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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 4 - 5 Oct 2019

Franchise 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 genuine business format franchise. We are the only franchise exhibitions that can offer this assurance!

View the full exhibitor list here.   

Presentations

Choose from 60+ 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 during a packed programme of presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions. 
 

Read the full timetable here.

bfa Franchising Seminars

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.

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Professional Advisers

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.

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McDonald's Insight Sessions

McDonald's Insight Sessions

Attend a comprehensive presentation on the McDonald's 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.

HSBC Business Class Lounge

HSBC Business Class Lounge

HSBC's Business Class Lounge will help you to take advantage of everything the exhibition has to offer while also allowing you to keep in touch with your business.

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High-level investment franchising

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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Partner Agent Networking Lounge with Vodafone

Vodafone Partner Discovery Zone

If you are a results-driven leader with excellent communication skills, visit the Vodafone Partner Discovery Zone to meet the team and listen to introductory presentations. 

Register your interest for a complimentary pass.

Vehicle-based Showcase

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.

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Food & beverage lounge

Food & Beverage Franchise Showcase

Are you hungry for success? Visit the Food & Beverage Franchise showcase to discover a wide range of brands to suit all tastes. 

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Growing your own business conference

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.

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bfa Real Franchise Stories

bfa Real Franchise Stories

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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Careers Clinic

Careers Clinic

Want to talk through your career options with an expert? Free, one-to-one consultations are available with Personal Career Management.

Book a free appointment here.

Finance Clinic

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 a free consultation here.

Matched meetings service

Matched Meetings Service

To help you make the most of the exhibition, our dedicated matched meetings co-ordinator will be happy to help you book private meetings with franchisors on site. 

Call +44 (0)20 8394 5247 for more information.

Low-cost franchise opportunities

Low-cost Opportunities

Starting your own business with the support of an established brand may cost you less than you think. Discover franchise opportunities with startup costs of less than £10,000. 

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Children's 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.

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Event Preview

Event Preview 

It isn't often you have access to such a broad range of franchise opportunities and industry experts under one roof. Take full advantage of the event by planning your visit in advance using the Event Preview. 

Read the full preview here

Multi-unit Franchise Conference

Multi-unit Franchise Conference

Are you an existing franchisee with aspirations for growth? Gain essential insights from multi-unit operators and network with like-minded business owners at this unmissable conference on Friday 4 October. 

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Multi-unit Franchise Conference

TV advert

Unlock the potential of franchising. Take 30 seconds to watch our TV advert to get an overview of what to expect at the event on 4 & 5 October at the NEC, Birmingham. 

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Brands

Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business Conference is incorporated within The National Franchise Exhibition. It's designed to equip entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to build and sustain a successful business.

View the full exhibitor list here.

Seminars

Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Find out how to develop and sustain a successful business during the Growing Your Own Business workshops. Listen and gain advice on finance, digital marketing, publicity generation and social media. 

See the full timetable here. 

   
Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Keynote speakers

Inspiring business leaders will speak about the highs and lows of starting your own business and share the secrets behind their success.

More information coming soon.

GYOB Hub

Growing Your Own Business Hub

Receive free impartial advice from a range of business experts. Find out the business skills and training you need to make your new venture a success. 

More information coming soon.

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Networking

Meet with representatives from organisations that specialise in boosting business growth, as well as fellow visitors, to gain useful insights and first-hand guidance.

Book a free ticket here.

Want to get involved? 

If you are interested in getting involved in the Growing Your Own Business showcase, please get in touch. We are looking for speakers and companies with a wealth of expertise in business growth strategies, startups or entrepreneurship.

Email Sarah.McConnell@vmgl.com to find out more! 

Directions & Opening times for the national franchise exhibition

Opening times:

Friday 4 October | 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 5 October | 10:00 - 16:00

Venue:

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

Car:

You’ll find the NEC clearly signposted from all motorways and major routes including the M42, M40 and M6 - just pop B40 1NT in your sat nav. When you arrive at the NEC, don’t follow the satnav anymore, look out for the show name you're visiting on the signs. Then, simply jump on our free shuttle bus or walk along the signposted footpaths.
 
Also, save money and pay for parking in advance. With pre-pay online parking, not only will you save money, spend less time queuing and have more time at the show, but you’ll also benefit from exclusive food and drink offers at the venue during your visit.
Read more here.

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.
 
Or take advantage of exclusive discounts with NEC PLUS. Get 20% off Virgin Train advance fares on your visit to the NEC. Virgin West Coast Mainline trains run regularly to the on-site rail station Birmingham International, so you can arrive fresh, relaxed and show ready. Read more here.

Bus:

Over 120 National Express and Megabus coach services run daily across the UK to Birmingham Airport.

From Birmingham Airport you can get to the NEC via the free air-rail link, which takes just 90 seconds and runs every two minutes.

Jumping on a bus in the West Midlands area? There are numerous options that will get you to the NEC. Check out the Network West Midland link here to plan your journey: NetworkWestMidlands.com

Air:

Simply take the free and fast air-rail link to Birmingham International Railway Station located at the upper level of Terminal 1. The train runs every two minutes and only takes 90 seconds. When you arrive just head straight through to the NEC.

Bicycle and on foot:

The best and safest way to get to us by your own steam is to use the shared cycle footpath route to Birmingham International Railway Station and then the NEC is a short walk from there, it should take you about 10 minutes.

Accommodation:

To reserve accommodation, please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829 939 or visit www.ellis-salsby.co.uk.

Ticket prices:

Tickets are free if booked online in advance here

If you wish to attend on the day and do not book in advance, tickets will cost £15 on the door. FREE tickets can be booked online up until the close of the exhibition.