Signs Express Franchise

Meet Signs Express (Birmingham SW ) Franchisee Joe Smith

14th February 2012

Joe Smith opened the doors of his custom designed sign making centre back in June 2006 at the age of 29.

Joe Smith opened the doors of his custom designed sign making centre back in June 2006 at the age of 29. Since then he has become a family man supporting his wife and son as well as continuing to run his successful Signs Express centre based on the Saxon Business Park, Bromsgrove.

Signs Express Franchise - case studyWhat did you do prior to becoming a Signs Express franchisee?

After leaving school I worked in many sectors including hospitality, distribution, the motor trade and building. I then worked for several years as an Account Manager for an Advertising Agency which lead into working as a Graphic Designer. I grew up in the sign industry as my father has worked in automotive corporate identity for 40 years this background allied with the various industry skills learned have paved the way to the sign industry for me.

What made you decide to buy a franchise?

When I decided to start up my own business I was only 28, I had some business skills already but knew that I could benefit from the expertise available from a support network. It’s always daunting to set up something new but after I had been to a couple of the franchise shows I decided that franchising was the best option for me. Franchising gave me the comfort of knowing that help and expertise were on hand in all areas of the business from operations to HR, marketing, accounts and technical support.

What have been your biggest rewards from having your own business?

My biggest rewards are being my own boss, and having the flexibility and time to spend with my family. The signage industry is always progressing and helps to keep the work varied which keeps the job interesting.

What has been your biggest order to date?

We recently had a school new build which was a £40k job; school signage is one of the areas we specialise in.

Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?

Happy and successful.

“It’s always daunting to set up something new but after I had been to a couple of the franchise shows I decided that franchising was the best option for me. Franchising gave me the comfort of knowing that help and expertise were on hand in all areas of the business from operations to HR, marketing, accounts and technical support.” - Joe Smith, Franchisee, Signs Express (Birmingham SW)

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Signs Express Franchise Case Studies

Introducing Mark Kendall from Signs Express Southampton
22nd April 2013
Mark Kendall took over Signs Express Southampton for a career change. In two years he has almost doubled the turnover of the centre. We...

Introducing Ken Bevis from Signs Express Grimsby
25th March 2013
Ken Bevis is one of the first members of the Signs Express network he has successfully owned and operated Signs Express in North and North...

Introducing Anne Hitch who is Managing Director of Signs Express in Peterborough
21st February 2013
We spoke to Anne Hitch about her career path and what qualities she believes makes her successful in her Signs Express business

Meet Signs Express Franchisee (Exeter) Nick Baxter-Sibley
22nd February 2012
Originally opened in 1995 husband and wife team Nick and Marion Baxter-Sibley now employ ten staff at their 2000 sq ft unit based on...

Meet Signs Express (Gateshead) Franchisee Malcolm Lant
21st February 2012
Originally opened in 1998, Malcolm has been Signs Express centre owner since 2005 and now employs six staff

Meet Signs Express Franchisee John Miller-Wilson (Bristol)
17th February 2012
Originally opened in 2004, John has been centre owner since 2007 and now employs seven staff from his 2200 sq ft unit based on Avonbank...

Meet Signs Express (Twickenham) Franchisee Jayesh Patel
3rd January 2012
Signs Express (Twickenham) Franchisee Jayesh Patel Originally opened in 2003, Jayesh employs four staff at his 3000 sq ft unit based on...

Meet Signs Express (Leeds) Franchisees Dave & Kim Nurse
19th December 2011
Signs Express (Leeds) husband and wife team Dave and Kim Nurse now employ six staff at their 1981 sq ft unit in Leeds.

Signs Express Franchise

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Franchise Information

BFA Membership Status
Full
UK Years Established
21 years
Current UK Coverage
60%
Franchisee Support Staff
19
Personal Investment Req.
£45,000
Total Startup Cost
£120,000
'Territory management' business location 'Territory management' business location
Business to business services Business to business services
Franchisee employs and manages staff Franchisee employs and manages staff

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