NEW for 2017 – a whole new world of wood

Throughout 2016 we’ve been developing an exciting new range of real wood badges, merchandise and awards – unique to the UK promotional merchandise trade supply.

Working closely with an experienced cabinet maker, who we have known for 10 years now, we’ve developed this selection of exciting natural products to complement our existing range.

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More exhibitors, more visitors, more internationality: PSI sets records again

So much for being 55 and showing your age. With six per cent more exhibitors, nearly eight per cent more visitors and a share of international visitors that’s climbed to 57 per cent, PSI continued its growth trajectory and once again posted new records at the 55th event. In total, organiser Reed Exhibitions Deutschland counted 988 exhibitors (prior year: 932) and 18,094 visitors (prior year: 16,810).

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Computer Love

In 2017, technology will become even more closely aligned to our daily lives. Be prepared, says Matt Pluckrose

Neither AI (artificial intelligence) nor machine learning (computers making decisions) are new. However, the extent to which they will become the basis of our daily lives cannot be underestimated. Everything from medicine, to risk assessment, to the rise of human computers that drive us around and act as personal assistants, is about to get very real.

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Ladder of Success

Education is the route to greater professionalism, and the BPMA offers a clear pathway to skills development.

The BPMA education programme is growing from strength to strength with just over 100 learners registering in 2016 alone. The demand for a structured industry-specific training programme that can be integrated into each business is rising steadily.

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Business as Usual?

With so much uncertainty around the business sector, it’s time to focus on doing what promotions do best – building business – says Phil Morgan.

I think we can all agree that 2016 has been quite a mixed year for our industry. After a really strong start to the year, things started to slow as the Brexit campaigners began their arguments.

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Ask Clive – Talk Up Clothing for the Good of the Sector

Well it’s nearly another 12 months tucked into the belt of the promotional merchandise year. In the clothing sector it’s been a refreshing year where the demands and requirements have been mirroring the retail trends that we find on the High Street. Items such as soft shells, quilted jackets, contrast shirts and polos have proved to be very popular. 

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The Search for Talent

Recruitment in the promotional media sector can be a merrygo-round of businesses chasing a finite number of candidates. Stuart Derrick asks how the industry can break out of the cycle.

New year, new career. As the old saying goes, January is traditionally the time when the minds of individual staff consider pastures new, and businesses assess their own staffing requirements. However, the issue of recruitment in the promotional merchandise industry is not straightforward.

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Watch out for scams

BPMA members are being alerted to a series of scams that several companies have been targeted by.

Several email scams were circulating prior to Christmas. One, spotted by Set Marketing, purported to be from the University of Birmingham and requested setting up an open trading credit account with the company. The email, which was signed by ‘Jonathan Long’ asked about the availability of 1,000 4GB USB flash drives.

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Obituary – Richard Dyson

Richard, the owner of Trilogy Lasercraft, was brought up in North Lincolnshire, and was the first in his family to go to university. He obtained sponsorship from British Rail to study electrical engineering in Bradford, and worked for Plessey in research and development, before moving to a company in Wakefield to build spark erosion machinery.

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Merchandise World off to flying start

The new event for the promotional merchandise industry, Merchandise World, got off to a flying start when the first stands and pods went on sale on 30 November.

Those exhibiting at either Sourcing City Marketplace or the BPMA show were given a two-day priority booking opportunity. The first of these was for the premium locations in the hall. More than 60 exhibitors had called by 10am on the first day overwhelming the Merchandise World office.

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Plato Group expands its market position with a majority interest in Compacon BV

Helmond/Barendrecht, 9 January 2017

As of 1 January 2017, the Plato Group, parent company of Clipper BV and IGO-POST BV and active as an importer and distributor of printed promotional materials for over 70 years now, has acquired a majority interest in Compacon BV, a leading distributor of promotional products and premiums. This takeover comes with considerable strategic advantages and future opportunities for both parties.

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