Three-year growth plan revealed at OBcon

Outstanding Branding outlined its global vision for the next three years at a revitalised annual company conference that brought together team members from around the world. The event, titled OBcon, was the first of its kind to be held by the company. Held at Devere Theobalds Estate, the full day and night event was designed to put the global team at the centre of proceedings.

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COMPARED WITH U.S. – BPMA head of education and best practice, Daniela Arena, had an opportunity to measure up the American attitude to education

On a recent visit to the ASI (Advertising Speciality Institute) education day and trade show in Chicago I was lucky enough to meet some truly amazing industry folk. They are just as passionate and committed to raising standards, sharing knowledge with others and supporting and inspiring businesses to grow as we are here within the BPMA community.

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New finishes for BIC Media Clic

BIC Graphic Europe has added two new barrel options to the existing palette of the best-selling Media Clic range. Alongside the current matt and frosted barrels, customers can now choose clear or polished finishes in a range of colours, giving tens of thousands of potential colour combinations.

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A new service allows distributors to offer a range of printed products to clients

Saxoprint is launching its new solution for resellers, Saxoprint Partners, at Merchandise World. The service provides a white label print solution, that can be branded for distributors to deliver a scalable robust print solution to their existing and new clients. With wholesale pricing, distributor discount and an invoicing solution, Saxoprint Partners will enable distributors to offer a range of printed products.

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Our resident technology expert, Matt Pluckrose answers more questions on how tech is influencing product media.

Q. What external technology do you see affecting promo tech in the coming months?

A. As always technology is racing and currently the buzz areas would include the Internet of Everything, artificial intelligence, VR and AR, with 5G to come plus new updated software and hardware such as Bluetooth 5. Such changes are developing new product markets including smart home speakers (Alexa, Google home, and so on), internet/wireless security devices, self-driving cars, wearable technology – the list goes on.

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The BPMA Brexit Summit aims to answer questions and provide some clarity over the looming event

With the industry’s main exhibition and networking opportunity, Merchandise World taking place in Farnborough on 12 September, it makes sense to use the gathering to share advice and air views on one of the biggest issues facing business in Britain – Brexit. The BPMA Brexit Summit takes place on the afternoon prior to Merchandise World. With Britain set to leave the EU on 29 March 2019, businesses have only six months to prepare for an event that still has many question marks around it.

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A Helping Hand

Awareness of NABS within the promotional industry is limited, but a deal with the BPMA means it is there to help, says Diana Tickell

NABS (the National Advertising Benevolent Society) has been working in the UK advertising, marketing and media industry for 105 years. Our century-plus of offering industry advice, support and guidance, at no cost to the employee, has helped countless people get their careers and lives back on track.

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ASK CLIVE – With Merchandise World almost upon us, Clive Allcott explains what a great trade show can do for you

Summer has been in full swing, but the first of autumn’s major trade shows, Merchandise World, will have been occupying suppliers. With many registered it looks like the event will be a popular attraction offering promotional supply solutions under one roof at the new Farnborough International venue. Trade shows are multifaceted because they allow you a chance to hear from leading experts, meet with potential supply partners, and see all the new product on the market. If you are specifically looking for a new garment supplier and decorator make sure you come to the show prepared. Organise and set up appointments with the proposed supplier. There is an appointment diary running with most suppliers.

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Steel City launches coffee cup pledge

Sheffield branded merchandise company Steel City has urged coffee addicts to switch from disposable cups to reusable versions and raise money for charity. The Yorkshire business is raising awareness of the 2.5 billion paper coffee cups that are thrown away in the UK every year.

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Merchandise Companies Beat the Heat

BPMA members have adapted to the recent heatwave to ensure that clients continue to be serviced, while staff are looked after. With temperatures in the thirties during July and August, manufacturing companies have been faced with even higher temperatures in their premises. Several BPMA members have reported adapting their shift patterns to allow staff to work in cooler periods at night and early morning, and avoiding the hottest parts of the day.

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Special deal for BPMA members from Eat My Logo

Promotional edibles company, Eat My Logo is offering discounted BPMA specific trade prices to BPMA members. The Chorley-based business specialises in branded cakes, biscuits, flapjacks and icing toppers which offer a more upmarket alternative to rice paper versions. As a member of the BPMA, Eat My Logo regularly works with other BPMA member companies. As well as a special price for its high quality edible branded goods,

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Britton joins expanding Your Gateway team

Your Gateway has appointed Jon Britton as managing director, bringing more than 20 years of experience to the trade only supplier. Britton has most recently led the on boarding and implementation process for a strategic client win for Essex-based distributor Promo International. His merchandise career started at Product Plus, before spending 17 years at Brand Addition, where he managed accounts for key customers including MasterCard and Mars.

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AD Merchandise Ltd Complete Successful Buyout After Nearly A Decade In Business

Old Trafford-based merchandise distributor restructures ahead of further growth.

AD Merchandise have successfully completed a partner buyout, giving Amo Singh full ownership of the promotional merchandise distributor based in Old Trafford, Manchester.

Having grown the business to a turnover of £3.5 million alongside co-founder David Moodie, the deal comes as part of a planned restructure to unlock the company’s next chapter of growth.

Amo and David established AD Merchandise in October 2009, bringing together decades’ worth of experience and a passion to develop a profitable business with solid systems and processes and robust, ethical management.

Continue reading Announce New Charity Partner, Global’s Make Some Noise have announced their new national charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise.

Since 2010, has achieved significant growth and supported many local causes. Having recently launched their American sister company, EverythingBranded USA, the promotional products distributor has been able to commit to offering year-round support to Global’s Make Some Noise.

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Zagwear boosts UK & EMEA presence with New Appointment

Leading product-based marketing agency, Zagwear, is continuing to grow its UK and European presence with the appointment of Daniel Hill.

Daniel joins Zagwear as Sr. Account Manager and will lead the office with Sr. Manager of Global Accounts, Charlotte Hollidge, as the US Top 50 promotional products distributor strengthens its European presence.

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