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Last night’s first ever Sign & Digital UK awards and networking evening held at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham saw the industry's leading sign and display companies rewarded for their innovative and creative work.

The cream of the graphic display community enjoyed a sit down dinner with first class entertainment and networking opportunities.

The shortlist was announced a month ago and Rudi Blackett, event director, thanked all who entered for making it such an interesting competition and congratulated all the shortlisted finalists and winners.

The winners for this year’s Sign & Digital UK Awards & Networking Event 2011 are:

Best Individual Sign Project
Vision Visual Solutions

Best Multiple Sign Project
Photocast Products
   
Best Vehicle Wrapping Project
Raccoon
  
Best Wide Format Print Project
Service Graphics
  
Best Textile Printing Project 
The Wild Group
  
Best New Use of Wide Format Print
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Rising Star Award
Gordon Dick - Aggregate Industries

The Green Award
Sign 2000

Best Wide Format Printing Company (sponsored by AGFA)
Hollywood Monster

Best Sign Company (sponsored by AGFA)
Sign Box

Rudi commented on the night, “We are thrilled to be able to deliver a first class evening like this for our customers and the industry as a whole. To be able to network with peers in a relaxed and friendly environment and showcase the huge talent that our industry is fostering is a real privilege and we hope to make this awards evening an annual event.”

LFR caught up with Richard Clark, MD of Raccoon, this morning and he was delighted to win the best vehicle wrapping category.  Raccoon submitted a project where they stripped down a mini car, took X-rays of all the internal mechanics, printed the images onto vinyl and wrapped the vehicle - creating a 'skeletal' optical illusion. 

Richard comments, "We're really pleased to have this project formally recognised.  The project itself was not technically complex in terms of the actual wrapping.  However, the creative challenge was immense - it tok two months just to X-ray the car."