Michael O'Haram Signs Express, Sligo

Michael O'Hara opened his Signs Express production centre in Sligo after realising that owning his own business where he could make the decisions and directly influence its running, would suit him better than working for a multi-national company.

Detailing his career path, Michael comments: 'I've had an interesting route to becoming a franchisee, working in various industry sectors. I started out in Hotel Management, living and working in France and Switzerland for over three years. On my return to Ireland I joined Statoil, Ireland's largest oil company where I stayed for 9 years.

'After researching a lot of companies, Signs Express were the most professional,' comments Michael. 'On making the trip to the Norwich head quarters, I was delighted with the set up as it re-enforced my initial thoughts. I contacted several existing franchisees during my research and they were all very positive.

'The Signs Express management franchise puts you in the lucrative b2b environment with excellent sales potential from companies of all sizes and industries, so I knew there would be good opportunities to really grow the business.

'After visiting the Head Office and meeting the support team, I felt reassured that help and advice on all elements of the business was only a phone call away. Throughout my training and during the set up of my production unit, I have been very impressed with the level of organisation and advice provided.'