Who We Are
ISA-UK is the only trade association
for the signage industry within the United Kingdom.
We seek to raise industry specific standards, communicate best practices,
and increase and support the development of a diverse and inclusive signage community.
Our history dates back over 70 years to the 1930s when a group of leading sign makers formed the Master Sign Makers Association (MSMA) with the aim of promoting the sign industry and defending its interests against adverse legislation with a ‘Signs Defence Fund’.
In the 1970s, the MSMA changed its name to the British Sign Association (BSA) with the intention of becoming more inclusive and opening membership up to the ever increasing number of smaller sign making businesses.
At the start of the new millennium, in recognition of the advances in technology and the involvement of sign businesses in delivering a constantly expanding range of products and services, the association again re-branded to the British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA).
In July 2018, the BSGA agreed an affiliate programme with the International Sign Association (ISA) based in Alexandria, Virginia, USA which came into being as the ISA-UK (Powered by BSGA) on 1st January 2019.
The International Sign Association is a leader in shaping and developing the sign, graphics and visual communications community worldwide. Through their strategic partnerships, ISA provides its partners and their members access to programs and services designed to grow their business.
What We Do
Today, the ISA-UK logo is recognised as the mark of a quality sign maker.
All members of ISA-UK are vetted prior to acceptance and are subject to the ISA-UK Code of Practice and Obligations of Membership. This sets the standards required in product quality and customer service. Breaches of these standards may result in censure and/or disqualification of membership.
Membership of the ISA-UK makes a clear statement about a sign business and anyone who has responsibility for buying signs should give serious consideration to employing the services of an ISA-UK member. In the event of any problem arising over work undertaken by a member, the ISA-UK offers a fair and effective dispute resolution service.
Use of the ISA-UK logo is strictly controlled and the logo registered trademark. Any misuse of the logo is treated very seriously.
Membership of ISA-UK includes every type and size of sign business, from craftsman sign writers, through businesses that manufacture architectural and illuminated signs, to those that specialise the production of vinyl signage, vehicle liveries and digitally produced signs.
ISA-UK also represents a number of additional sign related business sectors including sign installers, designers and specialist consultants as well as businesses that manufacture and/or distribute materials, equipment and services used by sign makers.
ISA-UK is run by elected and volunteer members who sit on the council and a number of specialist committees, including technical, marketing and finance. The day-to-day business of ISA-UK is carried out by a full time general manager and staff.
Join ISA-UK Today!
Join ISA-UK by completing our application form