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Signs Express Dundee Continues to Grow

Leading signs and graphics franchise, Signs Express is the UK and Ireland’s largest sign company with over 80 centres. Exhibiting at the forthcoming British Franchise Exhibition in Glasgow on Stand E30, Signs Express offers a lucrative b2b package unlike any other – giving franchisees all the tools they need to make the best possible start.

Experiencing the advantages of the successful Signs Express package is James Bain, who opened his Dundee Signs Express centre in February of this year. An entrepreneurial self-starter, James has vast experience in running businesses, having worked at director level for a number of companies in the oil and gas industry before becoming a Signs Express franchisee.

Born in Lanarkshire, Scotland James has travelled the world with his work, spending time in America, Canada and South Africa, working at Director level for each organisation. While working for Weatherford International, formally BBL, James helped the company to grow from supplying the central North Sea area only, to becoming a world-wide supplier of innovative oilfield drilling technology products. A multi-award winning company, Weatherford International was at the forefront of Casing Drilling technology.

Commenting on his career path James said - ‘After so many years in the oil and gas business, I was ready for a change. Although I had a very enjoyable career in this business, I was missing large parts of family life due to having to work overseas for much of the year. I had been planning ahead and looked closely at Franchising or buying an existing business for some time.

Franchising was more appealing as it allows you all the growth capacity of a brand new business but with a time-proven system already in place.’

‘When I decided that I wanted to buy a franchise I had a defined set of requirements already in place. One was that it had to be business-to-business, it had to be non-food and it also had to be a product based business.

Whilst researching my franchise choices, the Signs Express package really stuck in my mind as they were the ones that time and time again, ticked all the boxes for my needs.

Each Signs Express franchisee takes part in a comprehensive training course covering all areas of the business and receives ongoing support and advice from a dedicated team of over 25 industry professionals at the Head Office; covering all disciplines including technical support, accounts, marketing, IT and operations.

James comments - ‘I was very impressed with the level of support available to the franchisees, and also with the great enthusiasm for the business shown by the directors and staff at the Norwich Head Office. I took time to visit some existing franchisees nearest to my location and all had strong and continued enthusiasm for the business - many still growing strongly after over 10 yrs of trading.’

‘It’s important to get up and look forward to coming into work in the mornings; this is true for business owners and staff. I had another visit to Norwich HQ a few weeks later but had my decision already made that Signs Express was where I wanted to be.’

Since opening in February of this year, the Signs Express (Dundee) centre has grown and prospered. The business employs 3 people and James has many plans for the future.

Signs Express is a well established franchise with over 80 centres nation-wide and is the UK’s largest sign company.

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