Signs Express franchise

Min investment


Signs Express franchise

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

Minimum investment

Funding support

Total investment

Franchise fees

Business type

Expected revenue after 2 years

Minimum investment

  • Operating fee:
  • Advertising fee:
  • Royalty fee:
  • Average floor space:
    1500 - 2800 sq ft

About Signs Express


Join our success story

Established for almost 30 years, with over 65 centres throughout the UK and Ireland Signs Express is one of the most successful business models in the B2B arena and has the experience to help you become your own boss as a franchisee.

We provide expert support and training in all areas of business operations long with industry know how, furthermore you do not need industry experience to become a Signs Express Franchisee. Our dedicated friendly support team will help you along the way and will be on hand to offer you the advice you need to make your business a success

Signs Express franchise successful franchisee with a van

Financial information

Being a franchisee with the UK and Irelands leading sign company provides you with a proven, established business model in a thriving sector. To give you the best possible opportunity to thrive we are investing our entire franchise fee and a further £10,000 directly back into ALL new business start up costs, saving you a huge £30,000 on your investment!

The typical investment for a new franchise with Signs Express is:
Franchisee capital requirement: £40,000 - £45,000
Typical bank loan: £60,000 - £70,000
Total requirement: £115,000
The potential rewards for franchisees are extremely high. In fact, a recent survey by the British Signs & Graphics Association revealed that a Signs Express franchise achieves, on average, a 47% higher turnover than the industry standard.

Training and support provided

We provide expert support and training in all areas of business operations long with industry know how, furthermore you do not need industry experience to become a Signs Express Franchisee. Our dedicated friendly support team will help you along the way and will be on hand to offer you the advice you need to make your business a success

The ideal Signs Express franchisee

An ideal Signs Express franchisee would typically have a successful background in management and leadership. An influential leader, with superb decision making and, most importantly, possesses excellent communication skills. This quality is important when motivating employees as well as ensuring the franchise provides fantastic customer service.

You do not need experience in the signs industry, we can provide you with the training in order to build your knowledge but we are looking for franchisees who are incredibly motivated, with the drive to make the business a success, to develop and grow the business in order for it to reach its potential and uphold the integrity of the Signs Express brand.


Franchise resale

Business Description:

A highly established business in NW Kent & SE London has now become available and Signs Express are looking for a new franchisee to take on this superb opportunity. This fantastic Signs Express centre has been operating for 14 years and has been built up successfully by the current owners. The business has grown steadily over the years and has a highly skilled team of experienced staff in place. Which makes this opportunity Ideal for any new owner, meaning you can focus on continued business growth and development, building on the solid foundations left by the existing franchisee.

Clear systems and high-quality standards will allow a new franchisee to step straight into the role. Having built up the business since 2005 the owners are now at a stage where theyre approaching retirement and wish to sell, they will be leaving the business with strong foundations and a perfect platform for a new franchisee to come in and hit the ground running.

There are numerous advantages to becoming a franchisee:

High earnings from day one
100% UK based company and support centre
1500 sq. ft. light industrial unit
No sign industry experience required
Full Training & ongoing support
Monday Friday Working hours
Your share of 1000s of sales enquiries we generate on your behalf
Buying power as the UKs largest sign company

People living in NW Kent, Dartford, Sidcup or the surrounding SE London area would be ideally situated to take on this business.

There remains tremendous scope to utilise the trading history, full potential of the assets and the territory, along with assistance from our Franchise Support Centre, to grow the already extensive customer base. Youll have access to over 24,000 businesses and will be perfectly placed to service the needs of organisations large and small.

Trading hours:
Monday - Friday operating hours

Number of employees:


Support and Training:
A full schedule of training is provided before you begin and support is available throughout your position as a Signs Express franchisee.

Location Details:
This business would suit those based, or looking to relocate to NW Kent, Dartford, Sidcup and other areas in the SE London area.

Asking price:

Case studies

 What our Franchisees have to say:

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

Signs Express franchise successful franchisee dressed smartly

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

 Working as a Signs Express Franchisee has given me more than I could ever hope ......

Name: Matt Scott
Location: NW Kent & SE London

Tell us a bit about yourself and what you were doing prior to buying your franchise?

I am married to Mary with twin daughters. Prior to buying the Franchise I worked For Couraqes Brewery in Sales for twenty years

Signs Express franchise Dartford store frontWhy did you go down the franchise route initially? And why did you choose your franchise?

I chose the franchise route as I wanted to gain the advantages of being able to work with an established successful business model and the back-up provided by the Franchise Support Team.

I chose a Signs Express Franchise as I had been involved in buying signs for the Brewery and I could see the growth opportunity in the sign industry, businesses always need signs and as virtually every sign is different it is an industry that needs a bespoke personal service.

Why have you decided to sell your business?

After 14 years of building up the business to where it is now, I have decided to sell due to my wish to retire. Knowing my business is well structured, has good processes/procedures in place and has a strong customer base I feel confident any new owner coming in will do so with the ability to hit the ground running and continue its steady growth.

Whats the key selling points of your business?

Over the years we have established a fantastic customer base, so much so that 85% of our business is from regular and loyal customers.

We have a great team, with an abundance of experience who have been with the business for several years, and who know our regular customers very well. Weve also introduced a trainee Sign Maker with a view to the future growth of the business.

What support should the new franchisee expect to receive?Signs Express franchise Dartford store back

A new franchisee would gain support from the Franchise Support centre, the existing team and I would spend time with the new franchisee, and I am always available to offer support where required.

Our computer records on all customers are comprehensive and we keep complete records of all customers and jobs. We have records of all customer artwork going back to 2005

What are the other benefits of buying a resale?

Buying a resale means there is already an established customer database, the team know the customers and know their business. Apart from national suppliers we have built up a network of local suppliers who know our business and know our requirements.

We are active members of Business Network International and are well known throughout the local network, as the sign makers to recommend. It also gives us access to businesses across the spectrum whose services we may require.

What is a typical day for you as a franchisee?

No day is exactly the same but in general I start at 8am to prepare the work schedule for the day. At 8.30am the team start, and we have a production meeting, where the days jobs are discussed, and tasks allocated. The team commence their tasks in production, fitting, producing quotes, drawing up artwork and dealing with any callers.

I review emails and contact customers to follow up quotes, arrange visits and surveys or send out new quotations.

I then go out on customer visits throughout the day. These can be local, in Central London or in Kent

At lunchtime we review our progress with the days work, if necessary, alterations are made to meet customer requirements.

Throughout the afternoon more customer visits or telephone calls to customers.

Signs Express franchise Dartford vanHas becoming a franchisee changed your life, if so how?

Becoming a Franchisee has allowed me to build up a business that has given me satisfaction and financial security which was exactly what I wanted to achieve when taking on this venture all those years ago.

What is the most invaluable piece of advice you could give someone looking to buy their first franchise?

The best piece of advice I could offer would be to ensure you look for a franchise that offers longevity and scalability. The signs industry is a great example of this as businesses always want or need signs and graphics. As every business is different, they will require an individual and bespoke service which Signs Express can deliver.

In your opinion, what makes a successful franchisee?Signs Express franchise Dartford printer and cutter

A successful franchisee will be able to offer a great customer service, will have a desire to succeed along with possessing good business acumen.

Listen to what Signs Express advises you to do as they have produced a successful business model that will help you to achieve your goals being a new franchisee.