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The PAGE group hosted their annual conference, table top exhibition and awards dinner at Brandon Hall Hotel & Spa in Brandon, Coventry on Thursday 14th June 2018.

The conference was attended by PAGE members where Brian Hayward welcomed new members and addressed the well received latest PAGE catalogue and other support facilities offered by PAGE.  The conference was then followed by a table top exhibition where 44 featured suppliers showed off their products that had been selected for the new catalogue.

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PPPC, Sage and PPAI Announce Str

SAGE Total Access subscription and PPAI membership — now both PPPC member benefits.

Montreal, QC; Addison, TX; and Irving, TX (June 11, 2018) – Promotional Product Professionals of Canada (PPPC), the not-for-profit association for the Canadian promotional products industry, SAGE®, the industry’s leading technology provider, and Promotional Products Association International (PPAI), the industry’s largest not-for-profit association, announced today a strategic relationship to deliver one comprehensive membership solution to promotional products distributors and suppliers in the Canadian marketplace.

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EverythingBranded.co.uk have announced their new national charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise.

Since 2010, EverythingBranded.co.uk has achieved significant growth and supported many local causes. Having recently launched their American sister company, EverythingBranded USA, the promotional products distributor has been able to commit to offering year-round support to Global’s Make Some Noise.

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New Key Account Manager for Senator Pens

Senator Pens is delighted to announce the latest appointment to their growing Account Management team.

Claire Hutchinson, who will join as Key Account Manager, has excellent knowledge of the industry, having spent the last 20 years building her reputation in both the Stationery and Promotional Merchandise sectors.

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New Wild Thang website is now live!

To celebrate this important moment Wild Thang hosted an official new website launch party at Avenue HQ, Mann island which coincided with the website going live & was attended by a mix of important clients, suppliers & the Wild Thang team.  

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Three Steps to Control

Bad things happen in threes they say. First it was retailer Maplin entering insolvency. Then there was Toys R Us closing down. Now there’s talk of Mothercare having to seek protection from its creditors after posting two recent profit warnings.

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The Polish Chamber of Promotional Products (PIAP) has carried out the first comprehensive quality research on the perception of promotional products in the Polish market. The research, by Ipsos, indicated that promotional gifts are an important and effective element of marketing strategy that help build company awareness and image.

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On Saturday 9th June, the team at Allwag Promotions attended the company’s annual Away Day; a day dedicated to having fun and working together as a team, as well as encouraging and developing a competitive spirit.

This year, the Away Day was held at Ashwells Sports and Country Club in Brentwood, a quiet and scenic location where Team Allwag participated in extreme activities such as board breaking, breaking arrows and bending steel poles on their throats, as well as walking barefoot over broken glass and hot coals at temperatures of 400˚C.

Before the daring and dangerous activities training began, Allwag Promotions were divided into four teams and were faced with the task of creating a 90-second clip to promote just some of our bestselling products. The teams also competed against each other to complete the ‘Ultimate Challenge’, which consisted of over 100 mini-tasks; including performing 15 burpees in 60 seconds, eating 4 dry crackers in 1 minute and completing almost impossible puzzles.

Company Director, Angela Wagstaff commented: “The day was a huge success. It’s great to watch our amazing staff experience how it feels to achieve something when they’re motivated by their team. The amount of support everyone has for each other is one of the reasons why our team is so strong.”

For more information about Team Allwag’s Away Day, visit their website:
http://www.allwag.co.uk/blog__3008_Allwag-Promotions-take-team-building-to-a-new-level.aspx

Old Trafford-based merchandise distributor restructures ahead of further growth.

AD Merchandise have successfully completed a partner buyout, giving Amo Singh full ownership of the promotional merchandise distributor based in Old Trafford, Manchester.

Having grown the business to a turnover of £3.5 million alongside co-founder David Moodie, the deal comes as part of a planned restructure to unlock the company’s next chapter of growth.

Amo and David established AD Merchandise in October 2009, bringing together decades’ worth of experience and a passion to develop a profitable business with solid systems and processes and robust, ethical management.

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Leading product-based marketing agency, Zagwear, is continuing to grow its UK and European presence with the appointment of Daniel Hill.

Daniel joins Zagwear as Sr. Account Manager and will lead the office with Sr. Manager of Global Accounts, Charlotte Hollidge, as the US Top 50 promotional products distributor strengthens its European presence.

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Lesmar transforms to become Prominate

Lesmar, the promotional products and branded merchandise company, is rebranding. The Luton based business is steeped in history having been established in 1947 as the distribution arm for the popular children’s toy the ‘Magic Slate’. In 2011 it became a founder and major shareholder in, and exclusive UK licensee, of Prominate. Now 2018 sees it undergoing an exciting transformation to become Prominate UK.

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BPMA Announcement

On behalf of the BPMA Board of Directors, I announce the resignation of our Director General, Gordon Glenister, who after 12 years of service has taken the decision to move onto pastures new. During his tenure, Gordon has been a tremendous asset to the BPMA and we are grateful for his many contributions.

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Touched By Advertising

Bonn’s annual celebration of product media, Haptica live, brought merchandise to life once more.

The sixth edition of Haptica live in Bonn attracted 193 exhibitors, an increase on the 174 in 2017 and 142 the previous year.

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The Future is Blue

The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming part of the every day fabric of modern life but let us examine one of the key building blocks that makes its adoption possible. Much of our tech today relies on connectivity through Bluetooth. This 20-year-old technology has truly come of age with 4 billion connected devices built and shipped in 2018.

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