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Signs Express Franchise

Signs Express is the UK's largest sign and graphic franchise. Franchisees - Consult, Design,Create & Deliver. Est. over 30 years. We offer 2 franchise models: Resale & Start-Ups

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At a Glance

Established: 1989

UK Presence: Over 60 centres

Average start up cost: £215,000

Min personal contribution: £65,000

Development type: single-unit franchises; multi-unit franchises; management

Franchise Info

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Established for more than 30 years, Signs Express is the UK’s largest signs and graphics business, with a network of over 60 centres around the UK, providing bespoke, quality solutions and unparalleled customer service.

Signs Express offers the perfect franchise opportunity in a lucrative and high profit sector, providing room for creativity and innovation. With options to join our trusted franchise network via our prime location start-up sites, or via a number of established resale opportunities, we offer you the freedom to start your own business and become your own boss, along with support, training and advice in all areas of the business.

If you are looking for a business opportunity with regular repeat business, high value orders, a stable marketplace and an established brand then Signs Express could be the right franchise for you.

Extensive Marketplace

Signage is required across every single industry sector, both private and public, and provides that vital first impression of a business. Very simply, a sign or graphic can be the difference between gaining a customer or losing a customer.

Whether producing fascia signs for retailers, wayfinding for hospitals, window graphics for offices, or vehicle graphics for tradespeople, Signs Express offers the complete solution with a reputation for quality and craftsmanship.

The UK signage industry was worth approx. £508m in 2021 and should be worth approximately £33bn by 2024 globally,* producing high profit margins and an ever-increasing customer base, with over 500,000 new limited companies alone incorporated into the UK each year**.

In a survey of over 1,000 businesses, 98% believed good quality signs and graphics gave a positive impression of a business with 97% saying that scruffy and unprofessional signs would make them less likely to do business.

*Source: Mordor Intelligence report, **Companies House Blog

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Why Signs Express

We are passionate about giving franchisees the opportunity to thrive, and have developed a model that strikes the perfect balance between the freedom of owning your own business and having guidance, support, and training from our dedicated Franchise Support Centre.

Known for quality and our customer-centric approach to business, we take great pride in everything we do which is reflected in how our customers see us.

As a new business owner, you can take advantage of our excellent reputation and use it to hit the ground running from day one. You can also call upon all the experience and projects from across the network to support you in winning new business opportunities.

Benefits include:

  • Established, trusted brand
  • Proven franchise model
  • Start-up accelerator investment
  • Dedicated UK Franchise Support Centre
  • Comprehensive business planning
  • Training and on-going support
  • Access to thousands of sales leads
  • Monday-Friday working hours

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, allowing your team to design a solution, then create the signage and organise delivery and installation for the client. Typically, our franchisees are not just business owners, they are brand ambassadors, problem solvers, customer service perfectionists and motivators of people…sound like you?

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What we look for in a franchise partner

You don’t need any sign industry experience to join Signs Express. Our most successful franchisees are driven, ambitious individuals, with a natural sales flair and a personable yet entrepreneurial approach who are excited about joining our award-winning network and driving our business forwards.

As an investor and owner, this industry offers you unlimited opportunities to be creative and inventive each and every day, whilst making an impressive return, as well as building a dynamic and diverse career.

We offer extensive training and on-going support to ensure our Franchisees are confident and well versed in all elements of the business, understanding the roles of each of the support staff, so that going forward, Franchisees are in the best possible position to make a success of their business.

Franchise opportunities

At Signs Express, we offer two franchise models: Resale and Start-Ups, both following our proven franchise model.

Our Resale opportunities offer the advantages of being an established business, with a loyal customer base, a solid team and the ability to hit the ground running from day one.  Our current resales are:

Whereas our Start-Ups allow you to launch your own business from scratch and shape it with the support of our dedicated Franchise Support Centre. We have a number of key areas we are focusing on:

  • Croydon & Dorking
  • Crawley & Tunbridge
  • Eastbourne & Brighton
  • Ashford & Canterbury

Not sure which is the right option for you? Then contact Emma Wakefield our Franchise Recruitment Manager or call on 01603 598455.

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Emma Wakefield Signs Express

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Success Stories

Success Story
Established Resale Opportunity, Signs Express Huddersfield: All You Need to Know

Trading for over 15 years, Signs Express (Huddersfield) presents a new owner with an established, well-respected business, with a loyal customer base, thriving territory and an impressive client portfolio, with the opportunity to achieve £400k+ turnover in the next 24-month period. We caught up with current centre owner Martin Davis about the benefits of buying a resale business and what you can expect from your investment.

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Success Story
13 Years Later...

After 13 years ownership of Signs Express (Aylesbury), we talk to exiting franchisee Philip Harris about his time with Signs Express, the benefits of franchising and his plans for retirement.

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Success Story
From initial enquiry to business owner in less than six months!

Signs Express speaks to Kris Bell, the new owner of Signs Express Aylesbury to find out all about his journey from initial enquiry to signing on the dotted line and what advice he’d pass on to our next would-be franchisees looking for a new challenge for 2023.

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Success Story
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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Success Story
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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Success Story
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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Franchisor Interview
Exclusive interview: "Franchising; Building upon a solid foundation"

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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No Industry Experience? No problem...At Signs Express, we offer a Comprehensive Three Week Training Programme

With a commitment to help you grow your business and achieve your goals, we offer our franchisees extensive training and support throughout your Signs Express career to ensure you are set up for success.

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Legal Requirements: Buying a Business, The Process

When it comes to buying a business, it can certainly seem quite daunting. Whilst here at Signs Express we support you every step of the way, we want to ensure you’re getting expert advice at all times, therefore we partnered with Franchising Specialist Law Firm EMW Law to break down each stage of the legal process associated to buying a new business.

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Signs Express Franchise Opportunity in Liverpool & Wirral: All you need to know!

If you’re looking for a new business opportunity in the Northwest of England, working in a creative and dynamic industry, where no two days are the same, Signs Express (Liverpool & Wirral) could be the opportunity for you.

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Play to Win: Signs Express Convention 2023

The Signs Express 2023 Convention has officially been wrapped up for another year and what a fantastic event it was! Held at the iconic St George’s Park in Burton-Upon-Trent on Friday 27th January, with our theme of “Play to Win” we welcomed franchisees and senior team members from across the Signs Express network along with a number of suppliers and of course the Franchise Support Centre team were there to network and keep the day running smoothly (and on time!).

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Triple Nominations for Signs Express at The Sign Awards 2023

We’re delighted to see two of our Signs Express Centres being recognised for their outstanding talents, with shortlist nominations at The Sign Awards 2023. After a four-year break for the awards, we’re delighted to congratulate Ben Walker and his team at Signs Express Bristol for their nomination for the Sustainability in Signage award and Lee Eaton and his team at Signs Express Manchester for their nomination for best Illuminated Sign.

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Elite Franchise Top 100 2023: Another momentous year for Signs Express!

After a momentous year at Signs Express, we were keeping a close eye on the Elite Franchise Top 100 announcement for 2023. Having risen 18 places in 2022, we were hopeful for another leap; we were delighted to see Signs Express climbing its way up the coveted list, rising yet another 21 places to number 36!

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