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bpma Christmas lunch sees out the year in style

The bpma Christmas lunch brought 2015 to a close in fine festive style. More than 140 guests attended the event, held for the first time at the Cumberland Hotel at Marble Arch in London, on December 11. The new venue went down a storm, with a number of members even deciding to make a weekend of it by staying over.

Chairman Matt Franks opened the proceedings by sharing some of the highlights of 2015 but also looking forward to some of the Association’s plans for 2016. Guests were entertained royally by Paul Sinha, who most would know as one of the celebrities from the TVs quiz show The Chase. Paul is however a renowned and highly acclaimed comedian and had much of the room in stitches. 

As always, ensuring that the proceedings ran smoothly was toastmaster Brian Greenan, who has overseen then bpma lunch for 19 years. Brian’s support for the event, particularly when it comes to the fundraising element of the day, is invaluable.

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of their company were Adrian Roberts and Parm Thatal from ASP Promotions in Birmingham, who took the opportunity to invite 18 of their trusted suppliers to the event. Thatal commented: “We had such a great time, and it was so nice we could use the bpma event to celebrate 10 years in business”

During the event, the bpma recognised those that had attained the bpma training qualifications on the education programme. Daniela Arena, professional development manager, reminded everyone about the importance of training and education as well as offering an update on the programme currently.

She then went on to recognise those bpma ‘graduates’ that were able to attend the event including. 

Katie Farrar from Fluid Branding
Emma Filby from Cyan Group
Laura Halford from Allwag Promotions
Sarah Kemp from Allwag Promotions
Lois O’Hara from Liquid Lens
Kim Pennell from Allwag Promotions
Carly Prophet from Allwag Promotions

The certificates were presented by Gordon Glenister, director general, Matt Franks chairman and Angela Wagstaff, director of education. Achieving the highest accolade with no less than a 100% score in her TPM exam was Carly Prophet from Allwag Promotions.

An important highlight of the afternoon was a very moving speech given by Debbie Wells from the supporting charity Pancreatic Cancer UK. “The event raised £2,800 for this really worthwhile charity which was fantastic” commented Gordon Glenister. “However even more amazing was a very generous donation from one of the guests to bring this up to £5,000, allowing for a very special kind of treatment that the charity can offer.”

Matt Franks, who nominated the charity, added: “I am truly amazed by the generosity of our members and this annual event is a lovely way to end the year.”

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