We want to share with you some of the fantastic success stories of visitors to previous franchise shows:
Having been a successful master franchise owner for 10 years I found myself at the end of 2013 having just accepted an offer to sell and planning on taking a well earned break before deciding on my next venture. It all changed at the franchise show when I came across Sanondaf, a company offering touchless disinfection delivered by innovative fogging and spray machines. I had never came across this type of business before and after some quick research found that the process was highly advanced operating in almost every sector and there were no existing franchise offerings in this field. It was an excellent opportunity to meet the brand owners at the franchise show in London and the Sanondaf UK story began. Six months after our UK launch we have already contracted 9 territories and secured a number of high profile jobs in the NHS and care sector.
Sanondaf has very much re-ignited my passion for franchisees and the power that an independently owned and operated franchise business offers to everyone.
Paul & Marion made a decision in November 2012 that they wanted to become Franchisees. Three months later they came to our 2013 Franchise Exhibition to speak to Equivalenza, a Spanish brand which had caught Marion’s interest whilst on holiday in Costa Blanca. Attending the show was the easiest way to get the information they needed.
‘It was great to be able to meet face to face with a European company without having to travel outside the UK. But also the fact we made the effort to travel from Northern Ireland to a Franchise Exhibition in London still showed them we were serious about investing.’
‘The stand was easy to find and the exhibitors had plenty of time to give us all the information we needed from them. I would always advise being as prepared as possible, know who you want to speak to and have questions ready so you can get the most out of speaking face to face with the brands as it is a very useful opportunity. Think carefully about which brand will be most suitable for you in the current climate, make sure you know your financial situation in detail – find out the fees and charges etc. that you will have to put in to the business. Manage your expectations - ensure they are realistic.’
‘Finally - Relax. Don’t forget to enjoy the show, it’s easy to get caught up with everything you have to get done, but take time to appreciate the event.’
One year after the show and Paul and Marion are celebrating 6 months of successfully running Northern Ireland’s first Equivalenza franchise.
Paul re-visited the Exhibition in 2014 to announce and discuss the opening of their store and a second store in Northern Ireland.
We went to the Franchise Show to get some information on franchises and consider the options available to us. We had been looking at a cleaning management franchise for over a year, and fortunately we had some idea of what we wanted to do with it.
At the show we managed to speak to each exhibitor that interested us, and it definitely pays to do some research before you go. Look at the various types of franchises available. Plan ahead which ones to visit and where they are situated in the show guide.
We attended The Franchise show in the February, and our franchise went live in the August. A lot of meetings and discussions took place before we signed up. We had to make sure it was right for us. The only surprise really has been how quickly the business has grown. All businesses take time to establish but we found that having the support of our franchisors and ‘the brand’ really helped us.
We would advise you to take your time. The exhibitors want you to be interested in their business, so make a list of questions if necessary. This is a major step and you have to be sure it is right for you. Make sure there is a good support system in place with the franchise. Find out what your franchise fee includes. The franchisors should pass on their wealth of experience to you, which is part of what you are paying for. Most of all enjoy the show; it could be the start of a great business!
2008, The year of the start of the economic recession, which affected everyone. We all had to make changes, the way we lived, the way we worked and most importantly the ways in which we spend and save our money.
So Sunil visited The Franchise Show in 2009, and it was at the show his career changed dramatically. Sunil met with many exhibitors at the exhibition, and after meeting with Signarama, the worlds largest signage franchise, he decided this was the right business for him.
Within two years of visiting The Franchise Show, Sunil became the proud owner of the UK-wide master franchise license for Signarama. “The Franchise Show helped me find my dream business, and I am now exhibiting at the show this year, and we are hoping to take on 60 franchisees in the next 5 years.”
"Signarama's commitment to quality is unmatched in the industry. Signarama know the importance of brand awareness and the effect it has on the bottom line. Signage plays an integral part in the recognition of a brand and therefore the quality is imperative."
Since taking over the UK Signarama brand, and especially in the last 18 months, Sunil has seen enormous growth in his business, and his franchisees are reporting record sales and profit. "With the economic recovery, we have seen the return back to normality, small and medium sized business are investing more in their brand, and ultimately their signage, as you can imagine, we have never been so busy."
If you would like to hear more about Sunil's success story, or if you would like to take on a Signarama franchise, they will be located on stand 406 at The Franchise Show.
Ali joined the Auditel Cost Management Franchise after visiting a franchise exhibition. He was a Business Development Consultant for a variety of media companies and wanted to run his own business. He decided to take up a franchise. He explains: "Auditel’s business model is proven, robust, and lucrative. The company's financial performance has been fantastic. The network has grown to over two hundred Affiliates and the software and tools are exceptional!
But above all, the real reason that I chose Auditel is because of their values and the culture of the organisation. It's a very, very important and daunting decision to make, but I never felt pressured. They actively encouraged me to look at all the other options, at the market and at the competition. The training was comprehensive, inspiring and an excellent foundation for client meetings and acquisition!
Paul and Linda joined the PPP franchise in April 2010, they now have five HMOs up and running, a sixth in refurbishment. The five properties produce over £100,000 annual operating profit.
After 30 years building an impressive corporate career in the IT world, Paul Cronin felt the urge to get out of the rat race and run his own business. His career culminated in the role of VP of Sales for a telecommunications software company. Paul and his wife Linda decided they wanted a business they could run together and, having already invested in property during the boom years, it presented an attractive option.
When they first ventured into the world of property investment, the benefits were fairly intangible. Buying and selling was risky because they assumed there would be short term capital growth. Before setting out on their own again, they recognised that they needed a more certain return on investment in respect to both their time and money.
“We are now working with some truly great people who approach life with a very giving attitude and a philosophy of sharing their time and skills freely. The focus is on achieving financial freedom and thus being able to choose how and with whom we spend our time. Being part of such a community has already had an incredibly positive impact on our lives."
“I was spending more and more time away from my family. I would often have to work late nights and weekends when I should have been with them. The time was right for me to take more control. That’s when I started thinking about ERA again.”
Unusually for someone who purchases a franchise, Pritesh never considered any other opportunities or thought about his own start-up, so convinced was he by the proven business model and support he was buying into with ERA.
“It wasn’t that I chose a franchise over starting my own business; it was more to do with the fact that I really liked the ERA business. Everything about it was geared towards my goals: I could control my own workload, earn a very good income, and work alongside some very successful professionals – people who could help me achieve their kind of success.” And it didn’t take long for him to start reaping the rewards. In fact, just 18 months into owning his ERA business, Pritesh was joined by his wife to facilitate his growth plans. Now, seven years into his ERA ownership, he has exceeded all his goals and continues to grow.
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