Local sign specialist Signs Express (Bedford) receives national recognition reaching the finals of the Special Achievement Award category at this year’s Signs Express Convention.
Chris and Julie Hardy, centre owners at Signs Express (Bedford) reached the finals of the Special Achievement Award category as a result of their performance year after year. Up against two other successful franchisees, the husband and wife team faced the likes of Signs Express (Peterborough) and Signs Express (Liverpool), with Dave and Anne Hitch at Signs Express (Peterborough) named the winners after much deliberation between judges.
The awards ceremony was the final event to take place at this year’s Signs Express convention which marked the 20th anniversary for the group. The elegant awards ceremony gave all Signs Express centres the opportunity to be judged as individual franchises for what they have accomplished over their own years of trading and to put forward their own work for the best sign and vehicle categories. Competition was tough with a number of worthy winners in the mix but the final decision rested with the Signs Express directors and a selection of independent judges.
Based on the Woburn Road Industrial Estate, Signs Express (Bedford) has been part of the Signs Express network since 2006. Chris commented on the award announcement: “We were delighted to be recognised as a finalist in the Special Achievement Award category. It’s an excellent achievement not just for myself and Julie but also for the team as a whole. We’ve worked hard to up our game and adjust for the current economic downturn and we’re pleased that the effort is paying off.”
Signs Express managing director Craig Brown said: “Chris and Julie have not had an easy journey in building their business, as well as facing all the normal challenges they have been caring for a relative with major health problems for several years, but they have been determined and have still achieved great success.”
Taking place every two years, the convention sees a number of members of the group from all over the UK and Ireland visit the outskirts of Norwich at the De Vere Dunston Hall hotel, and this year was no exception. Spread over the course of two days, franchisees were able to hear the latest in developments across the network as well as new business opportunities available to increase turnover and enhance their customer base.
As part of the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics company, Signs Express (Bedford) provides a complete design, manufacture and installation service for all forms of signage including interior/exterior signs, vehicle graphics, exhibition and display products, window graphics and health and safety signage for businesses in Bedford and surrounding areas.