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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 13 - 14 Oct 2017

Brands

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!

Click here to view the exhibitor list

Seminars

Over 60 free seminars

A two-day seminar programme covering the fundamentals of franchising. 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 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).

Click here to view the full timetable

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.

Register your interest for a McDonald's Insight Session

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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.

Click here to view the timetable 

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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.

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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

Discover why certain franchise opportunities require a substantial investment and find out more about maximising your returns during focused panel sessions and seminars.

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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.

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.

View the full list of professional advisers>>

Growing Your Own Business

Not sure how key business trends will affect your business? Keep ahead of the crowd by taking advantage of free skills workshops, support and business start-up advice.

View the full workshop timetable here>>

Franchise Resales Pavilion

A franchise resale is a franchise branch which is already up-and-running. The owner sells the business to a new franchisee, often after many years of success. 

To find out more click here>>

Brands

Matched Meetings Service

Our dedicated matched meetings co-ordinator, Paige Alexander, will be happy to help you book private meetings with franchisors on site. Contact her on Paige.Alexander@vmgl.com.

Childrens 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.

TV Advert

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

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McDonald's INSIGHT Sessions at The Franchise ExhibitionS

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McDonald's will be hosting Insight Sessions at The Franchise Exhibitions in 2018.

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 a Franchisee Recruitment Insight Session 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. 

Bookings will open soon! In the meantime, request more information about their franchise opportunity via their company profile

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Professional Advisers at the National Franchise Exhibition

 

Professional advisers

 Seek advice from industry experts in the Franchise and Finance industry:

  • bfa
  • Franchising Centre
  • Ashtons Franchise Consulting
  • Personal Career Management
  • Franchise Intelligence
  • Franchise Finance
  • Fraser Brown Solicitors
  • Goldstein Legal
  • Hamilton Pratt
  • Franchise Resales
  • The Franchise Company

The British Franchise Association (bfa) is the voluntary self-regulatory body for the UK franchise sector. Franchise businesses must pass a standards-based accreditation before they can become a bfa member. The Association promotes ethical franchising practice in the UK and helps the industry develop credibility, influence and favourable circumstance for growth. One of the bfa's main jobs is to help potential franchisees recognise the good, the bad, and the ugly franchise opportunities".

The Franchising Centre is the team that will help you gain the best financial return from franchising and avoid making expensive mistakes. Whatever your requirements, when it comes to franchising, they will make it quick, easy and efficient.

The Ashtons Franchise Consulting (AFC) team is the UK’s most experienced group of franchise consultants. They combine best practice with best value in successful franchise development of national and international franchise networks. AFC has assisted hundreds of companies with various aspects of their franchise development objectives. 

Franchise Intelligence specialises in helping businesses fully maximise the benefits of franchising. Their team is geared to helping businesses apply sound, effective strategies for franchising their business. Franchise Intelligence comprises of a team of experts with proven track records in developing and running franchised businesses.

Fraser Brown Solicitors provide excellent legal services to franchisors and franchisees both across the UK and internationally. 

Goldstein Legal is a niche law firm, specialising in all areas of franchise law, acting for both franchisees and franchisors. 

Hamilton Pratt is a specialist franchise law firm providing leading edge legal advice to the franchise sector. 

Franchise Resales removes the hassle of achieving results. They negotiate, support and guide franchisees and franchisors through the resale process to sale completion. To find out more about the Franchise Resales Pavilion click here>>

Coconut Creatives is a strategic marketing company that works with franchisors to help them grow. With over a decade of experience in the franchise industry, they know how to create marketing strategies that effectively target and convert prospective franchisees.

Franchise Finance has developed an exceptional reputation as the Franchise industries leading independent finance professionals. They are active members of the British Franchise Association, authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and members of the National Association of Commercial Finance Brokers. Their Business Training Academy provides a wide range of training courses and workshops for both Franchisees and Franchisors.

Book an appointment with Franchise Finance>

Personal Career Management are the UK’s leading provider of outplacement services, career coaching programmes and executive coaching for individual and corporate clients. They specialise in career management and work with clients from a wide range of professional, management and senior executive backgrounds. Working on a one-to-one basis with one of their career coaching team, you will benefit from specialist help in all aspects of the career management and job search process.

Book an appointment with Personal Career Management> 

The Franchise Company are a specialist franchise consultancy firm affiliated to The British Franchise Association. Their consultants all have long and successful track records in franchising – as professional advisers, as franchisors and as franchisees.

AW Digital is an IT support partner that can seamlessly assist your network of franchisees with any IT related issue, enabling you to focus on scaling up your franchise network.

 

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Growing Your Own Business  

Keynote speakers

 

Michelle Niziol, Founder, IMS Property Group 

Friday 13 October

13:00 - 13:30

A successful businesswoman and self-professed workaholic, Michelle has worked in the finance and property industry for more than a decade. 

Michelle was a candidate on BBC’s The Apprentice in 2016 and earlier this year became Vice-President of ARLA Propertymark.

Michelle manages a very successful property portfolio and in 2015 launched IMS Property Solutions and IMS Letting Solutions due to a high-demand for these services from existing clients.  

You can catch Michelle's keynote presentation on Friday 13 October at 13:00 in Theatre 5.  

Abel 

Abel Campos, Head of Franchising, McDonald's

Saturday 14 October

12:00 - 12:30 

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 12:00 on Saturday 14 October

Grainne McCoy 

Gráinne McCoy, Semi-finalist, The Apprentice

Saturday 14 October

12:15 - 12:45 

With over 12 years experience, Gráinne McCoy is a highly versatile and multi-talented makeup artist. 

Her career has taken her from roles with international brands such as Laura Mercier, to most recently collaborating with global makeup brand, Trish McEvoy, and working with A list celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Her unshakeable drive and entrepreneurial spirit saw Gráinne take part in The Apprentice 2016, where she proved that makeup artists can be key business women as she took the semi-finalist place. 

Listen to Gráinne's inspiring story in Theatre 5 on Saturday 14 October at 12:15. 

Keynotes Over The Past Year

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

Speakers have included: Abel Campos (Head of Franchising, McDonald's UK), Linzi Boyd ( Founder of The BoB Group), 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

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Opening times:

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

Directions:

Hall 3a
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Birmingham
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.

Accommodation:

To reserve accommodation please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829939 or visit www.ellis-salsby.co.uk.

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Book tickets to the BFA-accredited franchise exhibitions

Book tickets online here or call our hotline:

Please call +44(0)20 8394 5294 to speak to the Franchise Team.

Tickets are valid for both days and are free online.

Save £10 on the door!

Upcoming events: 


The National Franchise Exhibition

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