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How to find the work-life balance for you


Release date: 11-May-2017

Flexible working is becoming an increasingly important part of developing a successful business, with an overwhelming 98 per cent of workers saying they’re more productive if they can choose where they work.1 For those struggling to find this balance, franchising offers an attractive solution. The British Franchise Exhibition, which returns to EventCity, Manchester, on 16 & 17 June, is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the industry which offers you the freedom of being your own boss.

The exhibition gives visitors the chance to explore opportunities with a wide range of reputable brands. For example, Creation Station is proud to offer a tried and tested business model which was created for a more flexible lifestyle. The UK’s number one children’s arts and crafts franchise was established by multi award-winning entrepreneur and mum of three Sarah Cressall. Sarah comments: “It’s hard finding a flexible and rewarding career that enables you to prioritise your family. I know this very well as it is the reason I started Creation Station myself. With my three boys I wanted to be able to choose my working hours, do something that made a difference to others and generated a good income.”

The British Franchise Exhibition provides a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to speak with key franchises, including McDonald’s, Bluebird Care and event sponsors, Anytime Fitness, to inspire them to follow in Sarah’s footsteps. Visitors will also have access to a wealth of expert advice from professional advisers, consultants and franchisees. With brands to suit all budgets, visitors will gain an integral understanding of what the industry has to offer.

Visitors can rest assured that all exhibitors operate a viable business model as The British Franchise Exhibition is exclusively supported by The British Franchise Association (bfa). All exhibiting brands must pass the bfa’s strict accreditation process in order to attend. Experts
from the industry regulatory body will also host a series of educational seminars at the event covering the fundamentals of franchising.

The Growing Your Own Business Conference, incorporated within the exhibition, gives visitors the opportunity to learn from industry experts about building and expanding a successful business. Top entrepreneurs will also reveal the secrets behind their success in a series of inspirational keynotes. Speakers at this year’s event include Abel Campos, Head of Franchising and Field Services at McDonald’s UK, and serial entrepreneur, author, and international speaker, Linzi Boyd.

Adrian Goodsell, Franchise Sales Director at Venture Marketing Group, organisers of the event, adds: “Franchising offers such a wide range of possibilities, there is something to suit everyone. Whether someone wants to be their own boss, or is looking for a better work-life balance, franchising provides the opportunity to do just that.”

The British Franchise Exhibition takes place at EventCity, Manchester, on 16 and 17 June, 2017. Visitors can gain free entry by registering online with code PRF2 at


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