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Visit the North's largest franchise exhibition

Discover how you can run your own business with the support of an established brand

The British Franchise Exhibition, EventCity Manchester 17 - 18 Jun 2016

The Manchester exhibition has now passed. Please click here for our next event.


Explore a Huge Range of Brands

Choose from a huge varierty of brands to suit you and your budget, from franchises across a variety of sectors including: accountancy, education, fitness, food & drink, property, children's activities and many more! All brands have been accredited by the British Franchise Association (bfa).


Watch our TV advert

The British Franchise Exhibition will be advertised on Channel 4 and ITV Grenada! Watch the 30 second video here.

International conference

Over 40 Free Seminars

Learn all you need to know about franchising from the experts at over 40 free seminars. Topics include an introduction to franchising, how to avoid any pitfalls and how to raise finance for your franchise. Hear from financial and legal experts as well as representatives from the British Franchise Association (bfa).


bfa Franchising Seminars

Exclusive to The Franchise Exhibtions, these panel sessions are run by the British Franchise Association (bfa), the industry's only governing body. Hear from lawyers, financial experts, franchisors and the bfa themselves about entering the world of franchising.


Finance Clinic

Get one-to-one advice on your business plan at the Finance Clinic with the experts at Franchise Finance. Book an appointment and get free advice on raising finance.

International conference

McDonald's Insight Sessions

Attend the popular McDonald's Insight Sessions to meet with staff and find out what it's like to become a franchisee for one of the world's biggest brands.

Event Sponsor

The British Franchise Exhibition is sponsored by the #1 global franchise, ranked by Entrepreneur Franchise 500, Anytime Fitness. 


Keynote Speakers

Inspiring entrepreneurs will share the secrets of their successful businesses at the Grow Your Own Business seminars.


Grow Your Own Business Workshops

Find out how to develop and sustain a successful business at the Grow Your Own Business workshops, with advice on social media, crowdfunding, SEO trends, publicity generation and boosting sales.

Careers Clinic

Experts from Personal Career Management can help you to plan your future. Ask them about your transferable skills, what it takes to make it in franchising, and much more.

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Children's Activity Centre

Bring your children to the Children's Activity Centre, run by Creation Station, and have fun stress-free day whilst your partner explores the franchise opportunities on offer.

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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. 

DIrections and opening times

The Northern Franchise Exhibition Manchester: Sponsored by HSBC

Opening times:

Friday 13 October | 9:30 – 17:30


Hall 3A
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
B40 1NT

The NEC is easy to get to via road, rail or air. Birmingham International station is connected to the hall by a covered walkway. For Directions, visit 

Conference Package 

The delegate package includes:

– Full day conference programme
– Delegate pack
– Access to The National Franchise Exhibition (co-located with the conference)
– Lunch
– Refreshments through the day
– Networking drinks reception

Cost: £115 + VAT
Early bird rate: £35 + VAT

How to book 

Call the conference booking line on: +44 (0)20 8394 5264

Book tickets to the bfa-supported Franchise Exhibitions

The National Franchise Exhibition Virtual 2021   

Get face-to-face with leading franchise brands at the UK's flagship franchise exhibition! Visit The National Franchise Exhibition on 1 & 2 October 2021 at the NEC, Birmingham, to meet leading franchise brands and get expert advice to help you take the next step on your franchise journey. 
Book now

The personal data you provide will be used to register you for an event. By completing this registration form, you accept the Terms & Conditions for The Franchise Exhibitions. 

Alternatively, call the Franchise Hotline on +44(0)20 8394 5234 to speak to one of the team.
Lines open 10:00 - 17:00 Monday to Friday. Tickets are free if booked in advance.

Dates for your Diary...  

The British & International Franchise Exhibition 2022

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Growing your own business manchester



Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference and seminars are incorporated within The British Franchise Exhibition on 17 & 18 June at EventCity Manchester. Designed to equip potential business owners with the tools they need to maintain a successful business, experts and entrepreneurs will be offering free strategic advice throughout the two-day event. 

Book free tickets to the Growing Your Own Business conference >>



When 'going it alone' and setting up a business, it is important to meet other like-minded aspiring business owners and successful entrepreneurs to build your network as well as your knowledge. By taking part in the Growing Your Own Business conference, not only will you make crucial connections with representatives from companies that specialise in promoting business growth, you will also have the opportunity to share your ideas and concerns with other visitors with varying levels of experience in building successful startups.


Growing Your Own Business Hub

Growing Your Own Business Hub

The Growing Your Own Business Hub will offer expert business advice, crucial to starting up and growing a business.

Experts will be on hand to answer your queries. Find out about how to access finance, marketing strategy, digital growth and innovation.


Keynote Speakers

Inspiring entrepreneurs will share the secrets of their successful businesses. 


Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Find out how to develop and sustain a successful business at the Growing Your Own Business workshops, with advice on crowdfunding, SEO trends, publicity generation and boosting sales. 





Want to speak at the Growing Your Own Business Conference?

If you are interested in getting involved in the Growing Your Own Business showcase at our future events, please get in touch. We are looking for speakers and companies with a wealth of expertise in business growth strategies, startups or entrepreneurship.

Email: to find out more.




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the franchise exhibitions

Watch these short videos to discover why so many people love The Franchise Exhibitions!

Visit The British & International Franchise Exhibition on 20 & 21 January at Olympia, London. London's number one international franchise exhibition will showcase a huge range of franchise businesses. Visitors have access to over 60 free seminars, expert advice clinics, business growth workshops and much more.