Welcome to our international Franchise page. It provides the most recent market research, trade leads and event information. Our worldwide team of Franchise Specialists is prepared to assist in increasing your presence overseas. Franchise Trade Specialists (see right) are available to discuss your international business needs.

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Franchising Facts

The Franchising industry and businesses employs 21 million people and generates $2.3 trillion of economic activity. A new franchise business opens every 8 minutes of every business day.

Like the United States, franchise businesses around the world have seen steady growth in the past decade, particularly in Brazil, China and Mexico. According to the International Franchise Association (IFA), their members are eyeing overseas expansion as an important way to diversify their portfolios. For instance, a survey of IFA members last Summer, revealed that 61 percent of respondents currently franchise or operate in international locations, and 16 percent generate between 25 percent and 30 percent of revenue from international activities. Almost three fourths of respondents said they plan to start or accelerate international ventures.  

Want more on Franchising?

  • Utilize the Commercial Service to help you find franchisees abroad or to learn the basics on exporting. Contact a Franchise Trade Specialist (see right).
  • Take a look at IFA’s website ( for expert advice and tips. 

Key Global Franchise Activities

Please take a look at our calendar of events listed here.

Trade Events:

  • IFA Convention in Las Vegas, NV (February 15-18)
  • British and International Franchise Expo - London (March 14-15)
  • Franchise Trade Show - Paris (March 23-26)
  • Expo Franquicia Trade Show – Madrid (April 23-25)
  • International Franchise Expo – New York, NY (June 18-20)
  • China and Taiwan Trade Mission (August)
  • Central America Trade Mission (September)
  • Nordic Region Trade Mission (October)

For additional information on these events, contact your local Franchise Trade Specialist listed above.

Detailed Event Information For Franchising in the UK: The Challenges U.S. Brands Face and How to Overcome Them Detailed Event Information For Franchising in the UK: The Challenges U.S. Brands Face and How to Overcome Them
Franchising in the UK: The Challenges U.S. Brands Face and How to Overcome Them -- Franchising
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Location/Date: London, United Kingdom 11/14/2013 - 11/14/2013
Event Summary:
The U.S. Commercial Service in London is pleased to host an informational webinar for U.S. franchisors on Thursday November 14, 2013 at 10am EST. Please join us to hear from UK industry experts in the fields of Banking, Commercial Property, and Franchising Law. Each expert will speak about the challenges U.S. brands face in the UK and how these challenges can be mitigated and overcome to enter and to thrive in the United Kingdom. Adrian Goodsell of Venture Marketing Group will also speak to attendees about the benefits of exhibiting at the British and International Franchising Show. Taking place in March 2014, the British and International Franchising Show has been granted Trade Fair Certification by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Jennifer Loffredo, Pontiac
Senior International Trade Specialist
Phone: 248-452-2254/586-469-6447
Sara Jones, London
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7894 0451
Chrystal Denys, London
Commercial Specialist
Phone: +44 20 7894 0432
Elaine Evans-Lombe, London
Phone: +44 (0) 20 7894 0419