About Us

Express Holdings has seen the shortfall in the current national employment structure and is bringing into fruition a new way of doing business. Learn more about us and how we empower employees with the right attitude and skills, assisting and guiding them to become business owners and even better employers of skilled, semi-skilled, and apprentice labour.

Express Holdings is comprised of various companies that are focused on helping tradesmen, and tradeswomen, realise their possible dream of owning their own business.

Craig Ford, the founder of Express Holdings and owner of an existing and successful trade business in Table View Cape Town, saw a gap in the market to include and assist tradespeople to run their own business by giving them a support structure on a business platform.


Ensuring our business owners’ success by providing professional systems, policies, and procedures to help realise their dream of owning a successful business.


To become the leading trade franchise in South Africa.

If you feel drawn to Express Holdings’ mission and vision statements, and if you believe that receiving invaluable support will ensure your success, get in contact with us to discuss getting started.

Being an innovative company that was only established in 2021, Express Holdings has already enjoyed much success in turning employees into successful business-owners!

Express Holdings Directors

Nicolette Ford

Director & Shareholder

Invaluable administrative and sales roles within the hospitality industry for a leading South African hotel group assisted Nicolette in creating a niche within her chosen career of pest control. Nicolette is one of a minority of experienced, female pest control operators in the country.

She is a qualified fumigator as well as a wood-destroying organisms inspector with 11 years of experience of crawling in ceiling spaces, identifying pests, and fumigating with dangerous gasses! Nicolette has served as national chairperson on the board of the South African Pest Control Association, and she is currently a director of the Pest Control Industries Training Academy. Nicolette’s attention to detail and determination to find practical solutions has assisted many tradespersons to reach personal success and growth.

Craig Ford

Founding Director

Craig Ford joined Bugs & Sparks as a partner in February 2010 with 17 years of experience in the hospitality industry. Craig Ford decided that he wanted to make a significant impact on the private sector and since joining in 2010, Craig Ford has bought out Craig Louw, earned his qualifications in the relevant industries, and employs 35+ staff members.

He is a registered member of SAEFIA (South African Electric Fence Association), an accredited Compliance (COC) Inspector with NABISA, and a registered pest control operator with DAFF (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and fisheries) and PCIPC. He is also a LPGas practitioner as authorized by SAQCC Gas and more recently he also received his certificate from SAHITA as a competent building and home inspector.