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New ownership shows all the right signs

Steve McMurray is delighted with his new business enterprise - becoming the new owner at the Falkirk centre of established signs and graphics franchise, Signs Express. The move follows over 35 years of family tradition and his own 20 years experience as owner of McMurray Speed Signs.

And the venture is already showing all the signs of success with the announcement that they have secured a valuable contract with Petrochemical company Innovene, which became a wholly-owned subsidiary of BP in April 2005. Signs Express (Falkirk) has provided new temporary exterior signage for their manufacturing facility in Grangemouth as well as vehicle graphics for almost 75 vehicles and health and safety signage across the site.

Steve McMurray is one of the first franchisees with sign industry experience recruited to the network. Franchisees do not need previous industry experience to operate the management franchise as full training and ongoing support is available via the head office. He decided to join Signs Express after a chance meeting with an old collegue.

He said, "I was looking at franchise opportunities as a way of establishing my own business and visited the Signs Express stand at a franchise exhibition. I was obviously very familiar with Signs Express, being in the industry for so long and was very pleased to hear there was a resale available close to my home. The advantages were obvious to me – lucrative National Account contracts administered from Head Office, a well known brand name and in my case, an established customer base I could service from day one.”

Signs Express centre owner Steve McMurray explains,"I am delighted with the progress we have been able to make since I took over a couple of months ago. The response from customers has been brilliant and we have also had the added reward of working for such a prestigious company as Innovene. To cope with increasing demand for our services we have recruited extra staff and are considering investment into new technology in the near future; a great start to my business."

Steve continued, "Another interesting project we have recently undertaken was on behalf of Harley Davidson. This involved the design and production of a partial vehicle wrap with full colour graphic images, almost completely covering the original paintwork of the vehicle in vinyl. The finished results are stunning and it’s this kind of work we are looking to build on over the next year."

Signs Express provides a complete design, manufacture and fitting service for all forms of signage including interior and exterior signs, vehicle graphics, banners, window graphics and exhibition and display products.

Signs Express (Falkirk) is a member of the British Sign & Graphics Association and part of the UK & Ireland’s largest sign company which has over 75 centres nationwide. For further information log onto or call 01603 625925.