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Discover a huge range of bfa-accredited franchise brands

The ideal platform to find out how you can run your own business

The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC, Birmingham 19 - 20 Feb 2016

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Explore a Huge Range of Franchise 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).


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).


Real Franchise Stories

Put your questions to a panel of franchisees. Find out why they chose to invest in a franchise, what issues they had to overcome – if any – and with hindsight, whether they’d make the same decisions again.


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 Open Sessions

Attend the popular McDonald's Open 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 National 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.

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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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Exhibit at the franchise exhibitions

The Franchise Exhibitions

Effective franchisee recruitment. 

Your network of franchisees is vital to the success of your business. 

The Franchise Exhibitions offer you the chance to meet thousands of prospective franchisees in an environment designed to support them on their franchise journey. 

Organised by Venture Marketing Group (VMG) with the exclusive support of the British Franchise Association (BFA), The Franchise Exhibitions showcase industry-leading franchise brands. 

By showcasing your franchise at a BFA-supported exhibition, you demonstrate your commitment to ethical business practice and position yourself as a serious contender in the eyes of prospective franchisees. 

Book your stand and prepare to have in-depth conversations with prospects who are ready to invest - as well as planting the seed of inspiration with those researching their options - to generate high-quality leads in a time-efficient and cost-effective way. 

Exhibiting companies benefit from extensive brand exposure in the big-budget, nationwide marketing campaigns that support each event. Incorporating a dynamic mix of TV, radio, email, digital, social media, PPC, trade press, outdoor and direct mail promotion, supported by a dedicated telemarketing team, the campaigns are designed to attract high-quality prospects at every stage of their franchise journey. 

The Franchise Exhibitions are part of a well-established portfolio of products owned by Venture Marketing Group including: 
- - the official website of the exhibitions 
- Business Franchise magazine - the offical magazine of the exhibitions 
- The Multi-unit Franchise Conference 
- The Franchise Magazine 
- The Franchisee Network 
- UK Franchise Directory 
- Franchise Marketing Awards  

Via these various channels, VMG engages with potential investors on a daily basis to raise the profile of franchising and offer the advice, information and inspiration needed to convert the right candidates into your future franchisees. This - paired with VMG's 30+ years of experience in the franchisee recruitment market - give The Franchise Exhibitions an industry-leading edge. 

To find out more about how we can help you expand your franchise network, please call +44 (0)20 8394 5207 or email

Check out what exhibitors had to say about our most recent event >> 

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Dates for your Diary...  

 The National Franchise Exhibition 2024  

The British & International Franchise Exhibition 2025  

Why EXHIBit?

To find out more about how we can help you meet your recruitment needs, please call the franchise sales team

on +44 (0)20 8394 5207 or email

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The National Franchise Exhibition 2024

The National Franchise Exhibition 
4 & 5 October 2024 | 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 2025

The British & International Franchise Exhibition
31 January & 1 February 2025 | Olympia London

Explore the lucrative world of franchising at the only Franchise Exhibition in London supported by the British Franchise Association.

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Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference and seminars are incorporated within The National Franchise Exhibition on 19 & 20 February at the NEC, Birmingham. 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 for The National Franchise Exhibition to attend GYOB >>



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

A new feature to this year's event on 19 & 20 February, 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.

Find out more >>


Keynote Speakers

Inspiring entrepreneurs will share the secrets of their successful businesses at the Growing Your Own Business seminars. This year's keynotes are TV star/successful startup owner Carol Smillie and environmental entrepreneur/motivational speaker Kresse Wesling MBE.

Find out more >>


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.

Workshop programme available here >> 

Interested in getting involved in the Growing Your Own Business showcase at our future events? If you have a wealth of expertise in business growth straetgies, startups or entrepreneurship, email to find out more.


Opening times:

Friday 13 October | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 14 October | 10:00 - 16:00


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

Click here for NEC directions, parking information and map. Call NEC, Birmingham T: +44 (0)121 780 4141.

Thinking of travelling up from London? Visitors can get 25% off their rail fare with Virgin Trains from London Euston direct to the NEC (Birmingham International) in just over an hour! Click here.

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 £15 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 show. 

Click here to book free tickets.


To reserve accommodation please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829939 or visit