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.

Are you interested in being an exhibiting at this event? If so please contact us today on 020 8394 5207, or email franchise@vmgl.com for more information.

Essential details

  • Dates: Friday 9th & Saturday 10th June 2023
  • Opening Hours: 10am – 4pm
  • Venue: Olympia London
  • Meet leading franchise brands
  • Get free, one-to-one advice from industry experts
  • Choose from a packed programme of free presentations
  • Take the next step on your franchise journey!
Exhibition 'top tips'
Bring a notepad and pen to make notes as you explore and bring a bag to keep hold of any brand resources to view when you get home.
Exhibition 'top tips'
Plan your day and review the exhibitor list to see who you would like to visit on the day.
Exhibition 'top tips'
Take advantage of the chance to get to know the people behind the franchise brands.
Exhibition 'top tips'
Choose from a packed programme of free talks and expert advice on offer covering the fundamentals of franchising, plus lots of networking opportunities.
Exhibition 'top tips'
Chat to industry experts – including the bfa, finance providers and consultants – to gain a deeper understanding of the model.

A note from the bfa’s CEO, Pip Wilkins…

Franchise Exhibitions Are an excellent opportunity to research the many franchising opportunities on offer and meet with franchisors face to face.

Our most recent survey identified 935 business brands franchising in the uk with everything from retail to personal services, so there really is something for everyone in franchising. and although the failure rates in our sector are much lower than other types of new business venture, there are still risks involved so research into your chosen franchise company and the market is key!

The first step to take when attending an exhibition is to plan your day. Have a look through the show guide and identify the brands you want to investigate – don’t just stick to the sectors you know – the great thing about franchising is you will get the training you need to run any of the businesses on offer.

You do also need to realistically assess your income needs and the amount of money you can raise to invest in a business. Try not to be influenced too much by the personalities of the people you meet on the stands at the show – stick to assessing the facts of the business.

To give you the right tools to explore your future in franchising, we run free seminars during the exhibition. ‘Buy A Franchise’ is aimed at prospective franchisees, while existing businesses looking to franchise their operations will benefit from ‘Franchise Your Business’ seminars.

We also have our own stand and myself and the bfa team are always happy to talk to you and help you explore your entrepreneurial side to the full!

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