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Events in focus: Europe’s must-go franchise expos

Events in focus: Europe’s must-go franchise expos

Whether you’re exhibiting or attending, franchise expos and shows are essential platforms to grow your brand’s presence. Here, we take a whistle-stop tour of the best events Europe has to offer

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When: 18-20 September, 2019

Where: CEC Expocentre, Moscow, Russia

BUYBRAND Expo has been covering the trends and changes in the franchise industry since 2003. In that time, it has had 1,220 top global and Russian brands go through its doors and has been visited by over 110,000 entrepreneurs and investors from more than 50 countries.

This year, there will be around 300 companies attending, including concepts from Great Britain, Malaysia, France, Italy, Germany, Korea, and a raft of other countries. Included in the long list of exhibitors are Copper Branch from Canada, Southern Fried Chicken from Great Britain, Ximi Vogue from Korea and more.

The exhibition owners are keen to point out that this year’s BUYBRAND Expo will showcase opportunities to not only choose a franchise and find suitable services for your business but also to explore alternative options for investment, as well as learn about ways to attract capital into a business.

The expo is a well-known meeting place for international business, with the 2019 edition expected to attract more than 9,000 investors and franchisees from all regions of Russia, as well as Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, United Arab Emirates and other countries.

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When: 10-13 October, 2019

Where: CNR Expo Center, Istanbul, Turkey

The Be My Franchise expo has built a strong reputation on consistently connecting the most successful franchise concepts with qualified investors seeking to own their own business or expand their current ventures.

The organiser behind the exhibition has a key mission: to contribute to the global and Turkish economy while providing social benefits for the community.

Be My Franchise, which has been organized by Media Force since 2005, is the premier annual event for Turkey’s franchise industry, bringing and connecting existing franchisors and industry suppliers with new franchisee and master franchisee candidates.

Be My Franchise boasts large numbers of the most in-demand franchise concepts and opportunities on display, as well providing the ultimate platform for qualified prospects from across Europe, the Middle East and the Balkans looking for their next exciting franchise investment opportunity.

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When: 17-19 October, 2019

Where: Palace of Culture & Science, Warsaw, Poland

Poland’s premier franchise expo, Franchise Expo Warsaw is a three-day franchise extravaganza, playing host to some 200 brands and 7,000 visitors, who are all interested in the next big franchise opportunity.

Not only is the Franchise Expo Warsaw the ideal destination to exchange contacts and meet potential business partners, but it provides an excellent opportunity for franchise companies to forge connections and develop their businesses in Poland.

There are also plenty of thought-provoking conferences taking place throughout the expo, with training forums available with business leaders and top experts from the franchise market. It’s the ideal opportunity to deepen your knowledge about developing and running a successful business.


When: 14-16 November, 2019

Where: Messegelände, Halle 9.0, Frankfurt, Germany

In mid-November Frankfurt plays host to over 100 franchise exhibitors from Germany, the U.S. and other countries’ franchise brands, both established and new. Whether you’re looking to meet finance franchise specialists, immerse yourself in the fine detail of franchising at in-depth workshops or you’re on the lookout for a leading consultant to determine the right system for you, the Franchise Expo Frankfurt has rightly become a go-to event in the global franchise calendar.

Germany has established itself as a titan in the world of international franchising, with a 2018 study by the German Franchise Association stating that there are currently 990 franchise systems across the country with more than 128,000 franchise partners – this showed a growth of 3.6 per cent on the previous year.

With the German franchise industry in such rude health, why not grab a slice of the action and head to the Franchise Expo Frankfurt in November?


When: 22-25 March, 2020

Where: Porte de Versailles, Paris, France

Recognised as one of Europe’s leading franchise events, the Paris Franchise Expo connects more than 36,000 investors and merchants – of which 3,300 travel from overseas – with more than 500 French and international brands from 90 different sectors.

By attending the show, visitors gain the opportunity to get advice from key players in the franchising arena, including consultants, lawyers, bankers, franchise associations and real estate developers.

And if that isn’t enough, there are typically 100 different talks, conferences and workshops that take place over the event, helping entrepreneurs, franchisors and businesspeople with advice on topics such as franchisee recruitment and much, much more.


When: 3-4 April, 2020

Where: ExCeL, London, England

If you’re looking for a business opportunity that offers you the chance to be a part of an internationally recognized or up-and-coming brand, then look no further than The International Franchise Show in London.

Over the last decade, this important event has helped thousands of people to make their move into new business, offering access to the very latest information and opportunities within this fast-moving industry.

A comprehensive exhibitor line-up is on show every year, and the conference schedule always provides a great opportunity for you to discover compelling franchise brands from around the globe, as well as information on everything from master franchise operations to showcasing the benefits of a well-functioning retail franchise.

The International Franchise Show offers visitors ultimate access to brands looking for someone to take charge of bringing their concept to the UK market, and nowhere else in the country can you discover so many exciting international opportunities in one place.


When: 7-9 May, 2020

Where: Feria de Madrid, Madrid, Spain

The latest developments and opportunities in franchising come together at EXPOFRANQUICIA, a Madrid-based franchising fair where professionals and the general public can find a business to suit their needs and investments levels.

The show itself, which will next year be celebrating its 27th edition, has garnered a world-renowned reputation and is recognised as a leading franchising event in Spain and beyond.

The last edition of EXPOFRANQUICIA brought together products and services from 500 brand names and closed with an influx of 15,428 visitors, 31.7 per cent of whom attended the fair with the intention of acquiring a franchise within the year – 5.9 per cent were looking to sign a master franchise agreement at the event.

Looking to attend more franchise shows over the next year? Head to our events section for a comprehensive round-up of the must-visit global franchise conferences and expositions

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