Vism and FESPA UK have announced they have joined forces to launch a unique industry event. The joint venture will include the inaugural UK Graphic Awards, celebrating the achievements of the wide format graphics printing and installation industry and Thrive in Print -  a brand new conference dedicated to informing and educating wide format printing business managers and owners. The events will take place on consecutive days, Tuesday 8th and Wednesday 9th September, at a venue to be announced shortly.


The UK Graphic Awards is an opportunity for the industry to come together to celebrate and recognise the talent and hard work that goes into producing the UK’s most exceptional projects and the impact these have on the wider commercial and social community. The ceremony will consist of a drinks reception, gala dinner, live music and awards and will take place on the evening of Tuesday 8th September 2020, followed the next day by the Thrive in Print business conference. 


The Thrive in Print conference will be a day of thought provoking conversations and discussion aimed at helping owners and senior managers of wide format print and graphics providers improve bottom line profitability by exploiting increased business, technical and marketing opportunities. The conference will take place on Wednesday 9th September 2020 following the UK Graphic Awards.


Vism is a fast-growing producer of a project management software system specifically designed and built for the sign and graphics installation industry. Dan Tyler, founder of Vism, explains why the company has launched this event in conjunction with FESPA UK: “We felt there was a real need in the UK to have an event that is entirely focused on celebrating all that is good in the wide format graphics production and installation industry. We want to formally recognise the innovation, creativity and talent that people and businesses in this industry are delivering every day and help promote these achievements as widely as possible.”


FESPA UK’s managing director, Carol Swift, adds, “FESPA UK has always been focused on running successful industry-specific events that deliver quantifiable benefits to the companies involved. We are delighted to be working with Vism to make this happen, and launch a fantastic competition that will deliver hugely prestigious awards for the very best people, companies, projects and achievements in the industry.”


All 12 competition categories will be confirmed soon, and will include awards for internal and external retail installations, events and exhibition graphics, creativity and large scale project roll-outs. There will also be overall best in show awards and several others. 


Further information on venue and award categories will be provided very soon. In the meantime if you wish to learn more about UK Graphic Awards and Thrive in Print conference, please visit the web site at If you are interested in getting involved with the event, either as a delegate or sponsor, please contact either Dan Tyler (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Carol Swift (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

"These will be hugely prestigious awards that will add real value to the winners’ business propositions. They will be free to enter and each category will be judged to a very high standard and with complete impartiality. Judges will be selected from a broad cross-section of the industry and will all be highly qualified and independent. Applications will be reviewed in detail and a shortlist will be selected and presented at the ceremony."