Manchester will once again play host to The British Franchise Exhibition on 16 and 17 June this month, giving attendees an insight into running their own franchise and the chance to speak with regional and national brands.
Sponsored by Anytime Fitness for the third time, the exhibition will take place at EventCity and feature a programme of more than 40 free presentations, workshops and Q&A sessions from the likes of McDonald’s, Tutor Doctor, Safeclean, Kare Plus and Vapestore.
McDonald’s will host Franchisee Recruitment Insight Sessions over the two-day event, giving visitors the chance to learn about franchising with the major global brand and to network with its senior decision makers.
The exhibition will also host The Growing Your Own Business Conference: a series of interactive workshops run by specialists in digital marketing, social media, PR, sales and customer experience that will “teach attendees the tricks of their trades”.
The keynote speaker for the event will be serial entrepreneur Linzi Boyd, who will share the story of building brands including fashion and lifestyle communications agency the Surgery Group.
Pip Wilkins, chief executive of the British Franchise Association (bfa), said: “The British Franchise Exhibition is an invaluable tool for aspiring entrepreneurs to get an unparalleled insight into the world of franchising.
“With a range of expert speakers, advisers and bfa-accredited franchises exhibiting, visitors have access to an incredible amount of information as well as both honest and objective advice.”
Boyd added: “The best preparation you can do is to come along with an open mind. No matter where I go or what I do I am always there to learn as well as share. The most challenging part of starting a business is often you and your own doubts, fears and excuses.”