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Sign of the Times

June 22, 2019

Historically, men have often dominated franchising, however, more and more women are now owning and running a franchise than ever before.

Women in Signs

With the number of women taking on a franchised business growing by 20% in the last two years, the landscape is certainly shifting and not just with franchisees. Last year, 65% of people employed in a franchising business are female, equating to over 400,000* in the UK alone. 

Signs Express have been witness to this increase and in the last 18-months, the UK’s largest signs and graphics company had an increase of female franchisees by 40%. In fact, since April 2018, the award-winning franchise has welcomed three new female franchisees on board in Oxford, Colchester & Chelmsford and Leicester & Loughborough. 

Women have always had roots in the signage industry with individuals such as Margaret Calvert who designed an entirely new signage system for the UK’s roads in the 60s. Since then this primarily male industry has continued to evolve and as part of this evolution, women are increasingly making their mark. 

Mayura Joshi, owner of Signs Express (Colchester & Chelmsford) explained “Signage was interesting to me because every business needs it – that’s what drew me. I spoke to existing Signs Express franchisees and they come from a diverse range of backgrounds that made me feel confident coming into the sector”. 

Val Duggan joined the Signs Express network with her husband Martin at the start of 2019. Val confirms the reason for going into a franchise business: “We have always had the ambition of running our own business and working together. As we both have commercial backgrounds, we believe that we have a good understanding of the needs of our local businesses”.

Priya Lawry, co-owner of Signs Express Oxford confirms the confidence she has achieved by joining the network ‘’Running and owning a business in a male dominated industry, has helped give me the confidence and drive to see our professional goals reached’’.

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