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So good to see you again!


The bfa looks forward to the ‘real thing’ – and helping more budding entrepreneurs become their own boss through franchising


W


ith the latest restrictions now removed and the government unlocking major


events and all indoor gatherings, we take a step towards whatever the future will be. At this stage it is unclear what the ‘new normal’ will look like when the fallout dust finally settles from the blight of COVID, but one thing does seem certain, things are unlikely to ever be exactly the same as they were before. Some people are still wearing masks


indoors, some aren’t, and debate remains polarised around where, when and what ongoing measures are taken to reduce the continued spread of the virus. Anti- lockdown rallies continue across the country and the debate about vaccination for children rages on. All of that said, some semblance of


normality is returning to everyday life, albeit in slightly altered forms. Pubs have opened their doors again, and recently I went for a curry in an actual Indian restaurant, the first time in about two years, and guess what? It felt great. There was a big raucous table next to ours, full of young, exuberant people having fun, and I loved every second of it! With the recent announcement of a


£750million rescue package for the events industry, things also look to be resurging in that area too. We at the bfa have had to adapt like everyone else, and our shift to


virtual events was sudden, unanticipated, – and wholly successful, if I do say so myself. We expanded our audience massively for the awards, and not just in size but also in terms of global reach with people logging in from around the world.


"Get to know the bra nds, and chat to existing fra nchisees and industry expert s – including the bfa team"


Working online is fine, but nothing


really beats the real thing, so the most exciting prospect on the horizon for us now, however, is the holy trinity of bfa live events, our star-studded trio of conference, awards and EWIB (Empowering Women in Business). That, combined with the real life, in-person National Franchise Exhibition will make October and November one of the most memorable on record. Once more we will be able to get


together in person, exchange pleasantries with old friends, and spend time with the wonderful colleagues and associates who make the franchise sector so great. This is an industry that thrives on, and because of, the people who are in it, so make sure you have all these dates in your diary – we can’t wait to see you there!


NFE Live – 1 & 2 October – book at franchiseinfo.co.uk Attending a franchise exhibition is an important step in the research process for anyone considering investing in a franchise. Meet leading franchisors from a broad range of business sectors – from food & beverage to cleaning, recruitment to children’s activities – and get to know the people behind the brands. You’ll also have the opportunity to chat to existing franchisees and industry experts including franchise lawyers, finance providers and the bfa team. Plus, benefit from a packed programme of free educational seminars to help you make an informed decision about your future in franchising. Book your free ticket and start planning your visit today!


EWIB (Empowering Women in Business) – 21 October The day will consist of a number of speakers giving professional advice, along with workshops and discussion panels. More information will be released later this year – so save the date!.


bfa Conference and Awards – 30 November Dubbed ‘The Oscars’ of the franchise industry, the prestigious awards celebrates the best of the best in franchising, showcasing franchisors and franchisees alike who are committed to ethical franchising. 


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