Franchise shows and exhibitions are a great way to meet a range of franchisors in one place.
As well as meeting face to face with brands looking to recruit franchisees, attendees can also take advantage of the seminar programmes most exhibition organisers run in tandem with the main event.
The subjects are covered by industry experts, many of whom allow the audience to ask questions at the end of their seminars.
To get the most out of your visit to a franchise exhibition, plan ahead.
To avoid the queues, register for your ticket to the event in advance via the organiser’s website.
While you’re on the site, confirm which franchisors are exhibiting and get more details of the seminar programme on offer.
It’s a good idea to prepare a list of questions you want to ask each franchisor you plan to meet.
Give yourself plenty of time at the exhibition - and don’t forget to plan in a couple of coffee breaks and time for a lunch stop if necessary.
Here are details of some of the franchise exhibitions planned for 2019:
The British & International Franchise Exhibition
As the name suggests, this event showcases 100-plus proven franchises from Britain and brands from abroad looking to expand into the UK.
A range of sectors and investment levels are represented.
Visitors can also take advantage of two conferences that run at the same time as the exhibition - Multi-Unit Franchising and Growing Your Own Business - finance and careers clinics, over 60 free presentations and workshops, a matched meetings service and motivational keynote speakers.
The National Franchise Exhibition
This show boasts in the region of 150 exhibitors, which include franchisors looking to recruit franchisees, as well as banks, solicitors and consultants with specialist experience of the industry.
The National Franchise Exhibition features free seminars, finance and careers clinics, plus a panel session where you can put your questions to a selection of franchisees from exhibiting brands.
International Franchise Show London
Around 160 exhibitors, including leading and emerging franchisors, recruitment experts, franchise resales specialists, banks and solicitors, will be heading to the heart of London’s historic Royal Docks in early April.
In addition, the seminar programme is comprehensive (80 separate seminars are planned) and delivered by some of the leading names in the franchise industry.
Topics covered include how to expand your business through franchising, how to leverage your skills for business success, the legal aspects of buying a franchise and how to finance your franchise.
Dates for your diary:
June 21-22: The Northern Franchise Exhibition. EventCity, Manchester.
October 4-5: The National Franchise Exhibition. NEC, Birmingham.