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.
Product manager for Capita – I was responsible for the design and development of a large computer application sold to local government. This involved managing teams in Asia and India so I travelled a lot!
I bought into Bristol as an area. Bristol is the tenth largest local economy in Britain and yet the Bristol branch was no where near as successful as branches in much smaller towns – there was and still is loads of scope to grow here.
The brand also attracts regular national work which more than pays for the fees; only this morning I have been asked by a Belfast-based company to quote on a large re-branding in Bristol. They were upfront that they need great service at a reasonable price and were confident from past dealings that this is what they would get from Signs Express.
We enjoyed fairly quick success and were 250% bigger than when we bought into Bristol. The recession has slowed all that down, but I can really feel our reputation growing locally and I think 2012 will be another year of solid progress.
We have had two orders of over £50k each. We work for a brace of large household brands but are bound by confidentiality agreements to not say who!
That’s interesting because if you had asked me three years ago I would have said looking to retire. It’s a long way out and things may change, but I will probably be a Signs Express franchisee albeit with one of my staff running the centre on a daily basis.
“Signs Express is a perfect example of all that is good about franchising: they are board members of the British Franchise Association (BFA) and look to take a supportive rather than dictatorial stance with their franchisees, which was important to me.” - John Miller-Wilson, Franchisee, Signs Express (Bristol)
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
Joe Smith opened the doors of his custom designed sign making centre back in June 2006 at the age of 29.
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