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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 16 - 17 Jun 2017


Quality, accredited franchise brands

Our exclusive partnership with the British Franchise Association (bfa) ensures that all exhibiting brands have been through an accreditation process and demonstrated that they operate a viable and ethical business model.

We are the only franchise exhibitions that can offer this assurance!


Over 40 free seminars

A two-day seminar programme covering all the necessities of franchising for those looking to invest in a franchise and those with a business that they'd like to expand through franchising. Learn all you need to know from the experts during a packed programme of presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions. Hear from financial and legal experts, as well as representatives from the British Franchise Association (bfa).

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International conference

McDonald's Insight Sessions

Attend a comprehensive presentation on the McDonald's franchisee recruitment process and find out what it's like to become a franchisee with one of the world's biggest brands.

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Finance Clinic

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

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Careers Clinic

Want to talk through your career options with an expert? Free, one-to-one consultations are available with Personal Career Management

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bfa Franchising Seminars

Get essential advice from a panel of industry experts including lawyers, financial experts, consultants and representatives from the bfa to help you kick-start your franchise journey.

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Motivational Keynote Speakers

Inspiring entrepreneurs and founders of the latest business start up successes will share the secrets of their growth at the Grow Your Own Business Conference.



Real Franchise Stories

Attend a panel session where you can put your questions to a selection of franchisees from exhibiting brands. Find out why they chose to invest in a franchise and what they have learnt along the way.

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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 Opportunities

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. Take your work-life into your own hands.


Matched Meetings Service

Our dedicated matched meetings co-ordinator, Musti Ali, will be happy to help you book private meetings with franchisors on site. Contact him on

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Check out our new TV advert for a glimpse of some of the leading brands exhibiting at this year's event. 

Children's Activity Centre

Children's Activity Centre

Enjoy a fun-filled session of arts and crafts with your kids thanks to The Creation Station while your partner explores the huge range of franchise opportunities on offer.


Professional Advisers

Free expert advice and consultancy is available from professionals with extensive experience in the industry, as well as those with backgrounds in law, finance and consultancy.

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Event Preview BFEM17

Event Preview

Explore what's happening at The British Franchise Exhibition on 16 & 17 June at EventCity, Manchester. 

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Growing Your Own Business

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

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BFA franchising seminars


FRIDay 16 june

10:45 - 11:45 | 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

David Kerrigan, HSBC (bank)
Colin Miller, DWF (solicitor)
Glenn Ackroyd, EweMove (franchisor)
Samantha Roberts, bfa (chair)

12:00 - 13:00 | 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

Nick Williams, Ashtons (consultant)
Gordon Drakes, Fieldfisher (solicitor)
Duncan Berry, Bluebird Care (franchisor)
Emily Price, bfa (chair)

15:00 - 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

Suki Dehal, Lloyds Bank (bank)
Iain Bowler, DLA Piper (solicitor)
Steve Watson, Agency Express (franchisor)
Helen Thompson, bfa (chair)

Saturday 17 june

10:30 - 11:30 | 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

James Kind, Natwest (bank)
Susan Hall, Clarke Wilmott (solicitor)
Chris Allison, Auditel (franchisor)
Helen Thompson, bfa (chair)

11:45 - 12:45 | 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

Brian Duckett/ Alan Wilkinson, The Franchising Centre (consultant)
Gurmeet Jakhu, Knights (solicitor)
Jon Asquith, ActionCOACH (franchisor)
Emily Price, bfa (chair)

14:45 - 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

James Kind, Natwest (bank)
Clive Neilfield, Hill Dickinson (solicitor)
Matt O'Neil, ERA (franchisor)
Samantha Roberts, bfa (chair)

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. 

Growing Your Own Business  

Keynote speakers


Abel Campos, Head of Franchising, McDonald’s UK 

Friday 16 June 

13:45 - 14:15 | McDonald’s: a progressive burger company

Abel was appointed head of franchising & field services for McDonald’s UK in 2016, following a successful 20-year career with the brand spanning operations and franchising. 

He joined the business in 1995, progressing from a local restaurant team to overseeing a number of restaurants as a consultant in the region.

Abel worked in a number of national and regional roles throughout his time with McDonald’s, and before his current appointment held the position of director of franchising in the southern region, responsible for ensuring high standards of support and operational excellence across his group.

Abel now heads up the UK franchising strategy, field services and oversees the recruitment of new franchisees.

Catch Abel's seminar at 13:45 in Theatre 3.

Linzi Boyd 

Linzi Boyd, Founder of The BoB Group
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Saturday 17 June 

13:00 - 13:30 | Building brands to shift industries

Linzi Boyd is an international speaker, author and founder of The BoB Group and Midas.

A serial entrepreneur, Linzi had set and up sold two businesses before the age of 24. Her third business; Surgery Group, has become renowned for influencing an industry, creating exciting projects and elevating some of the country’s most famous high-street consumer brands.

Linzi’s path to success has been beyond diverse, after years of working on building and developing brands she now manages her time between family life and three businesses, and this year she does not plan on slowing down.

Today, as the Founder of BoB Group and Midas, Linzi works in the SME space taking business owners on a journey to grow, fund and exit their businesses. Here, she created the school connected to BoB Greenhouse (a mini fund) to teach early stage growth businesses how to build a famous brand and get them ready for funding.

Catch Linzi's seminar at 13:00 in Theatre 2.

Keynotes Over The Past Year

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We've had some incredible speakers at Growing Your Own Business recently...

Speakers have included: Carol Smillie (Model/ star of BBC Changing Rooms), Mark Wright (Winner of The Apprentice 2014), John Aizlewood (CDO Pizza Hut UK & Ireland),  Anil Patel (Starbuck's first franchisee - 23.5 Degrees), Nick Telson (Entrepreneur, DesignMy Night) and Joseph Valente (Winner of The Apprentice 2015), Jason Clark (COO, McDonald's) Steven Bartlett (Founder, Social Chain) and many more!

Watch this space for event updates!

Past keynote speakers

Looking for details about the Northern Franchise exhibition 2019? 

The Northern Franchise Exhibition 2019

2018 DIrections and opening times

Fitness SpaceOpening times:

Friday 22 June | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 23 June | 10:00 - 16:00

Hall 1
EventCity, Manchester, M17 8AS



EventCity is conveniently located close to the M6, M62, M56 and M60.

EventCity is easily accessible by car. If travelling from the M60 take Junction 9 for the A5081 and follow signs for Barton Dock Road. For satellite navigation use: M17 8AS.


X50 - Manchester City Centre’s Express Service intu Trafford Centre’s high frequency express bus link leaving Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station Stand K every 15 minutes from early until late 7 days a week 363 days a year (via MediaCityUK Manchester and MUFC)

250 - Stagecoach Manchester Bus Service The Trafford Centre“s high frequency bus link direct from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station Stand K every 15 minutes from early until late 364 days a year (via MUFC and Manchester University).

Trafford Bus Station

This is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from EventCity (see map) and serviced by bus routes from all over Greater Manchester. There are frequent buses providing a connection every 5 minutes (services 18, 247, 250 and X50) from the bus station to EventCity.


Liverpool John Lennon Airport - By car: Join the A5300 at the airport, then take the M62 (eastbound) to the M60. Follow the M60 (westbound) exiting at junctions 9 or 10.

Manchester Airport - By car: Join the M56, then M60 (westbound) exiting at Junctions 9 or 10. By bus: Service 18 runs frequently direct to The Trafford Centre Bus Station.


Manchester Piccadilly - Bus service X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station descending at the EventCity bus stop.

Manchester Victoria - Bus service 100 (every 12 minutes) or Service 110 (every 20 minutes) descending at The Trafford Centre bus station.

Ticket prices:

Tickets will be free of charge if you book them in advance by clicking here

If you wish to attend on the day and do not book in advance, tickets will cost £10 on the door, unless a discount offer code is presented at the exhibition entrance.

FREE tickets can be booked online up until the close of the show. 

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To reserve accommodation please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829 939 or visit

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