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Have a general question about the FASTSIGNS® franchise opportunity? We provide answers below.
If you still have questions please contact us!

I don’t have any experience in the sign industry. Can I still become a FASTSIGNS Franchisee?

Absolutely! Many of our franchisees had never had experience in the signage industry prior to becoming a FASTSIGNS Franchisee. That’s what joining a franchise is all about- benefiting from training and support that is provided by industry experts to give you the knowledge to make a success of your business.

Do I need to have a specific employment background?

No. You do not need to have a specific employment background to become a franchisee; however it is preferable that you have experience in marketing, sales or operations as FASTSIGNS is primarily a sales and marketing business.

How long is the franchise agreement and can I renew it?

The current initial term of the FASTSIGNS Franchise agreement in the UK is 10 years. After which point the agreement can be renewed for a further 10 years.

How much is the initial franchise fee and what do I get for it?

The initial franchise fee is £17,500. For this fee you get the following plus much more:

  • Use of one of the most widely recognised brand names in the franchise sign industry
  • Four weeks of initial New Owner Training
  • Extensive first year marketing strategy developed specifically for your market
  • FASTSIGNS® design and construction package
  • Site selection and lease negotiation assistance
  • Complete Operations and Marketing systems
  • Exclusive territory
  • Access to a FASTSIGNS dedicated support and training website

As well as ongoing training and support visits to keep your business up to date with any developments in technology.

How soon will my centre be open after signing the Franchise Agreement?

It depends on various factors (lease negotiations, permitting, financing, New Owner Training completion, construction time, etc.). On average you will be open approximately six months after signing a Franchise Agreement or sooner.

Will I have the opportunity to speak to current franchisees?

Yes. As part of your due diligence we encourage you to visit any of our current franchisees, not only to see a fully functioning FASTSIGNS centre but also to ask them questions about their experience being a franchisee. We will provide you with this opportunity during the discovery process.

Are FASTSIGNS Franchisees happy?

Absolutely! Based on the 2015 franchisee satisfaction survey conducted by Franchise Business Review, for the tenth year in a row FASTSIGNS ranked as a top Franchisor by Franchise Business Review, and for the fifth year in a row by Franchise Research Institute. We are Number 1 in franchisee satisfaction in our industry!

Why would I choose a franchise over starting my own business?

Franchising has a reduced rate of risk and many other benefits including:

  • Support in all aspects of your business from industry experts
  • Instant recognition with a strong brand
  • Buying power of significantly lower prices, that could not be achieved from a standalone business
  • Training programmes to ensure your business stays ahead of the curve

What are the ongoing fees?

There is a 7% royalty fee based on monthly gross turnover. In addition, there is a 2% Central Marketing Fund fee, also based on monthly gross turnover. We do reduce these fees to 4% royalty fee and 1% Central Marketing Fund for the first year of operation for all new centres, conversions, and Co-Brands to help increase cash flow in the first year. Is there a Central Marketing Fund and how does it work?

What is the central marketing fund and how does it work?

FASTSIGNS holds a Central Marketing Fund (CMF) which is made up of contributions from the franchise network of 2% of gross turnover (1% to new franchisees for the first year of trading). These contributions are then spent on marketing activities, such as Pay Per Click and Search Engine Optimisation, for the network. Activities are decided on by the CMF board members who are franchisees elected by the FASTSIGNS Franchise network.

Does FASTSIGNS provide protected territories?

Yes. FASTSIGNS provides protected territories of a minimum of 4000 business counts to all centres. This means we will not open a FASTSIGNS centre in your territory without significant change to the demographics in your area.

Will I get assistance in finding a premises and negotiating a lease?

Yes. FASTSIGNS provides extensive site selection support and analysis. This includes market and demographic analysis, land lord coordination, site evaluations, lease reviews and negotiation assistance, architectural plans, contractor bid review, coordination and more.

Will I get assistance in fitting out my centre?

Yes. Once your premises has been confirmed our new centre opening team will work with you to map the layout of your centre, arrange contractors to perform construction and decoration tasks and order all furniture, equipment and technology needed.

See What Our Franchisees Say About FASTSIGNS®

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  • Silvia Hickey & Bart McNatt
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  • Larry Miller
  • Robert & Denise Acquaye
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What To Expect?

  1. Initial Inquiry
    • Have an introductory phone call with the Development Director and complete our confidential profile form
  2. Learn About The Brand
    • Review our Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) with the Development Director and get insight from other franchisees
    • Tour a nearby FASTSIGNS and get insight from current FASTSIGNS franchisees.
  3. Develop and Open Your Own FASTSIGNS Center
    • Final Interview with Mark Jameson, our Executive Vice President of Franchise Support & Development and sign the Franchise Agreement
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#1 In The Sign & Graphics Industry

The need and demand for signage and graphics continues to grow. Businesses are looking for new and innovative ways to compete for attention in a visually-oriented world. As a result, FASTSIGNS franchisees are in the perfect position to achieve long-term success by crafting creative, cutting-edge solutions for businesses on a local and global scale. Our response to new and sophisticated media needs:

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See What Our Franchisees Say About FASTSIGNS®

  •  - Dan & Naomi Stutzman
    “If I ever have a problem to deal with, it's sent to my FASTSIGNS support team. I know I can end the day with sending an email describing my problem, and come in the next morning with several possible solutions from the FASTSIGNS support team. This is ...”
    - Dan & Naomi Stutzman FASTSIGNS of Erie, PA
  •  - Bill & Joan Belmont
    “FASTSIGNS is a top notch organization with a wealth of knowledge and talent and has always succeeded because they believe that when and only when the franchisee is successful they will be. I strongly encourage others to seek out FASTSIGNS in their ...”
    - Bill & Joan Belmont FASTSIGNS of Lawerenceville, NJ
  •  - Paul LeBlanc
    “Choosing to start this business was one of the most important and worthwhile decisions I ever made. I knew I wanted to be with the leader in the field. That was FASTSIGNS in 1995 and it’s even truer today. Marketing and technical support second to ...”
    - Paul LeBlanc FASTSIGNS of Vancouver, BC,
  •  - Howard James
    “Before owning a FASTSIGNS franchise, I was a high school teacher and wanted an independent job. Now, I’m a successful entrepreneur, but I’m not in business by myself. The training and support that I receive from FASTSIGNS is tremendous.”
    - Howard James FASTSIGNS of Washington, DC
  •  - Dick Helmey
    “FASTSIGNS made the whole idea of new product opportunities and new solutions come alive for our current clients. It was also a good fit because it brought a lot of new resources that we really didn’t have available to us before…training, research, ...”
    - Dick Helmey FASTSIGNS of Midtown South and True Color Graphics - Houston, TX,
  •  - Clint Ehlers
    “We liked the sign industry and where it is heading technologically, and FASTSIGNS is the top dog in the category. It was important to me that I have an experienced team of professionals behind me that were dedicated to achieving my success. There’s ...”
    - Clint Ehlers FASTSIGNS of Willow Grove, PA and Cherry Hill, NJ
  •  - Donna Bilodeau
    “The support provided by our franchisor is second to none. We could not do without their expertise in all areas. We are linked by intranet to all other franchise owners and communicate daily. We subcontract work to each other and rely on each other's ...”
    - Donna Bilodeau FASTSIGNS of Windsor, ON,
  •  - Laurie Sigillito
    “One great thing about being a FASTSIGNS franchise partner is that it gives me the ability to help my community. When I joined FASTSIGNS, I didn't just open another business - I became part of the growth of Durango. As a FASTSIGNS owner, I have daily ...”
    - Laurie Sigillito FASTSIGNS of Durango, CO
  •  - Mark & Shawn Glenn
    “FASTSIGNS continues to be the perfect business model for us to reach our personal financial goals. With the brand awareness, operational support, and training resources, FASTSIGNS positions us to be the predominant visual communications leader in the ...”
    - Mark & Shawn Glenn FASTSIGNS of Dallas, TX
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