Select Page

BSGA Awards showcases the best of British signmaking

BSGA Awards showcases the best of British signmaking


Kettering-based Sign of the Times scored a notable triumph at this week’s British Sign Awards, taking the coveted Sign of the Year title and trophy for the second year running with an outstanding installation called ‘Timeless’ – a working timepiece which hangs suspended in the six-storey atrium at Senator House in London. 

The awards competition, which reached its culmination at a gala ceremony held at the East Midlands Conference Centre at University Park in Nottingham, was attended by over 300 people and brought the industry together in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere.

Sign of the Times winning entry comprises a whole series of giant suspended letters that spell out the actual time in different parts of the world – with colours denoting the different time zones.

David Catanach, Director of the BSGA (British Sign and Graphics Association), which organises the awards, commented: “Last year, Sign of the Times won the top accolade for its stunning reception area display for Heinz, but this year, the judges felt that its submission actually surpassed even that!”

He continued: “Timeless combined unbelievable creativity with mechanical and precision engineering, signmaking skills of the highest order, plus complex computer programming and electrical and lighting expertise.  It is a real tour-de-force that perfectly illustrates just how skilful British signmakers can be.”

Other big winners this year were Trade Signs, which took both the Wayfinding and Sign Construction Awards for its massive project at Exchange Quay in Manchester’s Media City, and London-based Goodwin and Goodwin, which, despite fierce competition from the big boys of the industry, scooped the Architectural Award for its beautifully crafted art-deco style floating canopy and sign over the entrance to the Picturehouse Cinema in Piccadilly Circus. In addition, Goodwin and Goodwin also received the Craftsman Award for their ‘signs with soul’.

One winner who couldn’t make it to the presentation was Nick Dowall, who started the Cambridge Sign Company in March 2014.  At the very last minute, Nick had to drop out because a courier company had let him down and 20 parcels destined for retailers countrywide had gone AWOL, thus requiring poor Nick to replace the missing products in double-quick time!

Had he made it to Nottingham, he would have picked up two trophies – the Commercial Vehicle Graphics Award for a creative ‘colour me in’ wrap on a series of vehicles, and the award for Small Signmaker of the Year in respect of his outstanding first year in business, which saw him complete the graphics for 270 individual vehicles, provide graphic support for two fleets numbering over 500 vehicles and brand a franchise chain of 36 shops, as well as producing work for a number of blue-chip clients.

“We’ll make sure Nick gets his trophies – he thoroughly deserves them both!”  said David Catanach.

He then went on to say:  “We feel that the success of the event this year has firmly established the awards as part of the sign industry’s annual calendar.

“It was all made possible by the involvement and support of the sponsors.  3M, in particular, as the principal sponsor of the whole awards scheme, has played a major role in helping the BSGA get the awards scheme off the ground, but we are also very grateful to the sponsors of the individual awards, including William Smith, sponsor of both Vehicle Graphics categories, Spandex (Interiors), Blackburns Metals and Plastics (Architectural), Atlantic Tech (Wayfinding), Soyang (Wide Format), Vink (Illuminated), Epson (Innovation), Amari (Small Signmaker), Roland DG (Apprentice), Nationwide Platforms (Roll-out), Signs Express (Product of the Year) and Sign Directions (Retail).

“A special mention also has to go to Trade Etching Direct which, as well as sponsoring the Craftsman Award,  designed and manufactured all of the trophies presented to the winners.”

As a part of the pre-lunch drinks reception, the BSGA organises a ‘sponsors showcase’ that provides the companies that support the awards with an opportunity to present some of their products and services to the visitors.

David added: “East Midlands Conference Centre allowed us the space to integrate the showcase with the awards reception and the feedback from both the sponsors and visitors was excellent, so much so, that we intend to further expand this feature in future. We also intend to return to East Midlands Conference Centre in 2016, most likely on Thursday, 3rd November, when we are looking forward to detonating even more signmaking fireworks!”

The full list of awards and winners is as follows:


The Vink Illuminated Sign of the Year


Winner:                          SIGNBOX for UBM Headquarters, London

Highly Commended:    JOHN ANTHONY SIGNS, Rio Tinto, London

Highly Commended:    SIGN OF THE TIMES, Timeless


The Roland Apprentice of the Year


Winner:                          NATHAN ASTON, Ast Signs

Highly Commended:    SAM LUMB, Applelec

Highly Commended:    ABIGAIL MORMONE & ROSALIA SCOZZARI, CGI Creative Graphics


The William Smith Commercial Graphics Award


Winner:                                   THE CAMBRIDGE SIGN COMPANY, ‘Colour me in’

Highly Commended:    XTREME SIGNS, Grunge Wrap of a VW Truck

Highly Commended:    KINGDOM SIGNS, Nissan Jukes Fleet


The Sign Directions Retail Sign of the Year


Winner:                                   JOHN ANTHONY SIGNS, Harrods Fine Watch Room

Highly Commended:    IDENTITY SIGNAGE, Coffee Republic

Highly Commended:    MERSON SIGNS, British Land Retail Parks


The Blackburns Metals & Plastics Architectural Sign of the Year


Winner:                                   GOODWIN & GOODWIN, Picturehouse Cinema, Piccadilly

Highly Commended:    SIGN OF THE TIMES, Timeless

Highly Commended:    TRADE SIGNS UK, Exchange Quay, Salford


The Epson Innovation Award


Winner:                          EXAPRINT, ‘Living Logo’

Highly Commended:    JOYCE DESIGN, shop front ‘vehicle wrap’

Highly Commended:    IINDESIGN, embedded NFC


The Spandex DI-NOC Interiors Award


Winner:                                   SIGNS EXPRESS, SHEFFIELD, Sheffield Children’s Hospital

Highly Commended:    SIGNBOX, Paternoster House, London

Highly Commended:    SIGN 2000, Tapi Carpets


The Atlantic Tech Wayfinding Scheme of the Year


Winner:                          TRADE SIGNS, Exchange Quay, Salford

Highly Commended:    MERSON SIGNS, British Land Retail Parks

Highly Commended:    IDENTITY SIGNAGE, Kent and Medway NHS


The Trade Etching Direct Craftsman Award


Winner:                          GOODWIN & GOODWIN

Highly Commended:    REDBOX SIGNMAKERS

Highly Commended:    HNS SIGNS


The William Smith Personal Vehicle Graphics Award


Winner:                                   SIGNS EXPRESS, NORTHAMTON, Nissan Le Mans

Highly Commended:    JOYCE DESIGN, PowerMax cars

Highly Commended:    THE VEHICLE WRAPPING CENTRE, Suzuki GSX & Nissan GTR

Highly Commended:    COASTLINE GRAPHICS, A Very British Aston Martin


The Sign Construction Award


Winner:                          TRADE SIGNS UK, Exchange Quay, Salford

Highly Commended:    CASTLETON SIGNS, The Shard

Highly Commended:    ASTLEY SIGNS, Rugby World Cup Sign


The Soyang Wide Format Project of the Year


Winner:                                   HOLLYWOOD MONSTER,  Westfield Shopping Centres

Highly Commended:    DIGITAL TIGER, Hogarth’s Gin Palace

Highly Commended:    EYECATCHING SIGNS, Nursery school facade


The Nationwide Platforms Roll-Out Programme of the Year


Winner:                          ASTRA SIGNS, Arnold Clark

Highly Commended:    MERSON SIGNS, Halifax

Highly Commended:    IDENTITY SIGNAGE, Jablite/Styropak


The Leisure Industry Signage of the Year


Winner:                                   PULLINGER SIGNS, London Eye Rugby World Cup Wrap

Highly Commended:    IMAGE TECHNIQUE, Cineworld Xscape Centre

Highly Commended:    GOODWIN & GOODWIN, Picturehouse Cinemas


The Amari Small Signmaker of the Year


Winner:                          THE CAMBRIDGE SIGN COMPANY

Highly Commended:    N1 VISUAL SOLUTIONS

Highly Commended:    HNS SIGNS



Sponsored by Signs Express


Winner:                          NovaSkin by Nova Aluminium

Highly Commended:    NeonPlus by The Sign Group

Highly Commended:    Perspex Naturals by Perspex

Highly Commended:    Easymount Air by Vivid Laminating

Highly Commended:    ArtCast by Photocast


Full details of all award winners can be found on the awards website at

About The Author

The latest Projects, Features & News

Discover the latest projects, industry news and new products for the UK sign and graphics industry.

Recent Tweets