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A future in franchising

on Saturday, 18 August 2012. Posted in Analysis

There are hundreds of ways to start a business. But buying a franchise is one route to business ownership you might not have considered.

A future in franchising

It’s fast becoming a well-liked alternative to going it alone, offering a ready-made business to step into and a proven business model to work with

 With much of the work already done for you – the brand building, the marketing strategy, the idea development – a large part of getting started is researching and selecting a franchise to suit your budget, character, and ambition. And that’s where The Franchise Show becomes a very useful platform.

 Happening at Earls Court, London on the 7th and 8th of September, the show offers visitors the chance to speak with hundreds of brands and franchise experts, facilitating in-depth research alongside genuine opportunities to walk away from the event having secured a future in franchising.

 The franchise industry has seen substantial growth in the recent years, in both accumulative turnover and the number of franchise systems operational within the UK. The fact that the industry continues to grow in earnest is largely unsurprising, but the record £12.4bn turnover has nonetheless come as a welcome boost to a faltering UK economy, which is banking on the robust franchise industry to lead to way in the country’s financial recovery.

 In fact, the current economic climate is proving fertile breeding ground for franchises of all shapes and sizes. Indeed, as a result of banks unwilling to loan to small businesses and swelling unemployment figures, the UK has seen a hike in operational franchises – and not just in coffee shops and fast food chains – with many looking to go it alone with a secure franchise business. The industry has proliferated, now encompassing a range of sectors – from maintenance and property to healthy eating and comedy brands – now ripe with opportunities for franchise first-timers hoping to get a foot on the business ladder, and also for hardened business owners looking to develop their portfolio. The Franchise Show is committed to representing the industry’s diversity to its fullest, offering visitors unmatched information, opportunities, and contacts – continually striving to deliver a show that offers more. Whether you are searching for the right franchise system, or you simply wish to find out more about the industry, The Franchise Show’s revamped conference schedule and new features have it covered.

 New feature, Day In The Life Of offers visitors the chance to meet the franchisees who’ve taken the plunge and bought into a franchise model. They will uncover the trials and tribulations associated with the process, and you’ll have the chance to ask them for the advice so crucial in the early stages of business.

 Franchise Espresso, another new feature at this September’s show, invites exhibitors to deliver a short, sharp 10-minute presentation on their franchise model, meaning you’ll learn about franchise concepts on and off your radar, without doing the painstaking research. And yes, there will be coffee – so all you need to do is turn up, sit back, and tune in.

 Helping visitors to access relevant information quickly and easily, the show has introduced Focus On – a series of 30-minute seminars delivered by the most respected and experienced professionals in the industry, each focusing on a different franchise sector. Starting with a brief introduction to franchising, each seminar will look at the characteristics of the market, investment levels, expected return, skills needed, the common pitfalls and the day-to-day operations. These sessions will cover the most up-to-date practical, legal, strategic, and financial issues, allowing visitors to get straight to the heart of what they want to know.

 High investment, high return opportunities are also available at The Franchise Show, putting visitors in front of those who have successfully established a master franchise. Attend a series of seminars and workshops presented by recognised experts in the field; and enjoy face-to-face meetings with organisations seeking to offer a master franchise opportunity, many of whom will be promoting their concept for the first time in the UK.

 To compliment a huge number of UK brands at the show, many international franchises will be present, each looking for willing franchisees to take the reins of concepts new to the UK. The most famous bar in the world, Coyote Ugly, innovative Brazillian chocolate brand, Fabrica Di Chocolate, and Italian healthy fast food outfit, Insalate Italiane – just three mouth-watering international brands from a wide range at this September’s show.

 Exhibitors at the show span almost every area of franchising conceivable, from world famous comedy brands to property-buying companies. It means that every type of visitor is catered for, regardless of experience, skill set, or budget. The Franchise Show will happen on the 7th and 8th of September at Earls Court, London tickets remain complete free.

 To find out more, and to order your free tickets, visit www.thefranchiseshow.co.uk

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