Event in focus: Attend the 39th edition of Franchise Expo Paris

Event in focus: Attend the 39th edition of Franchise Expo Paris

The leading international franchise event returns to Porte de Versailles

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Each year, many people from as many different backgrounds start their own businesses through franchising. In order to help everyone to better understand this dynamic business model, the French Franchise Federation (FFF) and Reed Expositions France will open the doors to the 39th edition of Franchise Expo Paris, from March 22 to 25.

The show gathers all of the key market players and initiates vocations and professional opportunities. Franchise Expo Paris is the place to be to get information, find the right concept, and be in the best position to take the plunge – or simply get your entrepreneurship and investment projects going.

Everybody is welcome

There is no generic profile needed to undertake a franchise. The leading franchise event in Europe offers a large choice of visitor experiences, suited to everybody’s needs.

“The wish for entrepreneurial opportunities has no age limit, especially when franchising is aimed at anyone with a project,” says Sylvie Gaudy, show director. “The team at Franchise Expo Paris wants to gather all of the solutions available for each project holder, according to their own goals and expectations, in one single place.”

No matter your profile, age, or resources, Franchise Expo Paris is a privileged time to ask all of your questions on fundamentals, advantages, and requirements of the model. Indeed, the event is for everyone: storekeepers, future franchisors with a project to develop, as well as employees wishing to change careers and become their own boss.

“The diversity of concepts represented in the show reflects the evolution of franchising and the new expectations of consumers,” continues Gaudy. “That’s why we encourage everyone to come and develop their projects, with the best support possible.”

Come prepared

With so much on offer, preparing your visit is a key element. Before the show, there will be a matchmaking platform to connect franchisors and candidates for bespoke business meetings. At the show, visitors will find new opportunities, advice from franchise experts, financial solutions (depending on one’s project), as well as a complete program of conferences and workshops.

“It’s a place where visitors can become entrepreneurs,” says Michael Bourel, president of the FFF, “thanks to meaningful professional meetings. Franchise Expo Paris is a high quality and international event that offers a great experience, with more than 500 exhibitors and around 100 conferences.”

“The diversity of concepts represented in the show reflects the evolution of franchising and the new expectations of consumers”

The event is also ideal to change one’s mind on the personal contribution (before borrowing) needed to start a franchise. Indeed, depending on the brand, it is possible to start a franchise with a personal contribution of €20,000 before borrowing.

No borders

Not only does the show represent the national dynamism that makes France a leader in Europe in terms of franchise networks, but Franchise Expo Paris also proves to be a true international franchise hub; thus showing the enthusiasm of franchise networks abroad.

This year, new members will be joining the show from Taiwan, Brazil, and even Lebanon, to confirm such enthusiasm. The show floor will feature more than 150 exhibitors from 27 different nationalities, representing the economic and geographic breadth of this business model.


“This is the place to be for anyone who wants to start one’s own business” - from La Réunion

“A great opportunity to find business ideas and good partners to start a franchise” - from Morocco

“There’s a lot of exhibitors to enable visitors to get information from many sectors of activity” - from Ukraine

“A VIP program that’s made to ease business: meetings with exhibitors and the opportunity to work on one’s business during the show, to stay longer” - from Asia


• More than 500 brands – 22 per cent of which are newcomers

• More than 35,000 visitors expected

• 27 nationalities represented

• 90 business sectors, including restaurants and hotels, food shops and retail, specialized outlets, beauty, health, fitness, fashion, personal equipment, home decoration and equipment, and B2B and B2C services

• Nearly 100 conferences and workshops to create your business and become a franchisee


To make the experience more enjoyable, and bring a more specific and tailored range of contents, each day will have a unique theme:

Sunday: families and career-changing individuals

Monday: employees and storekeepers

Tuesday: franchise for everyone

Wednesday: CSR principles in franchising


Where: Paris, Porte de Versailles, Hall 2.2

When: March 22-25, 2020

Contact: Alexandra Crépin, business@franchiseparis.com

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