If you’re interested in becoming a franchisee it’s first worth shopping around to find the right franchise for you. One way to do this is by visiting the leading UK franchise exhibitions and talking with the owners and franchisees involved with proven franchise models.
Visiting a franchise exhibition is a good way to find out more about national and international brands. It will help you further explore the reality of running your own business in the name of another brand before taking your next step.
Franchise Exhibitions are supported by the British Franchise Association , which is the governing body that ensures that they meet the required industry accreditation standards. Find out more below about UK-wide exhibitions where you can source advice and information from industry professionals.
If you’re going to make an initial investment to cover the costs of training and establishing the business, then you’ll want to make sure that investment is with the right franchise. There are three significant UK franchise expos that are worth visiting at the research stage, in London, Birmingham and Manchester.
Visit any of the UK’s main franchise exhibitions and you can expect to participate in franchisee recruitment sessions by leading brands in industries as diverse as restaurants and gyms to property and cleaning. There are opportunities to engage with motivational keynote speakers, get advice on growing your own business, and you can participate in careers and finance clinics. Each exhibition offers a variety of panel discussions and seminars that help to inform your business direction.
There are several major franchise exhibitions that take place across the UK, with the best known being the British Franchise Exhibition . Exhibitions take place annually and exhibit the ways that franchises are evolving to fit the changing business landscape.
The British and International Franchise Exhibition takes place in London in January, attracting exhibitors from across a spectrum of different industries. The franchise exhibition in London is in Olympia and tickets are available to book for free online.
The Franchise Show at Birmingham’s NEC takes place in 2017 from 17-18 February. There are over 40 free seminars as well as a variety of accredited franchise brands for which free tickets are available.
The British Franchise exhibition returns to EventCity in Manchester on 16 and 17 June in 2017. The venue is the second largest venue outside London and the exhibition is supported by the British Franchise Association, offering a variety of seminars and events .
Find out more about forthcoming UK-wide franchise events and exhibitions by visiting The British Franchise Association pages.
If you’re weighing up the pros and cons of whether to invest in a franchise, then take a look at our new content hub article, All you need to know about becoming a franchisee in the UK . Would-be first time franchisees can get further insight by reading our article Buying into a Franchise: Advice for first timers .