Franchising is becoming more and more popular with the younger generation. In the last two years, almost one in five new franchisees launching their own business has been aged under 30.
Janiv bought an existing Signs Express in Milton Keynes centre in July 2015 after meeting Signs Express at the Franchise Exhibition in Birmingham. Buying an established, successful production centre meant he hit the ground running from day one.
When deciding between owning a small independent or a franchise business Janiv had to weigh up all the pros and cons and it became apparent that franchising suited his ambitions thanks to the support of the Signs Express HQ and being part of a nationwide, industry leading brand.
"I’ve always been ambitious and knew at some stage I would want to take control of my career and own my own business. The decision to franchise resulted from the opportunity to buy an already successful business in a suitable location. Being able to take control of my career, yet walk straight in to an established and profitable operation, was too good an opportunity to turn down."
Since taking on the Milton Keynes centre, Janiv has already seen very positive results and has expanded their team to ensure they make their predicted growth targets. In his personal life, Janivs’ wife is also a young entrepreneur, which just goes to show you that age does not have to dictate your career.
Martin Geddes-Smith is the new owner of the existing Signs Express business in Telford.
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.
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