Matthew Haller, President & CEO of the IFA

The International Franchise Association (IFA) will bring a delegation to London this week for the International Franchise Show (IFS) to highlight opportunities in franchising across both sides of the Atlantic and provide education to the franchising community abroad. The first event of its kind and a pre-cursor to the IFS expo, the International Market Entry seminar on Thursday 11 April at ExCel London will focus on pathways to US and UK franchise development for brands and business ownership opportunities for prospective franchisees, bringing franchising giants together to discuss benefits and challenges of cross-pollination across the two global markets.

“Franchising is one of the greatest pathways to business ownership and brand expansion. One of the things people are surprised to see when they first enter the world of franchising is the collaboration between competing brands and the opportunities that are available around the world. This event will act as a hub for franchisors and prospective franchisees in a new market to share their expertise, form new partnerships and solidify existing friendships,” said Matthew Haller, President and CEO of IFA.

The event will include franchising, legal and financial experts to highlight the opportunities and challenges across both international markets. Established franchisors who have navigated both markets will share their stories from the hospitality, social care and children’s services sectors.

Dan Archer, UK CEO of in-home care franchise Visiting Angels, will delve into the brand’s incredible story of challenging the status quo in the British social care sector, having successfully taken the core carer-centric values from the US brand into the UK and expanded to nearly 70 locations in just six years.

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“I’m delighted to be asked to speak at this critical event. I’ve worked in franchising for three decades across a variety of sectors, and I truly believe it’s a great way for people to become business owners. The work we do at this event will bring even more opportunities to people in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland to access the rewards of an exciting franchise opportunity.”

The IFA team will remain in London as headline sponsors of the International Franchise Show at ExCel London on 12-13 April. The expo showcases over 250 franchise opportunities and features education sessions from leading international brands. 2023’s record-breaking expo welcomed more than 11,000 visitors from 46 countries.

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