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London, United Kingdom, 2008/12/10 - Franchise Expo Paris, the major international event for the franchise sector, will be held in Paris from 13 to 16 March 2009. Over 400 French and international brands are expected to be represented at the event, from 75 business sectors.
There will be a particular focus on Brazil, with a pavilion dedicated to the country, as well as special meetings with Brazilian investors.
In 2009, Franchise Expo Paris will showcase hundreds of franchising concepts from 20 different countries. There will be 75 business sectors represented, ranging from fine foods to ready-to-wear fashion, from car repairs to real-estate, from toys to beauty parlours, and from stationery to swimming pools. The organisers expect 30,000 qualified visitors to attend the show.
In order to help visitors succeed with their franchise projects, Franchise Expo Paris will also bring together experts offering support, advice and information to potential franchisees, as well as help with finding the necessary financing.
The unique range of products and services on display at the show – including highly renowned brand names and concepts being developed in new markets – enables entrepreneurs to compare offers and to find out more about a brand or concept, so as to find the best-matched project.
Franchise Expo Paris will provide key information and advice about contracts, obligations, the European franchising code of ethics, the French Loi Doubin and other regulations. The French Franchise Federation and members of its College of Experts will also offer free consulting sessions. In addition, there will be conferences and workshops about franchising and company creation.
Franchise Expo Paris is expecting an increase in its number of international visitors – 14% of visitors were from outside France in 2008. The opening day of the 2009 show, Friday 13 March, will be dedicated to international investors, franchisors and master franchisees. The Franchise Expo Paris 2009 opening ceremony, as well as a special programme of conferences held on that day, will be translated simultaneously into English.
Over the four days of the trade show, the Master Franchise School will be offering two hours of free English-language training every afternoon. The Master Franchise School is devoted to international franchisors seeking a master franchisee in France and international investors looking to develop a French or international brand name within their country of origin via a master franchise.
The annual World Franchise Council summit will gather all WFC-member franchise federations from 12 to 13 March 2009 in Paris. From 14 to 16 March, international federations will then attend the trade show to provide information to entrepreneurs and investors about franchise development within their respective countries.
Brazil will be the guest of honour in 2009. The Brazilian Franchise Association (ABF) will join Franchise Expo Paris, presenting a pavilion of brand names seeking to expand into France and across the world. In addition, meetings with Brazilian investors will be organised.
The Business Award Franchise will reward, as it does every year, a successful international franchisor. In 2009, it will concern a Brazilian concept, since Brazil will be the nation in the limelight. This initiative, launched by Franchise Expo Paris, the French Franchise Federation and Reed Expositions France, aims to encourage the development of brand names beyond their own borders.
In addition to the usual International Village, and Australian, Italian and Spanish Pavilions, Franchise Expo Paris 2009 will also feature a Danish Pavilion.
About Franchise Expo Paris
Franchise Expo Paris (franchiseparis.com), which is being organised by Reed Expositions France, will be held at the Porte de Versailles Exhibition Centre (Hall 7.2) in Paris (France) from 13 to 16 March 2009.