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Get face-to-face with leading franchise brands

Book your free tickets to The National Franchise Exhibition

The National Franchise Exhibition, NEC, Birmingham 13 - 14 Mar 2020

Franchise brands

Quality, accredited franchise brands

Discover a broad range of opportunities to suit every budget, and interest. 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.

Click here to see the exhibitor list


Choose from 35+ free presentations & workshops

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. 

View the 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 British Franchise Association 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 who have extensive experience in the franchise industry, as well as those with backgrounds in law, finance and consultancy.

Meet the advisers

McDonald's Insight Sessions

McDonald's Open Days

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 fast-food brands.

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Finance Clinic

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.

Book your place today

Careers Clinic

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

Book your slot now

Legal Clinic

Meet experienced legal professionals from the franchise sector who will be on hand to give advice to those who are looking into investing in or developing a franchise.

Meet the experts

Growing Your Own Business

Do you know how business trends will affect your business? Keep ahead of the crowd by taking advantage of free skills workshops, support and business start-up advice.

Learn more about the conference

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. 

Learn more about low-cost franchising

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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Event Preview

Explore the Event Preview to plan your day in advance. Learn more about our 35+ free seminars, expert advice clinics, business growth workshops and more!

Read the Event Preview

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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TV Advert

Take a moment to watch the TV advert to find out more about The National Franchise Exhibition on 13 & 14 March at the NEC, Birmingham. 

Watch here

Directions & Opening times for the national franchise exhibition

Opening times:

Friday 13 March | 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 14 March | 10:00 - 16:00


National Exhibition Centre (NEC)
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 Avanti West Coast advance fares on your visit to the NEC. Avanti West Coast 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. 

Growing Your Own Business

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.


Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference is incorporated within The National Franchise Exhibition and designed to equip entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to build and sustain a successful business.

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Growing Your Own Business Workshops

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. 

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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.

Professional Advice

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.

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 to find out more!

Book tickets to the bfa-accredited Franchise Exhibitions

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The Northern Franchise Exhibition 2020   

The Northern Franchise Exhibition will showcase opportunities across a variety of sectors and investment levels, allowing you to find the perfect franchise to match your lifestyle and career goals.

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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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