Independent. Free. Fair

British Sign Awards 2020

The original UK Sign Industry Awards return for 2020

About the awards

An award for everyone

The British Sign Awards is an independent awards scheme designed to shine a light on British sign makers and to provide a showcase for the ‘Best of British’.

The focus is entirely on sign makers and the work they do and, since they were originally launched in 2002,  the Awards have celebrated some truly remarkable achievements that have demonstrated that the skills and creativity of British sign businesses are world class.

The Awards are open to all UK-based sign businesses and, to ensure a level playing field for all, judging is by an independent panel of industry experts.

INDEPENDENT – The awards have been organised by the same team since 2002.  The team is totally independent of any membership organisation.  No vested interests are involved at any stage of the awards process.

FREE  – Entry to the awards is open to all UK-based signmakers and is free of charge.

FAIR –  Judging is carried out by a panel of independent  industry experts unaffiliated to any organisation.  Identities of entrants are redacted before the judges see the entries to ensure a level playing field for all.

About the awards

Award Categories

In total there are 11 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. 

We have also introduced a new Green Award recognizing the importance of environmental issues in the sig industry.

About the awards

Why enter the awards

Entering an award and winning or even making the shortlist is good for business! It’s a great addition to your marketing toolbox, providing great PR and helping to increase awareness of your business and your capabilities; it’s a great sales tool, acting as a third party endorsement of your business, giving  it a seal of approval from your peers and sending out positive signals to your customers; and  finally, an award is a great employee motivator – it recognises their skill and hard work and gives them a reason to be proud of the place where they work.

“After winning sign awards in three separate categories over three consecutive years, the  awards continue to strengthen our position as an experienced, international, market leading bespoke sign manufacturer. “

David Fagg

Sales and Marketing Director, John Anthony Signs

“We are already looking forward to the awards and have some projects already in mind.

Thought the event was a great success.”

Paul Lovelock

Commercial Managing Director, DMA Signs

“There is always an incredible sense of pride in your team when they are recognised for a British Sign Award. The talent, effort and time that goes into creating wayfinding solutions that engage and assist audiences throughout a space can be great, and the Populous Activate team are thrilled that their designs for Groupama Stadium have been appreciated by crowds, peers and the BSA judges”

Simon Borg

Populous Activate

“Winning the Roll Out programme award is fantastic for our business.  Winning the award highlights the fact that we are good at what we do. It will also open doors for future multi-site programmes and gives customers the confidence in our ability to manage roll out programmes across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. It’s an excellent accolade and it was fantastic for us to collect an award”

Carlo Matarazzo

Signs Now

“As a leading sign company it is important for us to showcase the best projects we have been so privileged to work on. Winning and even being shortlisted for an award is fantastic and is a great opportunity for us to celebrate our many collaborations with leading UK architects and designers”

Rob Winterborn

Managing Director, Castleton Signs

“We were thrilled to have entered, let alone won.  It was great to have been recognised for all our hard work after a very busy year.”

Sarah Hoadley

Apogee Print