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BSGA British Sign Awards – the winners!

BSGA British Sign Awards – the winners!

The British sign industry celebrated another year of outstanding work at its annual awards ceremony, organised by the BSGA (British Sign and Graphics Association) and held at the Athena Centre in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter on Thursday, November 9th.

The awards, open to any UK-based sign-related business, are designed to demonstrate the abilities and creativity of signmakers across all facets of an increasingly diverse industry.  A total of 15 signmaker awards were presented, ranging from Young Signmaker of the Year, through Architectural, Illuminated and Craftsman Awards, to awards for vehicle wrapping, major roll-outs and retail signage.

Over 250 separate projects were entered for the awards and the standard throughout was very high. The judges singled out a number for special mention, including the great work by HNS Signs at The Arcadian in Birmingham, Signs Now for its massive Hilton Heart of House roll-out, John Anthony Signs for its delivery of a huge project at Astana Airport in Kazakhstan, DMA Signs for its record-breaking building wrap at Birmingham University, and Signbox for its stylish work at the Dakota office building, New Scotland Yard and Alpha Bank.


Signbox receiving Sign of the Year 2017

isGroup receive the Sign of the Year trophy from Mike Smith (left) of Signfab UK and Jamie Bonser (right) of GE.

However, after a lot of deliberation, the judges awarded the ultimate accolade – for the Sign of the Year – to isGroup for its outstanding work, in association with Applelec, at Storyhouse in Chester. The signs were a stylish part of a £37 million transformation of the 1930s art deco building to create a new cultural centre in the city.  The award was presented by joint main sponsors,Signfab UK and GE.

Presented for the first time this year, the Décor Award, sponsored by Metamark, demonstrated the increasingly diverse work of UK signmakers who are now using signmaking skills and materials to enhance the interiors of all types of building.  While the award, which was won by Signbox for its exemplary work at the London HQ of Alpha Bank, is new, it still attracted the largest number of entries in any category, demonstrating the growing importance of this sector to signmakers.

The Wayfinding Award was also different this year.  It was run as a collaborative effort between the BSGA and the Sign Design Society (SDS) and was judged by a separate specialist panel convened by the SDS.  Wayfinding solutions need to deliver information where it’s needed, in a form that is easy for people to read, understand and respond to and, more than any other type of sign, requires close collaboration between the wayfinding consultant/designer and the sign manufacturer.

This year’s award went to London-based Populous Activate for its wayfinding scheme for the Groupama Stadium, home to OlympiqueLyonnaise.

“The Awards are now a firm fixture in the sign industry calendar,” said David Catanach, Director of the BSGA.  “The event provides the one occasion in the year when the whole industry can come together in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere and where the focus is entirely on the work of signmakers.

“Our new venue for the awards – the Athena Centre in the heart of Leicester’s cultural quarter – provided a perfect and quite dramatic setting for the event.  We hope everybody enjoyed the day as much as we did.

“The BSGA would, in particular, like to thank all the sponsors for their support.  We believe that the awards play a vital role in the industry by casting the spotlight on the real work of signmakers.  However, without the support of the sponsors, the awards simply would not happen.

“We are already starting to plan for 2018 and will be unveiling the details as soon as possible. We hope that the fantastic support we have received over the past four years will continue in to 2018.”

The Award Winners

Architectural Sign of the Year – sponsored by Blackburns Metals

Winner:  Signbox for Dakota Building, Brooklands

Highly Commended:   

Signbox for New Scotland Yard

W&Co for HKX

Commercial Vehicle Graphics – sponsored by William Smith

Winner: Apogee Print for DTE

Highly Commended:

Paul Turner Signwriters for Harrison Turner

PVL UK for Connect 2

The Construction Award – sponsored by Signfab UK

Winner: John Anthony Signs for Astana T2

Highly Commended:

Widd Signs for Rushden Lakes

Signs Express (Manchester) for CityLabs

The Décor Award – sponsored by Metamark

Winner: Signbox for Alpha Bank

Highly Commended:

Contract Sign Systems – Euston Station

Digital Tyger – Hogarths and The Crown Inn

Illuminated Sign of the Year – sponsored by Complete Sign Illumination

Winner: isGroup for Storyhouse

Highly Commended:

Signbox for New Scotland Yard

Glyphics for Workspace

W&Co for Swiss Lacks

The Innovation Award – sponsored by Epson

Winner: HNS Signs for The Arcadian

Highly Commended:

Spectrum Signs for I-door signage

W&Co for HKX

Retail Signage Award  – sponsored by Pyramid Display Materials

Winner:  Castleton Signs for The Lounge

Highly Commended:

John Anthony Signs for Seat, White City

Innovate Signs for JD Sports

Roll-out Programme of the Year – sponsored by Nationwide Platforms

Winner:  Signs Now for Hilton Heart of House

Highly Commended:

Innovate Signs for JD Sports

Castleton Signs for Associated British Ports

Small Signmaker of the Year – supported by SignLink

Winner: Lavastar Signs

Highly Commended:


Apogee Print

Wrap of the Year – sponsored by Amari

Winner: RGVA for ‘Convoy’

Highly Commended:

Eyecatching Signs for Harley Harlequin

Slam Signs for Josh Price Racing

Wayfinding Award – supported by the Sign Design Society

Winner: Populous Activate for Groupama Stadium, Lyon

Highly Commended:

Maynard Design for Paddington Portable Event Signs

dn&co for Here East

Product of the Year – supported by Sign Directions Online

Winner:  Button-Fix

Highly Commended:

NeonLux by Applelec

Mimaki 3D UJ  3D printer

Leisure Industry Award – sponsored by JMH Digital

Winner:                          Print Sauce for Tiny Rebel Brewery

Highly Commended:

Castleton Signs for Scarpetta and Oddsocks

Wide Format Project of the Year – sponsored by Soyang Europe

Winner:  DMA Signs for University of Birmingham Library Wrap

Highly Commended:

Digital Tyger for Hogarths

N1 Visual Solutions for YMCA Gym

The Craftsman Award – sponsored by Trade Etching Direct

Winner: SIGNCO

Highly Commended:

HNS Signs for The Arcadian

Graffiti Design for New Scotland Yard

For further information on all award winning projects, together with images of all the winning projects, awards presentations/event visit:

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