Outstanding Branding make it a hat trick

Outstanding Branding made it a hat trick of awards this year when they took the top prize of Group Member of the Year at the 15th Advantage Catalogue awards and launch dinner.

Andy Thorne and Sarah Penn took to the floor to thank all the suppliers who had voted for their company, with Andy commenting: “To get the continued backing and support from our supply chain is very humbling. This is our third award in seven months and really does pay testament to a brilliant team we have at Outstanding Branding coupled with truly remarkable suppliers.”

Reaction from the 120-strong audience at Sopwell House Hotel and Country Club in St Albans, Hertfordshire, showed clearly this was a hugely popular outcome. 

Outstanding Branding was closely followed by two Highly Commended positions: Stay Sourced, the most consistently awarded company in the group, and last year’s winners, Willsmer Wagg.

Commended positions went to EMC Advertising Gifts and Pinfold Promotions, both first-time winners.

Best Use of Advantage Website was awarded to Richard Andrews of Promotional Works. 

Catalogue Cover of the Year was awarded to Mesh Promotional Solutions.

A new category, the Rising Star award, was won by Kerry Dennison of Willsmer Wagg. This award is designed to reward a member of staff who has made a huge impact to their company over the past 12 months, and is nominated by a director of the company.

In the Group Supplier of the Year sector, Adco Products was the outright winner and its award was received by a surprised and delighted Cathy Anderson.

Highly Commended positions went to Adproducts and The Pen Warehouse.  The Commended position was shared with Bagco and Liquid Lens picking up the awards.

Day two of the event started with the members meeting where Advantage director Lawrence Angelow presented the new 2015/16 catalogue. This was followed by the ever-popular product showcase with 42 key suppliers exhibiting throughout the day.

Reflecting on a hectic couple of days, Lawrence said: “We have had brilliant feedback again this year from members and suppliers on both the new catalogue and the event. It was great to see so many people having a good time in a relaxed but professional format, which has always been our ethos.

“There was lots of positive networking and meaningful conversations taking place, which I think also goes to show that the industry is upbeat right now.”

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