Signarama partners with Sign Association of Canada

July 27, 2019

Signarama Canada has joined forces with the Sign Association of Canada.

 
“This was a natural progression for us as one of the leading sign franchises in Canada,” said Signarama’s U.K. and Canada master franchisor and chief operating officer Anas Saltaji. “Our goal is to ensure our sign companies are one of the most successful and professional franchisees in Canada. Sign Association membership adds value to our large portfolio franchise.”

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The Sign Association of Canada’s chief staff officer Erin Roberts added: “We are delighted to welcome Signarama Canada companies into our membership, and we value Signarama’s leadership in taking this step. The industry is evolving rapidly and our members are one of many to lead the evolution.”

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Source: Sign Media

New owner of Signarama UK targets 100 units

June 8, 2019

Signarama UK has been acquired by Anas Saltaji, the master licensee for Signarama Canada, where he has grown the network to 49 locations since 2012.

The signs and graphics company says that whilst its existing UK franchisees have been trading successfully, the company has had a slow few years in recruiting franchisees but this is about to change as Saltaji is planning to replicate his overseas success here in the UK.

Saltaji, who also owns the master licence for a co-working franchise, Venture-X, explains his intensions for Signarama in the UK: “Initially, my plan is to focus on the current network. I want to reinvigorate them, help them to grow and remind them why they became franchisees. I want to get them excited about their businesses again.

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“Excitement is contagious. It’s not difficult to generate leads but if you can then take people to a store and they see excitement, positivity and all that wonderful stuff, that’s when they start wanting to be part of it.”

The Canadian entrepreneur is aiming to build the UK network to 100 units and says that this acquisition is a long-term commitment, which involves, amongst other things, a planned relocation of his young family.

Saltaji said: “In the long-run, I plan to split my time between both countries. My wife and children will come too, and we’ll build a life here, as we have in Canada. It’s important to demonstrate my commitment to the UK franchise and all those who choose to join us. I want franchisees to know me, to trust me and feel that I’m passionate about their success. I can’t do that remotely.”

The company says its existing 10 Signarama franchisees that operate stores across the UK are cautiously optimistic about their new leader and are grateful for his candid approach to business and his ‘back to basics’ strategy for growth.

Positive impact
Mark Squires, the Harrogate franchisee, said: “We had a national meeting recently, and I think we all came away feeling positive afterwards. Anas shared his intentions and his goals for the UK.

“He made it clear that he wants to build up our confidence and satisfaction, before launching into any recruitment activity. He wants to replicate his success in Canada, here in the UK and, having shared his first five-year plan with us, I certainly feel more confident.”

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Tracy Clark, the Milton Keynes franchisee, added: “I’ve been a franchisee since 2005 and since then, I’ve built a business of which I’m extremely proud. I welcome the entry of someone like Anas to the brand; there’s no denying the positive impact that his experience, both in franchising and the signage industry, will bring to the network. He knows the model, understands the business and has a proven history of growth and success.”

Saltaji comments: “The beauty of having Signarama in Canada is the resources that I can utilise here in the UK. I have an internal team dedicated to marketing, finance, product and business development. And their roles now encompass the UK franchise. I also have a strong network, some of whom turnover multi-million dollars a year and they are all incredibly excited to welcome the UK franchisees into the family.”

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Signarama was established in the U.S. in 1986 and has more than 900 franchisees in 60 countries. The company offers customers custom-made outdoor and indoor signage including window graphics, banners, illuminated signs and vehicle graphics.

Source: Franchise World

Signarama Hosts Global Franchisee Convention in Las Vegas

May 4, 2019

Franchisees from around the world gathered recently at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas to participate in the annual Signarama convention. For the fourth consecutive year, the brand partnered with the International Sign Association (ISA) to co-locate its annual convention with ISA International Sign Expo 2019 – the largest sign, graphics, print, and visual communications convention in the world.

More than 300 attended the brand’s biggest event of the year from the U.S. as well as Australia, India, Canada, Africa, the Bahamas, and the U.K. With an agenda full of activities, franchisees learned about the latest updates in technology, product development, marketing strategies, and vendor partnerships. In breakout sessions, select speakers addressed important strategic topics on how to make franchises even stronger. Signarama is a brand of the United Franchise Group (UFG), and is the world’s largest sign franchise with more than 800 locations in 60 countries.

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“It was a remarkable event because franchisees met and networked with their peers, and connected and strategized with vendors,” said Signarama President A.J. Titus. “We were the only franchise to receive after-hours access to the ISA tradeshow floor. It was a wonderful opportunity for our franchisees to network, as well as learn more about products and convention-only offerings.”

“ISA International Sign Expo 2019 was a rousing success for sign, graphics, and visual communications companies who were able to see the latest in cutting-edge technology and to access business-building ideas,” said Lori Anderson, ISA President and CEO. “We are excited to mark the fourth year of Signarama’s co-location, a relationship that has proven beneficial to both of us – but most importantly to our members, franchise owners, and exhibitors.”

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Awards were presented to Signarama franchisees in 11 sign-related categories as well as the following:

*President’s Award

  • John & Ashly Robbins (Redding, CA)

*Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Aaron Friedman (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Jason “JB” Brown & Cynthia Brown (Louisville Dixie, KY)
  • Francois Schoeman (Pretoria, South Africa)

*MVP

  • Bob Chapa (Troy, MI)

*Honorary Inductee as Member of Hall of Fame

  • “JT” Jim Tatem (UFG President)

*Mentors of the Year

  • Aaron Friedman (Santa Rosa, CA)
  • Gary and Nancy Rosenberg (Buford & Duluth, GA)

*Bill Schwaljie Humanitarian of the Year

  • Maggie & Brian Harlow, Louisville (Downtown), KY

*Most Improved

  • George Ballane (Central Calgary, Alberta)
  • Robbie Jacobs (Stuart, FL)
  • Zern & Dani Vess (Springfield, MO)

*Rookie of the Year

  • Amanjot & Amandeep Olma (Etobicoke, Ontario)
  • Spencer Coleman (Midway, Utah)

*Team Player

  • Morgan & Debbie Smith (Peterborough, Ontario)
  • Todd & Stephanie Cunningham (Frisco, TX)
  • Steve Danko (Kenosha, WI)

The brand also announced the 2019 Franchisee Advisory Council (FAC) at the convention. “The FAC serves as a sounding board that helps us plan for the brand’s future, including conventions,” said Titus. “Being selected for the FAC is an honor in any franchise system. This board is integral for planning our yearly events in addition to moving many brand initiatives forward.” The 2019 FAC members are Bob Chapa (Troy, MI); Maggie Harlow (Louisville Downtown, KY); Ric Anderson (Salt Lake City, UT); Dawn Tiritter-Bent (Huntington Station, NY); Anthony Bashorun (Herndon, VA); Alex Fong (Redmond, WA); Jerry Pappalardo (Murrieta, CA); Gary Rosenberg (Buford, GA); Stephanie Cunningham (Frisco, TX); and Steve Danko (Kenosha, WI).

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“This event is a critical piece of how we develop ourselves as a franchisee and as entrepreneurs, said Maggie Harlow of Signarama Louisville (Downtown), KY. “The training, networking and access to product and tools is invaluable. Our team counts on this event to prepare for the future of our industry. This year’s event was the best one yet and we are already making changes to our business as a result, including new equipment and product offerings.”

Source: Franchising

New Signarama UK owner talks up major growth plans

April 30, 2019

The new owner of Signarama UK has spoken of his ambitious growth plans for the brand, which he hopes to put back on the map “by getting back to basics”.

Canadian entrepreneur Anas Saltaji, master licensee for Signarama Canada, acquired the signs and graphics franchise last summer and has started work on boosting the company’s fortunes after “a slow few years in the UK”.

“The opportunity to acquire the business came up last year. I bought the business directly from the brand owner, Signarama Incorporated,” said Saltaji.

“The previous franchise owner in the UK wanted to focus on her family. She had a new-born and that was her priority.

“We thought it would be exciting to help the franchisees in the UK to regain their confidence and to rebuild the brand to what it once was.”

Saltaji has nearly doubled the Canadian Signarama network from 25 to 49 locations since he took over the reins in 2012.

He believes the UK, which at its peak had more than 40 Signarama locations, still holds massive potential and said his plan to replicate his success overseas will centre initially around the 10 remaining UK franchisees, whose sales he hopes to help double over the next five years.

“My intention is to get our existing franchisees to want to expand into new territories,” he said.

“They will be the most successful because they’ve done it, they know the ups and downs and they know the business really well. So I’m going to make it extremely easy for them to expand into new markets.”

Saltaji is ultimately aiming to build the Signarama UK network to 100 units within the next 10 years.

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“Given the market size in the UK, we would potentially have successful locations anywhere we put them.

“The Signarama brand makes money. It’s also a really engaging industry; every job is unique. Technologies, materials and their application are constantly evolving. It’s very exciting.”

On a personal level, long-term Saltaji is planning to relocate his family to split his time between both Canada and the UK.

“My wife and children will come too, and we’ll build a life here, as we have in Canada. It’s important to demonstrate my commitment to the UK franchise and all those who choose to join us.

“I’m not interested in quick fixes or making a quick buck. I want franchisees to know me, to trust me and feel that I’m passionate about their success; I can’t do that remotely.”

The UK’s existing Signarama franchisees typically employ four to five staff each and run HP Latex printers “due to their excellent quality, brilliant colour and eco-friendliness”, according to Saltaji, who said the franchisees are supportive of his growth strategy.

“We had a national meeting a few weeks ago, and I think we all came away feeling positive afterwards. Anas shared his intentions and his goals for the UK and, having shared his first five-year plan with us, I certainly feel confident,” said Harrogate franchisee Mark Squires.

Milton Keynes franchisee Tracy Clark added: “I welcome the entry of someone like Anas to the brand; there’s no denying the positive impact that his experience, both in franchising and the signage industry, will bring to the network. He knows the model, understands the business and has a proven history of growth and success.”

A seven-strong team of Canadian-based support staff, dedicated to marketing, finance, product and business development, will also work with and support the UK franchisees, alongside two support staff based in the UK.

Signarama was established in 1986 and currently has 900 franchisees in 60 countries.

By Richard Stuart-Turner

Source: Print Week