The British Franchise Exhibition taking place on 8 and 9 June at Manchester Central brings a range of career and business opportunities, advice and guidance all under one roof. With over half a million people currently employed in franchising, it is a business proposition that clearly has strong appeal. The event will enable those thinking of setting up their own business to explore options and gather all the information they need.
A wide range of franchise businesses across sectors such as property, home care, technology, food and retail will be at the event. These include Local People, United Carpets, Platinum Property Partners, Nomasvello, Lawn Keeper, Riverford Organic Vegetables, McDonald's, Bluebird Care and Plug and Play Design.
Visitors can have confidence in the companies they meet, as the exhibition is still the only franchise event in the North endorsed by the British Franchise Association (bfa), the regulatory body for franchising in the UK. This means that all companies exhibiting have met the Association’s code of ethical franchising.
The comprehensive franchise event is the perfect starting point for any budding franchisee with many free features to help visitors gain answers to all the key questions they need to consider before making the step into owning a franchise.
Visitors bringing their families to the event can keep them entertained at The Children's Activity Centre. Run by the award-winning Creation Station, this free exploration class allows children to get creative along with a parent, while their partner takes the opportunity to discover more about franchising.
The Franchisee Panel is always a popular feature as it offers a valuable insight into life as a franchisee, providing an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of the transition period from being employee to a self-employed franchise owner.
There is also an extensive free conference programme, which includes practical advice seminars by the bfa. During these sessions, a panel of experts will cover all aspects of franchising including how to find funding, where to go for legal advice and what a franchisor looks for in a franchisee.
Jane and David Allen from Leek in Staffordshire who are self-employed and visited the exhibition last year commented: “We have found the seminars very useful and there is plenty of free advice available at the show such as the bfa and the banks. The show has provided us with good ideas of where to look next and areas for further research.”
To register for The British Franchise Exhibition, call +44 (0)844 257 8668 or visit www.franchiseinfo.co.uk. Callers can purchase tickets by credit card for £8 each or £7 each for two or more. Admission on the door is £10. Visitors can, however gain FREE admission by using the promotional code MPRDD when they register on the website.
The British Franchise Exhibition is open from 10am each day, closing at 5pm on Friday 8 June and 4pm on Saturday 9 June 2012.
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