Winners and finalists at the Signs Express Sign Awards 2018
News

Signs Express, the UK’s leading signs and graphics company, had a lot to celebrate at their annual Convention held recently at the prestigious Hilton Deansgate Hotel in Manchester.

Not only is the award-winning franchise celebrating its 25th anniversary of franchising, the first franchisee, Nick Dawes, still with the business today, but also large growth and its best-ever turnover in the company’s history. Managing Director Craig Brown, used the opportunity of the Convention to present a number of awards to the franchise network and also set out plans for the coming years, including huge investments in new staff and infrastructure to grow the support available to franchisees even further. The investment and new initiatives launched at the event follow a fantastic year for Signs Express, which has seen four new franchisees joining the network and a further five training early next year. Finance Director, Jonathan Bean, also took to the platform to announce the increased start-up package contribution for new franchisees; helping brand-new franchisees to get off the ground and into profitability even faster. The Convention had an enviable mix of seminars, workshops and a supplier exhibition which was supported by over 20 of the leading suppliers to the sign industry. Craig said, “A big thank you to all of our suppliers who took time out of their business to attend, bringing along their kit and undertaking demonstrations for our attendees. I’m especially privileged to have worked alongside our partner sponsors at the event, Metamark, Papergraphics and SignFab, who are a real credit to the sign industry.” Big winners on the night were Signs Express Plymouth franchisees Chris and Vida Reilly and Signs Express Portsmouth franchisees Ray and Jane Allenby who were both named as Franchisee of the Year. Speaking of the joint winners, Craig said, “It was impossible to choose between both franchisees and so, for the first time ever, we announced two winners of our coveted award. They’re a real credit to our network and I am delighted for them both.” “Signs Express Plymouth has celebrated their 20th anniversary with Signs Express this year, making sure 2017 is one of its most memorable yet. The Plymouth centre has embraced the support on offer to drive a real shift change in their business, investing time and energy in local proactive sales and marketing activities, with fantastic results showing sales growth of 24%.” “Signs Express Portsmouth have delivered outstanding levels of growth in 2017, currently standing at 65%, by clearly setting targets and plans that they are delivering against. This has included dramatic changes to their team structure. With support from the Franchise Support Centre, they have been proactively building relationships with key customers and doing what Signs Express do best…delivering outstanding customer service.” The Signs Express network were also asked to present their best work for judging in the annual Sign Awards. Over 60 entries were received across five categories and franchisees and their staff were asked to vote for their favourite projects. The following winners were announced on the evening. Signs Express Sheffield picked up two awards for Best Exterior Sign and Best Interior Sign for their work with Bombardier and Sheffield Children’s Hospital respectively. Plus, their sign maker James Stuchbury was named as a joint Employee of the Year alongside Signs Express Exeter employee Alice Dowle, both of whom were recently named as finalists in the British Sign & Graphics Association Young Sign Maker of the Year award. Best Project went to Signs Express Basildon for their work at the leisure facility Jump Evolution and Signs Express Bedford won the coveted award for Best Vehicle Graphics for their full double-decker bus wrap. The award for Most Striking Design or Sign went to Signs Express Central Lancashire this year for their work at Moor Park School. Looking for a professional, full-service sign company for your next project? Find your nearest Signs Express today and get in touch to discuss our sign and graphics solutions!

More like this

What our customers say

Rated 5 stars out of 5
Signs Express responded quickly for a need for exhibitions signage within a short time-frame. They installed signage across four Sheffield...
Hannah Campbell - Sheffield Doc Fest
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic company, great support designing our reception and sales office. We will be using you guys again once we get the van kitted out....
Micky Johnson - Airbag Team
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Signs Express (Sheffield) recently printed and installed a series of wall murals which Wall Nuts Murals had designed to go into the Childre...
Stepahanie Masters - Wallnut Murals
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Massive thank you to Signs Express who have produced the most amazing signs for my studio clinic. Both signs look fantastic and have surpas...
Rachel Rafter - Natural Concept Permanent Makeup
Trustpilot
Rated 5 stars out of 5
A pleasure to deal with from start to finish. Malcolm's attention to detail is very much appreciated with something that will be viewed for...
Johnson Insulation Supplies - Johnson Insulation Supplies
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
excellent from start to finish. will definitely use them again. 
Mid Devon LGV Training - Mid Devon LGV Training
Facebook
Rated 5 stars out of 5
If you need top class signs, look no further than these guys. You won't find a nicer bunch of people, everyone was so helpful. Got our sign...
Conor - NVD LTD
Google
Dear Karl, It was a pleasure to meet your colleagues late last week at the cemetery and they did an excellent and very quick job in instal...
Sherwood Explorer - Sherwood Explorer
Signs Express
Hi Nicola You company have made a fantastic job of our vehicles – please pass this on to all involved – thank you Best Regards Paul Car...
The Sherwood Group - The Sherwood Group
Signs Express
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic company and would definitely recommend. Great customer care from start to finish and the final product was exactly what I wanted. 
John Orchard - WRAPnPACK
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
A huge thank you to Signs Express (Southampton) - great service and value for money. The signs are the perfect finishing touches to our new...
Geoff - Tech Connect Group
Facebook
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Quick and straightforward signage for my premises. I used them 15 years ago and that transaction was equally as smooth :) 
Matt Price - Olivia Samuel
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
I have been very impressed with the service provided by Signs Express, Bedford. As a business owner in the Design and Construction sector,...
Paul - Cambridge Porches and Canopies
Trustpilot
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Fantastic product!. Signs Express Nottingham have always produced quality products for us and our clients. They always deliver on time, com...
Fusion Graphic Design - Fusion Graphic Design
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
It's not often you order something and are amazed by the results. I ordered a shop signs, window stickers and car stickers. The results and...
Gary Hyams - Jacob Graff Design
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
We had a new sign installed for our business, from the initial contact to the after-sales services has been wonderful, everyone was very he...
Batchelor Air-Conditioning
Trustpilot
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Brilliant service throughout. It was refreshing to have such regular communication and updates, customer service was fantastic and the fini...
Sharon Keirle - The Artisan Dog Co
Google
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Very nice job on our new minibus 
Margaret Hawes
Trustpilot
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Excellent customer service from Gary at Gateshead signs express, excellent design on van and was very happy with the price, will definitely...
Graham Jackson - Graham Jackson
Trustpilot
I can't thank you enough for a brilliant job, the communication during the design process was so responsive, also the pricing was excellent...
RLB Dent Solutions - RLB Dent Soluctions
Facebook
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Excellent quality signage and brilliant advertising on my van now for a very reasonable price. A professional team delivering exactly what...
Inside & Out Gardening Service
Trustpilot
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Service was fantastic, nothing was a bother the sign for my van was exactly as I wanted it and the staff are very friendly and efficient. 
Grace Watkin
Trustpilot
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Signs Express always do a great job for us. Always a good price on always on time. Highly Recommended 
Ian - Delcor Furniture
Trustpilot
Rated 5 stars out of 5
Great company.. quickly designed and produced signage for our Roving vaccine unit… thanks a lot 
David Shannon - NHS
Trustpilot