Damian Jacobs, 24, of Allen Signs and Kirsty Donald, 22, of Owen Pilling Graphics were named as joint winners of the Roland DG Young Signmaker of the Year award 2016 at the annual BSGA Sign Awards. Their entries demonstrated “brilliant skill-based achievements within their employer’s businesses,” according to the judges.

The winners were presented with their awards by Roland DG’s head of RolandCare, Mark Jones, at the BSGA Awards Presentation. Damian commented: “The Young Signmaker of the Year award means everything to me; it has been a long 6-year journey starting as out an apprentice and working my way up to my current role as Production Manager. It’s great to know my employers recognise my commitment and how much into the company to help them along the way.”

Kirsty commented: “The Young Signmaker Award of the Year means a lot to me and I feel very privileged to have received it. Since working at OPGover the past 5 years I have had so many opportunities and its lovely to know that my work and contribution to the company are recognised.”

To further support Damian and Kirsty, Roland DG has awarded them with a complimentary seat on a Roland DG Academy course of their choice at the Roland DG HQ in Clevedon, Somerset.

Speaking after the event, Mark Jones, head of RolandCare, said: “As with every year, we’ve had a fantastic experience. Participating in the BSGA awards not only cements our position as investors in the future of the sign industry, but also gives us a chance to reward the next generation of sign makers. On behalf of everyone at Roland DG, I would like to congratulate Damian and Kirsty on winning the award for Roland DG Young Signmaker of the Year and we look forward to welcoming them onto a Roland DG Academy course soon.”