The UK’s largest franchise event, The National Franchise Exhibition, is returning to the NEC Birmingham on 4 & 5 October 2013 giving entrepreneurs the chance to discover a range of exciting business opportunities and meet franchise companies face to face

Visitors will also be able to receive free expert advice from industry leaders, as well as attend informative franchising seminars throughout both days. These will be on all aspects of franchising and include several presentations run by The British Franchise Association (bfa) from ‘An introduction to Franchising’, for those just starting out, to ‘Essential tips for franchising your business’ for existing business owners. These seminars consist of a panel of industry leading experts including lawyers, bankers, consultants and the franchisors themselves.

There will be more than 140 exhibitors at the event offering business opportunities across a broad spectrum of sectors such as food and drink, retail, property, homecare, fitness and finance. Many major franchised businesses will be present including: McDonald’s, Cash Converters, Guinot, thebestof, The Creation Station, Belvoir Lettings, Mail Boxes Etc., Anytime Fitness and many more from the UK and around the world.

The Real Franchise Stories seminars will give visitors the opportunity to hear inspiring accounts from people who have already become successful franchisees, talking about the realities of making the transition from being employed to self-employed and their successes and failures.

The Franchise Starting Point will offer potential franchisees free ‘one to one’ advice from experts in all fields including lawyers, bankers, consultants and experienced franchisors.

Facilitated by Franchise Finance, the experts at the Finance Clinic are also on hand to offer visitors advice on how to secure finance and to explain what you need to do to fulfil the banks’ lending criteria.

The key to success in raising finance lies in the business plan and is an essential part of the finance process. Those who bring a business plan along to the event, no matter what stage they are at, will receive free advice on their plan, taking them one step closer to receiving a business loan.

The Franchise Resales Pavilion is another exciting feature of the event, offering budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about the benefits of buying an existing franchise business and discuss resales with exhibiting companies.

Visitors who are thinking of investing substantial capital in a high return franchise are encouraged to visit the High Investment VIP Lounge, sponsored by Platinum Property Partners. This is an exclusive area that is designed to facilitate conversations in private, comfortable surroundings over complimentary tea, coffee and wifi.

Visitors can also learn about high investment options and hot topics at the High Investment Panel Sessions. These feature a number of renowned high investment franchises, offering advice and entering into a discussion with the audience on the important aspects of high level investment franchising.

A day out at The National Franchise Exhibition can also be fun for the whole family as there is a Children’s Activity Centre at the event, hosted by ‘The Creation Station.’ Children, along with a family member, will be able to play with imaginative arts and crafts whilst other members of the group can explore the exhibition.

The National Franchise Exhibition is supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa). This means visitors can be confident in the franchise opportunities presented to them as they have passed the bfa’s strict code of ethics.

The National Franchise Exhibition is open from 10am each day, closing at 5pm on Friday 4 October and 4pm on Saturday 5 October 2013.

To register for The National Franchise Exhibition call +44 (0)844 257 8668 or Admission on the door is £15, however visitors can gain FREE entry by using the promotional code NFEDD when pre-booking via the website.