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A packed ballroom was the setting for this year’s BPMA Annual Awards Dinner. With the industry’s movers and shakers gathered at January’s Merchandise World exhibition just down the road, Chesford Grange hotel was the place to be.

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After much consideration, and with the aim of providing our valued visitors and exhibitors with the best level of experience and return for their investment in time and support, the venues for the next two Merchandise World’s have been decided.

We hope you will find these venues as exciting as we do, and more importantly, we hope to see you there!

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Enter the Merchandise World Promotional Product Awards

The industry’s best promotional products will be recognised with the Promotional Product Awards at the next Merchandise World at Stoneleigh (Wednesday 30th Jan & Thursday 31st Jan 2019).

New for 2019, BPMA members can enter their 1st product entry into an award category FREE OF CHARGE.


Please click here for more information and the Entry Form

Please click here to download the Product Template Form

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Take off at FarnBorough

If it’s September, then this must be Farnborough. The site of the first ever powered aircraft flight in Britain played host to the latest edition of the UK’s main promotional media show on 12 September. Merchandise World came to the new multi-million pound Farnborough International Exhibition Centre for the first time, providing 131 promotional companies with the platform to engage with the country’s main distributors.

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Allwag 20 year celebrations to help next generation

To mark its 20th anniversary and to thank valued suppliers and partners for their continued support, hard work and commitment, Allwag Promotions hosted a party inspired by the blockbuster movie, The Greatest Showman. Held at the picturesque Lion Inn in Chelmsford, Essex, more than 100 guests were greeted on arrival to an array of circus-themed acts, including fire dancers and a snake charmer, before being treated to a three-course meal.

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Wild Thang range welcomes giants

Liverpool-based Wild Thang helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of the city’s year as European Capital of Culture, welcoming back the giant street theatre puppets to Merseyside.

More than one million people witnessed the event titled ‘Liverpool’s Dream’ with wild Thang the official merchandise supplier in conjunction with Culture Liverpool.

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Fluid Branding Attend Dreams Come True Charity Ball

On 5th October 2018, Fluid Branding’s Manchester office attended the Dreams Come True 30th birthday charity ball at Manchester’s Hilton Hotel.
Fluid Branding were proud to be sponsors of the event for the UK children’s charity, whose mission is quite simply to enrich the lives of children and young people from 2 – 21 years old with serious and life-limiting conditions across the country by making their dreams come true.

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WINNERS TAKE ADVANTAGE – Merchandise suppliers and distributors were lauded by their peers at the annual Advantage Group event

The Advantage Group held its 19th annual catalogue launch and awards dinner at Sopwell House Hotel and Country Club in July. Outgoing BPMA director general, Gordon Glenister, was on hand to see the awards being presented at the St Albans’ venue. He was also recognised with a cake presented by Advantage boss Lawrence Angelow, and presented with a commemorative trophy by former BPMA president Gill Thorpe.

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The BPMA Brexit Summit aims to answer questions and provide some clarity over the looming event

With the industry’s main exhibition and networking opportunity, Merchandise World taking place in Farnborough on 12 September, it makes sense to use the gathering to share advice and air views on one of the biggest issues facing business in Britain – Brexit. The BPMA Brexit Summit takes place on the afternoon prior to Merchandise World. With Britain set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, businesses have only six months to prepare for an event that still has many question marks around it.

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OBcon 18

Certified wholly women-owned business Outstanding Branding, a global distributor of promotional merchandise, revitalised its annual company conference this month and introduced their very first OBcon.

Held off-site at the impressive Devere Theobalds Estate for a full day and night, OBcon was designed to put the global team firmly in the centre and firmly in the picture – the morning session not only reviewed the previous year, but more importantly outlined the Directors’ vision for the next three years.  It also featured the management team presenting detailed plans of how the coming 12 months were shaping up, and how the goals were going to be achieved.

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