- Dates of upcoming bfa accredited franchise exhibitions
- Planning your franchise exhibition visit
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Exhibitions are a very efficient way to research many franchise opportunities and gain a lot of information in a very short period of time.
There are many different exhibitions out there, from smaller shows - some covering much more general business opportunities - to larger national exhibitions.
The British Franchise Association only accredits and sponsors a small number of major franchise exhibitions.
The main difference between these exhibitions and any others, are that no franchise companies are able to exhibit without accreditation from the bfa. In addition, the bfa offers a number of free educational seminars at these exhibitions, which are ideal for those interested in either franchising their business or joining a franchise.
The companies you will see at a bfa sponsored franchise exhibition carry different levels of bfa accreditation. Franchise companies will either be bfa Full or Associate Members, or Provisionally Listed. They may also be exhibition accredited, accreditation pending or international franchise brands. The professional advisors in the franchise area of the exhibition hall will also have been checked for their experience and most will be accredited Affiliates of the bfa.
Exhibition accreditation uses the same checks as Provisional Listing but for companies who choose not to join the bfa. Exhibition Accreditation is a ‘snapshot’ of the company’s position at the time of the exhibition.
Some companies make the decision to come to the exhibition too late for the bfa to complete its checking procedure. You may feel that you need to be especially thorough in the research you undertake in respect of these businesses.
International Franchise Brands
There will be some international franchise brands that may be members of their own country franchise associations and are seeking to recruit a single Master Franchisee (or no more than five Masters) for the UK and not seeking to recruit ‘unit’ franchisees. These companies are not subject to any formal bfa Accreditation.
All binding decisions you take should be taken in the cool light of day, after solid research and due reflection. Exhibitors should not ask or encourage you to sign any kind of binding agreement or ask you to part with any money.
Remember, whatever the level of accreditation, you have a responsibility to undertake your own research on the substance of the franchise opportunity and of your suitability for it. bfa membership accreditation means a lot to the companies who choose to secure it. It should mean a lot to you, but it is not a substitute for your own research.
Looking to gain accreditation for an upcoming bfa franchise exhibition? Find out how to apply for accreditation.