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A new opportunity after leaving the Military

Posted 02.09.2011

Looking for a business opportunity after leaving the forces?  With regular repeat business, high value orders, a stable marketplace and an established brand, Signs Express could be the right franchise for you.

Exhibiting at Octobers Tidworth Armed Forces Job Fair and Networking Event and a nominated Finalist for this year’s Franchisee of the Year Awards, Signs Express will be exhibiting on the 6th October at the Tidworth Leisure Centre, Wiltshire.

Established for over 20 years and with more than 75 franchisees, Signs Express is the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics franchise.  A national reputation for providing quality business signs and graphics accompanied by excellent customer service has lead to sustained growth since its inception in 1989.  Franchisees have received a raft of awards for their high quality business practices; including nominations for franchisee of the year 3 years running from the British Franchise Association. 

Dave Metcalfe, owner of Signs Express (Teesside) decided to set up a franchise in his home town after serving his time in The Royal Electrical & Mechanical Army.  The franchise opened in 1995 and has since moved to larger premises in June 2009; the centre is now based on the Riverside industrial estate, Middlesbrough.

Dave said Signs Express gave me a new opportunity after serving the military. The business has allowed me to spend more time with my family as well as being my own boss.”

Franchisees work from custom designed light industrial production units with dedicated vehicle application bays, which provide more flexibility than retail environments and are better suited to the lucrative B2B environment. The management franchise package includes comprehensive training and ongoing support covering all areas of the business. Experienced sign-makers and specialised equipment ensure client requests are completed to the highest standards. From here on, the franchisee receives ongoing support and advice from a dedicated team of over 25 industry professionals at head office; covering all disciplines including technical support, accounts, marketing, IT and operations. 

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Products & Services

  1. Vehicle Graphics
  2. Outdoor Business Signs
  3. Interior Signs
  4. Window Graphics
  5. Exhibition Stands
  6. Promotional Banners
  7. Custom Vinyl Printing, Labels & Stickers
  8. Health and Safety Signs
  9. Monthly Offers, Promotions & Sales!
  10. Marketing & Design Agency Service


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