Bluepoint's Mark Wilson (l) with Premier's Jamie Marshall (r)

Premier Print & Promotions acquires Blueprint

Earlier this month, leading promotional product distributor Premier Print & Promotions announced their acquisition of Blueprint Promotional Products Ltd. for an undisclosed sum. Blueprint will continue to trade under the umbrella group of Premier companies. “As we welcome Blueprint into the Premier family, we believe that their expertise in the promotional market will contribute toward […]
Jeff Workman

Jeff Workman – 24/3/1962 – 12/2/2017

It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the death of Jeff Workman – Resource Gift Solutions Ltd. Jeff, 54, had not been ill and was very much in the prime of his life. Many of you will have known Jeff as he had been in the industry for over 20 years – […]
EverythingBranded and EKM and announce partnership

Leading promotional products distributor,, have announced a partnership with e-commerce webshop provider The move will establish the former as EKM’s exclusive supplier of promotional products, and will be launched with a series of exclusive offers for EKM members. Managing director of EverythingBranded, Paul Rowlett, said: “This partnership with is a fantastic development […]
Allan + Bertram Brand Director Stuart Bennett with the award for Excellence in Photography

Allan + Bertram’s triple scoop at National Calendar Awards

Allan + Bertram, one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of high-end promotional calendars, had a bumper night at the National Calendar Awards 2017, walking away with no fewer than three gongs. Their corporate calendars, which features stunning images of landscapes and the natural world, earned them their triple win, including the Excellence in Photography Award which they […]
Clive Allcott

New account director for Screenworks Ltd

The team at promotional clothing supplier, Screenworks Ltd, is going from strength to strength as they have now taken on a new account director: Clive Allcott. “I am really excited to start this new challenge at Screenworks, and to be part of the continued expansion plans,” said Clive. “With plans to move to a new […]
Headwear UK

Headwear UK’s CEO Roddy Rutland retires

Roddy Rutland, who has been managing director and CEO of Headwear UK for 17 years, has decided to take a step back from the pressures of the industry and announce his retirement. Roddy, who has been with Headwear UK since its inception in 1999, took a sabbatical in October 2016 and was expected to return […]
The British Assessment Bureau

Bio Laboratories Ltd achieves ISO 9001:2015 accreditation

Bio Laboratories Ltd went through their annual ISO9001 surveillance audit at the start of February, successfully migrating across to the new standard ISO9001:2015 ahead of schedule, establishing it as one of the leaders in its field. The independent assessment was again conducted by the leading certification body, The British Assessment Bureau and demonstrates Bio Laboratories […]
Viv Blumfield

It’s a fond farewell as Viv Blumfield retires

Vivienne Blumfield is something of an industry veteran, having spent 38 years in the industry supplying branded merchandise. But now Viv is finally hanging up her ‘promotional’ hat and retiring from the industry. Viv ran her own distributor business, The Regency Collection, for 30 years before selling it to Dowlis and becoming managing director of that […]
Jason O'Connor with award and congratulatory hamper

Total Merchandise win distributor award

Coronation Confectionery Promotions, the Blackpool-based suppliers with more than 20 years trading experience under its belt, has announced Total Merchandise as their official Distributor of the Year for 2016. Jason O’ Connor, director of Total Merchandise, was officially presented with the award earlier in February, along with a celebratory hamper of – what else? – premium chocolates. “We are […]
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Aprinta Group launch free ecommerce websites for distributor customers

Aprinta Group, a leader in the provision of screen printing and a supply of promotional products, has agreed a five-year agreement with Customer Focus, a subsidiary of Altitude Group Plc, to roll-out their Click to Ship solution. The launch, initiated on February 13th 2017, will see Aprinta provide ecommerce websites to their distributor customers for […]
(l-r) Print production manager, Rhianna Hatcher, Rosie Williams, and co-director of WATERS, Rhian East.

New starter makes a splash at WATERS

The Welsh creative agency WATERS had a boom year in 2016 and have added a new recruit to their graphic design team to meet the increase in demand. Rosie Williams recently graduated from the University of South Wales where she had been studying graphic design and undertaking various work placements to acquire a working knowledge of the […]'s new website

New website is in the Kan

Anyone who attended PPExpo 2017 in Coventry this January might have noticed the absence of the promotional supplier Kan Ltd, trade manufacturer of bags, USB’s, lanyards, paper products and other promotional gifts. While the Kan team were disappointed not to have had representation at this show and missed catching up with everyone on a face-to-face […]
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SALSA certification for The Sweet People

The Sweet People – who rebranded from Liquid Lens back in October – has achieved a prestigious SALSA certification for food safety following a rigorous audit. The Bedfordshire-based gourmet confectionery suppliers expanded their range of sweets and packaging throughout 2016 to a current total of over 600 promotional confectionery products and with their new food standards […]
EverythnigBranded sponsorship at Love Business Expo 2017 has decided to raise their profile at Love Business Expo 2017 by taking out a sponsorship of the Leisure, Hospitality and Retail Zone. Vodaphone, BT and Sturgess are among others who have also sponsored at the show, which is due to take place on 16 February at Donnington Park in Castle Donnington, Derbyshire. “Even though […]
Coronation Candy

Coronation Rock is now Coronation Candy

2017 is shaping up to be a huge year for Coronation Rock; marking a series of big changes and developments the company, who have been running since 1927 and have won two Guinness World Records, will be rebranding to Coronation Candy. The Blackpool-based confectionery manufacturer is raising its quality certification from SALSA to BRC, automating their production […]
Altitude Group

Altitude Group plc unveils new board

Altitude Group plc, the premier provider of technology solutions for small to medium sized businesses, have announced the following leadership and board changes: Peter Hallett has become executive chairman from non-executive chairman Martin Varley has become group president Sanjay Lobo has joined as managing director Gellan Watt has become an independent non-executive director In addition, Richard Sowerby is to step down […]
PPE Roadshows 2017

Engines revving for the PPE Roadshows 2017

Customer Focus’ main annual trade show, PPExpo, may be over for another year but their bi-annual roadshow events will soon be arriving at a city near you. This year the PPE Roadshows will be making five stops: Sandown, Glasgow and Manchester for the spring shows in May, and Manchester and Dublin for the autumn shows in September. The […]
David from Ashley Sports (second left) spins to win at PPExpo 2017 with (l-r) Sohpia Atkinson, Sara Farrell and Emma Duncan.

It all adds up for Sourcing Machine users

Points really do mean prizes for distributors searching for promotional products on Sourcing Machine over the coming year. The website – which distributors can use free of charge – is offering the additional incentive of collecting points for every search made. Users who accumulate 1,000 points or more over each month can claim a fantastic […]
PPExpo 2017 in full swing

PPExpo marks a stellar start to 2017

Over two thousand visitors flocked to Coventry on 25th and 26th January for the two-day PPExpo 2017 event which took place at the prestigious Ricoh Arena. The show, hosted by Customer Focus and which was running for its eleventh year, was ideally placed at the start of the year to set up suppliers and distributors […]
Zaklina Camus

New faces help Goldstar expand into France and Germany

Trade Only supplier Goldstar Europe has recruited two new sales managers for the French and German markets. Zaklina Camus has joined Goldstar’s French team as Area Manager. Having previously worked with Listawood Ltd, Zaklina brings over nine years of valuable experience within the promotional products market to Goldstar. Christoph Sunderbrink has joined the company as […]
Pavilion Promotional

Pavilion Promotional acquires Academy Balls

Pavilion Promotional, the importer of promotional sports products, has kicked off the new year with the acquisition of Academy Balls. Leeds-based Pavilion Promotional, which imports many products from India and the Far East, includes ball products within it can now boast a truly impressive selection of ball products with this latest addition to their group. Academy Balls […]
Visitors arrive for PPExpo 2017

The industry gathers for PPExpo 2017

On 25 January, Coventry’s Ricoh Arena set the stage for the largest annual, national trade show event in the promotional industry’s calendar: PPExpo 2017. Almost 2,000 visitors arrived over the course of the two-day expo to see more than 200 exhibitors unveil thousands of new products, connect with the latest trends for the coming year […]
Ton Löbker, Compacon’s CEO (left) and Frans-Jozef Maas, CEO of the Plato Group (right)

Plato Group acquires a majority interest in Compacon BV

The Plato Group, parent company of Clipper BV and IGO-POST BV, has announced its acquisition of Dutch promotional products distributor Compacon BV, effective as of the start of this year. Compacon will still operate independently within the Plato Group under its own name and co-founder Ton Löbker will continue as CEO and majority stakeholder, though not Compacon’s second […]
PPExpo 2017 at Coventry's Ricoh Arena

PPExpo 2017 stands ready to open its doors

PPExpo, the largest, dedicated, annual trade show for the promotional products industry in the UK and Ireland, is set to open its doors for its 2017 expo on Wednesday 25 January. Thousands of distributors are expected to flock to the iconic Ricoh Arena in Coventry for the two-day event to see the industry’s latest product […]