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Fifteen Awards covering every aspect of sign making

British Sign Awards 2015 winners montage

The British Sign Awards are organised by the British Sign and Graphics Association, the industry’s leading representative body,  to recognise and celebrate the outstanding skills and creativity of UK sign businesses.

Now in their third year, the BSGA British Sign Awards are firmly established as a benchmark for sign making excellence.  Winning an award can have a dramatic effect on a business both externally, amongst current and prospective customers, and internally, as a major boost to staff morale.

Awards are presented in a total of 15 sign categories and entries are invited from ALL sign makers in the UK  (membership of the BSGA is not an entry requirement). Winners of each category go forward for the final accolade – the coveted ‘Sign of the Year’ award.

In addition to the sign making categories there is also an award for the Sign Industry Product of the Year.

Entry to the awards is free and adjudication is by an independent panel of expert judges.  Shortlisted entrants will be invited to attend the gala presentation ceremony which will take place at East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Thursday, November 3rd.

Signs that make a big statement

Architectural Sign of the Year 2016

The Architectural Award has previously been won by Harrisons Signs for its polished steel sign for Nestlé and by Goodwin & Goodwin for the handcrafted sign for Picturehouse Cinemas in Leicester Square.

The Architectural Award has previously been won by Harrisons Signs for its polished steel sign for Nestlé and by Goodwin & Goodwin for the handcrafted sign for Picturehouse Cinemas in Leicester Square.

By far the majority of signs are functional marketing tools.  They may be beautifully designed and brilliantly produced, but they are created to serve a purpose – to deliver information to a particular audience.

There are, however, a few signs that go a step further.  These are designed, engineered and installed to make a real statement about the environment or building in (or on) which they sit.

Rather than being functional additions to a building or a location, these signs are designed and built to be an intrinsic part of the architecture.

One such sign will receive ‘The Architectural Sign of the Year’ accolade at this year’s BSGA British Sign Awards.  Sponsored by Blackburns Metals and Plastics, the award will go to a sign business that has produced an outstanding structural sign that has been created to complement the architecture in which it stands.

The design of the sign and with how it sits within its environment will be of paramount importance but the judges will also be looking for superb engineering and attention to detail in materials selection, manufacture and installation.

The awards, now in their third year, are organised by the BSGA (British Sign and Graphics Association) to recognise and reward outstanding work by British sign makers and are open to all UK-based sign businesses.

“Architectural signs are, by their nature, usually the province of the biggest and best equipped UK sign businesses but last year a relatively small business won the award for a beautifully crafted sign that took us back to the golden days of cinema,” said David Catanach of the BSGA.  “We hope that any companies, big or small, that have produced stand-out signs during the course of the year will take this opportunity to showcase their work.”

Entry to the awards is free and easy (visit www.britishsignawards.org) .  Winners will be announced at the BSGA’s Gala Awards Ceremony which will take place at East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Thursday, 3rd November.