25 Apr 2024

Over 300 attendees celebrate at UK Graphic Awards gala dinner

The inaugural gala dinner for The Sign Awards will take place on March 22nd, also in Birmingham.

The UK’s wide format print industry celebrated its biggest achievements of the past year at a glittering gala dinner on October 5th, at the second UK Graphic Awards.

Companies large and small came together from across the UK to learn who would win what has become a highly coveted set of awards since their inception in 2021.

Founder of the event Dan Tyler commented “If last year was about celebrating the wide-format print industry's reawakening, then this year was all about being reminded of what it's capable of when firing on all cylinders. The calibre of entries, the number of companies getting involved, and the energy in the room on the night were just incredible.”

ITV’s Emma Jesson led proceedings on the night, with gold, silver and bronze prizes being handed out across a range of categories including Retail, Events & Exhibitions, Branded Interiors and more.

 

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The biggest winners of the night included Wild, who scooped up 5 prizes, Faber Exposize UK and ImageCo who were crowned Wide-format Print Company of the Year with 30+ and under 30 employees respectively. ImageCo’s winning entry in the Exhibition category was also crowned Best in Show.

Faber Exposize team member Iva Dobreva received special recognition, winning the hotly contested Rising Star award.

Jesson expressed the organisers’ gratitude to the industry for adopting the awards and was widely praised for her excellent hosting skills.

The organisers haven’t taken their foot off the gas, with their 2023 event already confirmed for October 4th, this time in Birmingham.

This follows news that they’ve launched a sister event for signmakers in the UK & Ireland. The inaugural gala dinner for The Sign Awards will take place on March 22nd, also in Birmingham, with a launch set for November 1st.

To see a full list of all the winners from the 2022 UK Graphic Awards and register for updates on next year’s event, visit https://www.ukgraphicawards.com/winners-2022

 

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In the Construction category, sponsored by LFR, the winning project was SBQ Queensway Birmingham with a whopping 4000 square meters of building wrap. It was specifically created for The 2022 Commonwealth Games that took place in Birmingham. The judges were blown away by the “spectacular size of the construction, vibrant colours, and how well the project was integrated with the city of Birmingham.”