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The only London franchise exhibition supported by the British Franchise Association

The British & International Franchise Exhibition, Olympia London 20 - 21 Jan 2017


London's Largest International Franchise Exhibition

The essential event for franchise professionals looking for industry-accredited national and international business opportunities in 2017.

Download Guide: Free Seminars and Business Skills Workshops

The latest trends in the franchise sector covered in over 60 free seminars, panels and workshops.
Download the Event Preview exhibition guide here.


Franchisee Recruitment Insight Sessions

Attend a comprehensive presentation on the McDonald's recruitment process and meet the McDonald's franchise team.


Motivational Keynotes

The Apprentice winner, Joseph Valente will deliver a Keynote on his 3 Stage Success Philosphy! More to come...


Growing Your Own Business Conference

What will 2017 mean for business? Keep ahead of the crowd by taking advantage of free business workshops and support.


High-Level Investment Franchising

We cater for high-net-worth investors by incorporating VIP seminars, a private Lounge and a bespoke meetings service.


Low Cost Showcase

If you wish to invest a lower level of your own capital in a business, explore these brands. 

International conference

Vehicle-based Showcase

Owning a vehicle-based franchise is a great way to escape the constraints of office life.


bfa franchising seminars

Exclusive support from the British Franchise Association (bfa). The bfa will also deliver informative seminars.

Real Franchise Stories Panel

Quiz a panel of existing franchisees on the realities of running a franchise business.

Matched Meetings Service

Email us to request private meetings with franchise brands. A dedicated meetings co-ordinator will facilitate this onsite.


Careers Clinic

Want to talk through your options with an expert? Free consultations are available with Personal Career Management.


Finance Clinic

Book a free one-to-one consultation with Franchise Finance if you need help raising finance or drafting your business plan.


Children's Activity Centre

Low cost children's activity franchise, The Creation Station, will be running the Children's Activity Centre.


International Franchise conference

The world-renowned International Franchise Conference is held within London's largest franchise exhibition on 20th January

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with some of the best brands in the world, franchise associations from across the globe and experts in the industry. 

Seminars will cover a variety of topics for those looking to invest in an international franchise, franchise their business overseas, enter into the UK market and network with other professionals. 

Scroll down to view the full conference programme. 

Click here to register your free place at the International Franchise Conference

Don't miss the International Networking Reception on Friday 20 January at 16:00 - 18:00!



Friday 20 January

11:00 - 11:30

The UK is open for business!

  • The benefits of growing your brand in the UK
  • Exporting UK brands to overseas markets
  • The franchise landscape in 2017

Pip Wilkins, CEO, bfa

12:00 - 12:45

The do's and don'ts of International expansion - a practical session

  • Is your franchise ready for international expansion?
  • Expanding without exposing your core business to risk
  • Legal guide to avoiding the pitfalls

Damian Humphrey, Partner, Ashtons Legal
David Paulson, Senior Manager UK & International Franchise Development, TaxAssist
Farrah Rose, Director, International Development, The International Franchising Centre

13.00 - 13.30

Taking an international brand into new territories

  • What does it take to become an Anytime Fitness Master Franchisee?
  • The role and responsibilities of a Master Franchisee
  • Growth markets for Anytime Fitness - Europe, Asia and Latin America

Diane Vesey, Director of European Operations, Anytime Fitness

14.00 - 14.30

The complexities of international expansion - cultural, legal and financial considerations

  • Considering local law and intellectual property protection
  • Country stability and economic growth prospects
  • How much will your franchise model need to change
  • Identifying costs that may be unique to particular countries
  • What will your ROI be?

Tony Urwin, Consultant, Ashtons Franchise Consulting
Ayla Karmali, Goldstein Legal

15.00 - 15.30

International expansion in 2017 - where to consider and why?

  • How countries compare
  • What types of franchises are most desired in which countries
  • Creating an international development strategy
  • Mitigating the risks of international expansion in a post Brexit era

Suzie McCafferty, Managing Director, Platinum Wave

McDonald's Open Days at The Franchise Exhibitions


McDonald's Open Days at The Franchise Exhibitions. 

Meet the McDonald's team and find out what it is like to be a franchisee for a world-class brand. 

At McDonald’s, we believe choosing the right franchisees to be part of the McDonald’s system is a key factor in our success as a brand. Our franchisees come from all walks of life, but the main thing they all share is a drive for putting the customer at the heart of all they do and a passion for success. We’ve been franchising in the UK for 30 years and with 1,260 UK restaurants, millions of customers are served, jobs are created and opportunities provided to local people and businesses. A lot of that is down to the hard work of our franchisees: the people who believe in our brand enough to take on their own slice of it.
We’re always looking for hands-on, ambitious people who are ready to make a long-term commitment to our business.
For us, it’s about placing responsibility for the day-to-day operations of our restaurants in capable hands, working collaboratively to grow together. For you, it’s a unique opportunity to take charge of a business that has behind it a brand trusted by customers, proven, sophisticated systems, and an excellent framework of support. It’s an opportunity to realise your goals, work with your team to be part of your local community at the same time as fulfilling your ambitions.
McDonald's will be holding Franchisee Recruitment Open Days exclusively at The Franchise Exhibitions. Meet with McDonald's staff and gain a unique insight into being part of one of the world's biggest brands. Learn more about their first-class franchisee training programme - and find out if becoming a McDonald's franchisee is right for you. 

Reserve your seat at the McDonald's Open Days at:

The British and International Franchise Exhibition | 31 January & 1 February | Olympia, London

The National Franchise Exhibition | 13 & 14 March | NEC, Brimingham

Thank you for submitting your request to attend a McDonald's Insight Session. The team at McDonald's will review your request and will be in contact with you shortly. 

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The National Franchise Exhibition 2022

The National Franchise Exhibition 
7 & 8 October 2022 | NEC, Birmingham

Unlock the potential of franchising at the UK's flagship Franchise Exhibition, fully supported by the British Franchise Association. 

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The British & International Franchise Exhibition 2022

The British & International Franchise Exhibition 
 Olympia London

Unlock the potential of franchising at the UK's flagship Franchise Exhibition, fully supported by the British Franchise Association. 

Registration opens soon


Opening times

Friday 20 January | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 21 January | 10:00 - 16:00


Olympia Central Level 1,
Hammersmith Road
London W14 8UX

The best routes via public transport are:
10 minute walk from West Kensington and Barons Court stations
9, 10, 27, 28, 49 and 391 bus routes

On Friday: Overground to Kensginton Olympia from Clapham Junction
On Saturday: District line from Earl's Court to Kensington Olympia station

Congestion Charge:

If you are driving to the event, please find out more information about the London congestion charge at To pre-book a parking space, click here. For full directions to the venue visit the Olympia website at