Aspirations of business-ownership can progress to reality thanks to The National Franchise Exhibition, coming to Birmingham’s NEC on 16 and 17 February.

Franchising has long presented an accessible route to owning a business, offering the backing of an established brand with a tried-and-tested blueprint for setting up and running a successful venture. As well as offering an expedited path to launch, franchisees benefit from the ongoing support and innovation provided by the franchise brand and network of existing franchisees.

The National Franchise Exhibition offers aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to explore franchise opportunities spanning a variety of sectors and investment levels. Prospects to run a business from home, from dedicated premises or even out on the road will be represented by brands including The Creation Station, EweMove and Pizza GoGo.

A mandatory requirement of exhibiting at The National Franchise Exhibition, all brands represented will have been thoroughly assessed and accredited by the British Franchise Association (bfa).

This exclusive partnership with the bfa provides valuable reassurance to event visitors that many aspects of due diligence for all the franchisors exhibiting have already been completed with rigour by the bfa.

The array of bfa-accredited brands is complemented by a comprehensive programme of seminars and workshops offering expert advice and guidance on topics including how to select the right franchise, write a business plan and secure funding.

At the Growing Your Own Business conference, visitors can nurture the business skills that will help them build and maintain a thriving enterprise long-term, as experts in sales, marketing and customer service share latest industry tactics to win and keep customers.

Recognised as a vital step in assessing the suitability of any franchise, visitors will find ample opportunity to speak candidly with existing franchisees, both at the franchisor stands and during the Real Franchise Stories panel session.

This advantage, combined with the chance to connect directly with the management teams behind each brand, allows for the transparent appraisal of the business opportunities on offer.

Helen Wood, portfolio sales manager at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of The Franchise Exhibitions, comments:

“The National Franchise Exhibition offers the chance for visitors to discover the right business to fulfil their career and lifestyle goals as well as the best expert advice to help them on their journey to running a successful venture.”

Those wishing to attend the event at the NEC on 16 & 17 February can obtain free tickets by registering online and entering the promotional code DIA1.

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