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Visit the UK's leading franchise exhibition

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

The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC, Birmingham 15 - 16 Feb 2019

bfa 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 - allowing you to explore all our franchise opportunities with confidence. 

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Seminars

Choose from 40+ 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 professionals 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).

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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.

bfa franchising seminars

bfa Franchising Seminars

Exclusive to The Franchise Exhibitions, get crucial advice from a panel of industry experts including financial experts, consultants, lawyers, and representatives from the bfa to help you kick-start your franchise journey.

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Finance Clinic

Finance Clinic

Have a one-to-one consultation in the Finance Clinic with experts from Franchise Finance. Receive free advice on your business plan or find out more about your various funding options. 

Book your free consultation.

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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 Growing Your Own Business Conference.

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bfa Real Franchise Stories

bfa 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 Investment Panel

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 Showcase

Low-cost Opportunities

Franchising may be more financially accessible than you think. Turn your passion into a profitable business with a low-cost franchise, with investments starting from under £10,000.

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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, consultancy and finance.

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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 hands and drive your own success.

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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 support, skills workshops, and business start-up advice.

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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.

Careers Clinic

Careers Clinic

Talk through your options with an expert during a free, one-to-one consultation. Advisers from Personal Career Management will be able to help you identify your transferable skills and formulate a career plan.

Book your complimentary appointment.

Event Preview

Read the Event Preview

Explore the Event Preview to plan your day in advance at The National Franchise Exhibition on 15 & 16 February at the NEC, Birmingham. 

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McDonald's INSIGHT Sessions at The Franchise Exhibitions

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McDonald's Insight Sessions at The Franchise Exhibitions. 

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. 

Reserve your seat at the McDonald's Insight Sessions at:

The National Franchise Exhibition | 4 & 5 October | NEC, Birmingham

Thank you for submitting your request to attend a McDonald's Insight Session. The team at McDonald's will review your request and will be in contact with you directly. 

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)
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. 





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The Franchise Exhibitions

The National Franchise Exhibition

Meet over 100 franchise brands, take advantage of 60+ free seminars and get expert advice - all under one roof - at our flagship Franchise Exhibition, held in partnership with the British Franchise Association. 

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The British & International Franchise Exhibition

Kick-start your franchise journey at London's only Franchise Exhibition where every brand is accredited as a genuine business format franchise by the British Franchise Association.Book free tickets

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. Prices vary on the door and range from £10 – £15.

 

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