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The UK's leading Franchise Exhibition has gone virtual!

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

The National Franchise Exhibition Virtual, Online 2 - 6 Oct 2020

Whether you have been considering running a business for a while, have just started your research, or are seeking an alternative source of income post-redundancy - log in to explore the lucrative world of franchising from the comfort of your own home.

While the live event is now over, you can access a wealth of content on-demand until midnight on Tuesday 6 October.
Watch a packed programme of free presentations, download information about a range of franchise opportunities and claim your free issue of industry-leading publications. 

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Franchise brands

Quality, accredited franchise brands

Discover a broad range of opportunities to suit every budget, and interest. 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 genuine business format franchise.

Take a look at the exhibitor list


Choose from 35+ free, live and on-demand presentations 

Don't miss your opportunity to tap into a wealth of knowledge from a varied mix of industry professionals. Whether you are looking to invest in a franchise, or are considering franchising an existing business, you can explore the world of franchising through 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 Advisers

Professional Advisers

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

Meet the advisers

McDonald's Insight Sessions

McDonald's Webinars

Get an overview of the McDonald's franchise opportunity - how the model works, the attributes you will need to succeed and what the application process entails - then quiz a panel of existing franchisees at this programme of free webinars. 

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Finance Clinic

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

Book your place today

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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Whether you're considering buying a franchise or looking to grow your business through franchising, HSBC's expertise could help you to do so with confidence. 

Meet the HSBC franchise team

Franchising Your Business programme

Considering franchising your business? Chat to industry experts, enjoy a free consultation with a franchise consultant and watch a series of dedicated webinars to help you understand the model. 

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Resource Centre

Resource Centre

As well as the opportunity to chat in real-time to a wide range of franchise brands, you'll also have instant access to a wide range of resources which you can download to keep. 

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On-demand Business Skills Workshops

On-demand Business Skills Workshops

Whether you are going it alone or investing in a franchise, running your own business requires a broad range of skills. Take advantage of this programme of free skills workshops available on-demand to fit around your schedule. 

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TV Advert

Take a look at our TV advert 

Take a look at our TV advert for a snapshot of what to expect at the event, then claim your free ticket below for easy access on the day. 

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Virtual National Franchise Exhibition

The National Franchise Exhibition - Virtual 

This is an online event, allowing you to chat with representatives from a wide range of franchise brands, listen to a packed programme of free presentations and get expert 1-to-1 advice from the comfort of your own home.

While the live event is now over, you can access a wealth of on-demand content until midnight on Tuesday 6 October. 

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Having issues? Visit the FAQ page for assistance>>

Virtual National Franchise Exhibition

The National Franchise Exhibition - Virtual - FAQs 

This is an online event, allowing you to chat with representatives from a wide range of franchise brands, listen to a packed programme of free presentations and get expert 1-to-1 advice from the comfort of your own home.

The live event is now over, but you can still access on-demand content until 5pm on Friday 11 June 

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Watch this short video before you log in for top tips on using the platform.

How to access the event

Once the event is live, you will be able to log in using the email address and password you set at registration here >> 
Don't worry if you have forgotten your password, you can reset it instantly by clicking on the 'Forgot' password' link directly under the log in box. 

What device should I be using?

The event is best experienced using a computer or tablet. Most Apple and Android phones should be able to support the event, but the display is likely to be considerably smaller and therefore trickier to navigate.

If you are struggling to see parts of the screen, please check your screen zoom settings. You may need to zoom out to get the best event experience. Don't forget to run a 'Systems Check' before you login (button found under the login box) to ensure your device setting will allow you to experience everything the event has to offer. 

What internet browser should I use?

For the best experience, please use Google Chrome. You will experience issues if you try to use Internet Explorer. Please also do not access the platform from within a Virtual Private Network (VPN).

I can’t hear anything, what do I do?

This is usually an issue with your device – please check your speakers are working and that your volume settings are as you would expect. If this doesn’t help, please contact a technical advisor via the help desk or the technical support link at the bottom of the screen.

The videos aren’t appearing, what do I do?

Please check your system has allowed ‘pop-ups’. If this doesn’t help, please contact a technical advisor via the help desk or the technical support link at the bottom of the screen.

I have a blank screen, what do I do?

Please go to the event login page and click on System Check under the log in box to see if any issues are flagged.

How can I chat to exhibitors?

In the Exhibitor Hall you can do the following on each stand:

• Chat with us – this will allow you to chat with stand representatives. This is a public chat, so everyone on the stand, including other visitors, can see these messages.

• One-to-one chat – speak privately with a stand representative by clicking on the green speech icon next to their name (if this is grey it means they are offline).

• Video chat – an exhibitor may request to start a video call with you to gain a better understanding what you are looking for and to answer more in-depth questions. It is up to you whether or not you accept the call. 

Please note, the chat function is only available during the live event times. You can also click on any of the screens on an exhibitors stand to  find out more about each exhibitor and add resources to keep into your Event Bag

Where can I add/change my photo or other details?

Click on the cog icon in the top-right hand corner of the window, and select the ‘Edit Registration Info’ link.

Can I see talks that have already taken place?

Yes, all seminars are recorded and will be uploaded to watch on-demand until 5pm on Friday 11 June. 

Can I save things for later?

Yes, wherever you see the briefcase icon next to an item, you can save content directly to your Event Bag. This is pre-populated with an Event Guide and Business Franchise magazine. Before you log out, click on the event bag in the main navigation bar, tick the check box next to the items you'd like to save and click 'Download selected'. (Unfortunately you cannot download videos or presentations.)

Will the content be available once the event has ended?

You can access resources until 5pm on Friday 11 June. There will be no live chat function, but you can access recorded seminars and stand resources.

I still need help, where do I go? 

Please return to the Help Desk and start a live chat with an advisor or click on the technical support link at the bottom of your screen for immediate assistance (during live event hours only). You can also email and someone will get back to you as quickly as possible. 

Book free tickets

Book tickets to the bfa-accredited Franchise Exhibitions

The National Franchise Exhibition Virtual 2021   

While the live event is now over, you can log in until 5pm on Friday 11 June to catch up on any presentations you missed & download information about a wide range of franchise brands. 
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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

Registration opens soon