With its latest franchise now open, Signs Express continues to prosper despite the concerns in today’s economic climate. Newly opened franchisee, Tim Burt, explainswhy he is looking ahead with confidence to 2009.
It isn’t easy in this day and age to open as a new business, but for Signs Express (Farnborough) – the latest addition to the Signs Express group – the stability and opportunities are already in place to gain a firm foothold within the competitive sign-making sector.
Tim Burt, Farnborough’s centre owner, first showed interest in the Signs Express business model at last year’s Franchise Exhibition at the NEC. Coming from an armed forces background, as a former Squadron Leader, Tim was looking for a fresh challenge where he could apply his leadership and managerial skills to his own business. He saw franchising as an ideal choice.
Tim commented: “Franchising provided the right mixture of opportunity, guidance, support and freedom within a proven business model and Signs Express best fitted the bill. Founded in the UK and focused on the business-to-business sector, the company shows tremendous growth and vitality with an outlook I identify with. Now that the centre is open, my staff and I are enjoying getting stuck into the work we have coming in.”
The Sameday Company, a Hampshire-based courier firm, was looking for vehicle graphics for its fleet of Mercedes Sprinter vans and contacted Tim shortly after opening. Director Steve May recently met with Tim at the NHCCI lunch at the Aviator Hotel in Farnborough. Commenting on the work Steve said: “In the courier business we can’t afford to waste time off the road, so it was vital that we used a signage company that could apply the graphics without any impact on our deliveries. The end result and the speed in which it was carried out was just what we were looking for. To be an early client of a new NHCC&I member was great too, one member helping another.” As well as The Sameday Company, Tim’s team have also completed signage for Farnborough-based Flexi-Lets accommodation agency.
As part of the UK and Ireland’s leading signs and graphics company, Signs Express (Farnborough) provides a complete design, manufacture and installation service for all forms of signage including interior/exterior signs, vehicle graphics, exhibition and display products, window graphics and health and safety signage for businesses in Farnborough and surrounding areas. Signs Express (Farnborough) is a member of North Hampshire Chamber of Commerce & Industry.