Visitor and exhibitor success at Northern Ireland's first franchise exhibition

The Franchise Exhibition 2006, the first ever franchise event for Northern Ireland was a huge success for visitors and exhibitors alike, highlighting the fact that franchising is a rapidly growing industry in the region.

The event took place at the Odyssey in Belfast on May 12 & 13. Thousands of visitors attended the event, which featured established and new franchises from a wide range of industry sectors from Northern Ireland, the UK and overseas.

'We were extremely impressed by the range of businesses at The Franchise Exhibition. Until this show, we had no idea of the opportunities that franchising had to offer here, and we've found one franchise business that we're strongly considering investing in,' said Sean Gallagher, a visitor from Belfast.

The exhibition generated thousands of high quality leads for exhibitors at the show. Feedback from companies showed that they were impressed with the standard of the visitors that attended the exhibition. 'We are delighted with the response to our launch at The Franchise Exhibition in Belfast. We have had a terrific response for master licensees and individuals. We are pleased that we have decided to launch our product at this exhibition,' commented Nigel Rush, Managing Director, www.yellowtom.com.'

'As this was the first franchise exhibition in Northern Ireland we have been delighted with the 'buy-in' to franchising from people seeking to run their own business. We feel confident the exhibition has raised awareness of the benefits of franchising and as franchisors we look forward to awarding our territories in Northern Ireland soon,' said Debbie Smith, Head of Franchise, Select Appointments.

Given the feedback from exhibitors and visitors, the event was hailed as a true success. David Tuck, Franchise Sales Manager at Venture Marketing Group, said, 'We are delighted with the response to The Franchise Exhibition. People in Northern Ireland are really beginning to see the benefits of franchising. The franchise industry is already worth £10 billion across the UK, and the tremendous success of the event proves that the future is going to be very bright indeed.'