The Business Seminar Theatre returned toThe Print Show this year,

Industry heavyweights hail The Print Show 2016

Show organisers were celebrating after The Print Show 2016 was confirmed as a big success. Many major brands were in attendance and have paid tribute to the impact of the show, explaining the event helped generate big sales. Meanwhile, the attendance figures have been confirmed as 5,916. The Print Show 2016 ran from October 11th to […]
PPExpo 2017

New features revealed for PPExpo 2017

Customer Focus has announced exciting new developments for the UK’s largest annual promotional products trade show, PPExpo. The features were unveiled earlier in October at a special exhibitor information and networking day hosted at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, the venue for PPExpo 2017. Enhancements include a streamlined registration process, a new product showcase and […]
Graham Bennington

Remembering Graham Bennington

A mentor for many and personal friend for many more, the former chief executive of BemroseBooth has died after a short battle with cancer. He was aged 65. Graham James Bennington was the leader of the UK’s largest manufacturer of machine issued car parking and public transport tickets and joined the then Bemrose Corporation in […]

EverythingBranded set to crack America with new US site

The Midlands-based distributor, EverythingBranded, is set to  make a splash on the other side of the pond with the launch of its USA sister site, The Midlands based distributor is the founding online brand for promotional printing group. After nearly seven years of continued growth and combined sales set to exceed £5m, it was […]
Hervé Argenson

New business development manager for Listawood

Listawood, the European manufacturer of ceramic drinkware, fridge magnets and computer mouse pads, have newly appointed Hervé Argenson as business development manager for France. He will be based at Listawood’s new French office, just outside Paris. “We are pleased to welcome Hervé to the Listawood team,” commented Alex Turner, Managing Director. “Our new Paris office will […]
Clockwork Creatives

Clockwork Creatives launches the Small Business Programme

Clockwork Creatives, the UK-based digital marketing and media production company, has announced the launch of the Small Business Programme, with the aim of bringing the digital marketing techniques of large, multinational companies to smaller businesses. Aimed at companies from start-ups to medium sized, the programme is designed with the aim of enlightening businesses on the power of digital […]
The Ignite Exhibition

Bright sparks gather for Ignite’s annual exhibition

On 29th September, the Ignite Incentives Group welcomed just shy of 100 promotional products suppliers and distributors to the historic Warwick Racecourse for their annual exhibition and race day. A marquee was laid out to house the exhibition itself, while visitors were also treated to a hot buffet lunch in the Kingmakers suite (affording a wonderful […]
The Fluid Branding team

The Fluid Branding Supplier Awards at The East Anglia Merchandise Show

On 28th September, Fluid Branding hosted the East Anglia Merchandise Show at Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk. This was the show’s first year since being rebranded from the Falcon Promotion Showcase following Falcon Promotion’s acquisition by Fluid Branding. “The initial feedback has been totally amazing with visitors loving the fact that they could come along, see and […]
The Best Badges team celebrate

Best Badges celebrates 15th birthday

Most 15th birthday parties mark a coming of age and a look forward to the life ahead. This was certainly true of Best Badges in September as they looked back on a decade and a half of achievement and growth. And, of course, there was cake. Founded in 2001 by bassist Andrew Culture and singer Stuart […]

Ocean Media Group buys London Stationery Show and National Stationery Week

The London Stationery Show, its consumer awareness campaign National Stationery Week, and Stationery Magazine have been acquired by Ocean Media Group, a leading provider of exhibitions, events, awards and specialist publications. Founded by Chris Leonard-Morgan of LMC Media in 2011, the London Stationery Show is the UK’s most important trade exhibition for the paper and writing products industry. […]
Attendees (l-r) Neil Collis (Promotional Ceramics), Laura Clement (Bizz Badge), Artie Pallari (Fanela), Denise Broom (Broom Incentives), Phil Roberts (Fanela), Yvonne Blackhurst (Bizz Badge), Barry Chamberlain (Global Merchandise & Design), Maureen Wilson (Bizz Badge)

PP heads inspire hope at ‘Believe ball’

Leading suppliers joined friends and industry colleagues at Cardiff City Stadium for a charity ball in September to raise funds and awareness for the charity Believe – Organ Donor Support. Over 400 people attended the ‘Believe ball’, during which they raised much-needed funds and danced through the night. Organisers said: “We would like to thank Fanela, Bizz Badge, Promotional […]
Lesmar's new premises in Luton

New offices for Lesmar

Earlier in September, the leading supplier of branded merchandise solution, Lesmar, announced that it would be moving offices from Wheathampstead to new, larger premises in central Luton in conjunction with its affiliated company IPPAG Global Promotions. Managing director Mike Oxley explained that the company’s continued growth over the past several years meant that they were outgrowing […]
Eurotrophex show 2016

Amersterdam prepares for Eurotrophex 2016

Europe’s largest Trophy, Awards and Personalisation event is taking place at The PTA (Passenger Terminal Amsterdam) for three days, from 15th – 17th October 2016. Just 20 minutes from Schipol Airport and opposite Amsterdam’s Central Train Station, the show is easily accessible for the visitors who attend from over 70 countries worldwide! Tracey Greenfield Euro […]

Outstanding Branding launches OB:TV

Global supplier of promotional merchandise Outstanding Branding have launched their OB:TV channel to showcase news, reviews and trends within the Promotional Merchandise Industry. “I have to say firstly a big thanks to Dorian Tranter (DT), of our fantastic partner supplier, Desktop Ideas, for agreeing to take part in our inaugural broadcast”, comments Andy Thorne, Sales […]
Stephen Reeve, managing director

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 […]
The Sweet People logo

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 […]
Visitors at the PPExpo

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 […]
Superdiscs in use

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 […]
A Stix drinks stopper

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 […]
The new-look PPD magazine

PPD set for a new look – and website

PPD will be officially unveiling a new-look magazine on 10th October, with an accompanying website to follow shortly afterwards. 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 […]
Visitors attend the PPE Roadshow 2016

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 […]
(l-r) Tony Clubb, Hannah Murphy, Steve Ward, Nicola Derbyshire, Ann Ward, Ben Ward

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 […]
Gourmet burger with food flag

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 […]