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The Umbrella Company completes management buy-out

Earlier this month, The Umbrella Company Ltd. announced the completion of a management buy-out from Shawn Hassack. The buy-out is led by The Umbrella Company’s management team, comprising Stephen Reeve (managing director), Julie Herring (finance director) and John Fields (operations director). The Umbrella Company, formed in 2000 by Shawn Hassack, is a market-leading supplier in […]
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The sweet people at Liquid Lens change their name

After 18 years as the well-known Liquid Lens, the company that specialises in confectionery merchandise is changing its name to ‘The Sweet People’. If you’re already a distributor for Liquid Lens, you have probably already seen the gradual branding change that began earlier this year, but from 1st October 2016 the new name, look and […]
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PPE registration process is made more social

Customer Focus, organiser of both the Promotional Product Expo and PPE Roadshows, has announced further enhancements and investment into the registration experience for all visitors to its shows. It has teamed up with GleanIn, leaders in the provision of social software for event organisers. GleanIn will work alongside Customer Focus’s existing registration supplier, Interchange Communications, to […]
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Fantastak offers custom options for SuperDiscs

Fantastak Ltd, Europe’s leading developer and manufacturer of glue dots and supplier of niche adhesive products, have invested into new equipment for manufacturing their SuperDiscs that allows them to be flexible in shape and size at the production stage. Previously available only as discs, the adhesive seals can now be any number of shapes, such […]
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SPS to launch StixToGo in the UK and Europe

After negotiations with ‘StixToGo’, SPS have secured the rights to manufacture and supply the innovative hot drinks ‘stopper’ for the promotional products market for the UK and Europe. The polypropylene accessory fits snugly into take-out coffee cups to help retain heat and minimise spills. Thanks to the manufacturing expertise across the SPS group, the patented […]
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PPD set for a new look – and website

PPD will be officially unveiling a new-look magazine and website in October. The new PPD – the industry’s leading magazine for the promotional products industry – will feature an array of improvements including a more contemporary design for both the publication and the website. Readers can expect to find an improved layout, in-depth features and […]
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The PPE Roadshow 2016 pitches up for autumn show

Customer Focus completed their 2016 series of PPE Roadshow exhibitions with three final shows in September at Sandown, Manchester and Dublin. The biannual, touring exhibition gives suppliers and distributors in the promotional products sector –from established industry giants to budding, homegrown businesses – the chance to meet, connect and talk shop face-to-face. The Exhibition Centre […]
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Tony Clubb at moving party for Business Gift UK

When Business Gift UK celebrated the official opening of their new premises, over 30 clients joined them – including the England Rugby League star, Tony Clubb. As a Community Stadium Partner, Business Gift UK are proud to name Wigan Warriors among their clients and were delighted that Tony could help them out on the day. Local businesses and […]
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B-Loony raises the bar for food flag hygiene

Printing company B-Loony has completed a several-thousand-pound project to build a food-safe clean room – complete with robotic machinery – for the production of food flags. Earning themselves a certificate in food safety standards, B-Loony’s marketing manager Kris Baker said: “We are immensely proud. We believe we are the only operation in the UK (and possibly the […]
Andrew Simmons, sales director at Soyang Europe

New website for Soyang Europe

Soyang Europe is set to make a splash with its brand new website, which coincides with the launch of the digital print media manufacturer and distributor’s extended material portfolio. “We’re really proud of the new website which we’ve built completely with our customers in mind,” explains the company’s sales director, Andrew Simmons. “Finding the right online presence […]
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BIC Graphic Norwood to partner with T’nB

BIC Graphic Norwood has announced a new partnership with French premium electronics brand T’nB. The exclusive partnership will see a selection of T’nB products – including audio wearables, speakers, full-colour power banks and multimedia accessories – available to the promotional products market in plenty of time for the gift-giving season. Trade Marketing Manager Ian Barham […]
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Customer Focus introduces ‘Business in a Box’ bundles

Since 2003, Customer Focus Software Ltd have made it their mission to give companies in the promotional products industry the tools they need to compete for big business. With a range of market leading software, catalogues and exhibitions, their solutions have given distributors and suppliers alike the means to bring in and manage customers and sales. […]
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Fujifilm signs up for The Print Show 2016

Fujifilm has signed up to exhibit at The Print Show for the first time, stating that the event’s focus on the UK industry and a personable setup were the main reasons behind its decision. “Being a UK show also gives attendees the chance to focus on the issues and opportunities specifically related to the UK […]
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Allan+Bertram and Guy Edwardes are calendar dream team

Allan+Bertram, the makers of award-winning promotional calendars, have announced a collaboration with nature photographer Guy Edwardes. Guy, who has been a professional photographer for almost 25 years, has supplied Allan+Bertram with his work in the past. But Epic 2017 and View 2017 will be the first to feature his stunning natural landscape shots exclusively. “It’s great to be […]
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RAR award for creative agency WATERS

Welsh-based creative agency WATERS has won a recommendation by the leading UK awarding body, the Recommended Agency Register (RAR). The prestigious RAR recognises companies on the nominations of their own clients. Some of the services WATERS has been recommended for include brand identity, print design and production, digital and website design, and strategic marketing. “I’m very proud that WATERS […]
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Winners of The PSI Sustainability Awards 2016

‘Sustainability isn’t a trend, it’s an obligation.’ That’s the motto of the Promotional Product Service Institute (PSI), who on Friday 3rd September presented their Sustainability Awards for the second year running. The event, hosted in the beautiful Kurhaus in Wiesbaden, Germany, was an opportunity for the industry to recognise those products, campaigns and companies who lead the […]
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The Cotton Textile company’s charity jumpers

On Saturday 4th September, The Cotton Textile Company’s Sales Director, Richard King and Managing Director Sam Blandford were for the high jump – with a 10,000-foot, charity skydive.  They were joined by King’s daughter, Molly, as well as her godfather Brian Runnals (of Northcoast Log Cabins Ltd) and his son Dale Williams (of Kettle Kitchens Ltd). The […]
Richard Bandell, CEO of Grass Roots Group

Blackhawk Network to acquire Grass Roots Group

The employee and customer engagement solutions company Grass Roots Group Holding Ltd., previously an affiliate of WPP, has announced it is to be acquired by Blackhawk Network Holdings, Inc. The acquisition promises to be a productive one for both parties: Grass Roots hopes to be able to offer new products and capabilities to its current clients, […]
CEO Christophe Vanackère (left) and CTO Michael Cohen (right).

New CEO and CTO announced for Trace One

Trace One, the global leader in private label management software, last week announced the appointment of Christophe Vanackère as CEO and Michael Cohen as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). The new leadership follows the acquisition of Trace One by HgCapital earlier this year, which provided the company with significant support to continue its ambitious international […]
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Promo International helps the girls reach the top

Beccles Breast Cancer Now girls succeed in overcoming Machu Picchu. Following a chance meeting with Peter Townsend, MD Promo International Ltd, technical jackets were donated for the adventure. “The trip was extremely tough with all of us suffering from altitude sickness to a greater or lesser degree, with 3 of us needing oxygen and one […]
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Premier acquire The Merchandise House

Leading Essex based distributor, Premier Print & Promotions have confirmed that they have acquired The Merchandise House promotional company based in Billingshurst, West Sussex for an undisclosed sum. “All of us at Premier are looking forward to welcoming The Merchandise House’s customers and introducing them to The Premier Difference,” said Jamie Marshall, Founder and Managing […]
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National Pen names new CEO

National Pen, with headquarters in both Ireland and the USA, has named Irishman Peter Kelly as CEO, replacing Dave Thompson, who remains Chairman of the board. Since 2009, Kelly served as Senior Vice President and Managing Director of National Pen’s European operations, where he increased company profits fourfold. Under his direction National Pen won the […]

Iceland charity trek follow up – Soopa Doopa Branding

It’s truly amazing when you get a group of people; all complete strangers with a common cause, come together and bond so well. The trek of 58km across some of Iceland’s gruelling territory was challenging, with the landscape constantly changing. Jake of Soopa Doopa Branding trekked through live lava fields, over ice, through valleys, across […]
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SPS issues price promise

In reaction to the recent Brexit vote, SPS Group is making a bold move to bring some stability to the promotional market. They have guaranteed that there will be no price increases in 2016 across the SPS and High Profile product ranges. SPS CEO, Phil Morgan, commented: “Since the Brexit vote, we’ve had feedback that […]