IF a change of career is on the cards for you in 2012, head for London’s Olympia and The British & International Franchise Exhibition this Friday and Saturday (March 16 and 17) where the opportunity to make a fresh start, running your own business, could
Sponsored by Express Newspapers, this two-day event heralds an impressive line up of over 100 of the top franchise brands, drawn from all sectors of industry, including automotive, food retail, internet marketing, health and fitness, domestic and commercial cleaning, and business services.
If you are making the transition from employment to business ownership after spending many years working in the same job, the prospect of starting again can feel quite daunting. However, one of the advantages of a visit to an event like this is that you have a chance to spend some quality time with the experts – the franchisors and the legal, financial and business experts – and come away from Olympia armed with the information you need to plan your move, and it’s free.
Other useful features include a Career Clinic, facilitated by career consultants from Personal Career Management who can help you to assess your skills and experience and discuss your future career plans, which could include franchise ownership.
For practical advice on the financial aspects of buying a franchise, including writing your business plan, make an appointment with the Business Plan Clinic where the finance team from NatWest can help you get on track to business success.
You may prefer the idea of taking on a franchise business that is already trading and will give you an income stream from day one. If so, the Franchise Resales Pavillion is where you’ll find everything you need to know about buying and selling an existing franchise business. Franchise resale experts will be on hand to discuss all the pros and cons that you need to be aware of and provide information on current resale businesses that are available.
A number of franchise businesses at The British & International Franchise Exhibition are looking to attract potential franchise owners who have large amounts of capital to invest on a high return franchise. The show’s High Investment VIP Lounge is designed to bring these prospective investors and franchisors together in comfortable surroundings to discuss the various options.
If you want to know what life is really like as a franchise owner, make sure you visit the Franchisee Panels, which will be taking place on both days of the event. One of the most popular features of British & International Franchise Exhibition, these are hosted by panels of franchisees drawn from a range of businesses, telling their individual stories of how they became their own boss, and all happy to answer visitors' questions on the challenges and the benefits of being a franchisee, especially in the current economic climate.
A big part of The British & International Franchise Exhibition line up is an extensive programme of educational seminars which provide top quality information and advice on all aspects of starting up and running a franchise business. These cover a range of topics, from hands on to high level franchise opportunities, and for those who own established businesses that are ready for expansion there are seminars on how to do it via the franchising route.
Families with youngsters visiting Olympia are also catered for with a Children’s Activity Centre.
Whatever stage you are at in your journey into franchise ownership, The British & International Franchise Exhibition offers you something of value to take away. To register, call 0844 257 8668 or visit www.franchiseinfo.co.uk where Daily Express readers can gain free entry using the code DEE12.