Carol Smillie to headline Women in Franchising conference

CAROL_SMILLIE_BFABreaking the barriers in business and franchising


Television presenter turned entrepreneur Carol Smillie is to be a keynote speaker at a special conference being organised by the British Franchise Association (bfa) to encourage more women into franchising.

The bfa/NatWest Franchise Survey 2013 revealed that women were the sole or main operators of 30% of franchise outlets in the UK. At this time, that was nearly double the proportion of all SMEs in the UK (15.5% according to government figures).

That proportion has risen consistently in franchising over the last decade and the bfa wants to celebrate that fact and encourage more to look into the sector and its opportunities.

The conference will take place at Stratford Manor, Warwickshire on 17 November and is open to any women who are interested in franchising whether they are members of the bfa or not.  Through a series of interactive workshops and real life case studies the bfa will take delegates on a journey through what franchising is, what the benefits are, how to go international and what are the legal considerations when buying a franchise.   The day culminates with a keynote talk from Carol Smillie on how she has successfully created her specialist lingerie business Diary Doll which is now an internationally recognised brand.

Pip Wilkins, head of operations at the bfa said: “We have assembled a group of inspirational women from the worlds of franchising and business to form a not to be missed event for any women who are interested in business or self-employment.  Many of the UK’s most successful franchisees are female and we want to get the message out there that the franchise route is a great way to start your own business and be your own boss but with the support of an established organisation behind you.”

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