Franchising Essentials Theatre

Friday 16th February

Saturday 17th February


11.00 - 11.30

Jonathan Chadd

International Franchising – Legal Issues

Experienced franchise lawyer Jonathan Chadd of Leathes Prior Solicitors will outline the legal issues to be considered when expanding through franchising internationally. This seminar will be of interest to UK business owners looking to expand their networks overseas, international brands expanding into the UK and also to companies or individuals considering the acquisition of master franchise rights from an overseas franchisor. The seminar will consider the initial steps to be taken, explain the importance of brand protection, review the differing requirements as to disclosure, and identify the alternative legal structures and the scope of legal documentation that may be required. There will be an opportunity for questions of the speaker and for subsequent one to one meetings for those wishing to explore further particular points of interest.


11.45 - 12.15

Michael Crane

“If only I knew then what I know now”

When Michael founded the company in December 2002, he started with no money, an old telephone, a wobbly desk and a tiny selection of products. But what he lacked in collateral he amassed in vision and hustle, and the rest as they say is ’His-story’. So come and hear Michael’s story, see the lessons he learnt along the journey and how he built a nationwide business with over 100,000 products serving over a 1000 businesses in the UK.


12.30 - 13.00

Abel Campos

McDonald’s Progressive Burger Company

Abel started with McDonalds as a crew member in 1995, encountering many aspects of the world's best known food franchise in his journey to Head of Franchising. Hear his explanation of the evolution of the McDonald's as a brand in the last ten years.


13.15 - 13.45

Ged Comerford

Step-by-step how to get into The Christmas Decorators Franchise – with advice, tips & insight

Ged will talk through tips and advice about how to get into The Christmas Decorators franchise - in a step-by-step process. An invaluable roadmap to franchising.


14.00 - 14.30

James Vincent

Why some franchise owners fail, but others make a 6 figure income per year.

Performance Director James Vincent reveals how to:  choose the right franchise for you, which fulfils all of your personal needs  avoid failure in your franchise  realise your business’s full potential Two decades of franchising, business start-up and business growth experience distilled into the most valuable 30 mins possible for the person who matters most, you!


14.45 - 15.15

Julie Taylor

Why invest in a Franchise Resale?

An introduction to buying a Franchise Resale: why buy a franchise? especially one that’s already up and running! Julie will dispel some of the myths around franchise resales, and explain how buying a resale can set you onto the road to success quicker than setting up a brand new business.