Fespa UK and software provider Vism have joined forces to launch a combined awards and conference event for wide-format. 

The joint venture, the location of which has yet to be confirmed, will include the inaugural UK Graphic Awards alongside Thrive in Print –  a brand new conference dedicated to informing and educating wide-format business managers and owners.

Taking place on 8 September the UK Graphic Awards is being billed as ‘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 Thrive in Print conference will be held on the following day, 9 September. Aimed at owners and senior managers of wide format print and graphics providers, the conference seeks to provide ‘thought provoking conversations and discussion.’

‘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,’ explained Vism founder Dan Tyler. ‘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 has always been focused on running successful industry-specific events that deliver quantifiable benefits to the companies involved,’ added the association’s managing director Carol Swift. ‘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.’