Small business owners offered opportunity to expand

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Small business owners in Aberdeenshire are being invited to the Scottish Franchise Show’s first visit to the north-east.

The free-to-attend exhibition will feature more than 25 franchise and business opportunities, all of which have an Aberdeen or north-east licence available for sale.

The exhibition traditionally takes place in and around Glasgow and Edinburgh. Last year’s Edinburgh event saw 400 visitors.

Organiser Mark Monument said: “The main aim of the expo is to find locals who wish start their own business. But the Expo is a great networking event for existing local businesses owners to find, meet and network with dozens of prospective new franchised companies that might well be setting up in Aberdeen over the immediate few weeks and months.

“Companies prospering through varied economic ups and downs are exactly the sort that will appeal to individuals looking to start their own business in their own town. Good franchise formats offer a proven, well tested formula in good times and bad plus excellent head office support for the individual franchisee.

“If there are firms doing well here in Aberdeen that have a funky, franchise-able format then we’d love to see them at the show.”  

Show spokesperson Louise Remfry said: “The exhibitors on show are making a conscious effort to expand around the Grampian region.

“Exhibitors include Tutor Doctor, a worldwide franchise who have a really funky home learning business, PTC Sports – a franchise suitable for those with a love of sport and fitness, and Bake & Take – a fast growing German bakery and coffee franchise with big expansion plans for Scotland.”

Scots business owner Terry Nicholson, of the Lawnscience gardencare franchise, has multiple franchise units running throughout the UK and Ireland and will be visiting the show. He said: “The exhibitors on show are each making a conscious effort to expand into the north-east economy and therefore seek local business partners based here.

“In other words there are new jobs to be created, new businesses premises to be rented and new contracts to be won for existing, local B2B service suppliers to help these franchises hit the ground running.”

The free exhibition is open from 10am on Saturday 25th April 2015 at the AECC. Full details can be found at www.scotlandfranchiseshow.com.

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