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British Sign Awards 2020

The original UK Sign Industry Awards return for 2020

The Best of British Signmaking

The winners of the 2019 British Sign Awards were unveiled at a gala event on 14th November. A total of 15 awards were presented in addition to the coveted Sign of the Year

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The British Sign Awards are designed to recognise and reward outstanding work completed by UK-based sign makers over the past year.

This year the Awards are will be 100% independent and completely free to enter for all UK based businesses. 

Now in their seventh year, the awards have become a beacon for the best in British Signmaking, providing a unique showcase for the creative talent, technological skills, engineering abilities and craftsmanship that continue to make sign making in the UK the envy of the world.

A celebration of British Signmaking

In total there are 15 award categories that cover every aspect of the modern sign industry – 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 a special award for the Small Sign Business of the Year, open to any business employing from one to five people.  The Young Signmaker of the Year Award reflects the importance of attracting and training young people to work in the industry.

The Craftsman Award

Architectural Sign of the Year

The Construction Award

Illuminated Sign of the Year

The Green Award – New for 2020 

The Leisure Sign of the Year

The Roll-out Programme 

Small Business Sign of the Year

Wayfinding Scheme of the Year

The Decor Award

Retail Sign of the Year

Wide Format Project of the Year

Vehicle Graphics of the Year

Young Signmaker of the Year

Product of the Year

Learn More about the categories

You can find out more information about each of this yer’s categories, including infomation on judging critiea and how to enter by visiting the categories page.

A Brief History of the British Sign Awards

A Brief History of the British Sign AwardsSign Industry Awards winners brochuresThe ‘Oscars’of the UK sign industry have a history dating back to the 1990s, and for the past 20 years Ray Hirst has been the primary organiser of what are now firmly established as the...


It’s now six years since the British Sign Awards were launched as a joint venture with what was then the BSGA (British Sign and Graphics) but which has since become ISA-UK. Ray Hirst, who created the awards with his wife Val, long-time editor of Signs and Sign...

A Triumph of Trophies

The winners of this year’s awards received the best trophies ever, thanks to the efforts of Corby-based Trade Etching Direct (TED).