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A rip-roaring success!

A rip-roaring success!


The inaugural BSGA British Sign Awards, which were presented at a convivial lunchtime ceremony at Villa Park in Birmingham at the end of October, also served as a brilliant showcase for some of the year’s best signing projects.

The competition, a direct descendant of the old Sign Industry Awards and organised by the British Sign & Graphics Association, attracted over 250 entries across 13 signmaker categories,all sponsored by some of the industry’s leading companies.

Commenting on the success of the event, David Dyke, President of the BSGA, said: “It exceeded all of our expectations!  The response, in terms of support from the sponsors and the level of interest among sign businesses has been fantastic and hopefully, we’ve started something that will continue for many years to come!”

Attended by 320 people, the Awards ceremony, which was held at the Holte Suite at Birmingham’s Villa Park and was hosted by Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan, one of the UK’s leading after dinner speakers, reached its culmination with the unveiling of 12 signmaker award winners, plus the presentations of a ‘Product of the Year’ award and a special BSGA award.Finally, the corporate sponsor, 3Mannounced the winner of the much-coveted Sign of the Year trophy, which was presented to the Kettering-based Sign of the Times, for the astoundingly original sign it created for the Heinz Innovation Centre in Holland.

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David Catanach, Director of the BSGA explained: “ The award categories, which were open to every sign business in the UK, were created to reflect every facet of modern signmaking and every category was competitive, but we were especially delighted that the ‘Small Signmaker of the Year’ that was open to businesses employing between one and five people was the most competitive, attracting 40 entries.

He added: “The panel of judges faced an unenviable task but, in order to make things absolutely fair, the identity of every entrant was carefully concealed during the judging process and thus the judge’s decisions were based purely on the images and written submissions supplied.”

“We hope that the Awards will serve to highlight the role of the BSGA in representing and supporting the industry and that all of those companies who entered the competition will now consider joining the association to support the important work we do.”

Plans are already in hand for next year’s event, with David Catanach promising that it will be even ‘bigger and better’. He said: “Full details will be announced in due course, but our aim is to build on this year’s success and to make the competition as far-reaching and as representative as we possible can and I hope that sign and display companies up and down the UK are already earmarking the projects that they will be entering in 2015!”

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