Countrywide Signs History

Established since 1998. Founder and managing director, Tony Williams QFP, started out as a property sign installer himself. Honing and developing the brand and business structure to become a leader in the sector. The group’s location coverage has grown exponentially. Ranging from one-van businesses to multi-van regional operations. As a result, the network has the capacity to fulfil orders the length and breadth of the UK for independent estate, letting and commercial agents, as well as regional and national clients.

Countrywide Signs’ Training & Support

The comprehensive Countrywide Signs training package includes remote learning and classroom style sessions, a strategic business launch programme followed by a strategic ongoing support structure.

Countrywide Signs new franchisee training is led by highly successful former franchisee Sue Jamil, and covers:

  • Marketing and sales to win business
  • Our unique Print. Manage. Promote service offering
  • Health and safety
  • Practical board installation and management skills, to meet our high quality standards
  • Managing and growing your business and income
  • Online systems and simple accounting procedures
  • In fact, everything you need to become one of our Property Signage Experts!

Support includes:

  • Training and operations; maintaining high standards including best practice and safety.
  • Business development expertise; identifying opportunities, implementing growth strategies, and maintaining customer relations.
  • Marketing guidance and support; promoting services on a national, regional and local level.
  • National accounts; managing and overseeing our multi-location clients.
  • Online business management software; to manage orders, data, credit control and invoicing.

Why Choose the Countrywide Signs franchise?

With Countrywide Signs you become a property signage expert, managing customers’ property board needs from print, install, update instructions, signboard removal through to aftercare.

The business opportunity requires low investment as no premises are required. You would simply run your new business from your home and conduct your daily property signage installs throughout your territory area on the road in your Countrywide Signs van.

As a result, overheads are minimal, and if you follow the proven-franchise business model, as well as take full advantage of the business development and marketing support available; profit, business growth and your future retirement security are cemented.

Countrywide Signs has an outstanding success rate of 96% of franchise owners making a success of their business – that is one of the best records of any UK franchise network.

What’s Included in the Countrywide Signs Franchise Package?

Everything you need to succeed!

An investment provides you with everything you need to get your business started and growing. Thanks to our strong relationships with lenders, who are familiar with our business model, up to 70% funding is available subject to status – meaning you could get started with just £5,000-£10,000 of your own money.

  • Detailed marketing plan to hit the ground running
  • Centralised credit control & invoicing
  • Regional franchisee meetings
  • Regular interaction with rest of the franchisee network
  • Email and telephone support Developing technology to support all aspects of the role
  • Work from National Account agents
  • Ongoing business development and marketing support and training

 

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Key Facts:

Opportunities:
Available across the UK
Business Type:
Franchise
Minimum Investment:
£22,950
Training Provided:
Yes
Home-based:
Yes
Part time:
Yes
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