Sign & Digital UK 2010 – The winner of the Sign Makers Workshop ‘Panel Swap’ competition announced


A big hit for this years show was the introduction of the all NEW Sign Makers Workshop. With ideas for its increased presence at next years show already being planned, this feature is set to be a favorite for sign makers at Birmingham’s NEC on the 12-14 April.

Hosted by Paul Hughes from Western Signs & Printing and the producer of the popular Price It Guide, the Sign Makers Workshop was a dedicated area onsite where visitors came to see our ‘expert’ demonstrate some of the most commonly asked for jobs in the world of sign making. This forum allowed visitors to watch and learn as well as ask questions 1 on 1 with the ‘sign clinic’ and get hands on with the tools and equipment involved!

As part of the new Sign Makers Workshop was the Panel Swap competition where the rules were the panel must be brought to the show, be no bigger than 2ft x 2ft, have reference to Sign & Digital 2010 on it. So congratulations go to the winner, Neil Davey, of Sign & Art, who produced an inspired panel displaying a range of different sign making techniques. Paul comments: “as a sign maker I can really appreciate the work that has gone into producing this sign, what we all liked was the range of both traditional and modern techniques that had gone into producing it which we all felt reflected the broad church that the sign industry is today.'

The winner was drawn at random on the last day of the show by Paul Hughes, Alan Caddick the marketing manager for the show and Phil Kneale of Graphtec who kindly supplied the winner’s prize of a cutting plotter.

The Sign Makers Workshop was really well received by this year’s visitors with the new feature pulling in the crowds. Paul Hughes comments:

“The Sign Makers Workshop offered a full programme of workshops including the basics of sign making. In addition the ‘sign clinics’ were there for visitors to ask questions, get involved and try their hand at different sign making techniques. It proved very popular and was very busy - I did not stop from just after show opening to show close.”

Alan Caddick, marketing manager of the show said: “we are looking to build on this year’s success. We have already had good feedback and have some really interesting ideas for next year”

For information about the success of the 2010 show and further information about Sign & Digital UK 2011 please visit the website, or email the team at

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