Having worked in the city and then run his own mortgage broker business, Paul Lawson had decided to take early retirement aged 52 to spend time with his family and enjoy his hobbies. However, when he offered to help a friend run his Countrywide Signs franchise for a short period, he discovered a business he couldn’t resist getting more involved in.
"When my friend’s wife became ill I offered to help run his Countrywide Signs business while he looked after her. I really enjoyed the challenge and liked the business model, so I was quick to accept when the opportunity arose to become a franchise owner in Stevenage. I wasn’t looking to invest in a franchise, or any business, but the opportunity was too good to miss."
Paul bought an underdeveloped part of an established territory, which was being sold by the existing franchise owner due to ill health. This meant he had the benefit of buying an established and well-run business, but also the opportunity to generate new opportunities.
"I really enjoy business development, so taking on an area with huge potential was a challenge I relished. So far my hard work is paying off as I doubled turnover in the first three months. It really helps to be part of a nationwide network as many of the people I’m meeting know of Countrywide Signs and the technology behind the service is a real selling point."
Although he doesn’t live in his territory, Paul enjoys the commute and with a mobile modem in his van, he’s able to keep up to date with requested jobs on the move. He also finds he doesn’t have to go to the territory all day, every day so he can make the hours fit around his family and lifestyle.
"We have a 12 year old son as well as enjoying many pursuits including sailing and skiing. I also coach rugby and my wife is a netball coach, so the flexibility of the business was appealing. By the middle of next year I plan to take on someone else and then grow the team progressively after that."
Husband and wife team, Martin and Jo Pitts, traded in their careers for business ownership to join Countrywide Signs.
Hannes Poley came to the UK in 2017 and launched his Countrywide Signs Cardiff & Bridgend franchise.
Liam Smyth moved from retail management to a Countrywide Signs following months of research trying to find the perfect business for his future.
Sue Jamil and her husband Neil Sansom first took on a Countrywide Signs franchise in 2010.
Tom Ricketts was a contractor engaged by Countrywide Signs when the chance to invest in a brighter future arose.
When Dean Angel heard that the Countrywide Signs owner for Dunstable was retiring he jumped at the opportunity to run his own business.
I would highly recommend a Countrywide Signs franchise to anyone who enjoys working outdoors and wants to be the master of their own destiny.Martin Attwood
This is the perfect franchise for those who are hard working and looking for a business that is reliable and easy to run.Anthony Williams
Countrywide Signs operate a centralised invoicing and payment system, allowing you to focus on the importants stuff
Countrywide Signs are a recognised IS09001 Certificate Company