• Sign & Digital UK announces new main stage theatre line-up

        • Sign & Digital UK has unveiled its main stage theatre schedule and speaker line-up, headlined by celebrity retail expert, Mary Portas.

          In keeping with this year’s theme, Creativity Bought to Life, the main stage theatre will double-up as a TV studio, capturing content and also using the studio as a base to film the many demos, workshops and exhibition stands across the show floor.

          To celebrate the show’s opening, visitors will be able to hear from celebrity retail and business champion Mary Portas, who will be interviewed on the main stage and then answering questions from the audience. After her main stage appearance, Mary will be visiting stands and demo areas at the show to interact with industry suppliers and experts and discuss the latest developments and innovations in the market.

          The theatre’s programme of free-to-attend sessions runs across the three show days, covering a range of topics: from interior surface décor to vehicle wrapping and the future of the industry. Expert speakers will be discussing market trends, practical applications and the profound influence of creative signage and display in customer experience.

          Another new initiative from the show organisers is the introduction of three industry panel debates to discuss current and future industry topics.

          Rudi Blackett, Event director said, “we’re delighted to offer our 2018 visitors a wider range of learning and advice than ever before, with an exciting line-up of experts to deliver the education programme in the main stage theatre. This is addition to the three new Live Demo areas covering textile printing, décor and wrapping, and the new look Adobe and Corel theatres and Signmakers workshop.

          “This year’s show sees new content for our core sign, print and finishing and display markets, as well as the design and creative, textile print, event build and interior décor sectors. Our engaging programme will highlight the growing opportunity in these areas.”  

          Tuesday 24th April: ‘Bringing the modern workspace to life’ - agencies such as Align and Interaction, along with Roland DG UK, will look at the ways graphics, printed textiles, signage can bring the modern workplace to life

          Wednesday 25th April -  senior experts from Spandex, Hybrid Services/Mimaki, the BPIF -British Printing Industries Federation, Allen Signs, Signs Express and Epson will form a panel debating the future for the market. The panel will discuss the next big thing, whether price will be even more of an issue or will customer service win in the future, and where wide format is headed next

          Thursday 26th April - ‘Running a successful business in the Sign & Graphics market’ the debate will be chaired by David Catanach, Director of the British Sign and Graphics Association, and the panel will comprise senior executives from Signbox, Hexis, Blackman & White, Signarama and DMA Signs. Topics to be debated include whether creativity is key to offering client solutions, and what the priorities are to keep your business at the cutting edge

          Sign & Digital UK 2018 takes place at the NEC, Birmingham from 24th to 26th April 2018 and is free to attend for visitors. To enquire about exhibiting please contact the show team at Faversham House on 01342 332 000, email signanddigitaluk@fav-house.com or visit www.signanddigitaluk.com.

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