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Virtually a perfect online opportunity for budding franchise owners

on Thursday, 10 September 2020. Posted in Franchise

The 2020 National Franchise Exhibition is set to inspire a new generation of franchisors

Virtually a perfect online opportunity for budding franchise owners

With the pandemic causing many to reconsider their priorities, a new on-line exhibition is set to offer  budding franchisees and prospective franchisors the opportunity to learn about the benefits of the franchise model without travelling further than the front room.

The 2020 National Franchise Exhibition is set to inspire a new generation of franchisors through a new, online event that enables participants to find out all they need to know about the options and opportunities franchising brings.

Representatives from a wide range of leading franchises will, virtually, be present to help participants identify their ideal business opportunity without stirring too far from the kitchen.

A packed programme gets underway on Friday October 2nd and continues through to Saturday 3rd with experts in the business of running a franchise available at the touch of a keyboard. 


So, whether running your own business has been a lifelong ambition, or maybe an idea you have had kicking around some time which redundancy suddenly makes more feasible, the exhibition is the ideal opportunity to take the first steps on your own franchising journey.

Here’s a few tips on making the most of the virtual exhibition.

Avoid interruptions. Clear your diary to give yourself time to explore all opportunities the event has to offer. 

Get comfortable. Choose an environment where you can relax, and consider switching off emails and silencing your phone to avoid distractions.

Be prepared. Brand representatives and industry experts will be online for two days to answer all your questions. You’ll have access to free presentations and a wealth of resources to help you make an informed decision about your future in franchising. 

Identify the franchise brands that catch your eye. Watch the introductory presentation for guidance on the essential questions to ask – all the representatives at the event are there to answer your questions and help you unlock the potential of franchising.

Engage. Talk to as many franchisors and expert advisers as you can. The more people you chat with, the more you will learn about which business is right for you.

Be choosey. Select seminars you want to attend live.  Places on seminars are limited so be sure to log in on time. However, the remaining sessions will be available on-demand after the event, so don't worry if your choices clash.

Dig around. Take advantage of the free professional advice available and connect with people who can help. This is a golden opportunity to gain a better understanding of the franchise model with free expert guidance from the British Franchise Association (bfa).

Finance. In addition there will be invaluable opportunities to explore finance options with representatives from HSBC and specialist funding providers Hitachi Capital Franchise Finance. Should you be considering franchising your own business, Ashtons Franchise Consultants will be on hand to offer complimentary advice. 

Brands taking part at the Exhibition include McDonald’s, Merry Maids, Ethical Property Partners and TruGreen, representing a broad spectrum of sectors and investment levels. Crucially, every franchise brand taking part has been assessed and accredited by the British Franchise Association (bfa), the voluntary self-regulatory body for UK franchising. This makes it possible to explore your options with the confidence that brands attending are genuine business format franchises with a proven track record.

Commenting on benefits of the exhibition, Helen McCulloch portfolio sales director for the event says: “The National Franchise Exhibition virtual event is an exciting new development for the industry. This is a truly interactive and engaging experience that will enable visitors to chat live with franchisors, attend live and on-demand educational seminars, access free advice and guidance from industry professionals and fully immerse themselves in the world of franchising. A unique opportunity – not to be missed!”

Logging into The National Franchise Exhibition Virtual event couldn’t be easier! Register for free today at and you’ll receive personalised login details to the live event on 2 & 3 October. Access to expert advice and presentations is free and on a first-come, first-served basis so start planning your ‘visit’ today.

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