IPM announces new chairman and board directors

The Institute of Promotional Marketing (IPM), the trade body for the promotions industry, began the year with a new chairman, John Sylvester, formerly vice chairman of the IPM and chairman of Sodexo Benefits & Reward Services, UK. Outgoing chairman, Graham Temple, who held the position for two years, has made significant contributions during his tenure overseeing the running […]
Promotional Gift Award 2017

The winners of the Promotional Gift Award 2017

Judges in Altenberg, Germany spent two days in December testing and poring over a huge array of 248 ingenious advertising products to decide the winners of the Promotional Gift Award 2017. Entries included a bottle top made of silicon that can be used to reseal bottles, drinkable fruit gums, a pepper mill that sounds like an […]
Gert-Jan Sentel (centre) with Fluid Branding directors Matt Franks (left) and Mile Lovegrove (right)

Fluid Branding opens office in Amsterdam

Award-winning merchandise provider Fluid Branding have broadened their horizons by broadening their horizons with their very first European office in Amsterdam in January. To head up this Dutch office, Gert-Jan Sentel, who has 22 years of experience in the promotional merchandise industry, including a work history with some of its biggest companies, joins Fluid Branding as […]
The Brand Room

Face2face become The Brand Room

Creative merchandise company Face2Face have started the new year by overhauling their logo, strapline and website to become The Brand Room. The award-winning company was formed in fifteen years ago and has grown impressively since then but have launched a rebrand this year ‘to support its ambition of becoming an ideas minded company.’ Rekha Thakrar, former commercial lawyer and […]
New recruits (l-r) Dave Kruk, Gordon Mclaughlin, Sophie West and Matt Knight.

New faces at The Big Display

Large format digital print business The Big Display Company Ltd have set themselves up to hit the ground running this new year with no fewer than four new sales team members – including Dave Kruk. Dave will be familiar to many as a supplier of promotional merchandise. Both he and Gordon Mclaughlin have joined the business development team, while Sophie […]
Sharon Lee

Platinum Anniversary for Sharon Lee

70 years in business is a great achievement for any company, so it’s hats (of all varieties) off to Sharon Lee, who are celebrating their platinum anniversary producing promotional headwear this year. Founder Woolf Davis set up his first workshop and outlet in 1947 in Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, selling seaside headwear to post-war holiday makers. Since then, […]
Dan Walker and Laura Massaro

Stars gather for Steel City Cup charity squash event

In December, Sheffield-based distributors Steel City raised a large sum for a great cause with their inaugural Steel City Cup charity squash event. And there were plenty of famous faces there to make sure it all went a bang. Former squash world champions Nick Matthew and Laura Massaro led two teams of big names from […]
USB2U and Pixika

USB2U and Pixika announce partnership

Northampton based branded technology products specialist USB2U has entered into a partnership with international technology company Pixika (PXK). Effective from the start of 2017, they become the exclusive suppliers of all Pixika designed promotional technology products in the UK. Pixika are internationally renowned for their technology products and, from their headquarters in Paris, have built a […]
Sarah Weeks

Sarah Weeks helps Hype Branding grow

Sarah Weeks, a well-known name to many in the industry, has accepted a role as sales administrator with Hype Branding. The Herfordshire-based marketing agency is welcoming several new members of staff following several exciting project wins. ‘It’s an exciting time to be joining Hype,’ said Sarah. “I look forward to supporting the account managers in my […]
PSI 2017 in full swing

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 […]
PSI managing director Michael Freter

PSI 2017 opens its doors

Europe’s largest promotional product trade show has begun welcoming visitors to its 55th annual expo. PSI, which takes place over four halls at the large Düsseldorf Messe in Germany, sees nearly 1,000 exhibitors from 37 different countries showcase a range of new and innovative promotional products during the three-day event, attended by PPD. Merchandise on […]
PSI preview day

Top merch revealed on eve of expo at PSI

Leading exhibitors unveiled an exciting range of new promotional products on the eve of PSI 2017 during an exclusive event for distributors. The PSI Product Preview Event, attended by PPD and other selected guests, took place at the Düsseldorf Congress Centre in Germany just before the official opening of the major, three day European trade […]
Goldstar Europe

Goldstar parties on – Irish style

Goldstar’s now infamous PSI Irish party takes place this Wednesday (11 January) in Fatty’s Irish pub, Düsseldorf  from 10.30pm. The event is hosted on the second evening of the three-day PSI trade show event and is the perfect opportunity for the hard-working exhibitors and visitors to network and let down their hair. According to Colin Loughran, general manager […]

YKK Sponsors the 2017 PCA Project 20/20…And Beyond Young Design Awards

YYK Europe Ltd, the European division of the Japanese fastener and zipper manufacturer has a long history of supporting emerging talent in the field of fashion. Now it continued this trend by announcing its sponsorship of the  2017 Professional Clothing Awards’ (PCA) Project 20/20… And Beyond Young Design Awards. The awards recognise talented up-coming fashion designers from […]
National Pen CEO Paul Kelly

Cimpress to acquire National Pen

The world leader in mass customisation, Cimpress announced in December that it will acquire leading manufacturer of custom writing instruments for small and medium businesses, National Pen. Cimpress is set to buy 100% of the outstanding equity interests of National Pen for roughly $218 million (USD) subject to adjustments. The acquisition of National Pen will support Cimpress’ […]
Alanya Prince

Alanya Prince steps into Steph’s shoes

Suppliers who have exhibited at any of Customer Focus’ main or roadshow events over the last two years are undoubtedly familiar with exhibition administrator Stephanie Cunningham. Now eight months’ pregnant with her first child, Stephanie is going on maternity leave for the best part of the year. And stepping into the breach is Manchester-born Alanya Prince. “With the […]
The Promotion Company's owners, Richard and Angela Oldroyd

New offices for The Promotion Company

Owners of The Promotion Company, Angela and Richard Oldroyd, achieved a long-standing ambition of moving their business of 11 years to a property of their own in Witham, Hull. The company, who specialise in branded products and corporate workwear also employs their son, Joe and two other employees. “We operate locally, regionally, nationally and this […]
Promotional Showcase

Bio Laboratories joins Promotional Showcase group

The promotional products supplier group Promotional Showcase has just acquired a 23rd member – Bio Laboratories. Adding its range of bespoke branded promotional cosmetics and wellness products to the group’s already extensive catalogue, Bio Laboratories will be joining the Promotional Showcase as it showcases across the UK and Ireland throughout 2017. Ian Webb from Bio Laboratories commented: […]
The A J Building Services team, captained by Andrew Finbow.

Festive fundraising at Foxhills

Christmas is certainly the season for charitable antics, and golfers at Foxhills Golf Club were certainly keen to do their part to raise some Christmas cheer. 84 golfers signed up and struggled through the fog at the club’s annual ‘Christmas Starts Here’ charity golf day. The event was organised by Celia Denny, a partner in […]

Gildan set to acquire the American Apparel brand

Canadian branded clothing manufacturer Gildan Activewear announced in November that it had entered a purchase agreement with clothing giant American Apparel to acquire its worldwide intellectual property rights and some of its assets. The deal – to the hefty tune of $66m – would also see Gildan buying inventory from American Apparel ‘to ensure a […]
Melissa Burgess Taylor

Melissa Burgess-Taylor named Fruit of the Loom’s new chairman and CEO

The huge industry giant Fruit of the Loom Inc. have appointed Melissa Burgess-Taylor as the company’s new chairman and chief executive officer. Throughout her 17 years with the company to date, Mrs Burgess-Taylor has held various leadership roles including, most recently, marketing, merchandising, sales, brand communications and creative services for Fruit of the Loom, Vanity […]
Goldstar Europe

Goldstar announce new job vacancies

Europe’s fastest growing trade supplier is on the hunt for two new key members of staff: a European marketing manager and a product manager. See below for details: WE WANT MORE OF THE BEST… We launched, we worked, we grew and now we need to expand our team even further… Due to extraordinary growth […]
Supreme Innovation and Impact Awards

Get ready for the Supreme Innovation and Impact Awards 2017

Entries are already flooding in for the Supreme Innovation and Impact Awards, which recognise and reward well-designed products and packaging. The February show’s theme for 2017 is ‘Second Life’ – a reference to recyclable, reusable and sustainably sourced products and giveaway designs. Submissions will be shortlisted and marked by a variety of industry experts from […]
Christmas jumper day

Christmas Jumper Day fever hits Customer Focus

Customer Focus got into the Christmas spirit in the run-up to the holidays with the help of some novelty knitwear. Friday 16th December was national Christmas Jumper Day – when people all over the nation were encouraged to go to embrace the kitsch and turn up to work in their favourite festive jumpers to raise money for […]