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BSGA David Catanach

UK industry trade body the British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA) has pledged its support to brand new industry exhibition SignLink Live.

Due to take place from October 11th to 13th at the International Centre in Telford, alongside co-located event The Print Show, SignLink Live will bring together key elements of the sign-making market to celebrate the diversity and creativeness of the industry.

Having already confirmed the attendance of major brands such as Grafityp, The Sign Group, Mida Sign Services and Hampshire Flag Company, organisers have now added one of the UK industry’s most influential trade bodies to its growing floorplan.

Reflecting on the decision to sign up to the show, David Catanach, director for the BSGA, said that the event will not only allow the organisation to network with industry members, but also update the market on its latest news.

“The BSGA firmly believes that trade shows are vital in helping the sign industry move forward,” Catanach said. “They provide a platform for sign-makers to see, at first hand and in one place, all the latest equipment and processes that could help make their business more competent, efficient, professional and profitable.

“The Council of the BSGA is keen that sign-makers make the most of any opportunity to discover new equipment and processes that will add to their capabilities. The BSGA sees this show as one of those that should not be missed.

“Being at the show will give also us the opportunity to network, provide advice to visitors about the sign industry and the Association and to see for ourselves the new opportunities that are opening up to an ever diversifying industry. And of course we will be happy to discuss membership applications and the benefits of being a member.”

SignLink Live is aimed squarely at the UK sign-making industry, which is one of the most technically advanced manufacturing sectors in the UK, bringing together advanced lighting systems, CAD/CAM design, highly-engineered materials from plastics to extruded metals, fixtures and fittings, and a wide range of engineering skills and machinery to produce its products. SignLink Live is a celebration of this immensely varied supply chain.”

Marketing director of SignLink Live, Page Tuck, also added: “We are very proud to be working with the BSGA as a partner, we firmly believe in the importance of its work for improving standards in our industry and their insight will be invaluable as we continue to design educational aspects of the show.”

Tuck concludes, explaining the USP of the new national exhibition: “While wide-format print technology and the sector that surrounds it is of course a highly important part of the sign industry today, such has been the focus on this sector at other shows around Europe, that the rest of the sign industry has remained a little in its shadow when exhibiting. SignLink Live seeks to restore the balance by squarely focusing on the entire supply chain for sign-making businesses outside wide-format print in the UK, giving them a chance to shine without being overshadowed by multi-national printer manufacturers.”

[Image shows: David Catanach, director of the BSGA]