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Make Your Statement

With signs and graphics, you can say anything, do anything and be anything! Become a franchisee today.

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Overview

  • Outlets: 765+
  • Minimum Investment: £36,000
  • Funding Support: Yes
  • Total Investment: £150,000
  • Franchise Fee: £21,000
  • Business Type: Franchise
  • Expected Revenue after 2 Years: £200,000
  • Operating Fee: N/A
  • Advertising Fee: 2%
  • Royalty Fee: 7%
  • Average Floor Space: 1,500 sqft

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About FASTSIGNS


FASTSIGNS is a global leader in the franchised signs and graphics sector, with over 765 centres operating worldwide. Offering a proven route to successful business ownership, in an industry driven by technology and creativity, to exceed an annual turnover of £1 million.

As a FASTSIGNS franchisee, you’ll help any business, in any industry, make their statement through signs and graphics. Whether they need exterior building signs, signs to direct and inform, signs to decorate, signs to theme an event, or signs to promote - signage is always in demand. So, your business will always be in demand.

Training and Support Provided


With a dedicated, UK-based support team and a US-based Head Office, the business support you’ll receive is at the core of our promise to lead you to grow a profitable business.

With world-leading, industry experts at the helm, you’ll soon feel confident in your journey, as you are nurtured throughout the lifetime of your franchise with us.


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We were definitely nervous, as we were both complete sign novices. But we had help at every turn!” Tunde Sodipo, FASTSIGNS Northampton

Comprehensive Training Delivered

We know signage looks technical, and we can’t deny that it is! But, we have comprehensive training methods designed to ensure you’re well on the path to becoming an expert, when you open the doors of your business.

As a franchisee, you will receive:
  • 2 weeks of Foundations Training at our Dallas Head Office
  • 1 Week in a UK centre with your mentor
  • 1 Week, Centre-based Business Consultant training visit, pre-launch
  • 24/7 access to FASTSIGNS University
  • Gamification Mobile Access Training
  • A robust programme of ongoing training events, in sales, marketing, substrates and more
  • Annual visits from US-based industry experts
  • 2 Convention event opportunities, per annum


Business Management

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Our team of dedicated Business Consultants work with you to develop your business plan, and help you manage your objectives against it for success. We are also able to help you access HR support, accounting support, technical expertise and much more. Whatever you need, whenever you need it.

“We love being owners; being in control of our business and working in it, as well on it. The Head Office Support Team helped us move our mindsets from employees to owners, supporting us to achieve our goals. We’ve grown our business by over 30%, have taken on new team members, and we’re extremely excited for the future!” Melanie & Jose Martinez and Alan White

Marketing Support

We consistently invest in our brand positioning, website, and technology ensuring we can attribute ROI to your marketing activities. Marketing is at the centre of what we do. With consistent ‘On Your Behalf’ marketing activity and local marketing support, we’ll help you ensure your business is as visible as possible.

The Ideal FASTSIGNS Franchisee



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Believe it or not, our franchisees rarely join us with previous signage experience! All we require from our franchisees is for you to be organised, business-minded and able to communicate effectively with your customers.

As our franchise opportunity is predominantly a management opportunity, depending on your experience, skills and likes, we can build your team around you! If you’re a great manager, we’ll build a team of sales, design and production around you.

Like-wise if you’re a creative designer, we’ll recruit management skills, sales experience and production expertise.

FASTSIGNS’ History


FASTSIGNS first launched in Dallas, Texas in 1985, reaching the UK in 1994 and has expanded into 8 other countries over the past 37 years. Over this time, FASTSIGNS we’ve helped our franchisees build businesses that facilitate their lifestyle, allowing them to build a career to complements their skills.

To do this, we continuously strive to bring cutting-edge signage technology, coupled with powerful business strategy, so our top centres consistently achieve sales in excess of £1million.

FASTSIGNS has won countless international franchise industry awards and, specifically in the UK, we are consistently awarded 5-star satisfaction from our franchise network.
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Next Steps – your exciting future awaits you!


If you would like more information on what are the next steps toward your exciting future, please complete the form below.

FASTSIGNS International Inc. Financial Data
The following financial information was provided by FASTSIGNS International Inc. to give you more information about the costs associated with a FASTSIGNS International Inc. opportunity
Total Investment
FASTSIGNS recommends that you have a minimum net worth of £150,000, of which at least £35,000 is liquid assets.

Typically banks will lend up to 70% of the total investment. FASTSIGNS have excellent relationships with all major banks and are able to introduce you to franchise specialists in each bank.

The typical total investment is £81,798 (plus working capital), and the franchise fee is £17,500.
FASTSIGNS International Inc. News

Unlocking the power of family, the FASTSIGNS way!

July 02, 2024| Franchise News
The FASTSIGNS franchise is all about being stronger together…not just as a business, or network, but as a family too.

Sheffield Hospitality Entrepreneur Takes The Reins of Local Signage Business

July 01, 2024| Franchise News
FASTSIGNS Sheffield’s new managing director, Martin Slater, has officially embarked on a new journey in the signage sector, taking over the well-established franchise with the aim of driving in new clients from the local area.

Energy & Empowerment: The 2024 FASTSIGNS International Convention

March 04, 2024| Franchise News
Fresh from this year’s annual conference, FASTSIGNS franchisees are gearing up for another great year!

FASTSIGNS | Helping you harness the power of technology in your business

March 04, 2024
Whether you consider yourself a whizz kid or a tech newbie, a FASTSIGNS franchise gives you everything you need to operate at the very cutting edge of the signage world.

FASTSIGNS UK Celebrates Year of Franchisee Achievements

November marked the 20th anniversary of the annual FASTSIGNS UK convention, where franchisees from across the UK were recognised for their contributions to the signage sector in a glittering awards ceremony.

Your 3 steps to success: plan, plan, plan!

With our comprehensive marketing and business support, FASTSIGNS has already started planning for your success.

Familar Faces Takeover Huddersfield Business as it Marks 20 Years in the Community

A Huddersfield signage company is marking 20 years in service by announcing the takeover of the business by two long-standing employees.

Manchester Signage Business Partners With Armed Forces Charity

FASTSIGNS Manchester, a signage specialist, has recently completed a project for UK military charity, Wings for Warriors, which recognises the vital support given to the charity by the armed forces community.

FASTSIGNS St Albans Supports Charities Ambitious Growth Plans to Double Service Provision for Young People

Hertfordshire-based local signage and visual communications specialists, FASTSIGNS St Albans, has partnered with counselling charity, Youth Talk, to support its ongoing work in the community and its wider expansion plans.

We’re Franchising Trailblazers!

At this year’s annual bfa HSBC Franchise Awards, FASTSIGNS is honoured to be shortlisted for a brand new award introduced this year.

A day in the life of a FASTSIGNS franchisee

Aside from the really big questions you may have about a FASTSIGNS franchise such as: How much does it cost? When can I expect a return on my investment? How easily will I find customers? What training and support will I receive etc. – you may be wondering what your day-to-day life will be like.
People choose to invest in a franchise for any number of reasons. One of the biggest is the desire to take control of your working life, by becoming your own boss. So, what can you expect from your day as a FASTSIGNS franchisee?

Paul Robinson, who invested in his franchise, FASTSIGNS Peterborough, in 2019, provides some insight into what his typical day looks like. At our most recent internal awards, he won the FASTSIGNS Franchisee of the Year in 2022, so it’s safe to say he understands how to build a successful FASTSIGNS centre!

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The day begins…

Just ahead of opening for the day at 09.00, I like to get in early to turn on all the machinery so it’s ready to go; just like the rest of us, it needs a few minutes to warm up before work begins! I usually run a couple of small test prints, and maybe even a cut, to make sure everything is working properly. With FASTSIGNS equipment, there’s almost never any problems, but I like to be ahead of the game with stock and calibration, reducing any nasty surprises which could impact my staff or customers.

Once the team are all in, we spend time together, catching-up at the previous day, and looking at each person’s expectations for the day ahead. These ‘work in progress’ meetings are a great way for me to ensure my teams – design, production, sales & marketing – are all on the same page, and moving in the same direction with any ongoing or new projects. I have a great team around me, who know exactly what they’re doing, so this morning catch-up is our time to check everyone is confident we have every element in place to meet, or exceed, customers’ expectations.

Personally, my biggest buzz comes from making customers happy, which is why I choose to go out and meet with them face-to-face, for any project we take on. I find it beneficial, not just because I can take measurements and see the location for the new signs for myself, but because it allows me to fully understand and appreciate what they’re looking for. Sometimes they will have a clear idea about their signage goals, but I like to think my experience means I can address any challenges in ways they might not have thought of.

Things can move pretty fast in the signage world! We like to deliver a quick turn-around without compromising on the quality of our signage solutions. So, I will often need to create the production and design brief my team will use, straightaway. The projects we work on are so varied, and could be something small like a logo, or a handful of wayfaring signs, but it could just as easily be an entire signage strategy for a large company or public building.

Lunch break; headspace…

Having focused so intently right up until lunchtime, I then try to carve out some time to refocus myself. You can drive yourself pretty hard sometime when you’re your own boss, but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t look after yourself!

Let the afternoon commence…

Feeling a little refreshed after lunch, my afternoon may involve the wearing of many hats, depending on what is needing to be done in my business. I might spend some time working on quotes for customers, following-up on jobs, or having meetings with team members. I enjoy the challenge of maybe one minute speaking to a customer or supplier, to then helping with my team’s workload and priorities, or looking at accounts.

I know everyone in the network runs their FASTSIGNS centre differently. For me, I like to be as hands-on as possible, so I understand every nuance of my business, and what people need from it. Also, there’s a great deal of trust involved: Customers know they’re working with a renowned brand in FASTSIGNS, but it’s the one-to-one relationship I build with my regular customers where we can really have a positive impact in what we’re doing for them.

The same is true with the process of sign-making, as well as with leading a team. No matter how busy the day is, I believe it’s important to maketime to be with my staff on the workshop floor and get stuck in. It’s also important for me to understand what they’re working on, and how I can best support them, so they enjoy coming into work each day.

Customer appreciation keeps business growing…

Paul must be doing something right at his FASTSIGNS Peterborough centre, based on the 4.9 review score customers like this have given him:

“We came to FASTSIGNS for branding for our driving school. They were excellent from the first phone call, and we’ve been impressed with every aspect of their services. The customer service has been top notch (thanks again Dave!), as well as the finished product - they've done a great job with the vehicle wrap on our car!” Owain Hughes

“I'm absolutely blown away by the personal touch FASTSIGNS gave to my job. Having only a very small job I wasn't expecting the excellent level of service which FASTSIGNS have provided! Replies to my e-mails have always been prompt and the guys have made every effort to accommodate my needs. Really very genuinely Impressed!” Simon Mohr

“We wanted something a bit out of the ordinary and FASTSIGNS worked with us to achieve it. They were efficient and professional and gave us exactly what we wanted. We were working to a very tight deadline and I feel they pulled out all the stops getting our signs to us with time
to spare.” Annette Johnson

What could you achieve?

Paul sure is busy! However, one of the great things about owning a FASTSIGNS franchise is knowing no two days will ever really be the same! Running your own business allows our franchisees to take control of their days, and redefine their work-life balance.

So, why not contact us and speak to someone about how a FASTSIGNS franchise could help you transform your day – and your life – for the better!

FASTSIGNS International Inc. Testimonials
As a franchisee I wanted a franchisor that had more than just a business model. Apart from being a globally trusted brand, FASTSIGNS provides a wide support network of highly regarded professionals with excellent product knowledge. There is a solid platform that ensures franchisees have all the tools required to reach their potential.
Simon Slee,
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FASTSIGNS is the complete package – excellent training and start-up support, professional ongoing marketing and technical support, respected by suppliers and customers.
Andy Simpson,
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"They understand that the success of the franchisee is paramount to their success - a rare feature with most franchisors. If I had to do it again - no question about it - FASTSIGNS®."
Jerry Goldstein,
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Available Locations:
Franchises available in many areas of the UK.
Business Type:
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Minimum Investment:
£36,000
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