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British Sign Awards extends entry deadline

British Sign Awards extends entry deadline
Because so many sign businesses have been disrupted by the pandemic, the deadline for entry to this year’s British Sign Awards has been extended by a month to give all those signmakers who are only now returning to something approaching normal operations an opportunity to enter. The new closing date is Saturday, October 10th.

First launched in 2002, The British Sign Awards, which this year, is supported by Trade Etching Direct, VISM and Eurobond, has been organised in totality by the same team from the outset. The awards are open and completely FREE to enter for ALL signmakers based in the UK. They are judged by a panel of independent industry experts to ensure a level playing field for all and there are no vested or overseas interests involved in either the organisation or judging process.

Because of COVID 19, it is not possible to hold the usual gala luncheon and awards ceremony this year, but instead, the organisers will be hosting the industry’s first ‘virtual’ awards presentation. Shortlisted entries and the winner in each category will be revealed via the awards website and social media in a series of special online features, while trophies and certificates will be delivered directly to recipients.

Commenting on this new modus operandi, Ray Hirst, Director of the Awards said: “The most important function of the awards has been to recognise the work and achievements of British sign businesses. During this period of crisis, when safety and social distancing are of paramount importance, the virtual awards enable us to continue to celebrate the outstanding creativity and skills of British signmakers.”

Eleven awards will be presented this year. Covering every aspect of sign making they include:

The Craftsman Award; Architectural Sign; Vehicle Graphics; Illuminated Sign; Leisure and Retail Signage; Roll-out Award (multi-site/multi-signage); Small Sign Business of the Year; Wayfinding Award; Décor Award; and Wide Format Project of the Year. In addition, there are also two new awards for 2020 – The Green Award, which is designed to recognise the increasing importance of environmental issues in the sign industry.

In recognition of the many sign businesses that have been using their time, skills and creativity to provide support to their local communities, care workers and NHS facilities, there will also be special COVID 19 Extra Mile awards this year to honour individuals and businesses in the sign industry that have gone above and beyond to help those in need by producing signs, graphics or PPE or have volunteered to help or raise funds for a local cause or the NHS.

Companies can nominate themselves for this award, or alternatively, beneficiaries can nominate any sign business or individual.

Full details of all the awards, together with entry criteria and entry forms can be found on the official British Sign Awards website at: www.britishsignawards.org

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