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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

BFA Status: Full

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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Signs Express Franchise Resales

Success Stories

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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Success Story
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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Success Story
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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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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Signs Express (Plymouth): 4 weeks in!

Just a few weeks into their exciting new venture, Simon and Tracy Hallett, new owners of Signs Express (Plymouth), speak about their journey so far. Having worked at Signs Express (Plymouth) as Productiweon Manager for 17 years, Simon and his wife Tracy decided to take over the business just four weeks ago.

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Signs Express Plymouth moves into new ownership

Signs Express Plymouth has been sold to its current Production Manager Simon Hallett and his wife Tracy. Simon brings with him a wealth of knowledge, having been with Signs Express for 17 years, and over 30 years industry experience, and with Tracy’s experience as a Qualified Accounting Technician, she is well positioned to be running the finance team going forwards.

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Established Franchise Opportunity for Sale with Territory Expansion

Currently serving the whole of Liverpool and Wirral and spanning both sides of the Mersey, Signs Express (Liverpool & Wirral) covers an area with over 13,500 selected businesses. Situated on the busy Croft Industrial Park in Bromborough, the centre is only a stone’s throw from Liverpool’s city centre and the large industrial town of Ellesmere Port, offering a wealth of opportunity on your doorstep and in the immediate surrounding areas.

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New owner for Signs Express (Slough)

We are pleased to announce the completion of another internal resale that sees Centre Manager, Peter Tubb take ownership of the Signs Express (Slough) franchise. Peter has been with Signs Express (Slough) since 2020, working alongside the previous franchisee’s family, before taking on the day-to-day responsibilities a year later, operating the centre and maintaining its strong brand presence and reputation in the territory.

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Signs Express Liverpool & Wirral franchisees talk about their franchise for sale

Operating for over 20 years, Signs Express Liverpool & Wirral presents the opportunity for a new business owner to run a successful business in a creative and innovative industry, equipped with a highly skilled team and an extensive, loyal customer base. Hear from current business owners Roy Heeley and John McEntee to find out more about the opportunity and what a new owner can expect.

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Launching the new Signs Express Franchise Recruitment Website

Signs Express are pleased to announce the launch of their new Signs Express Franchise Recruitment website for April 2022!

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