Signs Express Franchise

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

Originally opened in 1998, Malcolm has been centre owner since 2005 and now employs six staff from his 3448 sq ft unit based in Gateshead.

Signs Express Franchise - signage franchiseWhat did you do prior to becoming a Signs Express franchisee?

I worked in the sign industry straight from school at 16.

How has your own business progressed or expanded since you launched?

We’ve doubled our turnover from £240k to £500K and we’re still seeing steady growth which is very positive. We’ve also expanded our unit by buying the unit next door which has meant increasing our centre from 1724 sq ft to 3448 sq ft. The extra space has given us the opportunity to broaden our production capabilities and tender for much larger projects.

What made you decide to buy an existing franchise?

Having worked in the sign trade since leaving school I could have started a sign company from scratch but the risks involved out weighed the positives of buying a ready-made business. The idea of having loads of shiny new machines and no work was a concern so I looked at two other local sign companies that were for sale at the time, but the added bonus of taking on a franchise with additional support came out as the winner.

What has been your biggest order to date?

The biggest so far has been for Gateshead College’s new Baltic Campus and other campuses when they opened. The overall order in the end was in excess of £100k.

Where would you like to see yourself in 10 years?

Hopefully we’ll be in a very comfortable financial position. The plan is, or should I say I am hopeful that my children will want to work for the business and eventually take over from me.

 “We’ve doubled our turnover from £240k to £500K and we’re still seeing steady growth.” - Malcolm Lant, Franchisee, Signs Express (Gateshead)

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UK Years Established
21 years
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