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BRITISH & INTERNATIONAL FRANCHISE EXHIBITION


Pre-bookable appointments offered at Olympia


T


he British & International Franchise Exhibition, organised by the Venture


Marketing Group, will showcase a variety of franchise opportunities in the UK and abroad on Friday and Saturday, March 15 and 16 at Olympia, London. The UK’s leading international


franchise event, the show will have franchise businesses exhibiting across a wide range of sectors including food and drink, property, finance and travel. Some of the confirmed exhibitors so far include McDonald’s, 7 Camicie, Platinum Property Partners, Leisure Leagues, Antal, Home Instead Senior Care and Gautier. This is the only event of its kind in London supported by the BFA and only companies adhering to the association’s code of ethics may exhibit. Visitors can, therefore, have full confidence in the opportunities on offer. New to the show will be a pre-


booked appointments system via franchiseinfo.co.uk. This enables attendees to plan their visit and ensure they are able to meet and spend time with their chosen exhibitors.


International Zone


Its International Zone will be aimed at those considering becoming a UK master franchisee of a foreign franchise, or taking a UK franchise overseas, as well as business owners that don’t franchise in their own country but are looking to franchise abroad. The zone will have information on what opportunities are available abroad, advice on how and where to start a franchise, and how to attract funding. Neil Wynn Jones, a consultant with


UK Trade & Investment will speak on “Opportunities for growth in the global franchise market” and Pam Bader, of Molly Maid, will present a case study on her experience as a master franchisee. Other speakers on master franchise topics will be Michael Hawkins, sales and marketing director of Mail Boxes Etc.;


Franchise diary with Venture


■ March 15-16- British & International Franchise Exhibition, Olympia, London. ■ June 21-22- British Franchise Exhibition, Manchester Central. ■ Sept 6-7 - Franchise Opportunities Live, Radisson Blu Edwardian Hotel, Heathrow, London. ■ Oct 4-5 - National Franchise Exhibition, NEC, Birmingham.


Martin Francis, senior manager of global and corporate franchising at HSBC; and Clive Sawyer, head of Business Options, the franchise consultancy. There will be a comprehensive conference covering all aspects of franchising internationally, as well as a dedicated VIP area providing visitors with the opportunity to network. A packed schedule of interesting features will give visitors access to experts offering guidance and support. Real Franchise Stories will be a popular feature where visitors will hear first-hand accounts from people who have made the transition from employee to franchisee. They will share their experiences with visitors and offer valuable advice.


The Careers Clinic will assess


visitors’experience and guide them on carving out their next career move. The Finance Clinic will help budding franchisees get to grips with key finance issues, as well as perfecting their business plan, which will play a key role in helping to secure bank funding. Visitors who are accompanied by


their families will be able to keep them entertained at the Children'sActivity Centre. Run by a franchise, the Creation Station, this free exploration class enables children to be creative along with a parent, while their partner takes the opportunity to discover more about franchising. To register for the exhibition, call 0844 257 8668 or visit franchiseinfo.co.uk. Admission on the door will be £15,


but readers can have free admission with either the tickets in this magazine or by pre-booking them using the promotional code BINPR when registering at franchiseinfo.co.uk. The event will be open from 10am


each day, closing at 5pm on the Friday and 4pm on the Saturday. For updates about the show either


visit Twitter at twitter.com/ukfranchising; join the Franchise Exhibitions Group on LinkedIn; or become a fan of the FranchiseInfo group on Facebook.


i www.franchiseinfo.co.uk April/May 2013 www.franchiseworld.co.uk 15


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