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Sign & Digital UK returns with a packed programme

Sign & Digital UK returns with a packed programme

With thousands of visitors from across the sign, digital print, display, design and commercial print sectors expected to attend this year’s Sign & Digital UK exhibition on 24th–26th April, the event team has further increased the feature and content areas at the show to help visitors increase their knowledge and acquire new skills.

In addition to product launches and exclusive show offers, this year’s event will offer three new live interactive demonstration zones, a full programme of panel debates in the new main stage theatre, SDexplains seminar sessions and expert speakers, as well as the return of the popular Signmakers’ Workshop and training workshops from Adobe and Corel.

Three brand new demonstration zones have been created – Décor Live in partnership with Antalis, Vehicle Wrapping Live in partnership with Spandex and Textile Printing Live in partnership with Hybrid Services/Mimaki. Visitors will not only be able to gain some useful hands-on experience, but will also learn how they can harness these specialties to provide additional revenue streams.

In keeping with this year’s theme, ‘Creativity Brought to Life’, the main stage theatre will double-up as a TV studio, capturing content and also using the studio as a base to film the many demos, workshops and exhibition stands across the show floor.

Retail expert and broadcaster Mary Portas will headline this year’s live talk schedule. Speaking at 14.00 on 24thApril in the main stage theatre, Mary will offer advice to SME business leaders who are looking for a competitive edge.

The recently launched Sign & Digital Explains initiative will be brought to life in a series of practical sessions hosted by independent industry consultant Colin Gillman. In the ‘Surface Décor’ session on Tuesday 24 April, Colin together with invited guests will show visitors how to produce eye-catching, interior décor that can transform a room, business space, or retail environment. Other sessions will include ‘Promotional Printing’, ‘Digital Printing on Textiles’, ‘Vehicle Wrapping’ and ‘Getting into Wide-Format’.

Another new initiative from the show organisers is the introduction of three industry panel debates that will discuss a range of industry topics. 

They kick off on Tuesday 24th April with ‘’Bringing the modern workspace to life’’, and leading names from the interiors and workspace design arena, will reveal the ways inspirational graphics, printed textiles, signage and even wayfinding can enhance the modern workplace.

On Wednesday 25th April, senior experts from Spandex, Hybrid Services/Mimaki, the BPIF -British Printing Industries Federation, Allen Signs, Signs Express and Epson will form a panel debating the future for the market. The panel, which will be chaired by Gareth Ward, Editor of Print Business, will discuss the next big thing, price versus customer service, plus the future for wide format printing.

The debate to be held on Thursday 26th April, which will be chaired by David Catanach, Director of the British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA), is headlined ‘Running a successful business in the Sign & Graphics market’ and the panel will comprise senior executives from Signbox, Hexis, Blackman & White, Signarama and DMA Signs. Topics to be debated will include whether creativity is key to offering client solutions, and what the priorities that need to be considered if a business is to remain successful.

Rudi Blackett Event Director of Sign & Digital UK said: “Over the last three decades Sign & Digital UK has evolved into the annual flagship business event for everyone involved in the sign and display industries. It’s a showcase and a celebration of all that’s innovative and inspiring in our market, as well as providing the perfect platform for visitors to source new products at the best prices.  This year, we are looking forward to greeting visitors from a wider spectrum of industry sectors, than ever before. We know that content is becoming increasingly important and this year we are providing visitors with even more opportunities to learn about new markets and technologies.

z”Visitors will have the chance to see creativity in action and to quizz the experts in the new live demo areas, watch the series of lively industry panel debates and sessions in the main stage theatre, and gain expert advice from the broad gamut of exhibitors at this exciting annual industry showcase.”


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