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The British Franchise Exhibition | 16 & 17 June | EventCity, Manchester


Event Preview Your guide to the exhibition E


ntrepreneurial spirit is thriving in the UK. In 2016, a record-breaking 657,790 businesses registered with Companies House.¹ However, with four in ten SME’s ceasing trade within their first


five years², potential entrepreneurs are right to be cautious.


Franchising offers the freedom of running your own business with the support of an established brand, helping aspiring business owners to avoid the common pitfalls of starting a business from scratch.


At The British Franchise Exhibition, take advantage of the opportunity to discover franchise brands from a wide variety of sectors: from property to fitness, care to children’s activities. The event caters to all budgets, with some franchise brands starting from as little as £10,000, ranging up to high-level investments with market leaders such as McDonald’s and event sponsor Anytime Fitness.


As part of our continued commitment to promoting ethical franchising, the exhibition will only feature brands that have met the strict standards of the British Franchise Association (bfa). Our exclusive relationship with the bfa – the industry’s sole regulatory body – ensures you can explore the event with confidence.


Visitors will also have access to a gold mine of expert advice during the packed programme of over 40 free seminars, workshops and panel sessions. The bfa, franchisors, entrepreneurs and professional advisers will share their knowledge to support you on your franchise journey.


We are pleased to welcome keynote speakers Abel Campos, head of franchising for McDonald’s UK, and Linzi Boyd, best-selling author and serial entrepreneur, whose presentations are set to be highlights of this year’s event!


Those looking for a first-hand account from entrepreneurs who have already taken the plunge into franchising should prioritise the Real Franchise Stories sessions. Here, attendees can put their questions to a panel of current franchisees to find out why they chose to invest and what they’ve learnt along the way.


Digital marketing masters, social media gurus, PR experts and customer experience specialists will deliver interactive workshops at the Growing Your Own Business Conference incorporated within the event. These free sessions are the perfect opportunity to brush up on your core business skills.


Over the next few pages, you’ll find more details about the wealth of expertise available at the exhibition to help you plan your visit.


We look forward to welcoming you to the event on 16 & 17 June.


Helen Wood


Portfolio Sales Manager Venture Marketing Group ¹ startupbritain.org/startup-tracker/


² smallbusiness.co.uk/business-failure-four-ten-small-companies-dont-make-five-years-2533988/


Plan your journey


The British Franchise Exhibition EventCity Phoenix Way, Off Barton Dock Road Manchester M41 7TB


Opening times: Friday 16 June


Saturday 17 June


10:00 – 17:00 10:00 – 16:00


By car


EventCity is easily accessable by car and there are extensive parking facilities. Use M17 8AS for satellite navigation.


By bus


EventCity is regularly serviced by the X50 and 250 routes. The Trafford bus station is approximately a 10-minute walk.


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