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Great Central Plastics scores with Dion’s Dube Shakers

Great Central Plastics has teamed up with former football star Dion Dublin for its latest project, Dube Shakers.

Dion worked with Great Central Plastics, using the company’s in-house product development service. He gave them the design to replicate and the task of playing around with different materials and contents to perfect the array of different musical sounds that the Dube Shakers offer.

The Dube Shakers are cube percussion instruments, launched by Dion himself. 

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Senator Pens appoints new Account Director

Senator Pens has announced the promotion of Nicola Durant to account director.

Previously senior account manager, Nicola will now oversee the UK/Ireland account management team and the development of core accounts. With extensive knowledge of the promotional industry garnered over 16 years, Nicola is well positioned to help drive the company’s strategic development.

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Sad loss for Impamark

It is with regret we announce the recent passing of David Thurgood, founder of Impamark.

David started Impamark in 1969 in North West London, originally as a manufacturer of small leather goods. It moved to in Burnham-on-Crouch in 1975 and advanced into screen printing of garments, stickers, engraved metal and crystal products, and later printed ceramics and glassware.

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SPS signs exclusive with Touch of Ginger

SPS has announced an exclusive new agreement with Touch Of Ginger.

The deal sees SPS become the exclusive supplier of the popular KitsUK range of lifestyle accessories for the promotional market, across the UK and Europe.

SPS CEO Phil Morgan said: “As a proud UK manufacturer, we’re always looking for ways to extend our offering to the market, especially with products manufactured in Britain. 

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Paper Innovation raise charity cash

A New Year’s Eve raffle organised by Paper Innovation raised more than £400, with the money donated to local charity the Space Centre.

Paper Innovation CEO Steve Johnston donated the first prize of a week’s holiday in a luxury villa, along with supply of raffle tickets and promotional flyers. Ironically Steve sold the winning ticket to his fellow Preston North End senior walking footballer Fred Roberts.

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New European Promotional Products Organisation planned

The agenda for a new pan-European organisation promotional products organisation was set out at a meeting at PSI in January.

A number of European trade associations were represented, including the bpma, 2FPCP of France, BAPP of Belgium and PPP of the Netherlands, along with the existing EPPA board including Gabriele Moese (Fyfar) of Spain & Portugal, Kjell Harbom of NAPA Scandinavia, Annette Scott of Promota and Ralf Samuel of GWW Germany.

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Tougher new rules on Powerbank imports

New international shipping regulations have made it tougher to air freight Powerbanks and other devices that have lithium batteries, as well as adding to the cost of shipments.

A number of leading freight carriers from the airline industry are now strictly enforcing the International lithium battery regulations, which were technically mandatory from January 2015. Among other things, the rules stipulate how batteries should be packed, as well as prohibiting lithium metal batteries being shipped without equipment on passenger aircraft.

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Growing Pains?

Phil Morgan, the CEO of SPS, looks at getting your business in shape for 2016.

As we start a new year, what are your business objectives for 2016? I’d hope that one of them includes ‘business growth’ – isn’t that what it’s all about?

Even in a challenging economy, you can still make plans for your business designed with growth as the main aim. But here’s the thing – It’s not just about planning to increase sales by 10%, increase market share by 5%, or expand into three more countries. You need to consider the bigger picture and adapt your business in order to handle the growth you’re aspiring to.

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SPS EU gains exclusive UK supply deal with Contigo Drinkware

SPS EU is now the exclusive supplier of Contigo products to the UK promotional merchandise market. The deal gives UK customers a simple and reliable way to access the prestigious American brand, along with all the benefits of the service levels provided by SPS.

The new agreement builds on the longstanding reputation of SPS in the UK Drinkware market for quality branded thermal mugs and water bottles. The company’s share of the UK drinkware market has grown in recent years, driven by the huge popularity of the Americano Thermal Mug range and H2O Active Sports Bottles.

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Creating quality product images at no cost

Suppliers and distributors alike seek to show off their products in the best possible light. Preseli, along with many other companies in the promotional industry, spends huge amounts of money on high quality photographs, to ensure the products are perfectly presented for printed and online media as well as being blown up and enlarged on presentation banners and exhibition stands.

However, on occasion and with particular products that allow for it, Preseli tries to do something a little differently with their photographs and importantly produce them at zero cost.

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Don’t close the book on catalogues yet

The promotional gift catalogue is a stable part of many distributors marketing campaign, but with the growth in digital spend, Gordon Glenister investigates the impact on catalogue usage.

With an industry value approaching £1bn, conservative estimates suggest that over £600m is managed within the catalogue groups. At least 300,000 catalogues have been sent out through the major catalogue groups.

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The bpma LinkedIn forum

The bpma LinkedIn community has almost 900 members and a number of important industry topics are discussed. Some of the more recent ones include

Computer Virus hits industry: A computer virus hit the industry in November and a number of companies got caught out. The subject heading was Promotional Gifts – Project Draft Urgent. The bpma advice is always to be mindful of unsolicited email. If it looks too good to be true it probably is. Also, check the url suffix.

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New group set up to support British Manufacturers

A new special interest group has been set up by the bpma to support British Manufacturers. At a recent meeting held in Leicester, a group from First Editions, Orchard Melamine and Great Central Plastics will become part of a steering group to help manage and co-ordinate a programme of activity.

The group’s main aims are to:

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Why Senator?

1. Heritage

Our blend of 95 YEARS’ experience, integrity, creativity and future-orientated zeal makes us the ultimate promotional partner for any brand. A member of the Merz Group in Frankfurt (1908). senator® Global was founded in 1920 and operates in 88+ countries worldwide. senator® UK & Ireland was established over 30 years ago (1983).

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Awards – Life After The Acceptance Speech

Jamie Marshall, founder and MD of Premier Print & Promotions ( reports on the spin-off benefits of awards.

Back in September, Premier Print & Promotions and I were honoured to win the Essex Business Excellence Awards for ‘Customer Care & Service’ and ‘Outstanding Business Person’. 

These were awards for companies based in our county, judged by experienced business people from other successful local companies. And before you ask, no, the awards ceremony wasn’t held at The Sugar Hut night club from ITV’s The Only Way Is Essex!

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Electronics into 2016

Bluetooth is set to get faster, longer range and further enhance all our Tech, says Matt Pluckrose of Desktop Ideas.

Bluetooth is an integral and growing part of our digital lives. Whether driving, working, exercising or relaxing this technology has “cut the wires“ over the last ten years and opened up many opportunities for promotional marketers within our industry. This explosion of wireless gadgets has helped to push the gadget sector to above 12% of total spend on promotional products. 

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Just the Two of Us

Sue Moth of Sanders Badges spotlights the Family Business ethos.

I first came into the industry 40 years ago when I was employed in the finance department by Sanders Badges on a part- time basis. Having two small children at the time meant that it was only possible to work a few hours per week. As the children grew so did my role at Sanders, and over the next 20 years my roles changed many times until I became  managing director during the 1980s.

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Looking Ahead to Trends in 2016

Confidence in 2015 was certainly more buoyant in the promotional products industry with more and more companies expressing increase in sales revenue, albeit in some instances with a drop in margin. We asked industry figures for their take on what changes are in the pipeline for 2016.

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Continued exam success

Big congratulations to Carly Prophet from Allwag Promotions for passing her TPM exam in just six weeks with an impressive 100%. Carly dedicated 1 – 2 hours a week to studying, achieved the 125 credits needed to take the exam in just five weeks and decided to book the exam straight away.

Carly says: “I am over the moon with my exam mark. I am new to promotional merchandise and the TPM course was a great starting place to learn about the industry and products. I would highly recommend it to anyone starting out or wanting to refresh their knowledge on the basics. I am looking forward to starting the CPM course in the New Year!”

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