Last Updated: 10-May-2019

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

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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.

Therefore, it is no surprise that the Signs Express network is continuing to grow its network of over 65 centres with the addition of a centre in Leicester & Loughborough. Signs Express (Leicester & Loughborough), the latest addition to Signs Express, is now open under the ownership & guidance of husband and wife franchisees Martin & Val Duggan. 

Martin Duggan commented on the decision to move into the signage franchise market: “We’d been thinking for many years of running our own business and working together in the B2B sector, as we both have a commercial background. Somehow, someway we had to look for something that was going to fit both of us and, thankfully, I think we’ve made the best choice possible in the sense that we can both bring something to the business.’’

Martin has over 20 years of sales leadership experience working closely with world class premium consumer brands on a national & international scale. Martin is no stranger to hitting the ground running & developing and implementing business strategies and will be an asset to the largest signs and graphics company in the UK. 

Val has complimenting skills to bring to the Signs Express network from her years as a commercially astute buyer where she sourced high value commodities from the UK and global suppliers before staying at home to help raise their family. 

Val continues to explain ‘’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’’.

With the way the world’s economy has evolved, a franchise has become a significantly more appealing prospect than setting up an independent business. The couple confirmed their reasons for choosing Signs Express as their next business venture: ‘’Before taking the plunge and choosing a Greenfield site, we had the opportunity to visit other franchisee centres. It was great to hear such positive comments from each of the centre owners and left us in no doubt that Signs Express was for us. Although we are all independently owned, it feels that we are part of something much bigger and have been made welcome by the Group.’’   

Jonathan Bean, Managing Director of Signs Express is delighted by the addition of the couple Martin & Val joining the ever-expanding network. Jon stated, “Martin & Val both have an impressive mix of professional & personal experiences making them passionate about putting their customers’ needs first. I know they are both excited at the prospect of getting submerged into local businesses in and around Leicester & Loughborough. We are thrilled to welcome them both into our network and are looking forward to working closely with them over the coming months”. 

The new franchisees confirmed; “signage has become such an integral part of our everyday lives and there is enormous potential for growth. We are able to service almost any signage requirement, providing a fast, reliable and high-quality comprehensive service.  Signs Express is such a well-known and respected company, I am very excited about the future”.

The Duggan’s have also benefitted from the unique offering Signs Express have for all brand-new centres by investing £30k into the business. But reinvesting their entire franchise fee and adding further investment, Signs Express help new franchisees hit the ground running from day one!

As part of the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics company, Signs Express (Leicester & Loughborough) are now open operating from their fully equipped unit in Beaumont Court industrial estate, Loughborough. They provide a complete design, manufacture and installation service for all forms of signage including interior/exterior signs, vehicle graphics, exhibition and display products, window graphics and health and safety signage for businesses in Leicester, Loughborough and surrounding areas. 

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