Signs Express Franchisee of the Year Award finalist

Signs Express Sligo has reached the finals of this year's Irish Franchisee of the Year Awards. Michael O'Hara, franchise owner of Signs Express Sligo, was shortlisted as a finalist at this years' awards through his business expansion, focus on excellent customer service and gaining new high profile contracts. Michael has excelled through his desire to substantially grow the business enabling him to combat the turmoil of recession and push forward to a 10 per cent increase in turnover in 2009.

Michael O'Hara said: "I was delighted to hear that we'd reached the finals. It's a great achievement for me as well as recognition for my staff who have worked so hard to help us reach where we are today. Success in challenging times demands a fully strategic approach and by combining our marketing activities to win and retain custom, investment in new technology and staff, we've been able to face the current economic climate with confidence. I would also like to thank all our customers all across the North West region and beyond."

Signs Express Managing Director Craig Brown said: "We are delighted that Michael has been recognised for his achievements and since opening his business less than three years ago, he has shown great promise right from the very early days of trading. His plans for continuing on the upward trend show excellent potential for continuing to achieve his goals. We are also very happy that the strength of the brand has been recognised with our Franchisor of the Year nomination." The winner of the Irish Franchisee of the Year Award is due to be announced tonight at a ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin.