2018 National Conference

The EWIF National Conference takes place in September every year to give members, both new and old, the opportunity to come together, network and share ideas and expert knowledge. Each year the conference grows with us achieving a record number of attendees and are always pleased to welcome so many of our members joining together to celebrate the success of the year!

The 2018 National Conference:

Date: Friday 21st September 2018

Venue: The Best Western Plus Manor Hotel, Main Road, Meriden, Solihull, West Midlands, CV7 7NH

Travel info: There is plenty of free parking at the venue for those who are driving. The nearest train station is Coventry which is a 15-minute taxi journey to the hotel.

This year’s speakers are…


Louise Harris


Former Wilkins Chimney Sweep director Louise Harris has over ten years’ experience in the franchise industry and is dedicated to making the best out of what the franchise sector has to offer. At this year’s EWIF awards in May, she received the EWIF Special Recognition Award.

In 2011, Louise and her husband Peter took on Wilkins Chimney Sweep. The husband and wife team grew their network to 14 national franchisees over seven years. But now, with pastures new on the horizon, they have just sold Wilkins to StumpBusters UK Ltd.

Louise has been on both sides of the franchising fence, as both franchisor and franchisee. She also used to co-chair EWIF, and currently serves on the board of the bfa. An inspiration to others within the franchising family, she is often called upon to share her knowledge and experience right across the sector.


Danni and Ben from Channel 4’s Hunted


If you’ve ever seen the TV reality shows Hunted or Celebrity Hunted you know we’re in for a real treat. This year, we have two of the prestigious team of Hunters speaking to us: Danni Brooke & Ben Owen.

In 2015, Danni and Ben joined Channel 4’s Hunted – a TV show with a team a “fugitives” who have to go off-grid to avoid being caught by the Hunted team, made of the UK’s most elite agents.

Danni, part of the Hunter ground team, is to-date the most deployed female undercover operative in the British Police Service. She joined the force when she was just 18, quickly being recruited to work in the notoriously demanding Undercover Officer Unit at New Scotland Yard. For over a decade, she was involved in some of the most high-risk undercover operations across the UK, working against drugs operations, prostitution, firearms and paedophiles, and leading to countless convictions.

Never turning down any undercover deployment, Danni thrives on this adrenaline-fuelled lifestyle, often pushing herself to physical and mental extremes. Not dissimilar to running a franchise business. Danni now uses her vast experience in the covert world to inspire others by sharing her story of a being a female in high-pressured and high-threat environments.

Ben, on the other hand, is second-in-command for Team:Hunter, coordinating the hunt from Hunter HQ. As a former British Intelligence Officer, he has become an internationally recognised expert in surveillance and covert operations. He has been highly successful in gathering intelligence on some of the most high-profile counterterrorism operations in recent history.

It is his years of experience in high-pressured environments which has made him such a successful Intelligence Officer. Having served in the British military, being deployed across the globe, including acting in the Gulf War II aged just 19 years old, Ben thrives on making split-second decisions based on large quantities of data and complex analysis. He is also an excellent team leader, knowing how best to motivate those he is managing, not so different from motivating a franchise network.


Why do EWIF host a national conference?

Hosting a National Conference is just one of the ways that EWIF supports both its members and those women looking to get into franchising. As EWIF members, women (and men!) are able to attend various events throughout the year to network, and gain support, knowledge and advice for their own businesses and for those who are looking to get into franchising and need a helping hand.

The NatWest/bfa survey for 2015 revealed that women now account for only 17% of franchisees in the UK which is a 5% decrease since 2011, making the EWIF cause more important than ever. EWIF are looking to change the face of the franchise sector so that women have a much larger presence than they do currently and to balance out the ratio of men to women in the franchise industry.

By attending events such as the EWIF National Conference, members open the doors to networking with some of the biggest brands in the franchise industry. Many businesses grow through networking and gaining advice from those business owners who are experiencing exactly the same challenges. For those looking to take their first steps into the franchise industry either as a franchisee or a franchisor, attending EWIF meetings and conferences is a great introduction and a way to speak to those already in the industry.

Register your attendance at the 2018 National Conference! 

Come and support women in franchising and hear from inspirational women across our industry. Attendance is open to anyone involved in franchising!

Please email laura@coconutcreatives.co.uk to book your place.

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