Gary Bagstaff is the new Vice President of BSGA

Exciting times at the recently rebranded BSGA as Gary Bagstaff becomes the new vice president.

The British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA) has announced that Gary Bagstaff, managing director of Print Sauce, has taken on the role of vice president. He will work alongside the current president, David Allen of Allen Signs.

This follows last week’s announcement that the organisation has amicably separated from the ISA to rebrand back to the BSGA. CEO Craig Brown says, “These are extremely exciting times for the association. We will maintain excellent close ties to the ISA and everything they can offer, while also ensuring we focus fully on supporting the UK sign industry. We are delighted to appoint an energetic, successful sign-maker in Gary to this important role.”

Gary adds, “Being entrusted with the role of Vice President is a tremendous honour. I am confident that by collaborating with David, Craig, and the rest of the team, we will make significant positive contributions to our industry and to sign-makers of all sizes. I am certain that our members will benefit greatly from their involvement with the BSGA, and I eagerly anticipate assisting in any way possible.”

About Gary Bagstaff

At 20, Gary began his journey in the signage industry as a trainee estimator at a renowned signage company in Cardiff. “This was a significant shift from my previous experience in the automotive finance industry, and it was a thrilling new venture for me,” he says.

Gary continues, “My entrepreneurial spirit was ignited, leading me to purchase an Encad NovaJet printer. I used this printer to create and sell canvases at a market stall on weekends. As time passed, I expanded my business by attending car shows with an SLR camera and an Epson Stylus Pro 7600 printer in the back of my van. At these shows, I would capture photographs of people’s cars and print and stretch them on-site.”

In 2010, Gary faced redundancy, which he saw as an opportunity to transform the sideline business into something greater. “Equipped with just a 610mm plotter and my reliable Epson printer, Print Sauce was established at my kitchen table. Since then, I haven’t looked back. My business has steadily grown, and I love it.”

It’s not all about work and the business for Gary. “Throughout my life, I have always strived to give back through charitable events, such as participating in the London Marathon and engaging in white-collar boxing. I approach my involvement with the BSGA in the same manner, taking great pride in my journey and the fact that we remain a relatively small business. Being part of this association allows me to address the challenges that businesses like mine encounter and work towards providing support to our members.”

Craig adds, “I believe it is important for the trade to see that it’s ordinary people behind the scenes here at the BSGA. We are in the same boat as them, with the same challenges and opportunities, and we want to make a difference to the whole industry. Most importantly, we are happy to talk and meet with fellow business owners and staff to discuss any issues you are facing or anything you wish to share.”