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Discover a huge range of bfa-accredited franchise brands

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

The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC, Birmingham 16 - 17 Feb 2018


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 the franchise opportunities on offer with confidence. 

Browse the full exhibitor list here.  


Over 40 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).

View the timetable here.

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.

See the full list of professional advisers. 

Finance Clinic

Finance Clinic

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

Book a consultation.

Careers Clinic

Careers Clinic

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

Book an appointment.

bfa Franchising Seminars

bfa Franchising Seminars

Exclusive to The Franchise Exhibitions, 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.

Motivational Keynote Speakers

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.

Click here to see the keynotes. 

Real Franchise Stories

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.

View the panellists. 

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.

Find out more about High-investment franchising. 

Low-cost Opportunities

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. 

View the low-cost Showcase.

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 and drive your own success. 

Find out more about the vehicle-based Showcase.

Matched meetings

Matched Meetings

Our dedicated matched meetings co-ordinator will be happy to help you book private meetings with franchisors on site. Contact for more details. 

Growing Your Own Business

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.

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.

Event preview

Event Preview

Explore what's happening at The National Franchise Exhibition on 16 & 17 February, at the NEC, Birmingham.  

View the Event Preview here.  

TV advert

TV Advert

Check out our TV advert for a glimpse of some the leading franchise brands that will be exhibiting at The National Franchise Exhibition on 16 & 17 February at the NEC, Birmingham.

Watch the TV advert. 

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Directions & Opening times for the national franchise exhibition

Opening times:

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


National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
Hall 3
B40 1NT


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.


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.


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:


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.


To reserve accommodation, please contact our official booking agents Ellis Salsby on +44 (0)1562 829 939 or visit

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. 

ReGistration opens soon! 

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