The 2019 Gala Event

the Event

A celebration of the UK Sign Industry

Venue:                  The Athena Centre, Queen Street, Leicester.

Date:                    Thursday, November 14th, 2019

                              Reception:                         1.00pm – 2.00pm

                              Lunch:                                2.00pm – 3.30pm

                              Awards Presentations:   3.30 pm – 5.30pm

                              Close:                                  6.30pm

The Event

The highlight of the year

The Awards are presented at a celebratory ceremony, designed to pay tribute to the outstanding work of sign makers across the country and to recognise and reward those selected by the judges to receive the trophies and certificates of merit.

We also aim to make the event as entertaining as possible and, to follow-on from the success of snooker champion Steve Davis in 2018, the host for 2019 will be actor, stand-up comedian and all-round entertainer Shaun Williamson.

Shaun, who is probably best known for his role (and untimely end) as ‘Barry’ in Eastenders and as the hapless sidekick to Ricky Gervais in Extras, will work alongside ISA-UK director David Catanach to present the awards.

The awards event will be returning this year to the Athena Centre, in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter, and will take place on Thursday, November 14th.  It will start with a reception at 1.00pm, followed by an excellent three-course lunch and then the presentation of awards.

ISA-UK has retained the daytime format and the Midlands venue in order to make the awards as accessible as possible to as many people as possible.  The awards offer a unique networking opportunity for both sign makers and suppliers to the industry and, if you’d like to come along for a day that is both industry-focused and genuinely entertaining.

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Multi-talented host for this year’s awards

The host for the 2019 Awards will be Shaun Williamson, a multi-talented actor, stand-up comedian and entertainer.

Probably best known for his role as the hapless Barry Evans in Eastenders, Shaun has been particularly busy since he left the soap with parts in two series of Extras with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Marchant  (when he played a satirical version of himself), Life’s too Short with Warwick Davis, and the film ‘The Invention of Lying’ also with Ricky Gervais. Other credits include Casualty, Holby City, Moving On, Plebs, Mr Winner, Houdini, Scoop, Funland, Inspector Morse and the sitcom, Waiting for God.

He has also enjoyed considerable success on stage in such roles as Monty The DJ in Saturday Night Fever, Fagin in Oliver and Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls. He played Mr Perks in the hit stage adaptation of The Railway Children at London’s King’s Cross Theatre, then later played Baron Bomburst & Lord Scrumptious in the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang musical at the London Palladium. He has also appeared in Love Me Tender and Never Forget and numerous comedies including a stint on stage as Fletcher in Porridge.

Shaun is also  an accomplished comedian and singer (he won Stars in their Eyes as Meatloaf) and this multi-talented entertainer is much in demand on the after-dinner circuit where he is highly rated as a speaker, compere and awards host.

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