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A space age award for Signs Express (Crawley)

Posted 06.01.2015

Signs Express (Crawley) was announced as a finalist in the Outer Space category at this year’s Signs Express Awards Ceremony held on Friday 28th November at the Nottingham Belfry hotel. In a change to the standard voting process, the awards were voted for by the franchisees for the first time ever, making this a true reflection of the centre’s talent.

Franchisee Nigel Wood of Signs Express Crawley with managing director Craig Brown

Franchisee Nigel Wood of Signs Express Crawley with managing director Craig Brown

More than just a conference, this year, Signs Express was celebrating their 25th birthday and so the convention was very much a celebration. Welcoming franchisees from their 70 centres across the UK and Ireland, the convention was a huge success, celebrating past achievements and looking towards the future, a notion supported by their futuristic space themed evening event.

The blind vote for the sign awards took place at lunchtime on the day of the convention with the entries displayed on boards lining one of the walls at the conference. A special category created especially for this year’s celebrations, the Outer Space award called for entries which were that little bit different from the norm. Signs Express (Crawley) impressed voters with their toy car wraps.

The Crawley centre was given the challenge of wrapping 50 replica toy cars in just two weeks. The range of vehicles varied from Aston Martins, Ferraris, Lamborghinis, and Mercedes to Tractors, Jeeps and child size scooters! The cars were given as Christmas presents and awarded to top performing customers at a dinner held at an exclusive location in London so failure to deliver on time was not an option. The vehicles were assembled by the customer with Signs Express (Crawley) collecting them in batches, applying the graphics, then returning them protected with bubble wrap once completed.

The artwork for each car was different, and the design company hadn't taken into consideration the shape, materials and construction of each, no metal parts existed and they couldn't be disassembled, so the Crawley centre had to make sure the design would be interpreted correctly for each, allowing for different obstacles, deep recesses, angles and conformability issues that are not always present on full size vehicles.

Each vehicle took anything from 2 hours to 3 days to complete, but after many sleepless nights and extra man hours, Signs Express (Crawley) managed to complete and deliver all 50 by the deadline given. It’s safe to say, the Crawley team earned their place as finalists with an entry which was out of this world!

Conveniently situated on Manor Royal Industrial Estate, the biggest business park in the South East, near Gatwick Airport and the M25 and M23 motorways, Nigel Wood opened Signs Express (Crawley) in 2004. Nigel and his highly skilled team work with a variety of customers, covering Crawley, Horsham, East Grinstead, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill.

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