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Time to say thank you at Christmas

As we enter the last quarter of the calendar year, and for some the financial year, we should take time to review the last 12 months and identify those who have made a significant difference to our business. Who are our stand out, loyal and valuable customers? Which members of our team, across the business, have made outstanding contributions?

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Plastic Confusion- Trying to make an effort? But confused

The past few years have seen a growth in interest around the issues relating to plastic. The ‘Blue Planet’ effect has seen a growing awareness of the implications of using plastic, particularly single-use plastics. In the merchandise industry, this has manifest itself in clients asking questions about the sustainability of many products and their packaging as they seek to minimise their use of plastic and increase recycling.

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Prize winners treated courtesy of Promo Trade

Suzie Kean from Geiger BTC was the first winner of a new weekly prize draw for Promo Trade customers. Kean won an experience day, dinner and an overnight stay for two after being selected randomly. Every week Promo Trade has a prize draw to win a different experience, such as a supercar driving day, a spa day, tickets to Oktoberfest, or a Michelin star meal for two.

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Suppliers, Show us your Best

The BPMA is pleased to announce that it will be overseeing all entries to the Merchandise World Promotional Product Awards 2019. The Merchandise World Promotional Product Awards provide exhibitors with and promotional opportunities for the latest and most exciting products. New for 2019, all BPMA members can enter their first product into an award category free of charge. Additional products will be charged at £50+vat. For non-BPMA members to enter, the first entry will be £150+vat with additional product entries at £50+vat.

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Two new senior appointments reflect Goldstar’s continuing investment in growth

Goldstar, the pens specialist, has appointed two highly experienced senior promotional products sector professionals to newly created positions as it invests further in expansion to continue its business growth.

Diane Anderton has joined Goldstar to support New Product Development & Marketing and Annouchka Birch has taken up the new position of Field Sales Manager UK.

Diane brings 24 years industry experience including 14 years on the distributor side and the last ten years in the trade as Sales & Marketing Director with SPS.

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New facilities boost Gift Innovations

Irish-based Gift Innovations has expanded its business with new facilities in Limerick City to meet a growing demand for corporate promotional products. The company has invested to provide showrooms and to facilitate its growing storage and fulfilment requirements for clients. Gift Innovations works with some of the largest multinationals in Ireland as well as local SMEs, delivering gift solutions to recognise, reward and retain employees and customers.

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TMA takes collective approach to promotion

Five leading trade manufacturers of promotional products have formed the Trade Manufacturer’s Alliance (TMA) to increase awareness and knowledge of the range of British manufactured products. Formed in July, the TMA includes WCM&A, First Editions, Great Central Plastics, Ancestors of Dover, and Foremost Magnets.

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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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Morpeth company Pro-Ad has expanded its award-winning promotional merchandising team by welcoming three new members of staff.

Ashleigh Tate and Paul Tighe have joined Pro-Ad’s Solutions Team and Lauren McKenna has a new role in the Productions Team.

Talking about the new appointments, Pro-Ad director Loren Nardini said: “Following our success at the Institute of Professional Marketing (IPM) awards over the last few years we want to keep building our excellent reputation for quality, creativity and customer service. Ashleigh, Paul and Lauren bring a diverse range of skills and experiences that will help us do this. We are delighted to welcome them to the Pro-Ad family”.

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Two Years in a row for Pro-Ad at the Institute of Promotional Marketing Cogs Awards

Morpeth company Pro-Ad has won a silver award for promotional merchandise campaign of the year at the prestigious 2018 Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM) ‘COGS’ Awards.

The award follows on from Pro-Ad’s success in the 2017 awards, in which the promotional merchandising solutions provider took home both gold and silver accolades.

COGS awards highlight the significant impact and business contributions made by companies like Pro-Ad, which specialises in providing merchandise and marketing support for all types of promotional campaigns.

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Fluid Branding Celebrate their Suppliers at Annual Awards

Hot off the heels of the very successful East of England Merchandise Show, Fluid Branding hosted their annual supplier awards at All Saints Hotel and Spa in Bury St Edmunds on the evening of 25th September 2018.  

The guests were greeted with welcome drinks, a two-piece live band and a magician!

An Indian themed buffet was then served ahead of the awards ceremony.  

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Fluid Branding’s East of England Show Success

Fluid Branding hosted their annual East of England Merchandise Show on Tuesday 25th September 2018 at the famous Newmarket Racecourses. The weather couldn’t have been better with wall to wall sunshine! With over 50 suppliers in attendance on the day, the event was the busiest to date, with a record number of clients.

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Tomlinson Golf Press Release

With a period of sustained growth, leading trade golf supplier Tomlinson Golf are pleased to announce the appointment of James Tomlinson as Sales Manager.

James will work alongside his father Mark, in all aspects of the business, with a special emphasis on sales and business development.

Twenty-six year old James brings with him, a wealth of senior management skills and experience from the commercial transport and building industries.

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Jones and Mahre Elected To PPAI Board

IRVING, TX, (September 21, 2018) – Promotional Products Association International (PPAI;, the world’s largest not-for-profit trade association serving the more than 15,500 corporate members of the $23.3 billion promotional products industry has announced the election of R. Renée Jones, MAS+, CEO of A Creative Touch, Inc. and Bill Mahre, president of ADG Promotional Products to the PPAI Board of Directors. They will begin their four-year terms immediately following The PPAI Expo 2019 in January.

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Alex Daniels Sets Sail with Midocean

Well known industry face Alex Daniels, pictured left, has joined European generalist wholesaler midocean as Account Manager for UK and Ireland. With his considerable amount of industry knowledge, built up over almost 10 years, Alex has accepted the challenge to help drive sales forward with midocean in the UK and Irish marketplace.

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Press Release: NSA18 and BPMA Team up to offer a 20% Discount

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BPMA Partners with National Sales Academy – a new event for the sales champions of the future!

NSA18 is designed for sales executives and account managers who want to take their careers to the next level and crave stellar success! It is a personal development day presenting an original programme of speakers and a practical toolkit for sales excellence.

A one-day event, NSA18 takes place at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 28 November (the day before National Sales Conference 2018, also at the Ricoh).

BPMA have teamed up to bring you a 20% Discount! Use ‘BPMASAVER’ to save 20% on your ticket. Book 5 you will receive a 6th Free of Charge!

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