Thomas and Anne Somers, owners of Signs Express (Lancaster) – a business that is part of the UKs largest network of franchised sign production centres – have won the prestigious title of Franchisee of the Year at the 2016 Signs Express Convention.
Signs Express (Lancaster) have experienced a rollercoaster year, having to recover from the complete flooding of their unit in mid-December when Storm Desmond forced the river Lune to burst its banks. The flood destroyed infrastructure, equipment and documents upon which the business relied, but this did not affect their resolve, as they quickly set up temporary offices and relied upon the support of the Signs Express network to make sure that work flow never halted. Such was their entire team’s determination, their production carried on and the process of getting back on their feet was extraordinarily short, with the centre back up and running as normal by February 2016. Not only that, but they have managed to exceed their sales targets throughout this year and had one of their best years to date. Craig Brown, managing director of Signs Express Ltd, commented: “Thomas and Anne have been amazing this year and stunned everyone by how quickly they got back on their feet. On top of that, the team also achieved record sales and Thomas managed to fit in a 977-mile bike ride for charity in September! There isn’t a more worthy winner for Franchisee of 2016, Thomas and Anne have been a real inspiration.” The award was presented by TV personality and comedian Stephen K. Amos and Craig Brown at the Signs Express Convention in Oxfordshire. Thomas stated: “We decided on day one of the floods that we would do everything possible to continue trading as normal. We kept our customers informed of our temporary office accommodation and progress in rebuilding the centre and hit our sales target for January and February. This award win has ended 2016 on a high and just shows that it is not only us who are proud of what the team has achieved.” Signs Express (Lancaster) has bright, new renovated premises and with the flood experience under their belt, the team is ready for anything! Any project large or small, they can offer you an exemplary service and products, give them a call today to discover how they can help you: 01524 389966