FASTSIGNS Leicester gets VIP opening

A new signage and visual communications business in Leicester has been officially opened by one of the world’s leading businesswomen.


Catherine Monson, CEO of FASTSIGNS, flew into the region from the US to launch the company’s newest centre on Saffron Way.


As well as overseeing FASTSIGNS’ entire global network of 680 franchises in 10 countries, Catherine is also a board member of the International Franchise Association (IFA) and is on the National Educational Foundation Board of Trustees in the US. She was joined at the opening by FASTSIGNS UK managing director John Davies, new Leicester franchisee Nyemachi Atanda, her family and the centre’s production and sales teams.


Speaking at the event, Catherine said: “I jumped at the chance to visit Leicester.  Since the area’s inspirational premier league victory, the city of Leicester has experience significant growth.  There’s been a huge influx of business in the area and it’s a natural choice for Nyemachi and her family to set up the new franchise here. There’s an energy and passion in the city, as well as a thriving local economy and infrastructure, which I believe are some of the core elements needed for business success.


“I’m thrilled to welcome Leicester and Nyemachi to the FASTSIGNS family.”


Prior to the official opening, FASTSIGNS Leicester welcomed its first customers back in October. Achi says she was delighted to receive such a high-profile visitor in the first two months of trading:


“When I found out Catherine was coming to cut the ribbon, I couldn’t quite believe it. When you join such a big company, you don’t expect one-on-one time with the CEO. She spent time looking around the new centre, talking to staff and finding out more about Leicester. She was genuinely really interested.


“The last few months have been a whirlwind but we’ve had an amazing start.  Leicester has given us an amazing welcome, and we have already created three new jobs for the area, I’m excited to see what 2018 will bring!”


FASTSIGNS Leicester becomes the 22nd member of the UK franchise network. For more information on FASTSIGNS UK, visit