We've returned from the Franchise Show in London and now that we're truly rested up after a busy few days we’d like to say how much fun we had and also, how great it was to meet so many of the franchisors who use our site as well as so many visitors to the show who use our site on a day to day basis.
Attending a franchise exhibition such as The Franchise Show is so important in the process of starting your own business through a franchise opportunity, and it was heartening to see so many people who had carried out a lot of research on each franchise before coming to the event. It can a wasted opportunity to attend an event without knowing what the franchises are about first and on the flip side, franchisors are rarely interested in taking on franchisees who are going into something blind-eyed – they want a franchisee who knows what they’re getting into and will be ready to work hard to achieve great results. Franchisors that we spoke to at the event were genuinely impressed with some of the enquiries they received and we were delighted to hear that a lot of attendees at the show has used Franchise Direct as a resource tool before traveling to the show.
A very valuable attraction at the show was the schedule of seminars which were taking place during the show. Varying from six different tracks each aimed at a different attendee – the seminars covered the topics of “buying a franchise”, “developing your existing business”, “international franchising”, “franchising your business”, “encouraging women into franchising” and “franchising after redundancy”. I would strongly encourage attendees at any similar show to attend these seminars as the speakers have a wealth of information to share with those looking to enter the franchise industry – they’re free too!
We had lots of fun at the show, in fact we even treated ourselves to fish manicures and laser treatments! Dr. SpaFish, one of the most colorful franchises at the show, allowed us to dip our hands into tanks full of tiny little fish who love to nibble on the dead skin cells on your hands. This was lots of fun and I’d highly recommend it to anyone who would like super soft hands afterward! Also, a franchise which has featured on our site for quite a while, Laser IT Technologies treated both myself and Lillie, our accounts manager to a laser face lift and a medilipo treatment respectively. After Zita from Laser It kindly carried out a free treatment on my face, I could see stress lines that were on my forehead had reduced after and felt fantastic, in particular because I got to lie down for an hour having spent lots of time on my feet in the convention hall.
Also, if you’re disappointed that you missed last week’s show, then never fear because there is a franchise show in London again next month in the Olympia, to find out more details and to register for free entry, simply visit this page.
Below are some pics of the event.
Lillie, our lovely accounts manager
Lillie and I with the DrSpafish Mascot
Me having lots of fun splashing my hands around
Lots of little fish nibbling at my hands.
I was having a great time! I had my stress lines lasered by the fabulous Zita.
Toni from Arc Media, Franchise Direct's Brian Rogan and Cash and Cheque Express' David Wheeler
Ashley Dyer from Morgan Blake Consultants, Lillie and Arc Media's Sam