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.
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.
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.
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.
We recently had a school new build which was a £40k job; school signage is one of the areas we specialise in.
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)
Martin Geddes-Smith is the new owner of the existing Signs Express business in Telford.
At 29 Janiv Patel is one of the youngest franchisees in the award winning Signs Express Network.
Ray Allenby and Jane Wiles have recently taken over the long established Signs Express business in Cosham, Portsmouth.
Mark Kendall took over Signs Express Southampton for a career change. In two years he has almost doubled the turnover of the centre. We caught up with Mark to find out what inspired him and unearth his tips for running a successful business.
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 East Lincolnshire for the last 20 years
We spoke to Anne Hitch about her career path and what qualities she believes makes her successful in her Signs Express business
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 Waterbridge Court on Matford Park Road.
Originally opened in 1998, Malcolm has been Signs Express centre owner since 2005 and now employs six staff
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 Industrial Estate.
Signs Express (Twickenham) Franchisee Jayesh Patel Originally opened in 2003, Jayesh employs four staff at his 3000 sq ft unit based on Vector Park in Feltham
Signs Express (Leeds) husband and wife team Dave and Kim Nurse now employ six staff at their 1981 sq ft unit in Leeds.
As one of the first franchises to open Nick has been centre owner since 1992 and now employs six staff