July 23, 2008 // Franchising.com // SARASOTA, Fla.— Signs Now, a Division of Allegra Network LLC, recently announced a new corporate partnership with Edwards Global Services, Inc. (EGS). EGS CEO William Edwards is working in conjunction with the Signs Now corporate team to bring the signage and graphics franchise company into international markets outside of North America.
"Our goal for Signs Now is to help them realize the full global potential of their franchise," explained Edwards. "This is the time for Signs Now to expand internationally. The most desired franchises around the world today are strong, well- operated service franchises, especially those with the B2B focus. Signs Now, as part of the Allegra Network group, is well positioned for global growth."
EGS comes to Signs Now using more than 85 years of Partner global executive experience, expertise, knowledge, professional network and proprietary, trademarked processes. The companies assists many diverse clients realize the full global potential of their businesses. Since 2001, EGS has published GlobalVue(TM), a comprehensive survey which ranks more than 50 countries as places to do business, based on experience, surveys, plus constant literature and on-the-ground research.
"As a company, we are all very excited at the prospect of taking our growth beyond the United States and Canada," remarked Signs Now President Steve White. "EGS brings a vast amount of knowledge and expertise to the table and was an obvious fit for the execution of our goals in international growth and development."
As a senior executive with 36 years of successful international operations, development, executive and entrepreneurial experience, EGS CEO William Edwards has directed projects on-site in Alaska, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Near East and worked on projects in over 60 countries. He has experience in the oil and gas, information technology, management consulting and licensing sectors.
Edwards' specialty is to identify, evaluate, plan and implement international market entry projects using his experience, expertise, knowledge, contact network and proprietary, trademarked processes. For more information on Edwards and EGS, visit their Web site at www.edwardsglobal.com and also their company blog at http://edwardsglobal.com/blog/.
In addition to the international partnership, Signs Now has continued their growth from 2007 and carried the momentum into the first two quarters of 2008. In 2007, the company signed 13 new centers and is currently on track to beat that number for the current year. For more information on Signs Now, call (800) 356-3373 or visit their Web site at www.signsnow.com.
As a leader and top innovator in the sign and graphics industry, Signs Now truly stands out in a crowded world. Signs Now has over 225 franchise locations across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. The corporate offices and the Signs Now Training Academy, Sarasota Campus are headquartered in Sarasota, Fla.
Founded in 1983, the Signs Now service base includes solutions and digital imaging for outdoor and indoor signage, exhibit and vehicle graphics, magnetic signs, banners, window graphics, ADA signage, dimensional letters, directional systems and other visual communications tools to businesses worldwide. The company grossed nearly $86 million in sales in 2007.