After so many years in the oil and gas business, I was ready for a change. Although I had a very enjoyable career, I was missing large parts of family life due to having to work overseas for much of the year. I had been looking closely at franchising or buying an existing business for some time. Franchising was more appealing as it allows you all the growth capacity of a brand new business but with a proven system already in place.

When I decided that I wanted to buy a franchise I had a defined set of requirements already in place. One was that it had to be business-to-business, it had to be non-food and it also had to be product based. Whilst researching my franchise choices, Signs Express really stuck in my mind as they time and again ticked all my boxes.

I was very impressed with the level of support available to the franchisees and also with the great enthusiasm for the business shown by the directors and staff at the Norwich Head Office. I visited some existing franchisees nearest to my location and all had strong and continued enthusiasm for the business, many still growing strongly after over 10 years of trading. Since opening in February this year my Signs Express centre has grown and prospered. At the moment I employ three people and I have many plans for the future.