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Signs Express - Signage Franchise

Signage opportunity from a full and active member of the British Franchise Association.

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Start Your Franchise Journey Today with Signs Express

Consult – Design – Create – Deliver: bring local businesses to life with branded signage, offering a lucrative, exciting and extremely varied business opportunity.

Visual Solutions to Inspire and Engage

At Signs Express, our vision is clear. We aim to positively enhance every business in the UK through our engaging visual solutions, by delivering trusted, value for money, bespoke visual solutions that inspire and engage, through exceptional service tailored to our customers’ business needs.

Industry Leaders

Established for more than 30 years, Signs Express is the UK’s largest signs and graphics business, with over 60 centres around the UK, giving you the potential to join our award-winning network and run your own £500k+ business.

The Perfect Franchise Opportunity

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Being a franchisee with the UK’s largest sign and graphics company offers you a proven, established business model in a thriving sector. We are as passionate about your business as you are, which is demonstrated through our continual investment in your business, with support and mentoring for you as an individual and your entire team.

Signs Express offers the perfect franchise opportunity, providing room for creativity and innovation. With options to join our trusted franchise network via our established resale opportunities or via our selected prime location start-up sites, we offer you the freedom to start your own business and become your own boss, along with support, training and advice in all areas of the business.

If you’re looking to purchase an established Signs Express centre offering you the opportunity to hit the ground running from day one, our current Resales include:

  • Aylesbury
  • Colchester & Chelmsford
  • Liverpool & Wirral
  • Reading
  • Slough

Should you be interested in another location in the UK or Ireland not listed above, please do get in touch to discuss opportunities further.

Or, if your ambitions are to start your business from scratch, we have a number of exciting start-up locations available in the Southeast of England:

  • Croydon & Dorking
  • Crawley & Tunbridge
  • Eastbourne & Brighton
  • Ashford & Canterbury

Extensive Marketplace

Almost every business and organisation require branded signage in some form. Whether producing fascia signs for retailers, wayfinding for hospitals, window graphics for offices, or vehicle graphics for tradespeople, Signs Express offers the complete solution with a reputation for quality and craftsmanship.

We are always looking at new innovations, new products, services and technology, along with perfecting our existing offering to ensure we maintain our loyal customer relationships as well as attracting new customers from small start-up companies through to national corporations.

Why Franchise?

Franchising offers many benefits, along with having the freedom and autonomy that comes with running your own business, you also benefit from the support and guidance from our extensive network and experienced Franchise Support Centre.

Upon Joining our Network, Benefits include:

  • Established, trusted brand
  • Proven franchise model
  • Start-up accelerator investment
  • Dedicated UK based support team
  • Comprehensive business planning
  • Group purchasing power
  • Training and on-going support
  • Access to thousands of customer business contacts
  • Monday-Friday working hours
  • Tailored business support adapting to your business needs
  • Supporting franchisees for over 30 years

Your Role as Business Owner

Sign industry experience isn’t essential when joining our network, however our most successful franchisees are driven, ambitious, excellent communicators with a natural sales flair, a keen creative interest and an entrepreneurial, consultative approach. As an investor and owner, this industry offers you unlimited opportunities to be creative and inventive, whilst making an impressive return, as well as building a dynamic and diverse career.

Training and Support

We offer extensive training and on-going support to ensure our Franchisees are confident and well versed in all elements of the business, understanding the roles of each of the support staff, so that going forward, Franchisees are in the best possible position to make a success of their business.

Next Steps: Make an Enquiry Today!

Signs Express offers a franchise opportunity with a big difference. To start your journey today and become part of our network of over 60 centres, please get in touch and a member of our Franchise Recruitment team will be happy to help.

Fanchise Information

Franchise Fee: £25,000

Minimum Investment: £215,000

Minimum Liquid Capital: £65,000

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Launching the new Signs Express Franchise Recruitment Website
Launching the new Signs Express Franchise Recruitment Website
06 April 2022
We are pleased to announce the launch of our new Signs Express Franchise Recruitment website for April 2022!  Offering visual solutions to inspire and engage, Signs Express is at the heart of the sign and graphics industry, with over 30 years’ experience and over 60 centres in the UK and ...
Signs Express: An elitefranchise Top 100 Rising Star for 2022
Signs Express: An elitefranchise Top 100 Rising Star for 2022
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Established Franchise Opportunity: Signs Express Aylesbury
Established Franchise Opportunity: Signs Express Aylesbury
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Established Franchise Opportunity: Signs Express Aylesbury   Solid Foundations Established for over 20 years, this lucrative franchise opportunity offers solid foundations, ideal for a new business owner who can focus on business growth and development. Strong ...
Fantastic Opportunity for Business Growth & Development at
Fantastic Opportunity for Business Growth & Development at
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Fantastic Opportunity for Business Growth & Development at Signs Express (Colchester & Chelmsford)   Hub of Activity Signs Express (Colchester & Chelmsford) is a high potential double territory covering two of the Southeast of England’s economic ...
New owner welcomed at Signs Express (Gloucester)
New owner welcomed at Signs Express (Gloucester)
15 April 2021
Signs Express (Gloucester) is under new ownership after its successful purchase by Ben Walker, who has taken on his second territory with Signs Express. Ben acquired the business following outgoing franchisee Daryll Lillie’s decision to sell the company, having been at the helm for 10 years. ...
Berkshire business adds a sign of its own: Signs Express Reading is up for sale
Berkshire business adds a sign of its own: Signs Express Reading is up for sale
04 March 2021
After serving the Berkshire area for nearly 20 years with visual solutions, a successful franchisee has decided the time is right to realise his asset – providing an exciting opportunity to purchase the Signs Express franchise in the Reading territory. The owner of ...
New business owner for Signs Express (Nottingham)
New business owner for Signs Express (Nottingham)
26 November 2018
In an exciting new chapter for Signs Express (Nottingham), Nottingham based business veteran, Paul Glover, has become the new owner of the market-leading franchise after former owners Jane and Adam Bailey sold the centre to move out of the area.  Established in 2011 by the Bailey’s, the ...
Triple award recognition for UK’s leading sign company
Triple award recognition for UK’s leading sign company
31 October 2018
Signs Express, which houses their head office and franchise support centre in Norwich, has received three finalist nominations in the National Sign Awards which are due to be announced on 8thNovember at a gala lunch in Leicester.  Judged alongside hundreds of entries representing the very ...
The City of Salisbury Welcomes Signs Express
The City of Salisbury Welcomes Signs Express
25 October 2018
Established in 1989 and celebrating their 30thanniversary next year, Signs Express has developed into the largest network of sign production centres in the UK and is growing at its fastest rate in more than 10 years. The addition of a centre opening in Salisbury is the fourth new centre the ...
Awards top off a best-ever year for Signs Express
Awards top off a best-ever year for Signs Express
29 November 2017
Signs Express, the UK’s leading signs and graphics franchise, 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 ...
Signs Express Investing in You
Signs Express Investing in You
12 September 2017
Celebrating their 25th year of franchising, Signs Express continue to be the largest and most successful sign company within the UK. With over 65 centres in the UK and Ireland, this award-winning franchise is experiencing rapid growth, opening 6 centres by the end of 2017 in areas such as ...
New Owner for Signs Express (Warwick)
New Owner for Signs Express (Warwick)
24 November 2016
Signs Express, the market leading signs and graphics company in the UK, continues to grow its network of over 60 centres. With over 25 years of experience, this proven business model has some premium locations and resales of existing centres currently available and has just welcomed David ...
New Owner for Signs Express (Telford)
New Owner for Signs Express (Telford)
19 September 2016
Signs Express is the market leading sign and graphics company in the UK and their network of over 60 centres is growing. With over 25 years of experience, this proven business model has some premium locations and resales of existing centres currently available. One such person who has ...
New owner for market leading franchise, Signs Express
New owner for market leading franchise, Signs Express
28 June 2016
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Expert Advice – Reporting by Helen Blyth
Expert Advice – Reporting by Helen Blyth
16 June 2016
Lee Eaton, owner of Signs Express (Manchester) and the 2015 winner of the BFA (British Franchise Association) Franchisee of the Year award, shares the secret to running a successful franchise A recent survey, conducted on behalf of the BFA in conjunction with Natwest, revealed that the ...
BFA Award Finalists!
BFA Award Finalists!
10 June 2016
Franchisees of Signs Express (Portsmouth) Jane Wiles and Ray Allenby have been announced as finalists in the British Franchise Association, Customer Service Franchisee of the Year 2016 award. At Signs Express we strive for business excellence. A franchise with us offers the opportunity ...
Sales Director Tony Marsh joins BFA as board director
Sales Director Tony Marsh joins BFA as board director
20 February 2015
Signs Express sales director Tony Marsh has recently received the honour of being voted in as a board director of the British Franchise Association (BFA) and sits on the quality and standards committee. With the four new board directors announced in December, Tony was initially approached ...
Sailing into pastures new
Sailing into pastures new
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New owners are at the helm of Signs Express (Portsmouth) as Ray Allenby and Jane Wiles have recently taken over the long established franchise of the market leading signs and graphics company. Based on Railway Triangle Industrial Estate in Cosham, Ray and Jane have invested heavily into ...
Best ever attendance at 25th anniversary convention
Best ever attendance at 25th anniversary convention
19 December 2014
This year saw the best ever attendance at the annual Signs Express convention and sign awards held at the Nottingham Belfry hotel on 28th November. Not just any convention, this was a landmark event, celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary. Welcoming franchisees from their 70 centres across the ...
Management buy out signs a new era for Signs Express
Management buy out signs a new era for Signs Express
12 November 2013
A team of local advisors from Price Bailey, Leathes Prior and HSBC has worked together to help bring about a successful management buy-out (MBO) at leading signs and graphics franchise Signs Express, headquartered in Norwich. Signs Express was established in the in 1989 and is now the UK ...
Rally replica wraps into Peterborough
Rally replica wraps into Peterborough
31 July 2013
Signage experts, Signs Express (Peterborough & King’s Lynn), and fluid transfer company, Pirtek, were delighted to work together on a recent vehicle graphics contract following their involvement in the Peterborough “Proud to Franchise” initiative, supported by the British Franchise Association ...
Brandbuilder of the year finalist award
Brandbuilder of the year finalist award
26 July 2013
Leading sign making franchise Signs Express, was delighted to be named as a finalist for the BFA Express Newspapers Brand Builder of the Year Awards at the annual awards held on 4th July, at the Honoury Artillery Company (HAC) London.  The prestigious British Franchise Association Award highlights ...
Smarter Than The Rest!
Smarter Than The Rest!
21 June 2013
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Adam Morgan's Podium Finish At Oulton
Adam Morgan's Podium Finish At Oulton
11 June 2013
Signs Express (Central Lancashire), official signage sponsors to Ciceley Racing’s Adam Morgan, celebrate his maiden BTCC podium finish. Adam Morgan produced a gutsy drive to third place in the final race of yesterday’s Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship event at Oulton Park. The ...
Fine Ale in the Fine City
Fine Ale in the Fine City
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This week sees the start of the annual City of Ale Festival in Norwich. The festival is a celebration of real ale from local breweries in real ale pubs and other venues. Running from May 23rd until June 2nd over 42 pubs will showcase over 227 different types of ale. As a proud supporter of ...
BFA Express Newspapers Brand Builder of the Year Awards nomination for Signs Express
BFA Express Newspapers Brand Builder of the Year Awards nomination for Signs Express
29 April 2013
Leading sign making franchise Signs Express, is delighted to confirm they have been announced as a finalist for the BFA Express Newspapers Brand Builder of the Year Awards.  The prestigious British Franchise Association Award highlights the innovative methods franchisors are adopting to effectively ...
New welcome signage marks Morecambe’s end point of the Way of the Roses
New welcome signage marks Morecambe’s end point of the Way of the Roses
18 April 2013
Signs Express (Lancaster) was pleased to  assist Lancaster City Council and sustainable transport charity Sustrans by installing a new signage board at the western end of the coast2coast route, situated close to the iconic Midland Hotel in Morecambe. The new signage has been unveiled on ...
New Hydrotherapy Pool for Children’s Hospital
New Hydrotherapy Pool for Children’s Hospital
18 April 2013
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Facelift for Prestigious Business Park
Facelift for Prestigious Business Park
10 April 2013
Signs Express (Crawley) helps Manor Royal get the modern sign treatment. Visitors to the Manor Royal Business District would have noticed a few changes as they navigate the largest business area of the Gatwick Diamond. The most recent improvement is new street ...
Signs Express Croydon heading for gold
Signs Express Croydon heading for gold
20 March 2013
Signs Express (Croydon) nominated for Croydon Business Awards. We are delighted to announce that Signs Express (Croydon) has been nominated for an award at this year’s Croydon Business Awards 2013 in the category ‘Best Business for Customer Service’. ...
Signs Franchise Design Successful Rebrand
Signs Franchise Design Successful Rebrand
26 July 2011
Warwick-based Signs Express has played a major role in the rebranding of Voith Industrial Services.   Working on various sites around the UK, the advertising franchise based in Warwick rebranded all exterior and ...
Signs Express Shortlisted as Regional Finalist
Signs Express Shortlisted as Regional Finalist
15 July 2011
Malcolm Lant, Signs Express signs franchise owner for the Gateshead area, has been shortlisted as Regional Finalist for the British Franchise of the Year Awards, being held on the 29th September at the NEC in Birmingham.   ...
Sign Franchise Success: Designing Vehicle Graphics
Sign Franchise Success: Designing Vehicle Graphics
04 July 2011
Advertising franchise Signs Express in Peterborough has played a major role in producing the design and fitting the vehicle graphics for Top Hex’s new product TheatreCom van.   The electronic design company Top Hex has ...
Videos
Signs Express (Portsmouth) franchisees Ray Allenby & Jane Wiles
Signs Express (Portsmouth) franchisees Ray Allenby & Jane Wiles
Meet Jane and Ray from Signs Express (Portsmouth) who bought a business for sale from the market leading franchise in 2015. Hear about their experiences and why they chose the signs and graphics franchise as a way to start their own business together.
WINNER - Franchisee of the Year 2015, Signs Express Manchester Franchisee Lee Eaton
WINNER - Franchisee of the Year 2015, Signs Express Manchester Franchisee Lee Eaton
Named as the winner of the British Franchise Association franchisee of the year 2015, Lee Eaton is interviewed about his business success. Lee won the B2B category as well as being named the overall winner, up against stiff competition from household brands such as Snap on, Dyno and McDonalds.
Why choose a franchise?
Why choose a franchise?
A selection of our franchisees talking about being their own boss and running their own business, benefits of owning a franchise as well as their interests and previous job roles.
A Day In The Life Of Signs Express!
A Day In The Life Of Signs Express!
Signs Express are the UK & Ireland's leading signage company. Take a look at our short video to see how one of our 70 centres nationwide could help with all your signs and graphics needs.
Malcolm Lant Signs Express bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2012
Malcolm Lant Signs Express bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2012
Short video from the bfa HSBC Franchisee of the Year Awards 2012, supported by Express Newspapers. Malcolm Lant, Signs Express (Gateshead)