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Sign Directions sponsors ‘Product of the Year’

Sign Directions sponsors ‘Product of the Year’

Sign Directions is the sponsor of this year’s ‘Product of the Year’ one of the most coveted prizes in the BSGA-organised industry awards scheme.

The Product award was introduced by the BSGA in recognition of the fact that the sign industry is constantly changing and moving forward thanks to the introduction of innovative new products, improved materials and advances in technology.

“This award highlights the role manufacturers and suppliers play in the sign industry and it is different to the other awards because the winner is selected by signmakers rather than by a panel of judges,” said David Catanach of the BSGA.  “Every signmaker member of the BSGA has a vote, so winning the award has a really special meaning and can give a new product a real lift.”

Entries for the award are invited from any UK-based manufacturer or supplier of equipment, materials, machinery or services to the sign industry.  The only criterion is that entries should have been introduced to the UK market after August 1st, 2015.  In addition to direct entries, the BSGA will be asking industry experts to nominate their favourite new products and these will also be put forward for votes.

The winner will be unveiled at this year’s Gala Awards Ceremony, which will take place at East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham on Thursday, November 3rd when broadcaster Bill Turnbull, who kept the sofa warm on the BBC’s Breakfast for 15 years, will be the Master of Ceremonies.

“The awards are now in their third year and they are going from strength to strength,” observed David Catanach.  “This year we have a full-house of sponsors, once again led by 3M as the main supporter of the whole awards scheme, plus a list of category sponsors (see opposite) which reads like a who’s who of the leaders in the UK sign industry.”

A total of 15 signmaker awards will be presented, reflecting every aspect of modern signmaking and providing the opportunity for signmakers of every type and size to gain recognition for outstanding work.

He continued: “The range of awards definitely shows the diversity of today’s industry and we have once again made sure that smaller businesses, those employing five people or less, have a chance of winning an award.  The Small Signmaker of the Year Award, sponsored this year by Pyramid Display Materials, is open only to businesses employing up to five people.

“The award enables smaller sign makers to showcase their work without having to compete against the big boys of the industry and they can enter either a single project or a body of work that demonstrates their skills.

“We also have a new Young Signmaker Award this year. Sponsored by Roland, it is a development of 2015’s Apprentice of the Year, but the scope has been broadened to allow more young people to be entered for the award.”

Closing date for entries to the Young Signmaker category is Friday, August 5th as the plan is to draw up a shortlist of entrants who will then be visited at their place of work.

The closing date for entries to all other award categories is Friday, September 9th.    Full details, entry criteria and entry forms for all the categories can be found on the awards website at

Tickets for the awards ceremony can also be ordered online.  “We launched the awards ceremony as a day time affair to get the scheme off the ground, but the format has proved so successful we’re sticking to it for this year,” explained David Catanach.  “With the central location in Nottingham, it means that people can travel from virtually anywhere in the country for the ceremony and be back home the same night.  It keeps costs down and means people can be back at work first thing the following day.

“The awards are now one of the biggest events in the sign industry calendar.  While the awards themselves are very serious, the event itself is great fun and provides a rare opportunity for the whole industry to come together.  There isn’t an occasion to match it.

“Last year over 320 people attended the awards, while our capacity this year is 450 and we hope we’ll have a full house.”


The Craftsman Award

Sponsored by Trade Etching Direct

Wide Format Award

Sponsored by Soyang Europe

Wayfinding Award

Sponsored by Atlantic Tech

Architectural Sign of the Year

Sponsored by Blackburns Metals and Plastics

Commercial Vehicle Graphics

Sponsored by William Smith

The Innovation Award

Sponsored by Epson

Small Signmaker Award

Sponsored by Pyramid Display Materials

Young Signmaker of the Year

Sponsored by Roland

Roll-out Programme of the Year

Sponsored by Nationwide Platforms

Wrap of the Year

Sponsored by Spandex

Illuminated Sign of the Year

Sponsored by Signfab

Interior Signage Award

Sponsored by Metamark

Retail Signage Award

Sponsored by Complete CNC

Sign Construction Award

Sponsored by SignLink

Product of the Year

Sponsored by Sign Directions

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