Max Rutland

Max Rutland appointed new business development manager at CHX Products

Leading manufacturer of plastic promotions products, CHX Products, have announced Max Rutland as their newly appointed business development manager. Max has joined the company with many years of management experience across the promotional and retail industry and plans to help further their growth. Max said, “I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to aid […]
Bluefish's Leeds office is open for business

BlueFish Promotional Merchandise opens office in Leeds

Successful distributor BlueFish Promotional Merchandise have announced an expansion with the opening of their new northern office in central Leeds. The new office, based in the prestigious Princes Park adjacent to Leeds station will allow BlueFish to effectively service their growing portfolio of clients in the North of England and Scotland. Owners Paul Green (Galpeg Ltd) […]
Nigel Toplis with Andrea Shevloff

Recognition Express celebrate 30 years and 230 miles of badges

You’d have to go a long way to match the selling record of Manchester-based supplier Recognition Express – 230 miles, in fact. Over it’s 30 years in business, it has sold more than five million badges – enough to stretch all the way from the city centre to Plymouth if laid end to end. This year the business turns […]

Micromarketing Ltd sponsors Witney Beer Festival 2017

Promotional product agency Micromarketing Ltd are set to make a real splash in Oxfordshire later this month by sponsoring this year’s annual Witney Beer Festival. The event is organised by volunteers from The Round Table, an international social networking and fundraising charity who have raised an impressive £31,015 in the last five years for various good causes. The […]
Altitude Group

Altitude Group plc’s new supply agreements and notice of full year results

The Altitude Group, which provides innovative technology solutions for small to medium businesses, has announced two new North American supply agreements and the publication date of the results for the year which ended 31 December 2016. The first agreement is with Market Brands LLC (“Market Brands”), which will be recruiting 100 new sales staff to target the creation of […]
(L-R) Denise Sanders, Ian Richards, Rebecca Thick and Rory Crisp

Four fresh faces for Impamark

Booming promo products distributor Impamark has recently announced new additions to its sales teams. Ian Richards and Rebecca Thick started at the Essex-based UK sales office this week, while Denise Sanders and Rory Crisp started in sales and e-marketing in the Spanish office. MD Nicky Crisp commented: “I am thrilled to have some fantastic additions to our staff. As an established […]
The Mimaki Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B textile printers will be able to run two different inksets.

Mimaki updates make a big imprint

Printer manufacturer Mimaki has announced updates for its Tx300P-1800 and Tx300P-1800B direct-to-textile printers. The machines can now simultaneously load both textile pigment and sublimation inks, so a single printer can print directly onto a much wider range of materials without having to swap ink systems. This previously unavailable feature will help minimise turnaround times and keep bespoke […]
Clive Helders

Clive Helders returns to Euro Cap

Clive Helders needed no help in making himself at home in his new position as sales director at Euro Cap – he had helped nurture the business in it’s earliest days 20 years ago. The Rotherham-based manufacturer of clothing and headwear – specialising in baseball caps – was established in 1997, with Clive joining the very next […]
The Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack

XD Design’s anti-theft backpack wins Red Dot award

XD Design – a Xindao brand – have been awarded a Red Dot Design Award for their ingenious Bobby Anti-Theft Backpack. The accolade, awarded annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany, is one of the most prestigious international design awards. They award Red Dot awards in three categories: product design, communication design, and design […]
Andy Gossage

Andy Gossage joins USB2U

USB2U, one of the longest established suppliers of customised USB memory sticks and branded technology products in the UK, has welcomed Andy Gossage as their new trade business development manager. Andy comes to USB2U with over 20 years’ management experience across the technology and retail industry and plans to help further their growth in the trade […]

Gift Selection becomes Printkick

Embracing the new strapline, “Branding Made Simple”, Buckinghamshire-based distributor Gift Selection are undergoing a rebrand and becoming Printkick. “We are excited about our brand change which reflects our commitment to continual innovation, especially with regards to our online presence,” said Inder Brar, MD of Printkick. “The promotional products market is on the cusp of technological disruption, and […]
Promotional Showcase

Irish debut for Promotional Showcase

The promotional products supplier group Promotional Showcase kicked off their year with two events in Ireland earlier in March. The first stop was at the Red Cow Hotel in Dublin before the team headed on to the Wellington Park Hotel in Belfast the next day. “I am glad we took the time to visit the […]
RARE Science bears

Textile spares for charity bears

When Ian Hill from promotional paper products supplier fleQs got in contact with charity RARE Science, it sparked an industry-wide appeal to put textile off-cuts to a great cause. The charity runs a scheme whereby volunteers from all round the globe stitch donated fabrics into unique teddy bears for children affected by rare medical diseases […]
Pens Galore 19 cover

The Pen Warehouse releases 2017 Pens Galore catalogue

The Pen Warehouse, the leading supplier of promotional pens in the UK, have launched the latest edition of their comprehensive catalogue, Pens Galore. The publication, which showcases more than 450 writing implements, features many new additions to the supplier’s stock. The Electra Ballpen range, for example, has been expanded with the Electra Satin Grip Ballpen, which has a premium […]
Caprice des Dieux celebrate 60 years with a range of artistic packs

Pack & Gift 2017 set for success

France’s only trade fair dedicated to promotional packaging and merchandising, Pack & Gift, is getting into gear for their tenth annual event in June. More than 225 exhibitors are expected to attend, including regulars such as Arjowiggins, ATS, Caesars and Century Box, as well as newcomers such as Saralon, My Family, Designer Club, Grafiche and Diemme. The two-day […]
Jonathan Lord (L) and Gabriele Da Re (R)

Hay Hampers and Lords Gifts announce partnership

Leading independent UK hamper company Hay Hampers has entering into an agreement with Jonathan Lord, MD of Lords Wines & Hampers Ltd and owner of Lords Gifts website. The partnership is intended to combine Hay Hampers’ 30 years of business in the wine and hamper industry with Jonathan’s wine expertise and history of dealing with the […]

Promotivation ceases to trade

London-based distributor Promotivation has ceased to trade following a decision by director Andrew Larter to concentrate on developing his other business, the promotional products website Sourcing Machine. Andrew said: “We have many exciting new features in the pipeline for Sourcing Machine and it makes sense to concentrate on the areas of our business activity which have […]

Fake news and blackmail

Paul Kehoe, MD of PPD Live, speaks out on tensions and divisions in the promo industry: With all the noise and miscommunication in the industry, it’s time for me to put the record straight. PPD Live is simply the biggest UK promo show for distributors, full-stop. Our sole intention is to make it so much better […]

Letter to the BPMA

The below is a copy of the letter sent by Customer Focus to the BPMA on 17 February 2017. Dear Graeme, I trust you are well and enjoying your new role as Chairman of BPMA. From previous discussions, I know you are keen to ensure that the BPMA maintains a position as the […]
The Mimaki JFX200-2531

Mimaki’s JFX200-2531 launch at Sign and Digital UK

Hybrid Services, the UK and Irish distributor for Mimaki, are set to introduce the new JFX200-2531 LED UV flatbed printer to the UK and Irish markets at Sign & Digital UK 2017. “Mimaki’s JFX200 series has earned itself a name for quality and creativity,” explained Hybrid’s national sales manager, John de la Roche. “However, the larger […]
PPD Roadshows

PPE Roadshows get into gear as PPD Roadshows

Customer Focus Exhibitions, organiser of the leading industry trade show Promotional Product Expo (PPExpo) recently announced the rebranding of the annual exhibition for 2018. The national show will be called PPD LIVE. With this change in mind, Customer Focus Exhibitions will also be bringing The PPE Roadshows under the PPD umbrella and rebranding the regional […]
Launchpad: showcasing new stationery

Winners of LSS’s LaunchPad announced

13 winners have been selected from more than 40 entrants who took part in the LaunchPad competition in the run-up to this year’s London Stationery Show (LSS). The competition was aimed to find the stationery’s market’s latest up-and-comers by challenging them to produce a product or service that is of real value to the industry. Each of the […]
No-Minimum Rewards

The sky’s the limit for No-Minimum Rewards

Web-to-print platform have launched a loyalty scheme, named No-Minimum Rewards, designed to reward distributors for using and promoting their site. Stefan Kowalik from Kova Manufacturing was quids-in after winning £100 worth of Laithwaite’s gift vouchers after getting the most orders of the Spectrum range. “Great news to hear that we are the first winners […]
Petra Lassahn, director of the PSI show

Petra Lassahn becomes director of the PSI show

Petra Lassahn, who has been head of the Reed Exhibitions division and head of PSI’s extended management board for two years, has been announced as the new director for the PSI annual trade show. Petra has been employed by Reed Exhibitions since 2006. In her role as business area director, she has been responsible for a […]