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FASTSIGNS has announced plans to open at least eight new UK franchises in 2017.

FASTSIGNS has announced plans to open at least eight new UK franchises in 2017.

The news comes after the global sign and graphics specialist secured four new franchises in 2016, the first being the UK’s first FASTSIGNS Co-brand in Oxford North. The remaining three were signed towards the end of the year and will take the number of active UK centres to 23 by the end of quarter one in 2017. The newly signed franchises will be based in Leicester, Stoke-on-Trent and Maidstone.

The latest announcement shows that the company is well on its way to meeting its target of doubling the current number of FASTSIGNS franchises in the country by 2018.

For John Davies, Managing Director of FASTSIGNS UK, the outlook is positive after a successful 12 months.

“2016 saw some great success stories for our UK centres and we know there’s plenty more to come in 2017, not least with our imminent arrivals in Stoke-on-Trent, Maidstone and Leicester.

“We made some key appointments last year, including the recruitment of Hannah Evans as Marketing Manager and Alan McLean as an additional Business Consultant. This has really strengthened our UK head office team and ensures our growing number of franchisees continue to receive exceptional support.

“Staying at the forefront of technology has also been hugely important and investing in solutions like SpaceView and 3M Visual Attention Software has helped us stand out in the industry.

“Another major achievement has been establishing ourselves as a Google for Work Partner. Thanks to this, we can now offer eye-catching digital signage solutions powered by Google Chrome technology, via Google’s Chromebit device. In summary, we’re going from strength-to-strength.”

Globally, last year saw FASTSIGNS welcome a total of 63 new franchisees, whilst also securing a Master Franchise Agreement in the Dominican Republic and U.S Virgin Islands.

John is happy that the UK is able to play its part in FASTSIGNS’ worldwide growth:

“Success breeds success and it’s clear that FASTSIGNS has found that all important global sweet spot in terms of the benefits the brand brings to franchisees and the quality of service that we provide to our customers.

“In the countries that we operate in, franchise owners are actively looking to expand their portfolios after a few years of maintenance and inward investment and our offering is extremely attractive to them.”

In recognition of his work to grow the UK business and his achievements to date, John recently received a company ‘Super Star Award’ for contributions to the business above and beyond expectations at the FASTSIGNS International Convention in the USA.

FASTSIGNS currently has over 650 centres in 10 countries, including US, Canada, UK, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Grand Cayman, Mexico and Australia.