If you’re an ambitious entrepreneur then new research and industry trends highlight that you could find success starting a franchise in the North West, while the upcoming Northern Franchise Exhibition can provide you with a kick start.
A major new report examining business growth in the UK reveals that the North West generated £165bn GVA (Gross Value Added) in 2016, a figure exceeded only by London and the South East.
The research shows further potential for growth in the area with an estimated £7.2bn of economic output still to be realised by aspiring and existing business owners.
Franchising provides entrepreneurs with a proven blueprint for launching and operating their own successful business, at a range of investment levels and to suit all lifestyles and ambitions. It also offers the platform to expand existing businesses.
Set against the backdrop of the burgeoning region, The Northern Franchise Exhibition – which takes place on June 22 and June 23 – presents a great opportunity for you to examine the many advantages offered by the franchising business model.
Well-known brands and industry experts will come together to help provide advice and insights; whether you’re looking to take the first steps into business ownership, expand an existing business portfolio, or increase the reach of your own business via franchising.
The Northern Franchise Exhibition, which has been accredited by the British Franchise Association (bfa), will enable you to meet a showcase of brands looking for new franchise partners including ActionCOACH, Merry Maids, Esquires Coffee, Sherpa Kids, and event sponsor Fitness Space.
You’ll also be able to attend 40 free seminars providing education on every stage of the franchise lifecycle from selection and financing to business expansion, and there will be a Growing Your Own Business Conference where experts will deliver a series of workshops on sales, marketing, and effective business planning.
Pip Wilkins, CEO of the bfa commented: “As recent reports indicate, the North West provides an environment in which businesses can flourish.
“In conjunction with The Franchise Exhibitions, the bfa is proud to deliver an event in Manchester which allows budding entrepreneurs to explore the potential of ethical, business format franchising as a route to business ownership or expansion.”
Helen Wood, portfolio sales manager at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of The Franchise Exhibitions, added: “Whether seeking a low-cost business to fit around family life, or a high-investment opportunity with a global name, The Northern Franchise Exhibition is an essential event for anyone seeking to leverage the advantages of franchising.”
Those wishing to attend the exhibition at EventCity on 22 & 23 June can obtain free tickets by registering online here and entering the promotional code STR1.