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The BSGA British Sign Awards will return to Nottingham’s East Midlands Conference Centre on Thursday 3rd November this year, when Bill Turnbull, presenter of the BBC’s Breakfast for 15 years, will host the proceedings.

The competition, which is organised by the British Sign and Graphics Association to celebrate the best in British signmaking, is now in its third year and, according to David Catanach, Director of the BSGA, the Awards have already made a major impact in the industry.

He reported: “Our aim was to introduce an awards scheme for the industry that had real meaning and credibility and the feedback from businesses that have been successful during the past two years has been excellent, with many reporting that their win has had a very positive effect on both customers and staff.”

The 2016 awards scheme is once again being supported by 3M as the principal sponsor and many of the sponsors of last year’s individual awards will also be sponsoring again, including Atlantic Tech (Wayfinding), Blackburns Metals and Plastics (Architectural), Epson (Innovation), Soyang Europe (Wide Format), Trade Etching Direct (Craftsman Award) and William Smith (Commercial Vehicle Graphics).

In addition, Pyramid Display and Metamark have already confirmed that they will sponsor this year, together with Roland DG, who supported the ‘Apprentice of the Year’ in 2015 and this year will sponsor ‘The Young Sign Maker of the Year’, a much broader category designed to recognise the important contribution that young people make to the UK sign industry.

David Catanach continued: “We also have the support of the sign industry’s two leading journals – Sign Directions Magazine and Sign Link, both of which are supporting the awards through editorials and their web sites. Sign Link will also bring their particular video expertise to the party and Sign Directions will publish a commemorative brochure featuring all this year’s award winners.

“Our aim is to make the event bigger and better than ever.  The award categories represent virtually every aspect of signmaking, and, because we recognise that many sign companies are small businesses, we also have a special Small Sign Maker of the Year Award.”

Every sign business in the UK that has produced work of which it is genuinely proud is invited enter.   Entry is free and easy – simply visit the awards website at www.britishsignawards.orgwhere guidance is provided on the entry requirements and judging criteria for each award.  All that’s necessary is for entrants to complete the online form and attach some images of their completed project.

Entries can be submitted at any time from March 1st to the closing date of Friday, September 2nd, 2016.

David Catanach concluded:““Last year we received over 320 entries across all categories, so it would be nice to top this number and remember, if you’re not in it, you can’t win it, so start planning your entries now!”

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