BFA Franchisor of the Year Finalists

Thursday 23rd March 2017

The British Franchise Association (BFA) has revealed that Signs Express is amongst the Finalists for the acclaimed Franchisor of the Year Award. With of 65 centres in the UK and Ireland, operating in over 80 territories, the market leading signs and graphics company continue to be industry leaders in both franchising and their chosen B2B market.

Following an MBO that concluded in 2015, Craig Brown and business partner Jonathan Bean, launched an ambitious growth plan. With 65 centres throughout the UK and a group turnover of £22m, Signs Express was already in a strong position, but with a highly skilled team and network of franchisees, set a bold vision for the business.

Over the course of a year Signs Express Ltd has invested more than half a million pounds’ in its’ network.

Such investment will see the company completely reinterpret the value equation between franchisor and franchisee, whilst simultaneously streamlining the operational processes that have made the brand renowned for its exemplary services.

Last year, the combined efforts of the Signs Express support team have resulted in; a brand-new website generating over 40,000 visitors a month; an 18% increase in sales leads; the record for best monthly sales performance being surpassed no less than 4 times by a centre; a 22% increase in social media presence; 8 new franchisees; and a record-breaking attendance for the company’s annual Convention. 

Being named as a finalist recognises Signs Express’ dedication to franchising and its franchisees, but also it s strong presence in the sign industry that has secured its position in the marketplace for more than quarter of a century.
Previously chosen as a finalist in Franchisor of the Year Awards in 2013 and 2014, the company are confident that this is Signs Express’ year.

Craig Brown, Managing Director, commented, “The past two years have seen a lot of progress at the Franchise Support Centre and we continue to invest substantial amounts of time, money and ambition into our vision for 2020. We are proud to franchise and are always concentrating on improving the benefits to our franchisees and being the best not only in the franchising world, but also in the sign industry.”

With the bfa awards taking place in June, all eyes are firmly fixed on Signs Express to see if this proven franchise takes home the award.