Post your questions free of charge to our panel of franchise experts, covering financial, legal and consultancy issues.
The West Midlands franchise market is valued at £1.2 billion. 69% of all franchise systems have presence in the region. Franchisors with head offices in the West Midlands include Chemex, Chipsaway, Interlink, Minster, Mr Electric, Revive, The Camping and Caravanning Club, Tumble Tots, Express Despatch, Two Men and a Truck, Dent Wizard and Pc Pal.
The West Midlands is situated in the heart of England. The big cities and towns of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Coventry and Walsall, occupy a central position within the region.
With a population of about 5.3 million people, the region accounts for a 9% share of the UK's population. The city of Birmingham alone accounts for just over 1 million people. Birmingham attracts 22 million visitors a year who spend £760 million. The region is largest shopping area second only to London.
Travel to and from the region is easily accessible as it lies at the centre of the country's rail and road network (M5, M6, M42 & M40). Birmingham International Airport is one of the largest and fastest growing airports in the UK. The West Midlands is home to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), attracting 42% of the UK's conference business. Over 4 million people a year visit the NEC.
These stats all point to one thingâ€¦the West Midlands is an ideal place to live and run your own business. And what better way than franchising - the safest route into business start-up.