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Leading supplier of promotional merchandise, Laltex Group, are very excited to be sponsoring a bee on behalf of The Seashell Trust for the ‘Bee in the City’. From 23rd July until 23rd September, Manchester hosts one of its most spectacular public art events. With over 100 giant bees dotted around the city, Laltex Group has had the privilege to sponsor a bee on behalf of its charity partner The Seashell Trust. After months of hard work ‘Shellbee’ now sits proudly on display inside the Royal Exchange Theatre.

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The Saga of the Silent Soldier

The Pen Warehouse and Snap Products recently put up a commemorative soldier outside their offices to mark 100 years since the end of the First World War. The cut-out silhouette of the WW1 serviceman was created by the Royal British Legion to remember the brave men and women of our armed forces and what they sacrificed for our freedom.

Staff members named the Silent Soldier ‘George’ and were extremely proud of him and what he represented.

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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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Soopa Doopa Spartans

Following the pairs participation in the Obstacle Race “Nuclear Rush” to raise awareness for Action of Addiction, Soopa Doopas’ Jake Scott-Paul and mate Matt Lucas were at it again, this time taking on the “Super” Spartan Race, which involved 10 miles and 28 plus obstacles.

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The BPMA is delighted to announce that Event Merchandising has become its newest member to be awarded charter status. Event Merchandising joins the 44 charter members who represent the most respected and reputable companies within the industry.

It is the ultimate in industry standards and promotes the highest level of business practice and customer service including:

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Your Board, Your Team

The BPMA is powered by a team of committed board directors.

The BPMA is more than 50 years old, and like many membership organisations, its longevity and success is built on a team that combines a full-time secretariat and aboard that pulls together the great and the good of the industry.

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BPMA members are being encouraged to enter this year’s IPM COGS Awards, the celebration of the partners and agencies who make great campaigns happen.

Designed with service agencies in mind, the IPM COGS Awards encourage both members and non-members to show the world how their contributions have created world-class campaigns. Last year’s event saw BPMA member Pro-Ad picku p two awards (pictured).

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Four New Starters for Pellacraft

It has been a busy six months for business gifts and promotional merchandise specialists, Pellacraft who, due to an increase in sales order enquiries has appointed four new team members. The new roles are across the business and will strengthen all departments.

Beginning in sales, Stacey Tebbett has joined as an internal sales representative. The graphics and production team has been boosted following the appointment of Martin Aspley. Sam Critchlow joins as a digital marketing assistant to further improve Pellacraft’s website and on-line presence, and finally, Ella Ferrer has joined as a business administration apprentice.

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“We’ve sold a huge 270,000 water bottles during the eight weeks of Love Island so are delighted to have helped out the nation during the recent heatwave! Reusable water bottles are a great way of being more environmentally friendly and this was considered across the show, where no single use plastic bottles were used by cast or crew.” an ITV spokesperson commented.

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Six members of the EverythingBranded team are preparing to fly over to Las Vegas, on Wednesday 3rd August, to help recruit and train the new USA team at our new office, set to open in the first weeks of October.

Following rapid growth since its launch in 2017, EverythingBranded USA, sister company to EverythingBranded.co.uk, is opening its new office in Las Vegas. To assist in the initial recruitment of new staff over in the West Coast, this team of six are flying over to train sales and design staff, as well as bringing the existing company culture overseas.

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Gordon Glenister and George Turnbull from the BPMA recently spent a day with the team at AD Merchandise, one of our Charter Distributors in Manchester. Gordon presented to the whole team, sharing industry best practice and some of the latest research that the BPMA has conducted, ending with a question and answer session. 

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Fluid Branding go Cuban in Camden!

Following on from the award-winning success of 2017, last Thursday 12th July saw the 2nd Annual London Merchandise Show, this year hosted at Gabeto in Stables Market, in the heart of buzzing Camden.

Fluid spiced things up this year with a Cuban theme that was reflected in the branding, products, venue and even in the tropical weather! The aim of the event was to showcase branded merchandise in a relaxed yet inspiring environment with an abundance of creativity, making merchandise relevant and exciting.

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Success Celebrated

Graduates of the BPMA education programme were flying high when they received their hard-earned TPM certificates at The Royal Air Force Club.

Graduates who attended a stately ceremony were awarded their certificates by BPMA head of education Daniela Arena and director general Gordon Glenister. The event took place in the Mayfair venue’s Battle of Britain Suite.

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Designs for Life

This year’s BPMA student design award saw students from Nottingham Trent University tasked with devising a product that had an extended life cycle.

This year’s BPMA student design award has been won by Micael French of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), with a promotional product designed to exploit the burgeoning festival market.

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