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Lucrative Franchise Business for Sale:

Signs Express Harlow

Pound Sign WHITEPrice available on request
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Rosette WHITEOver 29 years' operating experience
Established Franchise Business for Sale:

Signs Express Harlow

Invest in Signs Express (Harlow) today: Price, turnover and profit available on request

Established in January 1995, Signs Express (Harlow) has been successfully operating for over 29 years and has been under the current ownership of Lynda and Paul Heywood since October 2008.

Recording their best ever year in 2022, seeing unprecedented growth since, the centre has gone on to increase their sales by a further 25% in 2023 and the growth trend is set to continue into 2024 and beyond.

Whilst Paul and Lynda have been the driving force behind this business for many years (and recently the recipients of our Franchisee of the Year Award for 2023), they have empowered their team to drive the business forward alongside them and have a fantastic, experienced and highly skilled team and Centre Manager in place.

This is a must have centre within the Signs Express network, providing a new owner with a profitable, creative business venture with an exceptional team and high-profile and varied list of loyal clients.

Contact us for more information and to attend one of our in-centre Discovery Days!

To discuss this business opportunity in more detail, contact us to arrange a call at a time that suits you. And why not attend one of our Discovery Days? Held at our flagship company owned Signs Express (Twickenham) centre, we offer you the chance to find out all about us and see our centres in action.

Signs Express Harlow: All you need to know:

  • Q. My background isn’t in signage, is training provided?
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    Yes, full and extensive training is given to all new franchisees over a three-week period, plus ongoing support from our Franchise Support Centre team. You will also have an in-centre handover period with the exiting franchisees for additional support along with customer handover/instructions for key accounts.

    For more information, click here to find out about our three-week training programme.

  • Q. Who currently runs the centre and why is it being sold?
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    The centre is currently run by Paul and Lynda Heywood who have owned the business since 2008 and will be moving into retirement. The business however has an excellent Centre Manager in place along with a highly skilled team.

  • Q. What’s the minimum capital I need initially to purchase the business?
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    • 30% of the sale price to purchase the business
    • £8,500 +VAT franchise fee for your rights to trade under the Signs Express brand and within the territory for a 10-year period
    • £1,250 +VAT for 50% of Signs Express Limited legal fees associated with the sale
    • £6-10k for your legal and accountancy fees to complete the sale and due diligence
  • Q. What sort of person are you looking for to take over the business?
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    The centre presents further opportunity for expansion potential and would benefit from a new owner who recognises the significance of stakeholder relationships, understands the importance of financial and operational control and reporting, believes in leading by example and empowering their team and the value they have in the workplace.

    We’re looking for a business minded, driven individual with strong sales skills, a flair for project management and problem solving, along with strong team values and a core focus on customer excellence.

  • Q. Are there any other costs involved?
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    All of the above costs are one off costs associated with the purchase of the business. As a franchise, the only other ongoing monthly costs you will incur are:

    1. Monthly Management Service Charge (MSC) fee of 7.5% of your turnover to cover use of the brand, all aspects of support from the Franchise Support Centre including IT, Finance, Sales, Operational Support and Marketing including our website (your shop window), bespoke marketing campaigns and much more.
    2. National Promotional Fund (NPF) levy of 1.5% of your turnover, or you can opt to pay NPF at a fixed monthly rate (currently set at £420 per month) which covers all of our national brand advertising, lead generation and your monthly PPC campaign.
  • Q. If I’m interested in finding out more, what do I do next?
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    1. First off, send us an enquiry via our website or get in touch over the phone (01603 598455) and we’ll arrange a short introductory call with you. This gives us a chance to understand what it is that you’re looking for, what your business experience is and where your skills lie, what your goals are for the future and so we can give you a detailed overview of Signs Express.
    2. Following this, if both parties are happy to proceed, we’ll send you the confidential prospectus for our Harlow centre which gives you more financial information and information specific to the centre (following a signed NDA).
    3. We would then invite you to attend one of our Interactive Discovery Days at Signs Express (Twickenham) where you can have a tour of our company owned centre, see demonstrations, meet some of the team and have an open and honest conversation about how the business works.
    4. Again, if both parties would like to proceed, we’d then invite you to speak to our network and visit our Harlow centre to get a real feel for what you’re looking to invest in!
  • Q. I've never bought a business before, how does the legal process work?
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    When it comes to buying a business, it can certainly seem quite daunting. Whilst we can support you every step of the way, we want to ensure you’re getting expert advice at all times, therefore we partnered with Franchising Specialist Law Firm EMW Law to break down each stage of the legal process associated to buying a new business. Read on to view the full legal process involved...

Territory & Expansion

Ideally situated in the Templefields area of Harlow and only 10 minutes from junction 7 of the M11, Signs Express (Harlow) is a strategically significant site along the UK's Innovation Corridor. Not only can it service towns in their local area but have the flexibility to travel further afield into London or as required by their clients.

Harlow is one of the fastest growth towns in England with population expected to increase by a third over the next 25 years. With significant investment in regeneration, the Harlow Enterprise Zone and a planned new Princess Alexandra Hospital, this is already under way.

Harlow is home to high growth sectors such as Life Sciences, Advanced Manufacturing and ICT/Digital that includes large scale organisations employing more than 250 people, however the majority of local businesses are SMEs employing 50 people or less, ranging in sectors from engineering and logistics to medical devices and even a micro-brewery!

This territory also covers other highly industrious towns including Enfield, Stansted, Bishop's Stortford, Epping, Hertford, Hoddesdon, Waltham Abbey, Cheshunt, Roydon and Waltham Cross.

Operating across neighbouring units spanning c.2,000sqft, Signs Express (Harlow) strive to constantly provide great quality and value together with outstanding customer service aiming to be Harlow's favoured one-stop sign maker.

Once established as a business owner, at Signs Express we offer our franchisees the chance to expand and grow their business via our hub and spoke model, offering you the opportunity to expand into neighbouring territories to increase efficiencies and overall increase turnover and profitability.

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Customer Opportunities

Working across multiple industries including local and national customers, Signs Express (Harlow) understand the power of using great signs and graphics and how they can transform a business and the customer's experience. Having built a solid reputation for delivering quality solutions with friendly, consultative and helpful service, they have a high level of repeat business from an extensive and loyal customer database.

The team assists with an extremely varied range of business signs including exterior signage, interior signs and graphics, vehicle graphics, bespoke wallpapers, wayfinding and directional signs, window graphics and stickers. Helping customers who vary in size from small start-ups to nationally recognised brands, they cover larger scale projects to one off sign requirements. Signs Express (Harlow) has a strong brand presence and exceptional reputation across their local area.


Business Growth Opportunity

Signs Express (Harlow) is a fantastic centre to have within the Signs Express network, having seen unprecedented business growth over the past two years. This centre presents an exceptional opportunity for a new, ambitious owner, with an outstanding reputation, strong market penetration in their territory, loyal customer base, along with a highly skilled team and experienced Centre Manager.

After 15 years of ownership, current owners Paul and Lynda Heywood are selling this established business and moving into retirement, presenting an excellent opportunity for a new business owner with the ability to hit the ground running from day one.

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