February 17, 2010 // Franchising.com // CARROLLTON, Texas – FASTSIGNS International, Inc. was presented with a 2010 Franchise Business Review (FBR) 50 Award at the International Franchise Association's 50th annual convention in San Antonio on February 7, 2010. The worldwide franchisor of FASTSIGNS® sign and graphic centers was ranked #1 in the business services category for the fifth consecutive year.
In receiving this award, FASTSIGNS ranks among the top 50 of what was the largest survey of franchisee satisfaction ever completed. More than 300 leading franchise systems representing more than 65,000 franchisees were researched.
The FBR 50 Awards are an annual ranking of franchise companies based on franchisee satisfaction. The awards are based on the research results of Franchise Business Review, a market research firm that conducts thousands of independent surveys of franchisees each year. The awards recognize the Top 50 franchise companies with the highest levels of overall franchisee satisfaction, as well as Best in Category and Honorable Mention awards in 16 industry categories.
"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized for our strong franchisee satisfaction," said Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS International, Inc. "We understand that investing in a franchise can be a life-changing experience for many and take great pride in our commitment to providing world class leadership, service and support to our franchise partners with a primary focus on their profitability, satisfaction and success."
Established in 1985, FASTSIGNS operates on the concept of providing effective sign and graphic solutions to businesses and organizations across all industries. Today, the more than 530 FASTSIGNS sign and graphics centers worldwide provide a full range of custom sign and graphic products—from banners and architectural site signs, to vehicle graphics and tradeshow displays.
"Franchisee satisfaction is the most critical factor for any prospective franchisee to consider before investing in any franchise opportunity," said Eric Stites, President of Franchise Business Review. "Even during challenging economic times, the very best franchise businesses maintain high franchisee satisfaction. FASTSIGNS is in that elite group and represents one of the very best franchise opportunity investments in the marketplace today."
Continuing its efforts to recruit qualified franchisee candidates, FASTSIGNS recently launched an aggressive franchise development campaign focusing on its conversion program. Officially announced in 2009, the program focuses on recruiting existing independent sign shops who want to expand and grow their business by becoming a FASTSIGNS sign and graphic center. Under the FASTSIGNS umbrella, the converted shops have full access to the brand name, training, marketing, management, technical support and operations resources.
FASTSIGNS® sign and graphics centers use innovation and technology to make effective, impactful signs and graphics, and to make the sign buying process fast and simple. Centers provide consulting, file transfer, design, production, delivery and installation for a full range of custom sign and graphic solutions. FASTSIGNS International, Inc. is the worldwide franchisor for the more than 530 FASTSIGNS centers located in the US, Canada, the UK, Brazil, Mexico and Australia (where centers operate under the name SIGNWAVE®).
Franchise Business Review is a national franchise market research firm that performs independent surveys of franchisee satisfaction and franchise buyer experiences. The firm's services include commissioned franchise research projects, as well as industry-wide studies of franchisee satisfaction.