Franchise Expo Paris, the international business networking trade show, will be held from March 20th to 23rd, 2011, at the Exhibition Centre at Porte de Versailles in Paris, Pavilion 3. Using a 23,000 sq. m. surface area, Franchise Expo Paris will be staging French and international franchise brands from 75 business sectors.
Four of those sectors are particularly innovative and growing fast:
fashion/beauty/health, home decoration/equipment, catering/food trade and services to individuals and businesses.
As a privileged exchange platform between franchise and investor networks, the trade show expects 31,000 visitors looking for business opportunities.
In 2010, 13.5% of attendees were from overseas from 93 countries. Franchise Expo Paris is the only trade show to provide would-be business creators with the opportunity of discovering the interior decoration and ambience of French and foreign stores in such large numbers.
In 2011, most of the 450 exhibiting brands will once again be reproducing their franchise concept within their booths to help investors find the one that suits them best.
As a genuine springboard towards overseas markets, Franchise Expo Paris will be confirming its intent to present innovative concepts for these markets. 24% of exhibitors will be overseas franchisors.
All international franchising experts will be there in 2011, including consultants, lawyers, bankers, franchise associations or real-estate agents.
For the 2011 edition, besides the usual Spanish and Italian pavilions and the International Village, Franchise Expo Paris would introduce new pavilions: Canadian, Brazilian, American and Moroccan.
The guest country of honour will be Canada. In choosing Canada, Franchise Expo Paris's principal aim is to promote a market that is very attractive in exporting as well as importing franchise concepts. The franchise and networked business sector has seen remarkable growth and today counts over 1,200 franchise networks (+41%) and almost 78,000 outlets spread throughout the major cities.
Lastly, as happens every year, Franchise Expo Paris will hold a 4-day intensive conference programme about the various key issues in the franchise sector, a series of meetings based upon the sharing of experience with major figures in business networking, as well as free daily training programmes
dispensed by the franchise school and including a trail of bespoke visits, and also novelties to be discovered in early 2011.About Franchise Expo ParisEvery year for over a quarter of a century, Franchise Expo Paris has been boosting the development of networks in France and abroad, helping thousands of entrepreneurs achieve their dream of founding their own business. Franchise Expo Paris is the privileged meeting platform putting company founders and retailers in touch with over 450 French and international brands.In order to ensure a successful project, Franchise Expo Paris gathers all of the professionals neededto support, advise and inform them, as well as help them find required funding. It is thanks to thisunique offer, which includes high-exposure store brands and concepts that are developing in newmarkets, that entrepreneurs can compare, projecting themselves into the brand’s world, and thus join the network best suited to their ambitions. www.franchiseparis.comAbout the FFFEver since its founding in 1971, the FFF (French Franchising Federation) has had one ambition: to make franchising the best means of development for modern trading. With close to 125 member networks selected according to ethical criteria and representing 40% of French franchisees, the FFF is an essential interface between public authorities, network founders, entrepreneurs and investors. It grants franchisors and future franchisors and franchisees the training and information they need to develop and to export... It holds discussions with public authorities and local elected officials about the vital modernisation of trading and merchant services, of which franchising is one of the most powerful vectors. Through its exchange and research programmes, it contributes to ongoing changes in franchising, a strategy currently used by over 1,234 commercial networks in France — representing close to 50,000 points of sale… In France, the franchise sector presently boasts over 315,000 employees, a turnover in excess of €47b and a growth rate above 10% (in amount of new networks and points of sale) in the most dynamic sectors (services to individuals, real estate, specialised food). Such confirmed success further supports, encourages and nurtures the FFF’s ambition as the spokesperson for entrepreneurs who create and who develop through franchising...www.franchise-fff.com