Catherine Monson presents Mark Phelps with the Franchisee of the Year trophy.
Fastsigns, the signs and graphics franchise has awarded the title of Franchisee of the Year to Mark Phelps, its franchisee for Kingston, Surrey. Phelps was also awarded one of the company’s Business Mentors for the Year.
Phelps’ achievement follows his investment of over £250,000 in new equipment and expanding his Fastsigns centre, which enabled him to deliver significant growth within his business.
The awards were presented at the company’s annual convention in Kettering, Northamptonshire, where Catherine Monson, global chief executive of Fastsigns based in the U.S., delivered the keynote speech, “Pathways to More”.
Monson spoke about the future plans for the business and how franchisees, by thoroughly exploring all the tools available to them, can translate these into business success within their own franchise.
John Davies, UK managing director of Fastsigns, said: “Our annual convention is always exceptionally well attended, as our franchisees find the opportunity to network with peers, discover the latest innovations in technology and learn about the company’s future plans.
“I was honoured to speak with so many colleagues who were all very positive about the excellent level of support, training and education offered by the company, which they see as one of the many benefits of buying a franchise over starting up on their own in business.
“Our network has achieved impressive growth both in the number of centres and in turnover last year, and I am delighted we have the opportunity through the convention and the incorporated awards ceremony to show our franchisees, and all of our colleagues, how much they are valued.”
Fastsigns Kingston also won Comprehensive Customer Solutions of the Year award for its ‘Summer Garden’. The award recognises the most impressive signage, graphic and visual communications project for a customer.
Other Fastsigns award winners were:
Sales Achievement, Charanbir Anand, Watford.
Employee of the Year, Andy Eidukas, Bolton.
Project of the Year, Manchester.
Two further business mentor awards were presented to:
Simon Slee, Hammersmith.
David and Carolyn Riddell, Gloucester.
The convention also included a network supplier showcase where over 28 businesses showcased their latest products and services to franchisees.