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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

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Effective franchisee recruitment. 

Venture Marketing Group have been working in the franchise industry for over 25 years to enhance the success of hundreds of brands from a vast range of sectors.

By exhibiting with us, you will position yourself as a serious contender in the franchise industry. Your brand will benefit from a national marketing campaign that targets only the best candidates for your business.

Your logo will be included in our widespread national marketing campaign, which includes TV, radio, outdoor, email, digital, website and direct mail advertising.

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The Franchise Exhibitions are exclusively supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa), the sector’s sole regulatory body. The association promotes ethical business format franchise practice and runs a free accreditation process to ensure that all exhibiting franchises have a proven track record - either in the UK or in their country of origin.

By showcasing your franchise at a fully accredited exhibition, you are demonstrating your commitment to ethical business practice. In turn, the support of the bfa ensures the events attract conscientious prospective franchisees. 

The Franchise Exhibitions are the perfect platform to enhance your brand's influence and pertinence and generate qualified prospects with the best potential to become your future franchisees.

To find out more about how we can help you meet your franchisee recruitment targets, please call +44 (0)20 8394 5207 or email

Who we work with: 

Who we work with

Dates for your Diary...  

The National Franchise Exhibition Virtual

The British & International Franchise Exhibition 2020  

The National Franchise Exhibition 2020   

National Franchise Exhibition October 2021

The Franchise Exhibitions

Why EXHIBit?


Exhibiting franchises can upgrade their booking with a Pre-qualified Prospects Package, providing: 

  • A bespoke marketing campaign to target your perfect prospective franchisees
  • Hand-picked prospects from Venture Marketing Group's hot national database
  • Full contact details of the pre-qualified prospects
  • Exclusive access to the Networking Zone
  • An online booking system facility
  • A dedicated Pre-qualified Prospects Co-ordinator 

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 5245 or email

Book tickets to the bfa-accredited Franchise Exhibitions

The National Franchise Exhibition 2020   

Log in to the virtual National Franchise Exhibition on 21 & 22 May to chat to leading franchise brands, get expert advice and attend a packed programme of presentations - all from the comfort of your own home. 
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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 5294 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...  

National Franchise Exhibition October 2021

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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