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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 12:36 am

Sign & Digital UK - exhibition - Are you going?

As we are already in March and April is just around the corner, i thought I would start our annual topic around this time of year discussing Sign & Digital UK, our longest established. highest attended event within our industry for the past 30 years.

As most regulars and old school members of uksignboards.com will know, we meet up each year at the show for a chat, few beers and more so, dinner and nights out on broad street... :smiles:

I will be travelling down to the show on day one, which takes me about 5 hours on the train, so my time on day one is limited. but I will be there all day day two and day three, where i hope to see something new, different, whatever...

If anyone plans going to the show, it would be good to meet up with you all for a chat or a few pints in Wetherspoons.
I have meetings throughout the morning, and the last one will end about 2pm if thats suitable for most?
If we are meeting up at a stand, we could meet up at the William Smiths stand?
or if preferred, we could meet at Wetherspoons?
The trouble with meeting at the bar, is its normally so busy around this time of day, in previous years when this was the case we often missed folk or they wondered back into the halls.

Anyway, I am easy and will go with the flow.

So who else is going?
Are you staying over or attending one day?


Please try keeping Sign & Digital threads to this one as it keeps all info from members in one place, rather than multiple posts running based on same. Thank you!

Sign & Digital UK
24 - 26 April 2018
Halls 17 - 18
NEC, Birmingham
https://www.signuk.com


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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 11:21 am

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Hey Rob,
I'll probably go up on the Wednesday again, not looking to buy anything but always good to see if there's anything new and see old faces!
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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 3:21 pm

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I’ll be there all blimmin’ week!! Buildup, exhibiting and breakdown.
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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 4:51 pm

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will be trying to get up there for Wednesday.
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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 5:49 pm

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We will hopefully be going on the Wednesday trying to work which is best drive or train haha

this will be my first time attending to looking forward to it

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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:16 pm

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I would drive each year, but took the train about 8 years ago and been doing that since. So much better... you can work, sleep, eat, drink and it's no problem. The international station and airport is at the NEC too... so all good no matter what way.
There is also the ability to have a fee beers if your not driving too, which is a bonus!
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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:20 pm

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That's it sold Rob haha train it is esp when beers are mentioned haha
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Post Mon Mar 05, 2018 7:30 pm

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Last year I went was 2015 so I’m def due to go this year, tossing between train or flying but most likely fly on the Wednesday.

Edit: just booked flights for Tuesday as they were about £50 cheaper than the Wednesday lol
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Post Tue Mar 06, 2018 1:27 am

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Jonathan feeney wrote:That's it sold Rob haha train it is esp when beers are mentioned haha


Yes being able to have a few beers at the show does make the train or plane that bit more attractive. :lol:

I think the Wednesday is always the busiest day. where as the third day is probably the best day for end of show deals.
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Post Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:27 pm

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I’m attending for the first time in 8 years just been too busy in recent years!
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Post Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:56 pm

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Ill be attending on the Thursday for about four hours. Couple of items to buy
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Post Fri Mar 09, 2018 10:00 pm

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I'm going on Tuesday - Should arrive about lunchtime and my flight back is at 7pm (so just a short visit but enough time to see around).
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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:01 am

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Hi all
any ideas how big the show is this year seems like the last few years it has been getting smaller and smaller

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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:31 pm

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It’s hall 17 & 18 Derek. Floor plan attached.
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Post Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:31 pm

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Probably try and pop along on the Wednesday, I'm after a new printer to replace my BN20
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Post Wed Mar 14, 2018 2:59 pm

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Train booked will be there on the Thursday [WHITE SMILING FACE]
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Post Mon Apr 23, 2018 8:16 pm

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gutted, was really looking forward to a day out, just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year :puppyeyes:

Hope you all enjoy..
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Post Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:54 pm

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Hugh Potter wrote:just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year


Nice one, so your really going ahead with the Sex change Hugh? :lol: :wink:
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Post Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:58 pm

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Robert Lambie wrote:
Hugh Potter wrote:just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year


Nice one, so your really going ahead with the Sex change Hugh?




Having been here since Sunday lunchtime, I must say it actually feels bigger than recent years. Maybe it’s just just getting taller...?
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Post Tue Apr 24, 2018 8:40 am

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Well after a few years not going coming up on Thursday with my daughter who seems to have caught the bug and wants a look around..

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Post Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:07 am

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Robert Lambie wrote:
Hugh Potter wrote:just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year


Nice one, so your really going ahead with the Sex change Hugh? :lol: :wink:


Yup, I took your advice on the best clinics and chose (coincidentally) the same clinic you used, I even got a discount when mentioning you by name :lol: :lol:
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Post Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:09 am

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Hugh Potter wrote:
Robert Lambie wrote:
Hugh Potter wrote:just realised that it clashes with a long booked hospital appointment in London so I'll not be up this year


Nice one, so your really going ahead with the Sex change Hugh? :lol: :wink:


Yup, I took your advice on the best clinics and chose (coincidentally) the same clinic you used, I even got a discount when mentioning you by name :lol: :lol:


UKSignboards the membership that just keeps on giving :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Post Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:08 pm

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Kevin Flowers wrote:UKSignboards the membership that just keeps on giving :lol: :lol: :lol:


Indeed!!

Though I will add, Rob wasn't there for the sex change, he went in for his fourth 6 inch leg stretch :lol: :lol:
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Post Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:20 pm

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Glad you sorted that Hugh thought we was going to have to start calling him Roberta,
Rob have you hit your final height goal yet of 4ft 6" :smiles:

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Post Tue Apr 24, 2018 3:48 pm

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Hugh Potter wrote:Though I will add, Rob wasn't there for the sex change, he went in for his fourth 6 inch leg stretch


:lol: :lol: yep, had to go stretch my legs walking the Hospital corridor, worried sick about you in there. :wink: :lol: :lol:

What were we talking about here anyway? :blushing: :lol:
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Post Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:00 pm

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Just back from a flying visit today. Enjoyed the exhibition and learned a lot today. I'll go back to work tomorrow fired up with enthusiasm for this great industry that we work in.
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Post Wed Apr 25, 2018 6:13 am

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There today, looking forward to seeing what’s new. Hopefully see some of u guys there.
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Post Wed Apr 25, 2018 7:18 am

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I visited yesterday and can’t say that anything impressed me over the last visit tbh.

I always like to go to the show (not every year) and see something that I think to myself “that’s smart” or “that’s really different” but nothing this year done that for me and I found the show was really small this year. It was a decent day out and good to chat some suppliers etc but I’m glad I never got too excited and it won’t atop me from planning to go next year.

Sign geer has some nice new things on their stand and William smiths stand just looked the best out them all.

As a side note, the commercial vehicle show is on in halls 3, 4 and 5. This was great and some of the stands that were being used by manufacturers were extremely well done so if you have time, pop in and see it. Plenty to see in there plus the top end van racking systems and nowhere near the prices we see advertised on the internet so massive savings to be had if you in the market.
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Post Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:37 am

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Not going this year.

Not looking for any new machinery, last year we bought a new Graphtec, but I just felt there no buzz about the place.

A far cry from our first visit where it was like a whole new world, Ferrari being wrapped on the Hexis stand, machines churning out meters of print & boards, Zunds & CNC's working away.

It felt huge, it was busy, it had a great vibe, it was genuinely interesting and exciting to see... the last few times we've been I feel robbed after paying £10+ to park my van, the Toll, and heaven forbid you buy something to eat there. :shake:

UKSB should organise some regional meet ups... at a pub or bar preferably :thumbsup:
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Post Wed Apr 25, 2018 8:55 am

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Might nip up there at the back end of the day if I can get away from the office, still kicking the tyres on a cnc
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Post Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:59 pm

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Went this afternoon, meh
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Post Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:02 am

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last minuite decision
on our way down today
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Post Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:02 am

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I am on the train down from scotland just now looking forward to it
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Post Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:26 am

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As a supplier, I think it’s been great! We probably took more serious leads in the last 2 days than the last 2 entire sign shows. Happy day 3 everyone.
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Post Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:31 am

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Went to show yesterday and thought it was definite improvement on last yr, spent all day there and enjoyed the day,
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Post Thu Apr 26, 2018 8:32 am

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On me way
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Went to show yesterday and thought it was definite improvement on last yr, spent all day there and enjoyed the day,
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Post Thu Apr 26, 2018 9:44 am

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Sitting In FCB coffee bar now waiting to go in. Spur of the moment thing as I was driving back from Manchester and thought sod it pop in for couple of hours.
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Glad you popped in Iain, was good to meet you at last.

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