Everything you need for success
A Countrywide Signs franchise offers you the opportunity to own your own business, with the security of following our successful and proven business model. In many ways, a Countrywide Signs franchise is the perfect multi-van management business, with considerable flexibility on your initial investment and the ability to grow at a pace that suits you.
Your business will provide the vital role of erecting, changing and retrieving estate agent sign boards in your local territory, as well as offering commercial signs to local businesses. The scope is huge: you only have to look around to see the number of estate agency and business signs, they are everywhere!
From the start, you’re given the opportunity to invest in one van and scale up as your confidence grows, or hit the ground running with a larger operation – employing staff and running two or four vans from day one.
We are totally committed to helping you succeed and provide comprehensive training and support to ensure you are fully equipped with the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your aspirations. We’re very proud that 96% of our franchisees make a success of their business.
We deploy the latest technology and online systems to manage your invoicing and accounts, admin and phone calls, meaning you spend less time on minor tasks and more time on growing your business and increasing your profits.
"No matter how high you get in employment, someone else is always profiting from your work. I wanted to have control of my own destiny, make my own decisions and take responsibility for them - right or wrong. I wanted to take a positive step to shape my own future. Although I was impressed by the Countrywide Signs model and support systems, it was the people that swung it – they were so open and helpful.”
Paul Green, Countrywide Signs Cannock
The Countrywide Signs business model has two aims: to quickly generate cash flow to give you the lifestyle you want, and to grow as an asset to sell in the future, providing you with a long-term return on your investment.
The franchise model focuses on taking you to a point where you can work ‘on', rather than 'in' your business. This puts you in the position to further shape your lifestyle to your aspirations, thanks to the time and cash flow your business is providing you.
And while you benefit from great profit margins and growth potential, you’re also building an asset which you can sell in the future. How quickly you get to this point is up to you…
Working on the basis of erecting between 17 and 20 signs per day, achievable turnover is around £5,000 plus per van per month. However, by following the system many franchisees comfortably exceed this, and top-end turnover for a single van can exceed £70,000 each year.
On average our franchisees enjoy 60-65% profit on their turnover with a single van operation, and maintain high profit margins as their business grows to include multiple vans. The potential returns are substantial!
As you expand your company the financial rewards are even better. We currently have a number of franchisees who operate up to 7 vans and enjoy turnover of well over £400,000 annually. In fact, our top performing franchisee is set to reach £1 million turnover very soon!
“My business is on track to generate well in excess of £900,000 this year, with the high profit margins I was looking for as well as being flexible. This is the perfect franchise for those who are hard working and want a business that is reliable and easy to run.”
Anthony Williams, Countrywide Signs Merseyside
* Even with a multi-van or management franchise, you can start with one van and build up to a second van around 12 months later
We think your business should work around your lifestyle goals and ambitions. That’s why a Countrywide Signs franchise offers different levels of investment according to the size of the business you’re looking to run, and clear evidence of the potential to scale up and receive greater rewards as your business expands over time.
Flexibility is very important to us. You can shape your business to match your ambition and grow over time. Our model allows you to plan ahead for your future development and add more vehicles as your business expands – and when you’re ready.
Established Businesses for Sale
In addition to new starts, existing Countrywide Signs franchises become available to purchase when current franchisees are ready to realise their investment and sell their business. These resale opportunities come with established clients already in place, so you can start making money from day one, nurturing your existing client list while building new business.
If you’re already a contractor working for a company putting out boards, then why not run your own business and reap much greater rewards! We have an established pathway for contractors to become Countrywide Signs franchisees. Contact us to find out more.
As a longstanding, proven and ethical franchisor, our business model is approved by the major banks so you can borrow up to 70% of your total investment, subject to status. The initial deposit paid by incoming franchisees includes the services of Franchise Finance, a highly-respected company with a very strong track record of securing loans. Everything a franchisee needs to get started and build their business is included in your investment.
Online Management Tools
Countrywide Signs is a technology-based company and we pride ourselves on providing online tools that make managing your clients and running your business easier. By adding value to the relationship between you and your clients, we continually help you to grow your business; that’s what good franchising is all about.
The industry's most advanced online sign board management system
Our online system provides a single point for estate agents to manage their own sign boards and for you to manage your work - with the ability for agents to send job instructions and track progress as well as being able to see where boards are at any one time.
It’s easy to use, delivers great customer service and is available via any device.
A cutting-edge stationery print management portal
We use agents’ brand identity to create design templates for their stationery and sign boards – which can be tailored to local needs, while providing centralised administration to reduce costs! Our online design portal makes it easy to make orders and check proofs ready for them to be sent to our print works.
The online systems are FREE OF CHARGE for all Countrywide Signs' clients. By giving them a single portal to manage their jobs, complete control over activity and vastly reducing their costs, your business stays ahead of the competition in your local market.