The British Sign Awards are organised by the BSGA, the trade association that represents and fights for the interests of the UK industry, to shine a light on British sign makers and to provide a showcase for the ‘Best of British’.
It is the only occasion in the industry year when the focus is entirely on sign makers and the work they do and, since they were launched in 2013, the Awards have celebrated some truly remarkable achievements that have demonstrated that the skills and creativity of British sign businesses is world class.
The Awards are open to all UK-based sign businesses (i.e. you do not have to be a member of the BSGA to enter) and, to ensure a level playing field for all, judging is by an independent panel of industry experts.
In total there are 15 award categories that cover every aspect of modern sign making – from traditional craft skills, through the rapidly developing décor and vehicle livery sectors, to highly engineered architectural signs. Recognising that the sign industry is made up primarily of SMEs, there is also a special award for the Small Sign Business of the Year, open to any business employing from one to five people.
The Young Sign Maker of the Year Award is designed to highlight the important contribution young people make to the industry and to encourage the recruitment and ongoing training of youngsters. Entrants must be nominated by their employer or training provider and this year, for the first time, the shortlisted entrants will receive cash (or voucher) prizes in addition to trophies and certificates.
The ultimate accolade is for a business to be awarded the Sign (or Sign Project) of the Year. The winner in each category goes forward to a final round when the judges select the best of the best.
Entries may be submitted at any time from March to the closing date, which this year will be Friday, September 14th.
Judging will take place during the week beginning October 8th. Shortlisted entrants will be notified during week beginning October 15thand will be invited to attend the presentation ceremony. The BSGA will also inform all entrants who did not make it to the shortlist.
Awards will be presented at the annual BSGA gala event in Leicester on Thursday, November 8th.
What winning an award means
isGroup, the winners of the 2017 Sign of the Year and Illuminated Sign of the year explain what winning their awards means to them and their business