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Your Board, Your Team

The BPMA is powered by a team of committed board directors.

The BPMA is more than 50 years old, and like many membership organisations, its longevity and success is built on a team that combines a full-time secretariat and aboard that pulls together the great and the good of the industry.

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Success Celebrated

Graduates of the BPMA education programme were flying high when they received their hard-earned TPM certificates at The Royal Air Force Club.

Graduates who attended a stately ceremony were awarded their certificates by BPMA head of education Daniela Arena and director general Gordon Glenister. The event took place in the Mayfair venue’s Battle of Britain Suite.

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BPMA members urged to shine at IPM COGS

BPMA members are being encouraged to enter this year’s IPM COGS Awards, the celebration of the partners and agencies who make great campaigns happen.

Designed with service agencies in mind, the IPM COGS Awards encourage both members and non-members to show the world how their contributions have created world-class campaigns. Last year’s event saw BPMA member Pro-Ad picku p two awards (pictured).

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Designs for Life

This year’s BPMA student design award saw students from Nottingham Trent University tasked with devising a product that had an extended life cycle.

This year’s BPMA student design award has been won by Micael French of Nottingham Trent University (NTU), with a promotional product designed to exploit the burgeoning festival market.

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A Swinging Success

The BPMA’s latest Golf Day was held on a gorgeous day in June at Burnham Beeches Golf Club in Buckinghamshire. Organised by BPMA director Clive Allcott, the day was judged a great success.

“The golfers who attended this year’s event really enjoyed the sport and the sociability of the day, to the extent that we’re going to make it an annual event from now on,” he said.

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Make it Your Business

Most merchandise companies will consider buying or selling a business at some point. PM finds out what it takes

The most recent Sourcing City annual state of the nation Market Report 2017 showed that the promotional merchandise sector in the UK is now worth more than £1billion.

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Ask Clive – Printing Effects

At first glance, the promotional clothing marketplace is running low on new special-effect prints as standard demands are mostly Pantone and logo-based. However, inks, fabrics, and printing processes are changing in response to retail trends. For example, customer requirements for PVC-free inks and increased use of polyester fabrics are affecting garment screen-printing significantly.

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Keep Your Phone Close

Do you ever have that feeling that you don’t have enough hands, or pockets? A new product, invented by a British team, aims to solve that issue.

Photographer Sam Fairbrother and her colleague, music promoter Geoff Barke were fed up with dropping their phones and cameras down loos at Glastonbury, and the like, so came up with this ingenious rubberised phone cradle that fits snuggly round your phone and can be hung around your neck. The PhoneHug grips your phone securely and the lanyard is a robust cord that gives confidence that the phone is staying put.

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Goldstar goes for growth

Goldstar is investing in more staff to continue its business growth after a successful first half of 2018.

The Dublin-based promotional writing instruments specialist is currently recruiting for a new field sales role for the SouthEast of England and is creating an additional six new roles over the coming months that will take the company’s total staff close to 40.

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Lucozade and TBK win big at IPM awards

An innovative campaign using contactless technology to give Lucozade customers free travel on London Underground picked up the Grand Prix Award for TBK Group at this year’s IPM Awards.

Lucozade was named as Brand Owner of the Year, after campaigns for sub-brands Lucozade Sport, Lucozade Energy and Lucozade Zero collected five Gold awards, three Silvers, as well as the Grand Prix. TBK Group also took two more Silver trophies for the ‘£10 million Giveaway for Carphone Warehouse’ campaign, helping it cement the title of Agency of the Year 2018.

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Promoting in the Sun

With the outdoor calling, the rise of festival culture, and the World Cup just one of the sporting events to engage this year, PM takes a look at what merchandise is hot this summer.

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EverythingBranded’s Inaugural EB Fest is Huge Success are pleased to announce the success of their first ever Summer EB Fest Event on June 2nd 2018. Together with suppliers, family and friends, they celebrated the outstanding achievements of our tireless staff as well as raising money for their new charity partner, Global’s Make Some Noise.

Over 250 guests attended the event and donated towards the first of many fundraising events, held at Aqua Park, Rutland.

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