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BPMA Show Creates the Winning Formula

The BPMA held its inaugural show at Silverstone on 14 September to great feedback from visitors and exhibitors alike. The one-day members’ show attracted almost 400 distributor visitors from the promotional gift industry with many of the larger promotional gift distributors sending almost their entire sales teams. The BPMA decided also to trial the idea of distributors inviting their customers along. Around 20 end user buyers attended and were denoted by their own different coloured lanyards.

There were a number of visitor attractions including the Winning Formula supplier product competition, a launch of the newly formed BRIMAN group, the Innovation Alley showcasing student product designs, the branding zone featuring a number of different branding techniques, and a Christmas tree feature supported by Festive Promotions and other leading suppliers. In addition, the Tech Zone had some great cool products from Sony. 

Matt Franks, chairman of the BPMA, said: “I am absolutely thrilled with the feedback from our members, having been aware of the months of planning that went into our Education Day, the BPMA show and awards. Given the announcement relating to the Sourcing City collaboration I am looking forward to an even greater event in 2017.”

Some Quotes from the BPMA show:

“Just the right size and an excellent show.”
John Godfrey, Just a Drop

“I wanted to say, ‘well done BPMA’. It was a well organised day and this is now to be our show of choice of course.”
Geoff Newman, Status PM

“Yesterday’s BPMA Show was FANTASTIC – the best promo show we have attended for years. It was well organised, a great location, a good size, and above all, it had top quality, well-screened visitors.”
Tim Cadel, Festive Promotions

“Just wanted to say a quick well done on a fantastic two days and nights. A brilliantly well-organised and executed education day, trade show and awards dinner.”
Paul Beirne, BTC Group

“I genuinely thought this would be a ‘suck it and see’ venture for us and was not prepared for the overwhelming success that it was. We were busy all day, seeing the
right people and having meaningful and relevant conversations.”
Malcolm Garnett, Promo Trade

“We were rushed off our feet. It was great to see so many clients come along to the first show. We were really impressed by the volume of visitors to the show. There was a real buzz and the venue was great – light, airy and well laid out.”
Malcolm Fritschy, managing director, Oldeani

“Well done on a great show and evening event. Excellent show, well-attended with quality exhibitors and distributors. There was a great buzz which was great to see following Brexit. The show was well laid out in an excellent venue and location.”
Diane Jaggard, Encore Catalogue group

“I just wanted to say how absolutely brilliant the BPMA show was. We were really pleasantly surprised (as of course we did not know what to expect from a brand new show at just how well organised the whole day was, and what a lovely venue.”
Sue Moth, B Sanders badges

“We took one of our key accounts to the event as I was very keen to show them the range and variety of products that are available. It is simply not possible for me to present every product to them as there are literally thousands in the marketplace. Our clients loved the show and found loads of new ideas for their future marketing as well as gaining an understanding of the different print techniques on display, which was really useful. There were three or four specific products that they totally fell in love with, and they have subsequently already placed a good-sized order with me for two of them. It’s also worth noting that the client felt very special to have been asked to the show, which came as a nice surprise to me. I know some distributors are reticent about introducing clients to the supply chain, but for us, it worked, and worked an absolute treat in fact.”
Russ Platt, Bluefish Promotions

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