The National Franchise Exhibition returns to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham, on Friday October 5 and Saturday October 6 2012. The exhibition, organised by Venture Marketing Group, is open from 10am to 5pm on Friday, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

The exhibition, with over 150 businesses on show, is the largest franchise exhibition in the UK, supported by the British Franchise Association (bfa).

Visitors will be able to attend the extensive list of conferences, seminars, panels and clincs that are on offer. These range from where to start and getting finance, through to existing franchisees talking about their experience owning a franchise business. There is also a children's activity centre so you can entertain your little ones, while your partner gathers information on the franchise opportunities of interest.

People looking to franchise their own business (prospective franchisors) can attend seminars on the benefits of expanding their business as a franchised operation, as well as speaking with franchise consultants.