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A-Z list of exhibitors
7 Camicie F50 Abacus Care F75 AC Jean Samper IP Action International F65 Agency Express E20 Amtrak Express Parcels Ltd E100 Antal International Networks Ltd F15 ATG Access F70 Auditel & Expense Reduction Analysts A10 Awnings UK Ltd E240 Bairstow Eves Countrywide C100 Bank of Scotland B160 Barbadillo Asociados IP Barking Mad F95 Bartercard B70 Belvoir Lettings A80 Bin Masters B175 British Franchise Association C30 Business Franchise B30 Business Post D30 Capelli SP B90 Car Medic E10 Card Line Greetings F10 Cartridge World A30 Cash Converters F230 Cash Generator G10 Castle Estates H10 Certax Accounting B145 Chem Dry UK Midlands & London B80 Chemex International D60 CHIPS Franchise F80 ChipsAway International Ltd C10 CityVisitor.com F30 Cleb's Med IP Clive's Easylearn Pop Music Schools D85 CNA Executive Search E40 Coldwell Banker France & Europe E44 Confimprese A150 Connect 2 F280 Cornish Oggy Oggy Pasty Co Ltd B155 Countrywide Grounds Maintenance E75 Creative Kids Parties G55 Crestcom D65+E70 Daily Mail A100 Daltons Weekly PLC TBC Dream Doors A20 Driver Transport Training (Franchising) Ltd B200 Durham Pine B10 Easyinternet Cake Ltd F20 Entrepreneur Expansion Corp. F60 Fastsigns D55 Franchise Development Services G30 Field Fisher Waterhouse C50 First Impressions J80 Formative Fun B140 The Franchise Magazine G20 Franchise + IP Franchise World A90 Franchise Your Business LTD C80 Franchising IV IP Global Franchise Concepts C210 Go Cruise A14D Grupo Lizarran C240 Gymboree Play & Music F235 Hamiltons D45 Horwath Franchising E130 Hotbite (Ha Vending Ltd) B180 HSBC Bank plc C60 ICON Business Solutions E48 Images EFR G70 Independent Mortgage Advice Bureau E47 International Franchise Marketing IP IPWFI H40 IT Doctor TBC Italian Trade Commission F215 Jimmy Key TBC JNF Recruitment F90 KEM Sa A170 Lasertech G60 de Sante IP Leadership Management G90 Leathes Prior H50 Lincary Recruitment D40 Liquid Lens Europe H30 The Little Gym B165 Little Impressions F200 Little Steps Gym Franchising Ltd H25 Logistika IP Mail Boxes Etc (UK) Ltd F180 Making Money HIB0 Martin & Co E50 Minuteman Press G50 Monk Marketing Partnership Ltd G100 Mr Electric Bl10 MRI Worldwide B150 NatWest D80 Netspace G5 No Graffiti G40 O'Briens Sandwich Bars Ltd A60 Oakleaf J130 One Point B135 Online Landlord A120 The Original Poster Company D100 Oscar Pet Foods B40 Pentagon Glass Technology E45 Physiomins E46 The Power Service E35 Printing.com Europe Ltd F120 Pronuptia H20 Puccinos Ltd Fl10 Quadrante S.r.l. FP Rechtsanwalte Klein & Partner IP Re-juva Slim J25 Rosemary Conley Diet & Fitness Clubs E125 Royal Bank of Scotland C110 S.C. Yanakakis IP Scenic Blue B130 SIF--Feria Valencia IP Sign-a-Rama D90 Signs Express D50 Snack-in-the Box Ltd B120 Snappy Snaps Franchises Ltd C130 Stainbusters Ltd F45 Stumpbusters UK A50 Subway International BV C160 Superseal Intl Ltd D40 Surelet D95 Swisher Hygiene D20 Talktactics International Ltd E60 TaxAssist Direct A70 Techclean Services A110 Texaco Autocare TBC Thresher Group B100 ViewPlus Ltd H65 West End Training E49 Wheelie Bin Cleaning Company J30 White Knight Laundry Services E140 Wilsher Group D75 Wimpy Int Ltd B170 Start & Grow Your Own Business Exhibitor List Business Link for London SY300 Businessesforsale.com SY60 Carter Backer Winter Chartered Accountants SY185 Federation of Small Businesses SY120 Frank B Dehn & Co SY100 HEM Tax & Business Services SY220 HR Insight SY140 Inbiz Ltd SY170 Inland Revenue SY70 Learn Logic SY130 Making Money SY175 Mercedes SY245 Message Link SY120 National Federation of Enterprise Agencies SY230 One London Ltd SY135 Orange SY250 Patent Office (The) SY90 Prontaprint 5Y210 Seedfuslon Ltd SY80 Trade Partners SY520 KEY IP: International Pavilion SY: Start & Grow Your Own Business
Welcome to franchising
the British & International Franchise Exhibition is a key event in the franchise calendar which could open up a new future for you
ON BEHALF OF THE British Franchise Association, I would like to welcome you to the tenth British & International Franchise Exhibition, exclusively supported by the British Franchise Association. This event is key in the franchise calendar, providing an excellent opportunity for budding entrepreneurs to research many established companies within the UK and international franchise industry and the benefits of running their own businesses as part of an established franchise brand.
Franchising provides a world of variety and opportunity and has something for everyone. It has been proved to be one of the safest and most successful ways of starting a new business compared to other business start-ups. Recent statistics from the 2003 BFA/NatWest survey have shown that franchising is an industry currently worth 9.5 billion [pounds sterling] in the UK, with over 91 per cent of all franchisees reporting profitability and includes many well know brands such as Wimpy, Thorntons, Signs Express, Clarks Shoes and Kall Kwik.
Franchising is essentially a means of starting and running your own business with a very high success rate: providing you choose a good franchise in the first place. A good franchise will offer you a proven business format with the initial and continuing support that you will need. Your business will work under the brand established by your franchisor, using the business systems that have been developed and proven in the marketplace.
You will pay an initial fee to set up, using the brand and the proven business format, and you will pay continuing fees for the support that will keep you in business, earning profits on the trade that you do, and building a capital asset that you can re-sell. The advantages of choosing a franchise are that you don't have to come up with a new idea--someone else has had it and tested it, too! There are no expensive mistakes to be made.
But why should you choose a franchised business? Franchising covers a very wide range of industries, and is strong in both business-to-consumer and business-to-business markets. Franchised businesses range from multi-million pound operations employing thousands of people to sole traders working from home. Perhaps this is one of the greatest appeals of franchising--it is able to satisfy varying levels of business aspirations.
Starting Your Own Business
For the second year, the British & International Franchise Exhibition 2003 incorporates the 'Start & Grow Your Own Business' Showcase & Conference. Launched last year in response to popular request, Start & Grow Your Own Business provides the inspiration and practical advice in developing your business idea from start to finish, be it a franchise or other venture. The free showcase and conference will provide practical advice and answers to any questions you may have before or as you start up a business.
The British & International Franchise Exhibition again features a dedicated International Pavilion profiling some of the best-known franchise opportunities from around the world looking to expand into the UK. The International Pavilion plays host to some 20 international companies, and offers unparalleled access to global franchise opportunities and a unique networking opportunity.
The exhibition is an excellent opportunity to meet franchisors lace to face to assess the opportunities and identify the one that is right for you. Free advice and information is also on offer throughout the event from professional advisors such as lawyers, bankers and consultants. The BFA franchise guides will be available to help you on your way, together with the regular free BFA educational seminars. Running each day at 11am and 2pm, 'An introduction to franchising' is aimed at potential franchisees, and at 12.30pm 'How to franchise your business' covers essential information for prospective franchisors.
At the end of the day, you as the potential franchisee must be prepared to be realistic. The secret is to err on the side of caution and do your homework.
If you want to join the growing band of self-employed people and be part of the industry's 9.5 billion [pounds sterling], you need look no further than the British & International Franchise Exhibition 2003.
Director General, British Franchise Association
All visitors to the British & International Franchise Exhibition in London are invited to attend free hour-tong seminars run by the British Franchise Association throughout the exhibition
11am and 2pm daily:
AN INTRODUCTION TO FRANCHISING--FOR PROSPECTIVE FRANCHISEES
This seminar will address everything from the initial choice and the business plan to finance and how to get it. At the end of the seminar, delegates will have sufficient knowledge to make an informed, calculated choice about a franchise. Panellists include a franchisor, a franchisee, a legal expert and a bank representative.
HOW TO FRANCHISE YOUR BUSINESS--FOR PROSPECTIVE FRANCHISORS
This free hour-tong seminar consists of a short introduction to franchising as a means of expanding an existing business or developing a new venture. Panellists include a franchisor, a legal expert and a consultant.
Is franchising for me?
Ten top tips for successful franchising, by HSBC's National Franchise Manager Cathryn Hayes
Running your own business may be a long-cherished dream, but it can be a frightening step to take. However, there is no doubt that going into business as a franchisee of a well established, proven business format franchise will give you the best possible start.
Of course, there is a lot of work to do before you will be ready to part with any money. You will need to research your chosen franchise, making sure that it is the right one for you and that you are fully aware of what is involved. So how do you check out a franchise? Here are HSBC's Top Ten Tips:
* Find out what franchises are available there are franchise exhibitions, directories, magazines, all devoted to franchising and starting a business. Start by contacting the British Franchise Association (01491 578050 or www.british-franchise.org.uk)
* Take as much advice as possible--advice on choosing a franchise is available from the British Franchise Association, banks, lawyers, accountants and from various franchise publications.
* Examine your strengths and weaknesses--what skills and weaknesses do you have? Does the franchisor provide training and back-up to help you overcome any weaknesses?
* Check the franchise is right for you is the business one you can see yourself running?
* Talk to existing franchisees what problems did they have, how successful are they?
* Investigate the franchisor it is important that the franchisor has the financial resources to support a franchise network.
* Examine the market place is there a market for your chosen franchise's goods or services? Is the franchise operating in a market subject to fashion?
* Take care with new franchises--has the franchise been piloted, how long has the franchisor been in business?
* Check the legal agreement--have the franchise agreement vetted by a franchise specialist solicitor.
* Take your time--taking up a franchise is likely to be one of the most important decisions in your life …