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Visit the UK's flagship franchise exhibition

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

The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC, Birmingham 7 - 8 Oct 2022

Franchise brands

Quality, industry-leading franchise brands

Discover all the inspiration you need to become your own boss by meeting the teams behind leading franchise brands. With exhibitors representing sectors ranging from food & beverage to care, education to fitness, and investment levels starting from less than £10,000, there is a franchise to suit all budgets and ambitions.

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Choose from 50+ free presentations & workshops

Whether you are looking to invest in a franchise, or you are considering franchising a business, don't miss your opportunity to learn from the experts. Tap into a wealth of knowledge from a varied mix of industry professionals during a packed programme of presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions.  

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bfa Franchising Seminars

bfa Franchising Seminars

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

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Professional Advisors

Professional Advisers 

The franchise industry boasts a superb support network to help franchisees and franchisors thrive. At the event, ask experts from a range of fields your questions to help you take the next step on your franchise journey.

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Real Franchise Stories

Real Franchise Stories 

If you want to know what life is like running a franchise business, why not ask our panel of existing franchisees? These popular Q&A sessions offer the perfect opportunity to gain a real insight into the franchising lifestyle in a relaxed environment.

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Finance Clinic

Finance Clinic 

Your business plan is not just a strategy for your business,
it is also your application for finance and a key element of the finance process. Get an insight into the range of funding options available or run through your business plan with an expert.

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Careers Clinic

Careers Clinic

Receive free guidance from careers experts from Personal Career Management. They are trained to identify your key transferable skills and help you plan how to make achieving your ambitions a reality.

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Low cost franchise opportunities

Low-cost Franchise Showcase

Owning a franchise doesn’t always require a large amount of start-up capital. Investing in a low-cost franchise is a very accessible way of running your own business without sacrificing your lifestyle!

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Vehicle-based franchise showcase

Vehicle-based Franchise Showcase

If you are looking for a new venture that gives you the option to break free from the constraints of an office, a vehicle-based franchise could be the perfect opportunity for you.

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Franchising your business

Franchising your business

Take advantage of a dedicated programme of free presentations designed to give you an insight into the business model, the pros and cons, and practical tips to help you make an informed decision.

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Multi-unit Franchise Conference

Multi-unit Franchise Conference

Are you an existing franchisee with aspirations for growth? Gain essential insights and network with like-minded entrepreneurs at this unmissable event, sponsored by HSBC. 

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Growing Your Own Business

Growing Your Own Business 

Whether you are planning on investing in a franchise or going it alone, running your own business requires a broad range of skills. Benefit from free skills workshops and meet industry-leading suppliers.  

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Children's Activity Centre

Children's Activity Centre

Franchising can be a family-friendly route into business ownership. Keep the kids entertained with free arts and crafts activities while your partneer explores the event. 

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Planning your visit to the National Franchise eXHIBITION

Opening times

Friday 7 October | 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 8 October | 10:00 - 16:00


Hall 9
The National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
B40 1NT

Travelling to the NEC

By Car

Located in the middle of the UK's motorway network and with over 16,000 parking spaces, the NEC is easily accessible by car. It is clearly signposted from all major routes, including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC, follow signs for The National Franchise Exhibition, park up and hop on the free shuttlebus or walk along the footpaths. 

Save time and money by pre-paying for your parking online - discounts available up until 11.59pm the day before your visit! Book your parking place >>

By Train

Getting to the NEC by train is easy as it's is located a five-minute walk away from Birmingham International Railway Station.

Direct services run all day, however if you’re travelling from further afield you may need to catch a connecting train at Birmingham New Street, which is less than a 15-minute journey away.

By Bus & Coach

National Express and Megabus coach services run daily from across the UK to Birmingham Airport. From the airport, you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link which takes just 90 seconds. 

Numerous local bus routes serve the NEC from within the West Midlands area. Visit the Transport for West Midlands website for full details. 

By Air

From the airport, you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link which takes just 90 seconds. 


The NEC has seven on-site hotels which are all within walking distance of the venue. There are also a number of hotels in the local area and in the city centre so you'll be spoilt for choice when looking for a great night's sleep. 

Ticket prices:

Tickets are FREE! Pre-book online now >> 

Tickets are free and availble now, make sure to pre-book for fast-track entry to the exhibition. 

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