British Sign & Graphics Association forges international links and announces new president

April 23, 2019

The leading trade organisation for the UK sign industry, the British Sign & Graphics Association (BSGA), has entered a new chapter in its history: with a new name and a new president and vice-president.

The organisation, which was founded more than 70 years ago, is now affiliated to the International Sign Association, based in the USA, rebranding as ISA-UK, powered by BSGA (ISA-UK).

Robert Lambie, who is the founder of and a director of Fast Signs (Scotland) Ltd. has been on the board of directors of BSGA since 2011. He takes over from David Derbyshire of Astra Signs as president of ISA-UK.

“It’s an honour to become president of ISA-UK at such a momentous time for the association and our industry. As technology continues to develop, the sign and graphics landscape is changing rapidly and the opportunities for creativity and innovation in our sector are massively exciting. I’m determined to continue David’s good work and help take our organisation forward to benefit our members and the UK sign and graphics industry as a whole,” said Mr Lambie. “The International Sign Association (ISA) is instrumental in shaping and developing the sign, graphics and visual communications industry worldwide. Being joined with the ISA community will provide our members with access to a whole range of resources and expertise, complementing what we already have in the UK.”

Sam Armstrong, managing director of signage consultancy Make it Happen, takes over as vice-president of ISA-UK. “As an organisation we exist to help our members address some of the key issues within the sign and graphics industry: from training and development of their people and environmental responsibility; to tackling complex planning regulations and health and safety issues. It’s vital that professionals working within our community keep up to date with latest developments and we are here to help with that.”

David Catanach is director of ISA-UK, powered by BSGA. “Working with bodies such as HSE and British Standards, we’re committed to setting the quality benchmarks within our industry and helping our members to exceed them. As well as gaining access to a wide range of practical information, advice and training, by joining the ISA-UK our members are making a clear declaration to their customers and potential customers that they are proud to be amongst the best of the best in the UK sign industry.”

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