The Event

A real celebration of the British Sign Industry

Nearly 300 sign industry professionals gathered at the Athena in Leicester City Centre for what turned out to be the best celebration of the British Sign Industry we have organised to date.

Great host, great food, a great show with some brilliant winners and a fantastic opportunity to network with leading suppliers and fellow sign makers of every shape and size. 

Our host this year was the legend ‘Interesting’ Steve Davis, six-times world snooker champion – and he was excellent – friendly – so many selfies – funny and erudite.  Following an amusing preamble, Steve worked alongside BSGA Director David Catanach to introduce the awards.

Steve Davis, hosting the British Sign Awards

Lori Anderson of the ISA explains the new affiliation between the ISA and the BSGA

Another highlight was the presence of three members of the management team from ISA – the International Sign Association. Lori Anderson, ISA President and CEO, Brandon Hemsley, Chief Operating Officer and Kelly Miller, Director for Meeting and Events, travelled from Washington DC specifically to support the awards and Lori also took the opportunity to introduce and explain the new affiliation between ISA and the BSGA to form ISA UK, which officially starts operations in January, 2019.

The ISA visitors also added a surprise  (to the BSGA and the organisers as well as the audience) at the end of the event.  Just before the winner of the coveted Sign of the Year was revealed Lori Anderson announced that they would present an additional prize – an all expenses paid trip to Las Vegas to visit the ISA International Sign Expo next April.

“The offer of the extra prize came out of the blue while we were on-stage and it helped bring the event to a brilliant conclusion,” said David Catanach.  “It also augers well for the future and demonstrates just what the affiliation of ISA and the BSGA will mean to the British sign industry.”

Our other special visitors on the day were the team from Mission Motorsport, who brought their Poppy Car, an F-type Jaguar wrapped in a beautiful poppy design, to the event. The vehicle was wrapped by a team of ex-servicemen, all of whom were discharged from service with physical and mental injuries and are now beneficiaries of the charity Mission Motorsport.  Out of over 40 entries in the vehicle graphics category, the judges selected the Poppy Car to receive a special achievement award.

“We were delighted that Mission Motorsport and the team that developed the wrap were able to join us at the Athena,” said David Catanach. 

Award Presentations

Young Signmaker of the Year Marc Kisko (right) of Reade Signs is presented his award by Rob Goleniowski (Centre), Roland’s Head of Sales in the UK

Steve Spackman (Centre) of Blaze Signs is presented with Architectural Sign of the Year by Alan Vigar (Right) of Blackburns Metals

Sign of the Times (centre) are presented with The Craftsman Award by Julie Clark (right) of Trade Etching Direct.

Astley Signs are presented with Illuminated Sign of the Year by

David Holmes, MD of Firstlite LED (centre left)

Sovereign Signs are presented with Leisure Industry Sign of the Year by Craig Brown (right)

Astley Signs (right) are presented with Roll-out Programme of the Year by Oliver Warburton (centre left) of Wilson Access Hire

Castleton Signs (centre) are presented with The Decor Award by Lori Anderson (right), President of the ISA

Signbox (right) are presented with Wide Format Project of the Year by Phil McMullin (centre left), Sales Manager at Epson Pro Graphics

The Vehicle Graphics of the Year are presented by Amy Catanach of Pyramid Display Materials, to Coastline Graphics for Wrap of the Year, RGVA for Commercial Vehicle Graphics of the Year, while Mission Motorsport and Matt Vinyl Graphics receive Special Achievement Awards

Graffitti Design are presented with Retail Sign of the Year by Brandon Hensley (right), ISA’s Chief Operating Officer

Sign of the Times are presented with The Innovation Award by David Derbyshire (right) MD at Astra Signs and President of the BSGA

Interplan Sign Systems (centre) are presented with The Construction Award by

David Henry (right), Sales Manager with Eurobond Adhesives.

Small Signmaker of the Year was presented by Mia Dorrington (far right) from Link Publishing, to Apogee Print

Placemarque are presented with Wayfinding Scheme of the Year by Sian Kelly (right), Chair of the Sign Design Society

DMA Signs are presented with Product of the Year by Val Hirst (centre), Editor of Sign Directions

Blaze Signs are presented with Sign of the Year by Jamie Bonser (centre left) of Current by GE and Mike Smith (right) of Signfab UK

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