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.

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EverythingBranded.co.uk Announce New Charity Partner, Global’s Make Some Noise

EverythingBranded.co.uk have announced their new national charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise.

Since 2010, EverythingBranded.co.uk 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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A Time To Sell

Marketers have never been more challenged to create disruption and deliver results, fast. Anecdotally Brexit is supposed to have had a major impact on the UK, although some research suggests only a small percentage of work has been stopped because of the referendum (Credos, 2018). However, it’s clear that brand owners are taking a different approach with many CMOs showing a more cautious attitude, which is affecting the promotional industry.

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02 March 2018, UK – BIC Graphic expand field sales team

BIC Graphic Europe is delighted to announce that Michelle Wynne has joined the UK field sales team.

Michelle is well-known within the industry and brings a wealth of sales experience from her time as a distributor with Sports Merchandise Global and Brand Addition.

Michelle joins at a time when BIC Graphic has refocussed on its core business and is now looking to bring a new range of products and services to market. She said “I’m very pleased to be part of the BIC Graphic team. It’s an exciting time to be joining the company, and I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to work alongside our distributors with the new BIC offerings.”

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The Sedex Conference 2018

The Sedex Conference is Sedex’s largest annual gathering, bringing together hundreds of Sedex members and non-members alike from across the globe to meet face-to-face, share ideas and learn about the issues that matter to every responsible business. The Sedex Conference 2018 is being held 13th – 14th March 2018 at The Brewery, located in the centre of London’s financial district.

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