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Welcome to the
British Franchise Association

We’ve been here for over 40 years, helping entrepreneurs of all kinds make vital contacts. Supporting and educating franchisors and franchisees at every level of their development from newcomers to household names, setting the highest ethical standards to make sure everyone is treated fairly.

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Discover Your Tomorrow with The BFA

There’s nothing quite like franchising to make business ambitions happen. If you already have a successful brand, allowing others to buy in is a proven way to accelerate growth. Or, if you’re dreaming of going into business for the first time, opening your doors under an established name can get you off to a flying start.

Since 1977, we have become by far the largest and most influential trade association for franchising in the UK. What’s more, we’re also proud to be the only UK association working in partnership with the European Franchise Federation and World Franchise Council. In this way we can influence standards and franchise law across Europe for the benefit of our members.

Meet our members

What is
Franchising?

Franchising is a business relationship between two parties. This comprises of the franchisor, who owns the brand and business system, and the franchisee, who via a franchise agreement is able to trade under the brand.

News & Advice

The place for franchising and where everyone can share their story! Visit the news & advice area for the latest news from our members and the franchising industry.

The BFA Academy

The BFA Academy leads our mission to provide and educational space governed by high standards and ethics. So no matter who you are or where you are on your franchise journey The BFA Academy can support you with your educational needs.

The BFA Events: Dates for Your Diary

The BFA Academy is ‘the home’ of franchise education, providing accessible professional development opportunities to all. Whether you are already a franchisor or a franchisee, or you are looking to explore franchising as an option for your future, we can help you throughout your journey.

Our latest calendar introduces the franchising community to a great selection of powerful learning and celebration opportunities including online, hybrid and face-to-face activities. Featuring The British and International Franchise Exhibition on 2 & 3 February, the return of our Collaboration Stations and Specialist Seminars, and our much loved flagship events such as EWIB and BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards, don’t miss out on a year of education and networking.

Feb 2&3

The British & International Franchise Exhibition

June 14

Leadership in Action

July 11

The BFA Trust Charity Event

Sept 19

Empowering Women in Business

Oct 4&5

The National Franchise Exhibition

Nov 7

The BFA Annual Conference 2024

Nov 7

BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards

Dec 12

The BFA Trust Charity Event

The BFA Academy
2024 Calendar

We are proud to announce the BFA Academy calendar for 2024 is now live! Featuring The British & International Franchise Exhibition on 2 & 3 February, the return of our Collaboration Stations and Specialist Seminars, and our much loved flagship events such as EWIB and BFA HSBC British Franchise Awards, don’t miss out on a year of education and networking.

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