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Awards underway!

Awards underway!


The BSGA British Sign Awards are now well underway, with the BSGA declaring itself delighted by the level of support the new scheme has received from the industry.

David Catanach, Director of the BSGA reported: “We now have virtually a full complement of sponsors for the awards, which were launched to provide our industry with a showcase for its incredible creativity and skill.However, without the support of our sponsors, turning the idea into reality would have been very difficult.”

3M led the way, taking on the mantle of corporate sponsor for the whole awards programme and were soon joined by Metamark(Small Signmaker), Vink Lighting (illuminated), Nationwide Platforms (Roll-out Programme),  Complete CNC (Retail) and Vink Digital Signage (Digital Signage Project).

David continued: “Now, we are pleased to announce that these companies have been joined by Soyang Europe, who are sponsoring the Wide format Project of the Year, William Smith who are supporting the Vehicle Graphics Award and Decor Directions (the new website dedicated to expanding the horizons for sign businesses) who are supporting the Interior Signage category. We are also delighted that Signs Express have agreed to be the sponsor of the Product of the Year, which looks like being one of the most hotly contested categories.”

There are still one or two categories open for sponsorship.  Any business that would like to be involved should contact David Catanach on Tel: 0845 338 3016


The Cat will host

Bob (l) with Barry Cryer

Bob (l) with Barry Cryer

Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan MBE, a legend on the after-dinner speaker circuit, will host the event. Probably the first person to have been honoured by HM the Queen for after dinner speaking, Bob is certainly the only after-dinner speaker to be selected for an entry in ‘Who’s Who’ and the only one to have had a poem written for him by the Duke of Edinburgh!

While now in demand around the world as an entertainer, Bob actually comes from the corporate business world. For 14 years he was PR Director for a major PLC and then gave up the chance to be head of PR for ASDA to concentrate on show business.

He has spoken at 77 or the 92 Premier and Football League clubs, as well as countless cricket, rugby and other sporting functions. He is also a very experienced awards host and has appeared at events as diverse as Birmingham City Council, the Promo Show Awards, the UK Warehousing Awards and the Airline of the Year Awards.

“We are delighted that Bob ‘the Cat’ Bevan has agreed to host our awards,” said David Catanach. “His appearance will add sparkle and humour to what promises to be an outstanding event.”

The awards will be presented at a Gala Luncheon to be held in the Holte Suite at Aston Villa Football Club on Thursday, October 30th.

Tickets are available at £55.00 each or £450.00 for table for 10.  For further details visit the awards website at


About the awards

The British Sign Awards, organised by the BSGA, offer an opportunity for any sign business in the UK to gain recognition for outstanding work produced since March 1st, 2013. 

Entries must be received by September 1st so now is the time to start thinking about which project, or projects, your company will put forward to the judging panel.  Entering the awards is simple and free – just go the awards website at and complete the online entry form and upload images of your project.

The awards are open to all UK-based signmakers (membership of the BSGA is NOT an entry requirement) and judging will be undertaken by an independent panel of sign industry experts.

There are a total of 10 signmaker categories, with awards being presented for Architectural, Illuminated, Wayfinding, Interior and Retail signs.  There are also awards for Vehicle Graphics and Wide Format Printing, a category for Digital Signage Project of the Year, which recognises the increasing importance of electronic media in modern signage, and an award for the roll-out programme of the year, where implementation of a signage programme across multiple sites is the entry criteria.

The final signmaker award is for the Small Signmaker of the Year.  The category is open to any sign business that employs between one and five people.  Small businesses form the backbone of the UK sign industry and the award is designed to recognise the creativity and ingenuity of this sector.  Smaller businesses are encouraged to enter their projects in both this and other relevant categories.

In addition, there will also be a special award for the Sign Product of the Year. This award, which will be judged by a panel of signmakers, will highlight the latest innovations.  Manufacturers and suppliers of machinery, materials and technology are invited to submit their entries, but we will also be asking industry experts to supply nominations for this award too.

For further information on entry requirements contact Ray Hirst on Tel: 01623 883797 or email to

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