Book your free tickets to The National Franchise Exhibition
Discover a broad range of opportunities to suit every budget, and interest. Our exclusive partnership with the British Franchise Association (
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Don't miss your opportunity to tap into a wealth of knowledge from varied mix of industry professionals. Whether you are looking to franchising an existing business, or would like to invest in a franchise, you can explore the world of franchising through a packed programme of presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions.
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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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Free expert advice and consultancy is available from professionals who have extensive experience in the franchise industry, as well as those with backgrounds in law, finance and consultancy.
Attend a comprehensive presentation on the McDonald's recruitment process and find out what it's like to become a
Get one-to-one advice on your business plan at the Finance Clinic from the experts at Hitatchi Capital Franchise Finance. Book an appointment and get free advice on raising finance.
Want to talk through your career options with an expert? Free, one-to-one consultations are available with Personal Career Management.
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.
Owning a vehicle-based franchise is a great way to escape the constraints of office life. Take your work-life into your own hands.
Enjoy a fun-filled session of arts and crafts with your
Friday 13 March | 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 14 March | 10:00 - 16:00
National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
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.
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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: NetworkWestMidlands.com
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.
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 www.ellis-salsby.co.uk.
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.
Whether you're starting a business from scratch or investing in a franchise, The Growing Your Own Business area of The National Franchise Exhibition will provide you with the tools you need to help you make a success of your new venture.
The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference is incorporated within The British & International Franchise Exhibition and designed to equip entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to build and sustain a successful business.
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Find out how to develop and sustain a successful business at the Growing Your Own Business workshops, where you can get advice on finance, digital marketing, publicity generation and social media.
Meet with representatives from organisations that specialise in boosting business growth, as well as fellow visitors with varying levels of experience, to build up a network of contacts, gain useful industry insights and first-hand guidance.
Find out how to develop and sustain a successful business. Tap in to a wealth of knowledge from a variety of industry professionals who have a broad experience in areas such as law, finance and consultancy.
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!