The award-winning signmaker

We've been fortunate enough to have collected several business and industry awards over the past seven years including 'UK Sign Business of the Year'. Some of our awards have acknowledged our work not only as a sign business but also in the field of vehicle livery. 

The British Sign Awards Apprentice of the Year

We're proud to announce that one of our apprentices was awarded the title of ‘Roland Apprentice of the Year’ at the 2015 BSGA British Sign Awards. 18 year old Nathan, a Print Apprentice who has been with Ast Transport Branding for two years, fought off stiff competition from talented apprentices throughout the entire country to claim the accolade.  The award recognises apprentices ‘who have made outstanding progress in their academic and learning achievements, have made a real contribution to their employer’s business, shown a dynamic approach to training and demonstrated initiative, enterprise, innovation and creativity’. 

SIA Sign Business of the Year

Ast Signs were awarded the prestigious Sign Industry Awards UK Sign Business of the Year. The award was judged by a panel of business experts and was presented by John Sargeant, former Chief Political Correspondent for the BBC at the Ricoh Stadium, Coventry. The judges commented: “Ast Signs is a quite remarkable story. Through its enterprising spirit and sound management, it has achieved great things in five short years.”

FESPA - European Vehicle Graphics Award

We've been recognised for the quality of our work in a Europe-wide competition for our vehicle wrapping on the Eddie Stobart fleet. FESPA, which promotes screen printing and digital imaging throughout Europe, acknowledged our design, project management and overall vehicle wrapping of this vast fleet. The FESPA jury recognised our interesting and innovative application of digital printing in awarding us the runner-up spot in the vehicle category.  We were the only British firm recognised at these awards and this represents a huge milestone for us. 

Cumbria Business of the Year

Ast Signs were also awarded the Cumbria Business of the Year award at a ceremony at Rheged, near Penrith organised by the CN Group.

This award recognised the achievements that Ast Signs has made in the sign industry, recognised nationally for its professionalism in supplying vehicle graphics, vehicle wrapping, fleet liveries and a vast range of signs, including internal signs, external signs, shop signs, business signs, printed signs, digital signs and promotional signs.


Ast Signs has been highly commended in the Mactac Worldwide Awards twice for its innovative signs, graphic design and application. The Mactac Worldwide Awards are held annually in different locations with finalists selected from thousands of entries by leading sign industry magazine editors and a jury of technical, advertising and creative experts from the world of signmaking, application and design.

Businessman of the Year

Managing Director Mark Aston won the Businessman of the Year at the Cumbria Business Awards held at the Hundith Hill Hotel. The judges were impressed by the Ast Signs business and its range of signage services and internal systems. Since beginning as a signmaking business, Ast Signs has grown to specialise in corporate branding and vehicle graphics, as well as expanding its services which now include design, clothing, litho printing and every aspect of signage such as exhibition signs, commercial signs and digitally printed signs.