Seeing the potential of a business when you are one of its customers has its advantages as father and son team Glenn and Daniel Pickersgill have found after purchasing the successful Signs Express franchise in Darlington.
Both Daniel and Glenn come from very different working backgrounds - Daniel initially worked in farming and more recently as a tractor & plant salesman for CG Robinson for four years, and Glenn worked in an entirely different sector caring for the elderly for 28 years – but earlier this year they decided to start looking for a business together.
The father and son team had looked previously at the option of going into franchising and had shown serious interest in a courier franchise two years earlier, however, at the time they decided against the idea of a van-based franchise and chose to opt for something premises based instead.
Daniel commented on their decision on franchising and choosing Signs Express: “Both my father and I regularly used Signs Express for signs and graphics in our previous employments so I already knew that the business had a good reputation in the area. We discovered the owner was looking to retire and sell the business on and it seemed like too good an opportunity to pass by. The fact that it was part of the UK & Ireland’s largest sign franchise was an added bonus. We’d researched the franchise market before and knew of the benefits it included but were really impressed by the size of the network and the training and support which was on offer with Signs Express.”
Two months on from their decision, Signs Express (South Durham) is now managed by Daniel and with numerous signs and graphic projects on the go 2010 is set to be a prosperous year. Plans are already in place to invest in new machinery and sign making staff to cope with increased demand to offer a wider range of services in-house. Daniel said: “With all the doom and gloom in the news recently, both my Father and I are delighted with our decision and have very high hopes for the future. With an ethos for excellent customer service and high quality workmanship, it's no wonder Signs Express has a very high level of repeat customers.”
As part of the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics company, Signs Express (South Durham) provides a complete design, manufacture and installation service for all forms of signage including interior/exterior signs, vehicle graphics, exhibition and banner display products, window graphics and health and safety signage for businesses in Darlington and surrounding areas.