Scottish Daily Mail
Get clued up before your career move
A FRANCHISE exhibition can change your life.
James Craven, a former management consultant, wanted to escape the nine-to-five. At The National Franchise Exhibition he met representatives from recruitment franchise Driver Hire.
Now the Driver Hire franchisee for Bournemouth, James, 32, says: ‘When you are preparing to visit a franchise exhibition, know how much money you are willing to spend, prepare questions for exhibitors and know which business areas you would consider. Approach the right people and you never know what opportunities will arise.’
Former professional dancer Hayley Limpkin, 33, visited a franchise show where she knew Razzamataz Theatre Schools was exhibiting.
‘I took a list of the criteria I wanted in a franchise and had calculated how much I had to invest, ensuring I still had enough to pay my bills until my business got into profit. At the show I met Razzamataz founder Denise Hutton-Gosney.’
Hayley, now Razzamataz franchisee for Medway, Kent, says: ‘Before going to a franchise show, know what you want to get out of it. Do not be afraid to ask about the down sides of franchises as well as the up sides.’
Adrian Goodsell, franchise sales director at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of The National Franchise Exhibition, which is at the NEC Birmingham this weekend, says: ‘Exhibitors, speakers and expert consultants are available to give advice, and all exhibitors have been accredited by the British Franchise Association as offering viable business models.’
As well as hosting more than 100 brands, the exhibition includes presentations from speakers including The Apprentice winner Mark Wright.
There is also free advice on start-up strategies, business growth and raising finance. Tickets for free at franchise