Hurragh, it's that time of year again! The National Franchise Exhibition is the largest franchise event in the UK, with over 140 franchises set to be on display this year in the NEC, Birmingham on 3 and 4 October.
This is the chance to talk to exhibiting franchises (on their stand, or by booking an appointment) and ask them a million questions face-to-face. What territories do they have available? What are they looking for in a franchisee? What are the likely returns?
All helpful stuff, but you will have greater respect in the eyes of these established brands if you do your research first. Not to mention an advantage over the other potential franchisees. Find out information on each franchise before you go to the exhibition by looking at their easy-to-read and informative profiles, and if you wish, make contact by filling in the form at the bottom of their profile page.
Profiles of Franchises at the National Franchise Exhibition 2014These are split according to the wide variety of industries that will be represented.
AutomotivemySmartPaint – a cosmetic paint repairer that uses exclusive technology in the automotive repair industry and has franchisees with income of £80,000 or more per year.
Revive! – extensive training and support, along with a proven business model, is provided to all franchisees with this minor paint repairs business.
B2BAuditel – the UK and Ireland’s leading cost, purchase and supplier management franchise. Has won awards and offers you the chance to work from home.
Business Doctors – the business consulting marketplace is expanding rapidly, and this UK-based business support franchise is cashing in on it by helping SMEs.
Expense Reduction Analysts – franchisees are expertly trained to help organisations save money and increase business performance.
Leadership Management UK – also known as LMI-UK, this teaches workers in the business world more effective and productive thoughts and behavioural patterns.
Red Flag Alert – this franchise is a leading provider of business data for SMEs, helping them to improve their decision making and choose their business partners wisely.
Sandler Training – a six-figure income can be gained by becoming a business consultant with this network of high-achieving franchisees.
SmartPA – provide administrative and business support to large corporations, SMEs and individuals, all from the comfort of your own home.
CaringCaremark – a white-collar management franchise, offering franchisees the chance to own and run a rewarding and profitable home care business and make a difference within the local community.
Clarriots Care – franchisees recruit compassionate staff members to care for people in their homes. This franchise has achieved an impressive 98% satisfied customer rating.
Heritage Healthcare – provide high quality, home-based care in your community while being supported by a family business that has run for over 50 years.
Home Instead Senior Care – our ageing population means that this market is growing rapidly, and Home Instead is the world leader in providing non-medical care for older people in their own homes.
Kare Plus – offers both nursing and homecare services, with links to national healthcare organisations including the NHS.
Right at Home – respect and kindness are provided to vulnerable adults who need in-home care.
Children and EducationBanana Moon Day Nursery – whether you prefer to be business manager or more hands-on, this is a rewarding investment creating a fun nursery with state-of-the-art security and specialist activities.
Professor Poopenshtinken's Magical Maths – these afterschool maths clubs and holiday camps come with a quirky spin, making learning entertaining for children.
Progressive Sports – provide expert sports provision for children aged 3-13 years old with this low-risk, high-return franchise.
Tutor Doctor – the franchisee manages a team of tutors who provide one-on-one supplementary education to students and adults.
CleaningMyhome Management – provides a consistent and reliable cleaning system to the professional and 'up-market' sectors.
NIC Services Group – the commercial cleaning market is almost recession-proof, and with over 50 years of experience in this industry NIC can provide the support and knowledge required to succeed.
Coffee and FoodBaskin-Robbins – the legendary franchise network with over 7,000 ice-cream stores worldwide is now coming to the UK.
Cafe2U – the world's largest mobile coffee franchise system. This delivers fresh coffee and food to businesses and events using a van, taking away the need for rent or staff.
Caffè Latte™ – these coffee shops are renowned for their relaxed and warm atmosphere, and consequently are popping up everywhere.
Marston's Pub – a leading independent brewing and pub retailing business with a rich heritage dating back to 1834.
Oakhouse Foods – a weekly home delivery service for a range of over 300 quality meals and desserts.
Papa John's – the famous international pizza franchise has an established British management team hoping to open more stores in the UK.
Snack in the Box – provide vending machines and snack boxes in small and medium sized businesses. Everyone loves chocolate.
Steak 'n Shake – a classic American brand with over 500 US restaurants as well as units in France and the Middle East. It is now coming to the UK.
Fitness and Sports
Anytime Fitness – set up a fitness club with this international success that was famously ranked the #1 franchise in the world by Entrepreneur this year.
Fit4less – franchisees can open a budget gym that offers simple and cheap membership.
Health and Beauty
No+Vello – a global franchise, with over 1,000 units in 16 countries, offering men and women permanent hair reduction.
Printing and SignsMinuteman Press – no experience in the industry is required to run a centre that provides full printing and graphics services for the business community.
Signs Express – the largest signs and graphics franchise in the UK and Ireland, with an established brand and a stable marketplace.
PropertyAgency Express – the UK's only nationwide 'For Sale' board company. It currently works for over 39% of the country's estate agents.
Aspray Property Repair and Claims Management – when a customer's domestic or commercial property is damaged, Aspray helps them deal with insurers and repairs.
EnergyMyWay – increasing energy bills, and limited supplies of traditional fuels, mean that the market for renewable energy is in growth. This franchise installs renewable energy systems for homes and businesses.
Granite Transformations – an established business model fixing a unique, engineered stone onto kitchen worktops.
Mr. Electric – franchisees install and service vital electrical systems both in the residential and commercial marketplaces.
Rainbow International – the leading supplier of restoration services following fire, flood or accidental damage in domestic and commercial premises.
RecruitmentCNA International – start a recruitment business specific to your sector, with an experienced franchisor supporting you from the beginning.
Driver Hire – a franchise well known in the industry as the UK’s leading supplier of drivers and logistics staff.
Equivalenza – an expert in fragrances and perfume, this franchise has opened 600 successful stores in just two years.
MACC – you can sell high-grade construction tools under the name of a business well-established in the building sector.
Mail Boxes Etc. – offers customers a wide range of delivery, postal, printing and copying services; all essential, and all available on the high street.
Original Poster Company – the world’s leading greeting card distribution franchise. All franchise territories are established profitable businesses which include stock, cash flow and customers.
Shuttercraft – shutters and blinds have exploded in popularity over the last five years, and this franchise is offering you the chance to profit in your territory.
With Thanks – a chance to sell charity brands of sweets and snacks, placing sale boxes in pubs, offices and other locations. Help a good cause while also making money for yourself.
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