A National Winning Franchise

Tuesday 12th January 2016

Receiving a standing ovation after the announcement, the owner of Signs Express (Manchester), Lee Eaton, not only won the British Franchise Association (BFA) B2B Franchisee of the Year Award at the awards ceremony in October 2015, but was also awarded the overall Franchisee of the Year Award; proving Signs Express is a national winning franchise.

Lee Eaton Signs Express Manchester presented with franchisee of the year award

Lee has worked tirelessly since he became the sole franchisee in 2012 after his father retired from the business. In the intervening time, Lee has managed to expand his client base to include some extremely prestigious companies like Team Sky, Bruntwood and British Cycling – in doing so, the centre has experienced 25% growth and a dramatic increase in operating profits.


The awards that Lee has received recognise the services that Signs Express (Manchester) offer to a wide range of organisations. The judges searched for a franchisee who could demonstrate how they have used existing client relationships and in-house skills to create a profitable business that delivers high-quality service, products and savings to their clients and therefore contributes to the wider good of their franchise network.

Lee beat off other category winners, including McDonalds, Snap On and Dyno to name a few and was quite rightly thrilled with the announcement of his win, “It is brilliant to have the dedication of my team and my own hard work recognised.

“During 2015,” he continued, “I broadened our horizons and fine-tuned our production and customer service processes, as well as developing existing client relationships by creating firm bonds with them. This has led to further work, as well as seven new major clients coming to us for our expertise. It is great to know that organisations like the British Franchise Association recognise the hard work that we put in.”

Lee was also presented with the Franchisee of the Year Award at the Signs Express Convention for the second year running in November. There are still great things to come from Signs Express (Manchester) as Lee strives to take the business to new heights of excellence in 2016 and beyond.

Signs Express (Manchester) is just one of the branches that makes up the Signs Express network of over 60 production centres. With a range of purchase options and prosperous locations still available to be snapped up, Signs Express can offer its potential franchisees choices to suit them and the support to build a successful business like Lee.