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Signs Express Franchise

Run your own creative business. Signs Express is the UK's largest sign and graphic franchise. Franchisees Consult - Design - Create - Deliver. Est. over 30 years.

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At a Glance

Established: 1989

UK Presence: Over 65 centres

Start Up Cost: £215,000

Min personal contribution: £65,000

BFA Status: Full




Franchise Info

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Proven route to running your own £500K+ business

Multi-award-winning management business opportunity: lead your team to create commercial signage of all shapes and sizes, from social distancing signs to the latest digital outdoor advertising. Every single local business is a potential customer.

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A HUGE marketplace

Almost every business and organisation require branded signage in some form – the market is huge and clients often return with regular work year after year.

This is an exciting business opportunity for people with an eye for design who love the reward of taking a client’s brief and leading their team to deliver on each project. Over the last 30+ years Signs Express franchisees have done it all…

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YOUR role as Business Owner

The most successful franchisees are great communicators, creative and passionate about design, and enjoy the reward of transforming the appearance of businesses and organisations in their local area. The process starts with a consultation to get a clear brief to bring back for your team to design a solution, then create the signage and organise delivery and installation to the client.

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The important NUMBERS

Signs Express is a consultative and creative project management-style business model with proven, solid financials. Whether you are starting in a new territory or buying an established business as a resale, our managing director Jonathan will make sure you have a structured business plan to follow.

The returns can be very impressive as this journey outlines:   

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Stronger TOGETHER

There are so many benefits to running your business as part of a franchise network. You have a proven business model, benefit from national accounts work, training and guidance both at setup and ongoing as well as the sharing of best practice and the help of the network.

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Your business support is tailored to your needs and adapts as your business grows. Our UK-based team of experts have been supporting franchisees for over 30 years. You will benefit from:

  • Three-week initial training course
  • Business plan development and premises setup help
  • Staff recruitment and marketing launch plan
  • Regular regional and annual network wide group meetings
  • Financial reviews to keep you on track with your business plan
  • National accounts work and group purchasing power

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Next STEPS

Follow the proven business model and be open to the guidance from your business support team and there is no reason why you can’t build your own Signs Express business.

Get in touch if you:

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  • Have a desire to run your own creative business
  • Enjoy the variation and reward of project work
  • Want to follow the proven business model
  • Have £65K of capital available to invest

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Signs Express Franchise Resales

Case Studies

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Case Study
Val and Martin take on a Signs Express Greenfield site, impressed by the level of support!

Val and I have often talked about working together in the B2B sector, as we both have a commercial background. A Signs Express franchise stood out from the start. From the Discovery Day onwards, we have only been impressed with the level of expertise, support and training from the Signs Express Support Centre. We benefit daily from their 30 years' experience, knowledge, support team and most importantly, their reputation.

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Exclusive Interview: "I chose a resale as they were already trading and had a proven track record."

Paul Glover previously owned a waste management company before deciding the sell the business and try something new. He still wanted to run his own business in a growing market with a support network in place. A local franchise resale opportunity with Signs Express caught his interest. With his knowledge of the local area and the chance to enter an already established business it made sense for Paul. Learn about Paul's journey into franchising with his Signs Express resale opportunity!

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Exclusive Interview: "Signs Express has a dedicated Franchise Support Centre"

Established in 2002, Signs Express (Lancaster) has a diverse selection of customers and highly-skilled team in place. The wide-ranging territory this centre covers means there is access to thousands of businesses and is perfectly placed to service the needs of organisations large and small.

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Exclusive Interview: "The great thing about the sign industry is its diversity"

Nick Dawes previously worked in retail management but came across a sign franchise which greatly appealed to him. After looking into Signs Express, Nick knew it was the right route into business ownership for him as it combined his interest in graphics and design with a management business model.  To get an unique inside view into this franchisee's life...

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Exclusive interview with Signs Express franchisee for Falkirk

Established over ten years ago, Signs Express (Falkirk) continues to demonstrate how lucrative a franchise business can be in Scotland. Steve talks to us about why he decided to look at franchising and ultimately choose Signs Express, and discusses the challenges of buying an under-performing established franchise and how it has taken a lot of hard work and the right team in place to turn it around considerably. Read more about Steve’s franchising journey.

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Exclusive Interview: From the forces to franchising

Former Army Sergeant, Craig Tiley, owner of Signs Express in Stoke on Trent, invested in an established franchise for sale about a year ago and has gone from strength to strength ever since. After a career in the army, discover why he is so successful and why choosing the right ethical franchise business for you is essential.

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Interview

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Franchisor Interview
Exclusive interview: "Franchising; Building upon a solid foundation"
24-February-2015

Tony Marsh has had many years experience in franchising and, in particular, within the signs and graphics industry. As a director and shareholder of Signs Express and on the board of Directors of the British Franchise Association, Tony offers an unique insight into the industry. To benefit from Tony's experience...

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News

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Signs Express win at British Sign Awards 2020

Leading signs and graphics franchise Signs Express are delighted to announce that we have won the Roll-Out Programme of the Year category at the 2020 British Sign Awards for our Daily Mail rebrand project.

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Two's Company; Couple open Signs Express Leicester & Loughborough

Starting a new business is never without its risks, however, through careful planning and diligence on behalf of the franchisor, the Signs Express business model is continuing to provide a stable package for new and already established centres.

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Meet the latest woman to join the Signs Express franchise network - International Women's Day spotlight

As a commemoration of International Women’s Day, it’s the perfect time to celebrate our newest female franchisee to the Signs Express network. Mayura Joshi recently became the Owner of Signs Express (Colchester & Chelmsford), celebrating the opening of her centre at the end of 2018.

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Signs Express (Leeds) named as best signage company in city

Signs Express (Leeds) has recently been named as one of the top three signage companies in Leeds by independent ratings company, Three Best Rated.

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Signs Express Opens New Centre in Macclesfield

Signs Express is the largest provider of signs and graphics in the country, with a network of 65 centres around the UK and Ireland and have recently expanded with the newest addition in Macclesfield, Cheshire.

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Loyal Centre Manager becomes Owner of Signs Express (Taunton)

After more than 14 years of loyal service to the Taunton franchise of Signs Express as the Centre Manager and more than 25 years in the sign making industry, Richard Frayling has taken ownership of the business following Maurice Firman’s decision to sell the sign company.

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