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BPMA Award Infomation

Arena. “These really are the industry awards that mean something because your fellow industry peers have voted for you or external judges in the marketing community rate you and your work. Winning an award this way is one you and your staff can be proud of.” There are two types of award categories, awards that members are automatically entered into by the BPMA with members voting, and entry-based awards with an external panel of judges voting. “Repeat winners see the value in winning an industry award and enter each year, they put a lot of thought and planning into their entries and the standard of entries grows each year. We would love more members to enter the awards this year,” comments Daniela.

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Education- Getting Started

The BPMA held its Member Orientation seminar on 27 September, where 19 individuals from member companies attended. It was the first seminar to be presented by BPMA’s membership manager, George Turnbull (pictured right) who delivered an engaging afternoon that informed and educated members. He said: “The seminar gives our members an insight of what to expect from the industry while gaining tips on how to make the most out of their business and what pitfalls to watch out for.

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In the hot seat with David Long

Q. What have been the milestones in your career?

A. My early management career was in the blue-chip corporate arena latterly with Thorn EMI. In 1987 I joined the now defunct, but legendary, Bourne Publicity. At the time it was the largest distributor in the UK and an exciting innovator that everyone looked up to. In 1990 I joined Dowlis Group as managing director and with a great team, we grew the company from£1.9 million to £13m turnover in 12 years, firmly establishing it as the largest independent promotional merchandise distributor in the UK. In 2002 I decided I wanted my own business and Dynamic Image was founded.

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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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Take off at FarnBorough

If it’s September, then this must be Farnborough. The site of the first ever powered aircraft flight in Britain played host to the latest edition of the UK’s main promotional media show on 12 September. Merchandise World came to the new multi-million pound Farnborough International Exhibition Centre for the first time, providing 131 promotional companies with the platform to engage with the country’s main distributors.

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Allwag 20 year celebrations to help next generation

To mark its 20th anniversary and to thank valued suppliers and partners for their continued support, hard work and commitment, Allwag Promotions hosted a party inspired by the blockbuster movie, The Greatest Showman. Held at the picturesque Lion Inn in Chelmsford, Essex, more than 100 guests were greeted on arrival to an array of circus-themed acts, including fire dancers and a snake charmer, before being treated to a three-course meal.

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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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Wild Thang range welcomes giants

Liverpool-based Wild Thang helped celebrate the 10th anniversary of the city’s year as European Capital of Culture, welcoming back the giant street theatre puppets to Merseyside.

More than one million people witnessed the event titled ‘Liverpool’s Dream’ with wild Thang the official merchandise supplier in conjunction with Culture Liverpool.

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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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