It has been announced today that the ISA-UK Sign & Print Awards gala event will take place on 25 November 2020 at the Hilton Deansgate in Manchester.  This is the only awards event for the sign, print and visual communications sector endorsed by the sector’s leading trade association, ISA-UK, formerly known as the British Sign & Graphics Association.

The ISA-UK Sign & Print Awards are for the entire UK sign, print and visual communications sector.  Run BY the industry, FOR the industry, the awards are free to enter and open to sign and print companies and suppliers of all sizes: companies do not have to be members of ISA-UK to enter.  As a non-profit organisation, all the money ISA-UK makes is invested back into delivering resources, training and events that help everyone in the sector to thrive.   The ISA-UK Sign & Print Awards are in no way connected to the British Sign Awards.

“The ISA-UK Sign & Print Awards has been designed to reflect the creativity, diversity and professionalism of today’s sign, print and visual communications sector,” says David Catanach, Director of ISA-UK. “We have consulted with a range of industry influencers – non-members and members –  to create an awards scheme that is relevant, ambitious and aspirational;  offering an opportunity for people and businesses from across the industry to showcase their work, network with colleagues and celebrate everything that makes the signage community so fantastic.”

“We’ve selected the Hilton Deansgate Manchester as the venue for the first ever ISA-UK Sign & Print Awards because it is a stylish and contemporary venue which chimes with the modern face of our sector, continues David. “The gala event will start with a champagne reception at 5pm and conclude at around midnight; offering a full evening of networking, dining and entertainment for guests and sponsors. Tickets cost just £75.”

The UK Sign & Print Awards 2020 will feature 17 awards categories spanning project work, business excellence and individual achievement.

Project Awards

  1. Vehicle branding
  2. Wayfinding
  3. Environmental project
  4. Structural
  5. Leisure & Retail
  6. Décor
  7. Traditional sign-making skills
  8. Vision in print
  9. Illuminated sign
  10. Multi-site project

Business and individual awards

  1. Installation specialist
  2. New business
  3. Leading business
  4. One to watch
  5. Women in signage and print

People’s Choice awards 

  1. Supplier of the year
  2. Trade manufacturer of the year

Entries for all categories will be open in June 2020 and more information on the judging criteria and awards timetable will be announced soon. All judging is carried out by an independent panel of experts and the names of businesses and individuals are redacted to ensure impartiality.

Sponsorship packages for the awards are now available to purchase, offering businesses of all sizes and disciplines the perfect opportunity to promote themselves to colleagues within the sign, print and visual communications sector.  For more information email

“There will be no headline sponsor at the ISA-UK Sign & Print Awards.  Instead we have created a range of packages that offer genuine value for money whatever the sponsor’s budget, with opportunities for brand building and sponsorship maximisation throughout the year, as well as at the gala event itself,” concludes David Catanach.

The ISA-UK, formerly known as the British Sign & Graphics Association, has been representing master sign makers for more than 100 years and no organisation is more passionate about building up the sector.

To register for updates about the awards, including how to enter or sponsorship opportunities, please email