Signs Express

Company Overview

A full member of the bfa, Signs Express has built an enviable reputation in the B2B arena; and it is this reputation that puts you in the perfect position to succeed as a franchisee with regular and repeat custom from businesses across all industries. Over 40% of franchisees have been trading successfully for 10 years or more, testament to the success of the business model. Established for over 25 years and with more than 70 franchisees, Signs Express has a national reputation for providing quality interior and exterior signs, vehicle and window graphics and banners and exhibition displays within the B2B arena. To celebrate 25 years in business, we have reduced our start-up cost for new franchises by 45%.

Franchise Overview

With over 25 years’ experience of successful trading and more than 70 centres covering 90 territories in the UK and Ireland, Signs Express provides a lucrative opportunity to run your own management franchise. The UK based training and support team gives franchisees the confidence and capability to manage every aspect of their new business. We offer: - Proven business model- Market leading brand- Lucrative B2B sector- High earning potential- Training & ongoing support- No sign industry experience required


You may have little or no experience of signs and graphics or running a business, or you may have plenty. Signs Express believe training is a vital factor in helping you grow your business. The training course is for four weeks at head office and covers: business development, materials and suppliers, local marketing, day-to-day operations including pricing, HR and employment issues, health & safety, accounts and IT. Continuous training and support is available.

Daily Life of a Franchisee

There are very few businesses like the Signs Express business. Your days will be very varied; your day may start with a telephone call, or an enquiry from our website that generates thousands of enquiries per year. From signs as large as a building to van graphics, you’ll meet with customers as well as manage a small team of sign makers, organise and grow your business.

Full Description

Signs Are Our Business, Make Them Yours

Are you looking for a business opportunity with high rewards, in a fun and creative sector and with all the benefits of an established brand?

About Us

Established for over 25 years and with more than 65 franchisees, Signs Express is the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics franchise.

Our national reputation for providing quality interior and exterior signsvehicle and window graphics and banners and exhibition displays accompanied by excellent customer service, has lead to sustained growth since our inception in 1989 and our franchisees have received a raft of awards for their high quality business practices.

In 2015 Lee Eaton, owner of Signs Express (Manchester) won the coveted Franchisee of the Year Award from the British Franchise Association (the regulatory body for franchising in the UK) and in 2017 Signs Express were finalist for the Bfa Franchisor of the Year Award.

Whether you are looking to start a new businessbuy a business or re-brand a sign company to become Signs Express, we have many available areas across the UK and Ireland. 

The Franchise Package

We have recently adjusted our offering, meaning we will not only invest our £20k franchise fee into any sale of a Greenfield or Premium site, but we will also invest a further £10k. Our investment in your, means you a massive £30k saving to help you get off to a flying start. 

You now need: 
Franchisee capital requirement: £40,000
Typical bank loan: £60,000
Total requirement: £100,000

What to expect from our franchise package:

  • Proven business model – the average lifespan of our franchises is over 10 years
  • Market-leading, award-winning brand – we are the most searched signs brand on Google
  • Established for more than 25 years – we are here today, here tomorrow
  • High earning potential – 47% higher than the average signs business
  • No sign industry experience required.
  • Full training and on-going support provided from UK based HQ
  • Dedicated marketing support for your business – access to thousands of sales leads
  • Rewarding and diverse work – some of the brands with whom we work are Transcal Engineering, Oasis Retail, JCB, Etihad Airways and Emirates Stadium.
  • Regional and national training, including an annual convention.

The Profit Potential

A number of our franchisees have invoiced over £5m since inception, with well-established franchisees turning over £1m a year. Over the years we have found many of our franchisees expanding their business and some opting to buy their own premises as part of long term financial planning.

Monthly Benefits

  • Access to your share of over 800 sign enquiries monthly
  • Support from a team of 18 at head office
  • Access to national account clients 
  • Dedicated national promotional fund
  • Specially negotiated rates with suppliers

We’re Great, But Don’t Just Take Our Word For It:

“Taking an existing business and totally transforming it from the ground up – with the aid of Signs Express HQ – has been one of the most financially and emotionally rewarding things that we have ever done.” – Jane Wiles, franchisee, Portsmouth  

“It has been really amazing to be able to shape my business around my own lifestyle and ethics. It has been important for me to involve my son and daughter in the business and I am pleased to have created a lucrative legacy for them after I retire.” – Stephen Lloyd, franchisee, Chester

“Working as a Signs Express Franchisee has given me more than I could ever hope for and alongside the financial and lifestyle advantages of being my own boss, this experience has enabled me to secure my dream project with the Tour de France.” – Lee Eaton, franchisee, Manchester

Ready For A Change?

Nothing beats the feeling of running your own business. But it’s also good to know that there’s support and guidance available when you need it. As part of a Signs Express franchise you’ll enjoy both.

With your investment you can build your own successful business using our established brand name. Plus, at every stage, you’ll be comforted by the knowledge that you have the expertise of a national network behind you.

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In Summary:

Signs Express is firmly established as the largest and leading signs franchise in the UK and Ireland – come and join an award winning team.
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