The virtual National Franchise Exhibition – take control of your future with a franchise

Whatever your motivations for wanting to be your own boss, the virtual National Franchise Exhibition on 21 & 22 May will empower aspiring business owners to make an informed decision about their future in franchising.

This free, online event will allow attendees to get to grips with the franchise model, discover a wide range of investment opportunities and offer the inspiration needed to be the catalyst for change.

A franchise is often described as a ‘business-in-a-box’ – providing a proven business model, the benefits of an established brand, optimised systems and ongoing support to help new business owners hit the ground running. With franchises available at all investment levels and across multiple business sectors – from food & drink to care, fitness to home maintenance – there is a brand out there for everyone.

Attendees to the virtual National Franchise Exhibition will be able to explore their options with leading franchise brands including Tutor Doctor, Visiting Angels, Esquires Coffee, Anytime Fitness, Small Talk Nurseries, Dream Doors, Little Caesars Pizza and many more. Crucially, visitors will be able to talk to the teams behind the brands in real time via video or text chat to get immediate answers to questions.

The event also boasts a comprehensive programme of 50+ free, live and on-demand presentations covering all aspects of franchising.

Throughout the two-day event, the British Franchise Association (BFA) will deliver a series of exclusive seminars to provide an introduction to franchising, expert tips on researching your options and an insight into what franchisors look for in potential franchise partners.

Sector-specific panel sessions will see representatives take a deep-dive into the latest industry trends. Highlights include ‘How the food & drink sector has evolved – what does the future hold?’, ‘Taking on a management franchise – sector experience not required!’ and ‘The rise of fitness, leisure and well-being franchises.’

For those with questions about the personal investment required, a dedicated finance theatre will explain the different funding options that are available, how to write a successful business plan and the support lenders can provide.

Find out what a day in the life of a franchise business owner entails, get advice from those that have ‘been there, done that’ and discover how franchisees across the country are building thriving businesses with the support of an established brand by watching some of the Franchisee Success Stories.

The event also provides invaluable networking opportunities with industry experts. Visitors can get one-to-one advice from the HSBC franchise team, the BFA, franchise consultants and Hitachi Capital Franchise Finance to gain a deeper understanding of the franchise model.

Helen McCulloch portfolio sales director for the event summarises: “The National Franchise Exhibition virtual event offers a truly interactive and engaging experience that will enable visitors to network with exhibitors, attend live and on-demand educational seminars, access free advice and guidance from industry professionals and fully immerse themselves in the world of franchising. A unique opportunity – not to be missed.”

Whether you have been considering running a business for a while, have just started your research, or are seeking an alternative source of income post-redundancy – this is an unmissable opportunity to unlock the potential of franchising.

Find out more about what’s going on at the virtual National Franchise Exhibition on 21 & 22 May and claim your free ticket today! Access to expert advice and presentations is free and on a first-come, first-served basis so start planning your ‘visit’ today.