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The National Franchise Exhibition returns to the NEC next month and you can get free tickets!

With over half of franchise-owned businesses declaring annual turnover of more than £250,000[1], it’s clear why increasing numbers of entrepreneurs are choosing to go into business with the support of an established brand.

Those looking to run their own business or grow their existing enterprise can explore the opportunity for success that franchising offers by visiting the UK’s largest franchise event, The National Franchise Exhibition.

Taking place on 13 & 14 October at Birmingham’s NEC, the event will showcase a wide spectrum of brands including McDonald’s, Apollo Blinds, VapeStore, and global number one franchise[2] and event sponsor, Anytime Fitness.

Exclusively supported by the industry’s sole regulatory body, the British Franchise Association (bfa), every brand at the event has been assessed and accredited by the bfa as operating a viable business format franchise, offering peace of mind to visitors.

Setting up and growing your own business

The National Franchise Exhibition has been designed not only to bring together brands and those seeking a franchise, but to help support business owners make a success of the venture they pursue regardless of the industry.

As well as the chance to investigate dozens of low-cost to high-investment franchise opportunities, visitors can benefit from a programme of more than 60 free seminars and skills workshops covering all aspects of investing in, setting up and running a franchise.

The Growing Your Own Business (GYOB) Conference is an invaluable feature of the event for anyone seeking information on how to build and maximise the results of their business.

Experienced entrepreneurs and business mentors will share insights across a range of crucial areas fundamental to business growth. In a schedule of workshops and presentations, vital expertise will be shared on how to optimise sales, marketing and PR efforts, as well as ways to enhance the customer experience.

Visitors can draw inspiration from three keynote speakers who will discuss their own paths to success. Two former candidates from the BBC’s The Apprentice, Michelle Niziol and Gráinne McCoy, will join Abel Campos, Head of Franchising at McDonald’s, in motivating visitors to aim high.

One-to-one advice is on offer at The Growing Your Own Business Hub. Here, visitors at the preliminary stages of setting up their business will have the chance to pose questions directly to professional advisers. Personalised guidance will be available on key topics such as where to source funding, the search for premises and the launch process for a new business.

And you can visit the BES team on the Growing Your Own Business Hub for one-to-one advice on starting your own business.

The National Franchise Exhibition offers prospective franchisees and existing business owners alike a unique opportunity to access expert advice regarding all areas of business set-up and growth to support their path to success.

To book free tickets (saving £15 on the door) visit and use code BES2.



Hall 3A



B40 1NT

Friday 13 October: 10am – 5pm

Saturday 14 October: 10am – 4pm


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