  • How to obtain funding and access financial help

Hosted by: Samantha Roberts, bfa (Chair)
Richard Holden, Lloyds (Bank)
John Pratt, Hamilton Pratt (Solicitor)
Ed Brewer, Dream Doors (Franchisor)


11:45 - 12:30 | Essential tips for franchising your business

How to franchise an existing business or develop a new venture

  • What kind of business can be franchised?

  • Where to start and gain advice

  • Why and how to write a franchise agreement

  • How to protect your franchised business and the risks involved

Hosted by: Carys Jukes, bfa (Chair)
Brian Duckett / Alan Wilkinson, The Franchising Centre (Consultants)
Fiona BoswellFraser Brown (Solicitor)


15:15 – 16:00 | Essential tips for investing in a franchise
For those who are changing their career and considering franchising

  • How to approach a franchisor and the questions you need to ask

  • The legalities you must consider if you are buying a franchise

  • What the banks are doing to support franchising in the UK

  • The bfa's recommended next steps

Hosted by: Pip Wilkins, bfa (Chair)
Richard Holden, Lloyds (Bank)
John Pratt, Hamilton Pratt (Solicitor)
Matt O'Neil, Expense Reduction Analysts (Franchisor)

Saturday 6 October

10:30 - 11:15 | What to consider when choosing a franchise
For aspiring owners who are new to the franchising concept

  • The benefits of franchising versus starting from scratch

  • What a franchisor looks for in a franchisee and vice versa

  • What a franchise agreement is and when you need to use a solicitor

  • The importance of business plans and how to obtain funding

Hosted by: Samantha Roberts, bfa (Chair)
Donna King, HSBC (Bank)
Fiona Boswell, Fraser Brown (Solicitor)


12:30 - 13:15 | Expanding your business through franchising

How to franchise an existing business or develop a new venture

  • Where to start and what the main factors are to consider

  • The different type of franchisee that will fit your business

  • What it will cost to franchise your business

  • How to decide on a price for your franchise

Hosted by: Carys Jukes, bfa (Chair)
Nick Williams, Ashtons Franchise Consulting (Consultant)
John Pratt, Hamilton Pratt (Solicitor)
Ian Christelow, ActionCOACH (Franchisor)


15:00 - 15:45 | Making franchising your future

For those who are changing their career and considering franchising

  • The different types of franchises available

  • The advantages of a buying a franchise

  • The size and expected growth of the franchise market

  • How the banks can help you fund your new venture

Hosted by: Carly Liaromatis, bfa (Chair)
Donna King, HSBC (Bank)
Kam Mistry, Fraser Brown (Solicitor)
Lucy Campbell, Right At Home (Franchisor)

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