BFA Annual Conference

Innovation – Driving Business Success

November 7


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We’re thrilled to announce that the BFA Annual Conference is back for 2024, promising another day of inspiration, education, and celebration within the UK franchising community. Mark your calendars for 7th November 2024 or book your tickets below to ensure you don’t miss out on a day dedicated to elevating your franchising experience.

This years BFA Annual Conference is proudly sponsored by Citation and Evolve, focusing on the theme “Innovation – Driving Business Success”. We are set to push the boundaries of what is possible in the franchising industry!

BFA Annual Conference

Non-Member Cost: £700.00+VAT
Date: November 7, 2024

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Venue : Telford International Centre, International Way, Telford, Shropshire, TF3 4JH

What to expect

Kick-start your day by mingling with peers over freshly brewed coffee and pastries. It’s the perfect opportunity to get the day going and make new connections. We then move into the main auditorium where the BFA’s very own Pip Wilkins QFP takes centre stage in a motivating discussion on business innovation and success.   

From here the day splits out, with a variety of different learning routes tailored to you and your franchise journey.  

Breakout Sessions: Dive into a multitude of sessions throughout the day. Whether you’re eager to explore digital innovation, enhance customer experiences, refine people management techniques, our breakout sessions offer invaluable insights and practical strategies.  

Legal Clinic: Stay ahead of the curve with updates on the latest legal developments affecting the franchising industry. The BFA Legal Committee will provide expert guidance and address any legal queries or concerns you may have.  

Interactive Session: Shift into high gear to explore new ideas and strategies. Fuel your creativity, uncover opportunities, and emerge with fresh perspectives to drive your business forward.  

Headline & Keynote Sessions: We’re delighted to announce that our headline speaker is none other than Steven Bartlett! As a renowned entrepreneur, speaker, investor, best selling author and the host of the UK & Europe’s No. 1 podcast ‘The Diary of a CEO’, Steven brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the table. His insights into leveraging digital advancements in business to build brand value across networks promise to set the stage for an inspiring and enlightening conference experience. 

Steven Bartlett

Entrepreneur, investor, speaker, author and the host of the 2nd biggest podcast channel in the world ‘The Diary of a CEO’ –  an unfiltered journey into the remarkable stories and untold dimensions of the world’s most influential people, experts and thinkers. He joined the BBC’s hit TV show Dragon’s Den from Series 19 as the youngest ever Dragon in the show’s history.

Other speakers at the conference will include the BFA’s CEO Pip Wilkins QFP, who will be discussing driving businesses forward through innovation and the Revive! senior team, Terry Mullen and Mark Llewellyn, who will be adding their insights on achieving business success.  Paul Thompson QFP, chair of the BFA and founder and chair of Water Babies, will host a fireside chat offering his perspective on leadership and insight. Rounding off the keynote sessions will be Libby Langley, bringing to life practical strategies for doing less and earning more. 

Let us introduce our keynote speakers! 

Pip Wilkins

CEO of the BFA. With more than 20 years’ experience in the franchise sector, Pip has worked her way up within the Association, gaining insight from all areas of the business and the franchise industry.

Paul Thompson

Paul Thompson QFP, chair of the BFA and founder and chair of Water Babies, the world’s number one baby swimming school.

Libby Langley

Libby Langley has been coaching business owners since 2011, in her unique no-BS style. She’s supported over 6,000 entrepreneurs, giving them the confidence to grow, and – above all – be truly happy in their life and business.

Revive! Auto Innovations

A session brought to you by both Terry Mullen and Mark Llewellyn of the Revive! Auto Innovations Senior Team

Exclusive Features 

Interactive Breakout Sessions: Immerse yourself in tailored sessions designed to address your specific needs and challenges. Gain practical strategies, actionable insights, and innovative ideas to drive business success.  

Industry insights and recognition: Receive the latest Franchisee Satisfaction Benchmark Results and celebrate the 2024 WorkBuzz Awards winners. 

Franchise Success Stories: Hear firsthand accounts from successful franchisors who’ve navigated the ups and downs of the franchising journey. Learn from their experiences, glean valuable lessons, and apply their strategies to your own business.  

Networking Opportunities: At the BFA Annual Conference, networking isn’t just a side activity – it’s a cornerstone of the experience. Connect with industry leaders, potential partners, and like-minded peers throughout the day. Share your stories, exchange ideas, and bolster your connections.  

Don't just take our word for it!

Angela Miller, Guinot Mary Cohr
"My first BFA Conference, Wow! it really was a brilliant event and I actually didn't know what to expect. I left feeling motivated, inspired and ready to go for it."
Jon Bellamy, Atlas Mapping
"An amazing conference and the best one yet from the BFA. A huge source of information and inspiration for everyone in franchising and a great place to enjoy the company of familiar faces!"
Vikki Craig-Vickers, Guardian Angel Carers
"Great to be surrounded by like minded individuals and really emerged in the franchise world. Would highly recommend to those new to franchising."
James Thomas, easyStorage
"The BFA conference is the crown jewel of the franchise calendar, as always it was a pleasure to network and learn from the best in class in our industry. The cherry on the cake this year was easyStorage coming away with the 'Emerging Franchisor' award!"
Hannah, Little Voices
"BFA conference and awards was incredible, learnt lots, loved being in person and meeting fellow QFP cohort and inspired for the next year ahead"
Richard Chatten-Hague, TaxAssist Accountants
"The BFA Annual Conference provides you with the perfect opportunity to learn franchising industry best practice from the industry experts and network with like minded and successful franchisors."
Zoe, Pink Spaghetti
"My first BFA annual conference was a great experience, I came alone and apprehensive about networking with new people but left feeling empowered and with new connections from likeminded people!"
Katie Morris, The Purple House Clinic
"The BFA conference 2022 was an absolutely brilliant event, packed filled with seminars which were both educating and inspiring. A 'must do' event of the year for any franchisor, giving the opportunity to learn and develop as well as connect with the franchising community."
Shane Tout, besley & copp ltd
"As a new BFA Supplier Member, we were absolutely delighted with how our BrandHub service was received at the event. The BFA team were amazing and made us feel incredibly valued and welcome. We will definitely be back again next year!"
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