Meet the Team
Take a look at some key players in the Speedy Signs brand who have helped to shape the company into what it is today, as well as put in the manpower (and womanpower) so that Speedy Signs can continue to grow and flourish into the future.
In 1998, my wife Sarah and I launched the pilot store for Speedy Signs, building the business from the ground up. Since then, a further 24 locations have opened from Whangarei to Invercargill, making Speedy Signs the largest signage network in New Zealand.
Whilst the 20 years have passed quickly, I still remember the day we opened in Penrose, Auckland. Our eldest son was only a baby in our grand opening photo, and now he’s 6ft 2in and married!
I’ve experienced everything from franchise sales, marketing, financial education, business coaching and mentoring. My role focuses on strategic direction for the various brands and ensuring they are supported through our Field Operative network. I’m also responsible for creating new marketing strategies for the brands and enhancing current marketing programmes to help owners reach their sales goals.
It is truly rewarding journeying with our owners through the initial jitters of owning their own business, to seeing them flourish both personally and financially.
It’s hard to think of a time before Speedy Signs, but prior to this great adventure, I lived and worked in Rotorua at the Sheraton and the Novotel Hotels in Sales, Conferencing and Public Relations. Grant and I, along with our 5 month old baby then moved to Auckland to start Speedy Signs in 1998, then EmbroidMe in 2006.
My roles have been many and varied, including running the pilot store for EmbroidMe, liaising with suppliers, training and supporting new owners, organising conference etc.
My primary role, however, is Franchise Development Manager, so I’m the first point of contact for prospective franchisees looking at joining the Speedy Signs brand, and responsible for the continued expansion of the network as well as facilitating ownership changes. I’m passionate about the brands we’ve built in New Zealand and in helping people make their dream of business ownership a reality.
In 2018, my wife Michelle and I relocated from Wodonga, Australia to Whangarei with our three children under 3!
I have a background in signwriting, having owned my own business for 7 years. When I’m not zipping around the country visiting stores, you’ll either find me out on the boat fishing or diving, or at home in Whangarei watching Aussie rules. Go Richmond!
It’s been great to be part of the growth story of Speedy Signs. The brand is very strong, and it’s an exciting time to be in the sign industry with all this new technology.
I owned and operated Speedy Signs Auckland CBD (along with my wife, Heather) for over 15 years until we sold the business in 2021. During this time, I was a mentor as well as serving on a number of franchise committees, which has given me a good understanding of the challenges of running a business in the B2B/branding industry as well as what it’s like to operate within a franchise model.
Whilst my journey owning and operating a franchised business has come to an end, I have come on board as an Operations Advisor for Business Franchise Group to help other Speedy Signs and EmbroidMe franchisees grow their business.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Business in marketing and accounting at Auckland University of Technology, I joined the franchise support team as Marketing Coordinator. I can certainly say I’ve had a fantastic time. No day is ever the same. There’s always something new happening, whether it’s coordinating TV & radio campaigns, posting on social media, internet advertising, e-marketing or support training, newsletters, bulletins etc.!
I love being able to help our franchisees grow their businesses and get the Speedy name out there.
In the early nineties we left behind our busy lifestyles of London and Hong Kong in pursuit of greener pastures for our young family.
With backgrounds in hotel management and catering we started and operated a fine dining restaurant for the next 10 years. I also have experience in recruitment and HR. I understand the complexities of owning your own business and the different aspects of operating it. I am the voice at the other end of the phone who listens and finds you a solution.
I’ve been with the group for over six years and it’s great to be part of its huge growth. I look forward to the years ahead and feel privileged to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with all things Admin.
In 2012, My wife (Shelley) and I purchased Speedy Signs East Tamaki and ran the business for 5 years. During this time, I sat on the Franchise Advisory Committee, grew our store to being part of the million-dollar club, and operated as the tour store for new and prospective franchisees. After we sold the business in 2017, I came on board as a consultant, and have been doing a variety of development projects for both Speedy Signs and EmbroidMe since then.
Having led small, medium and large businesses in various industries for over 20 years I launched my own consulting and coaching business in 2016. I love working with business owners and managers on setting their goals and aspirations, then acting as a sounding board, together developing strategic tasks that head towards those goals, and monitoring progress. Its been a pleasure working with a number of the Speedy Signs and EmbroidMe owners, and I look forward to assisting more owners to achieve their dreams.
Want to learn more? Book a call with us
If a Speedy Signs business sounds like a good fit for you, book a call with Franchise Development Manager, Sarah Archibald.