Meet our Franchise Owners
Meet our Franchise Owners
Craig & Judith Woodhams
"This opportunity ticked two main boxes for us - it is business-to-business with the ability to develop strong, long term relationships with customers; and we will be able to grow it from the ground up to become a management business. "
"The previous franchise owner stored his boards at my in-laws' farm and they passed on the news that he was retiring due to ill-health. He'd been really happy with his business so I knew it was a fantastic opportunity and one not to be missed."
By buying an established business, Dean has the benefit of knowing that it has been run successfully and he's been able to continue the relationships that the previous franchise owner had established.
"Before being introduced to Countrywide Signs I hadn't known that much about franchise businesses," Terry continues, "but when I discovered the existing territory owner for Colchester was looking to sell, we were introduced and started the process.
I've lived in Colchester all my life so it was a great fit."
Former self-employed lorry driver Terry Hawkins is used to putting in the hours on the road, but when transport legislation forced a career change and a Countrywide Signs franchise came up for resale in his area, a great new opportunity presented itself that perfectly matched his skills and work ethic.
Brian and Teresa Meakin
“As we bought an established territory, we’ve been focusing on the contracts we had but are now starting to market the business locally and quickly got several strong leads which we hope to convert shortly,”
Six months in, the family has one van on the road and another they plan to put into action in the next few months. Their territory covers a large area of Derbyshire including Derby, Burton upon Trent and Ashby-de-la-Zouch, and it has plenty of potential to grow
“Coming from teaching I wouldn’t possibly have considered starting my own business if not for the family connection. Whilst it has been challenging the support has been great, both from head office and the other franchise owners and I am loving the experience. I would recommend anyone to at least look into it – and to dare to step outside your comfort zone.”
Sandra now runs the business day to day, although not erecting the boards herself, she manages a growing team of sign erectors and contractors.
“The Countrywide Signs franchise is tried and tested and members of the network are running very successful businesses. I looked at opportunities offered by Countrywide Signs’ competitors and they just didn’t compare.”
Trevor Smith was looking for a career change that would enable him to get out and about again and realise a dream to be his own boss.
“A friend suggested I consider franchising and Countrywide Signs appealed to me because it’s a simple yet highly successful business model. It seemed a much better proposition than other opportunities I looked at and I was very impressed with the franchisee testimonials I read.”
Looking for a more secure and exciting future, David Hughes decided to choose Countrywide Signs.
At the beginning of 2012, Alan Edmonds started his Countrywide Signs company in Leeds, promising estate and letting agents a hassle-free and pleasant experience.
"I was looking for an opportunity that had a lot of growth potential and after doing a lot of research into different types of franchises; Countrywide Signs was the one for me. Having bought the Edinburgh Central franchise, I hope to invest in another territory in the near future and build a multi-van muti-territory business."
William (Bill) Allan
Russell (Cass) Clay
“During my 40 years in the catering industry, I ran my own pub, was a general manger and a site director. There came a point where I felt that I had completed this part of my life. The unsociable hours played a huge part in my decision to change careers and Countrywide Signs provided a great opportunity for me to start my own business, with the advantage of having time to spend with my family."
Cass already knew that becoming a franchise owner was what he wanted to do.
“Having spent the last twenty-four years in the printing industry I finally decided to chase my dream of working for myself. I chose Countrywide Signs because it is such a simple concept, a very professional organisation and you don’t need to invest in premises or stock making the start up really easy.”
Gary has lived in Grimsby for twenty-two years with his wife Debby.
"I would say to anyone thinking of becoming a franchise owner this is a fantastic business which gives you time to enjoy life."
John Lynch, Countrywide Signs Master Franchise Owner for the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, is working to secure the companies market leading status by landing national contracts to drive the network forwards.
"My business on track to generate well in excess of £225,000 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."
Already experienced in running his own business Anthony Williams decided to become a Countrywide Signs franchisee as it provided the brand recognition he wanted. Four years later and he has plans to expand his business again.
James and Jane Bickerstaff
“This franchise would suit someone who likes to be busy and enjoys a challenge. This isn’t a nine-to-five job, however what you put in you do get out at the end, which has enabled us to achieve the success our hard work deserves.”
Even though Countrywide Signs franchisees James and Jane Bickerstaff started their business eight years ago, they still find that every day is different and interesting.
Martin and Angela Attwood
“Running your own business is satisfying both in terms of income and knowing you are in control of your destiny. I would highly recommend a Countrywide Signs franchise to anyone who enjoys working outdoors and wants to be the master of their own destiny.”
A decade on from launching their business and franchisees Martin and Angela Attwood are thriving, with their Countrywide Signs franchise generating a six-figure turnover.
"I’m aiming to achieve a first year turnover of £50,000 and I’ve got a clear plan of how I want to develop my business. I know my area will easily have the work to support this.”
Although Countrywide Signs franchisee Tim Mason launched his business less than a year ago, he already has clear plans for its future.
"For me, the Countrywide Signs franchise has provided an opportunity to work in a business where I am out and about working with people, rather than chained to a desk. For my father, the prospect of building a substantial business through marketing and providing a professional service was the key attraction."
Both Tyler and his father are achieving their goals with the Countrywide Signs franchise, the perfect team!