Managing a busy work and home life can be a tricky balancing act, particularly for those with a young family. The two are not however mutually exclusive and running a business, particularly as a franchisee, is often the ideal solution.
Franchising offers the opportunity to work for yourself with the support of an established brand name, a proven business model and a network of experienced fellow franchisees. With 92 per cent of franchises operating profitably and the turnover of UK franchise businesses growing 20 per cent during the recession, according to the latest NatWest/ bfa, survey 2013, it is easy to see why franchising is so popular with those starting up a new business.
For every level of interest, skill or budget, this autumn there are two fantastic opportunities to find out all about franchising – free! Franchise Opportunities Live at the Park Plaza Victoria in London and The National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC Birmingham are both are supported by the British Franchise Exhibition (bfa) and will be packed with inspiring opportunities, valuable advice and information. At both events the seminar programmes will offer plenty of free expertise on all the essential elements of planning, starting and developing a successful franchise.
Franchise Opportunities Live, will take place on 5 & 6 September and is a unique matched-meeting event where visitors are paired up with exhibiting brands through their interest, skill and investment level. These meetings are pre-arranged ensuring the visitors have a productive day and can find out the ins and outs of the particular franchise opportunity. They can browse the exhibitor list and make an appointment by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
The National Franchise Exhibition on 3 & 4 October offers a vast range of opportunities with well-known brands such as Anytime Fitness, McDonald’s, Mail Boxes Etc, and Platinum Property Partners as well as with up-and-coming names such as Smart PA, LuluLocal, BananaMoon Day Nursery and Professor Poopenshtinken’s Magical Maths. Many of the concepts are highly suitable for those who want to integrate running a business within their family life.
Childcare is not an issue at The National Franchise Exhibition as the award winning Creation Station is on site facilitating the Children’s Activity Centre, providing a fun and stress-free experience with them whilst a partner takes the opportunity to discover more about franchising.
Adrian Goodsell, Head of Franchise Sales at organisers Venture Marketing Group says; “Franchising offers a great solution for those looking to spend more time with their family, whilst continuing to work. These events are a wonderful opportunity to explore prospects of becoming a franchisee as a career and lifestyle choice.”
Franchise Opportunities Live takes place at the Park Plaza, Victoria on 5 & 6 September and The National Franchise Exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham on 3 & 4 October 2014. Visitors can gain free entry by registering in advance online at www.franchiseinfo.co.uk and entering the promotional code AUTFAM. For all the latest news follow the exhibition on Twitter; @UKFranchising, join the Franchise Exhibitions Group on LinkedIn or ‘like’ the Franchiseinfo group on Facebook.