What do you know about Scotland’s £700m franchise industry? If you want to learn more there’s only one place to be this year and that’s Scottish Franchise Week, taking place from 28 April to 1 May 2015.
The annual event, which is organised by the British Franchise Association (bfa), showcases the very best of Scottish franchising. During a programme including an inspiring mix of social, educational and business events you can make great new connections and learn about how to franchise a business, and how to research and then choose the right franchise for you. Attendees will also hear all about the value of the industry to the economy and the incredible opportunities it presents to people living and working in Scotland today.
In 2013 Scottish franchising accounted for £700m in revenues, 28,000 jobs and 2,000 individual businesses representing nearly 500 different franchise brands.
The Week kicks off on Tuesday 28 April with a free prospective franchisor seminar in Edinburgh. This is an educational event for businesses looking to expand which may be considering franchising as an option. Featuring specialists from the bfa as well as a franchise consultant, solicitor and banker, contributors are positioned to answer any franchising query.
Wednesday 29 April sees the social side of franchising take centre stage, with a day’s golf at championship course Douglas Park in Glasgow, followed by a social evening at the elegant Rox boutique in the city.
The highlight of the week will be the business breakfast on Thursday 30 April, which is expected to attract 250 people from across the entire Scottish business community. The keynote speaker is Carol Smillie, TV presenter and entrepreneur, who alongside her television duties has founded and runs a thriving international business. Carol will be joined by franchisor Freddie St George of home-based magazine and online publishing franchise Raring2go!, sharing his experiences of growing his business from regional to national success; and Paul Lagar, franchisee for swim school brand Swimtime who covers the whole of Scotland and has made significant achievements over the past six years.
On Friday 1 May, the prospective franchisee seminar will take place in Glasgow. This in-depth seminar, free for Scottish residents, will offer all the information needed to explore self-employment through franchising. Objective, balanced advice from senior bfa managers, qualified experts and real-life stories from franchisees will showcase the potential in the sector – and what to avoid.
“Ethical franchising is now a major contributor to the Scottish economy with franchisors and franchisees seeing substantial growth,” said Simon Bartholomew, chair of the British Franchise Association. “Franchising is a proven and reliable route to becoming your own boss which is far more secure than going it alone. During Scottish Franchise Week we will reveal what franchising is about, its benefits and what the public should be looking for when choosing a franchise business.
“Scotland has a rich tradition of successful franchising and a wealth of experts ready to offer good sound advice on all aspects of franchising. We encourage members of the public to tap into this knowledge and expertise during Scottish Franchise Week.”
Official details on the week’s events can be found here.
Courtesy of the British Franchise Association.