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Visit the North's largest franchise exhibition

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

The Northern Franchise Exhibition, EventCity Manchester 21 - 22 Jun 2019

event sponsor Vodafone

Franchise brands

Diverse, quality and accredited franchise brands

From low-cost to high-investment, vehicle-based to management franchises, explore a wide range of opportunities to suit every budget and lifestyle. 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.

View the exhibitor list here.   


Choose from 30+ 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, you can master how to make your new venture a success. 

View the full timetable here.

bfa Franchising Seminars

bfa Franchising Seminars

Get essential advice from a panel of industry experts including 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 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.

Click here to reserve your seat.

Careers Clinic

Careers Clinic

Want to talk through your career options with an expert? At the Careers Clinic, you can formulate an action plan, avoid the pitfalls and identify opportunities which match your skill set with experts from Personal Career Management.

Book your free appointment here.

Careers Clinic

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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Finance Clinic

Finance Clinic

Drafting your business plan? Need advice on raising finance? Get one-to-one advice at the Finance Clinic from the experts at Hitachi Capital Franchise Finance. Book an appointment and get free advice on raising finance.

Book your free consultation here.

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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Low-cost 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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Women in Business

Women in Business Forum

New for 2019, The Women in Business Forum will host a round table session, supported by representatives from leading organisations including VodafoneMcDonald's and ZeroDryTime, to help drive a positive social change.

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Vehicle-based Showcase

Vehicle-based Showcase

Are you looking for new venture that lets you break free from the constraints of an office? Drive your own success while discovering a new life on the road with a vehicle-based opportunity.

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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

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Growing your own business

Growing Your Own Business

Whether you're a small business owner looking to expand or a prospective franchisee, keep ahead of the crowd by taking advantage of free skills workshops, support and start-up

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Franchisee networking lunch

The Franchisee Networking Lunch

Are you an existing franchisee? Attend our networking lunch, where you can exchange ideas with fellow business owners, get industry insights from experts and take part in roundtable sessions.

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Franchising your business

Franchising Your Business

Franchising can offer a cost-effective and efficient way of scaling a business. Attend a series of free seminars to see how you can expand your business horizons through the franchising model.

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Legal Clinic

Legal Clinic

Experienced legal professionals from the franchise sector will be on hand at the event to give advice to those investing or developing a franchise, covering topics such as the franchise agreement, personal guarantees and costings.

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event sponsor Vodafone

McDonald's Insight sessions at The Franchise Exhibitions


McDonald's Insight Sessions at The Franchise Exhibitions. 

Meet the McDonald's team and find out what it is like to be a franchisee with the iconic brand. 

McDonald's will be holding Insight Sessions for prospective franchisees at The Franchise Exhibitions. Hear from the McDonald's team and gain 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 shortly. 

Growing Your Own Business 2019

event sponsor: Vodafone

Growing Your Own Business Conference

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) conference & showcase is incorporated within The Northern Franchise Exhibition on 21 & 22 June at EventCity, Manchester.

The event is designed to equip entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to build and sustain a successful business.


Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Growing Your Own Business Workshops

Find out how to develop and sustain a successful business at the Growing Your Own Business workshops, with advice on finance, digital marketing, publicity generation and social

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Growing Your Own Business Hub

Receive free impartial advice from a range of business experts from The Growth Company across both days of the exhibitions. Find out the business skills and training you need to make your new venture a success. 

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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 gain useful insights and first-hand 

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 to find out more! 

Directions & Opening times for the northern franchise exhibition

Opening times:

Friday 21 June | 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 22 June | 10:00 - 16:00


Phoenix Way Off, Barton Dock Rd
Manchester M41 7TB


EventCity is conveniently located close to the M6, M62 and M56; and just 2 minutes from the M60.  

Please use the postcode M17 8AS in your sat nav.


X50 - Manchester City Centre’s Express Service intu Trafford Centre’s high frequency express bus link leaving Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station Stand K every 15 minutes from early until late 7 days a week 363 days a year (via MediaCityUK Manchester and MUFC)

250 - Stagecoach Manchester Bus Service The Trafford Centre“s high frequency bus link direct from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station Stand K every 15 minutes from early until late 364 days a year (via MUFC and Manchester University).

Trafford Bus Station

This is approximately 10 minutes’ walk from EventCity (see map) and serviced by bus routes from all over Greater Manchester. There are frequent buses providing a connection every 5 minutes (services 18, 247, 250 and X50) from the bus station to EventCity.


Liverpool John Lennon Airport - By car: Join the A5300 at the airport, then take the M62 (eastbound) to the M60. Follow the M60 (westbound) exiting at junctions 9 or 10.

Manchester Airport - By car: Join the M56, then M60 (westbound) exiting at Junctions 9 or 10. By bus: Service 18 runs frequently direct to The Trafford Centre Bus Station.


Manchester Piccadilly - Bus service X50 or 250 from Piccadilly Gardens Bus Station descending at the EventCity bus stop.

Manchester Victoria - Bus service 100 (every 12 minutes) or Service 110 (every 20 minutes) descending at The Trafford Centre bus station.


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 £10 on the door. FREE tickets can be booked online up until the close of the exhibition. 

event sponsor: vodafone