Thinking about a Franchise?

Set against the backdrop of the flourishing city of Birmingham, The National Franchise Exhibition will bring together aspiring entrepreneurs with opportunities in franchising at the NEC on 15 & 16 February.

Birmingham is a thriving hub for business, lying at the centre of a £94 billion regional economy. Enterprises based in the UK’s second largest city are within four hours’ travel time of 90% of the UK market, and, with further government investment committed to infrastructure, a multi-million-pound boom is expected for the city.[1]

Those looking to be part of the success of the region will be well served by a franchise. Offering a ‘business in a box,’ franchises deliver a proven business model, finely tuned launch plan and ongoing support for a thriving venture.

The National Franchise Exhibition will showcase franchises to suit all backgrounds and budgets, with sectors represented including fitness, food and drink, domiciliary care, education and property maintenance.

Among the brands present at the exhibition will be Esquires Coffee, Radfield Home Care, Tutor Doctor, The Frank Partnership and Zero Dry Time.

Visitors with lower sums to invest can focus their attention on suitable brands within the Low-cost Showcase, while those aiming to get out and about with a new business should head to the Vehicle-based Showcase.

Allowing visitors to explore all the opportunities on offer with confidence, an exclusive partnership with the UK’s sole regulatory body for the franchise industry, the British Franchise Association (bfa), ensures that every exhibiting brand has been assessed and accredited as operating a business format franchise.

The partnership with the bfa also complements the high-quality advice and support that is available across the event. A comprehensive programme of free-to-attend seminars and workshops cover all aspects of franchising.

The bfa will host a series of seminars focusing on the fundamentals of franchising for those entrepreneurs new to the concept, as well as panel sessions with existing franchisees which include live Q&A sessions.

Professional advisers are available throughout each day to consult on matters including career and business planning, how to access finance and the legal intricacies of franchising.

The exhibition also boasts the Growing Your Own Business conference, which supports the future success of those ready to embark on or already running a business. Specialists in the fields of sales, marketing, PR and social media will deliver valuable workshops educating on the latest tactics to grow sales and income.

Helen McCulloch, portfolio sales manager at Venture Marketing Group, the organisers of The Franchise Exhibitions, comments:

“The Midlands is awash with investment and entrepreneurialism, and franchising provides an optimised route to business ownership for entrepreneurs from all walks of life.

“Bringing established franchise brands and expert advice and support under one roof, The National Franchise Exhibition is a must-attend event for enterprising individuals looking for success as their own boss.”

Free tickets to the event taking place at the NEC, Birmingham on 15 and 16 February are available online using promo code DIA2, saving £10 per person on the door.

For more information on all aspects of the event please visit



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