New Sign Express Franchisee in Gloucester


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As an already established sign business, the Signs Express in Gloucester is now under new ownership.

Darryl Lillie has joined the UK’s largest sign franchise, buying the established business covering Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Signs Express provides a wide range of signs and graphics for all business purposes across the country.  Darryl saw the big potential the franchise had to offer and in January this year, bought the business from former owner Jon Hill who has now retired. John Hill was one of Signs Express first franchisees, trading since 1993.

Darryl previously worked as the general manager for a large packaging company. After working there for 14 years he decided it was time for a new challenge and wanted to set up his own business. “The aim was to find a business with a secure structure in place and a firm foothold within the B2B sector,” he said.

Commenting on purchasing the Gloucester-based franchise, Darryl Lillie, says “After working for a large organisation I felt it was time to look to set up my own business and after doing a lot of research I immediately became very enthusiastic about the concept of the Signs Express franchise. 

“It has been great to buy a business which has been trading for the past 18 years very successfully, which is very reassuring when you’re starting out on your own business in the current recession.  I am very much looking forward to the future and seeing my business grow from strength to strength with the support of Signs Express head office based in Norwich.”

The Signs Express store is one of the most respected van sign writing specialists in the area and offers a complete sign writing and sign making throughout Gloucestershire; including completing projects such as school signs and shop signs, which is a one stop shop for all customers sign solutions.

Specialising in vehicle graphics and sign writing more than 1,000 vehicles of all shapes and sizes per year, Signs Express (Gloucester) also makes hundreds of banners, thousands of printed stickers plus interior and exterior and DDA compliant safety signs for shops, offices, councils, industrial units and schools.

Operating since 1989, Signs Express has developed into the largest sign company in the UK and Ireland with over 75 franchised production centres.  They provide a complete design, manufacture and fitting service for all forms of signage including interior and exterior signs, vehicle graphics, banners, window graphics and exhibition display products.