The National Franchise Exhibition

15 - 16 Feb 2019

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It’s time to be your own boss!

This spring, discover what it is like to run your own business with the support of an established brand at The National Franchise Exhibition. Free tickets are available with code NEC1.

Top brands

Meet a dynamic range of franchise brands from all business sectors, including food & drink, fitness, low-cost, care and property.

Franchise opportunities you can trust

The event is exclusively supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa) – the industry’s governing body – which ensures that all exhibiting brands are genuine business format franchises.

Expert advice

Choose from 40+ free presentations and connect with a community of leading professional advisers, including the bfa, financial experts and franchise consultants. 

Free business skills workshops

Take advantage of free interactive training workshops from key industry professionals during the Growing Your Own Business conference.

Unleash your inner entrepreneur, at The National Franchise Exhibition.


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Visiting The NEC

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Parking at The NEC

Coming to visit us soon? Avoid payment queues on the day and save time by pre-booking your parking with us now. Available in our standard & disabled public car parks.

Avis Car & Van Rental

Avis is the official car and van rental partner to The NEC offering all event goers up to 15% off car hire and 10% off van hire anywhere in the UK.

Virgin Trains

Travel to your NEC event with Virgin Trains and we’ll give you 20% off Advance ticket fares. No traffic jams, no toilet stops, just sit back and relax.


Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport, 3 miles from the NEC offers affordable luxury. Socialise in the Open Lobby, dine in the Marco’s New York Italian restaurant and arrive using the free shuttle service.

Ibis Hotel

Only a short walk to Hall 3 with 170 parking spaces. Breakfast and wifi is included in rooms up to 3 adults. Full menu is available until 10pm followed by snacks. Full bar service.

Food & Drink The NEC

When it comes to wining and dining, we naturally wanted to ensure a range of lip-smacking options was always on the menu.

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Looking for concerts, shows or sporting events? Situated at the NEC site, the Resorts World Arena is home to world class music and live shows.


Resorts World Birmingham The place to wind down. Home to a broad range of places to eat and drink, from favourites like Miller & Carter and Zizzi to somewhere a little more special like Sky by Waters, plus a little shopping at outlet prices from brands like Levi’s, Nike and Next. Just a few minutes’ walk form NEC Halls 1-5.