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 affected children 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 […]
PPAI Expo East

PPAI opens registration for Expo East 2017

The North American trade organisation for the promotional products industry, PPAI, has opened registration and housing for Expo East 2017 – the biggest promotional products trade show in the US Northeast. The three-day event kicks off at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey. It has been moved from its usual March slot to June, […]
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 […]
Feefo Gold Trusted Service

Fluid Branding scoop Feefo Gold Trusted Award

After a bustling 2016, leading suppliers Fluid Branding have earned themselves a Feefo Gold Trusted Service award from real customers in recognition of their exceptional service. The Trusted Service is a unique accreditation, based solely on reviews and ratings from verified customers. Feefo, the customer analytics platform who created the awards, collate ratings and reviews and […]
No-Minimum Rewards

The sky’s the limit for No-Minimum Rewards

Web-to-print platform No-Minimum.co.uk 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 […]
The Steel City team shows off the new uniforms

A new look for the Steel City team

Branded Merchandise distributors Steel City have updated their company image whilst enhancing their brand identity externally and internally with a new branded uniform. It was a real priority for Steel City to choose the clothing collectively as a team, with an emphasis on everyone feeling happy and comfortable wearing the items both inside and outside […]
Dorian Tranter

DT joins Essential as sales and marketing director

Essential Embroidery Design are excited to announce that Account Manager of the Year Dorian Tranter (or just DT to many of us), has joined the company as sales and marketing director as their senior management team look to continue their growth. Having 20 years of history within our industry, Essential are already established as a leading […]
(L-R) Richard, Claire, Keighley and Stefan Brinkmeier

Fresh faces for The Cotton Textile Co

Following a boom in sales over the second half of 2016, The Cotton Textile Company are gearing themselves up for greater things in 2017 by taking on two new recruits. Claire Eaton and Keighley Luff earned their stripes by joining in time for the big trade shows at the start of the year. Claire has […]
Cross sports book awards

The PCA’s Benevolent Fund is charity of choice at Cross Sports Book Awards

The Cross Sports Book Awards has announced the Professional Cricketers’ Association’s (PCA) Benevolent Fund as its charity partner for this year’s ceremony. David Willis, Chairman of the Cross Sports Book Awards added: “The work that the PCA does is fantastic and we are looking forward to helping them raise funds for the Benevolent Fund.” David Leatherdale, […]
Northern area sales manager Aidan Brown

SPS strengthens its team

SPS are delighted to announce some exciting changes to their sales teams, both within the UK and throughout Europe. Aidan Brown has joined the SPS team as northern area sales manager.  Aidan has over 10 years’ experience in the UK promotional market, gained on both the distributor and supplier side of the industry. Aidan commented: […]

Wayin appoints new general manager for EMEA

Digital marketing platform Wayin have appointed Paul Reader to be senior VP and general manager for EMEA. Previously, Paul has spent the last three and a half years at Oracle Marketing Cloud as global head of strategy and organisation development and before that, senior director for global strategic initiatives at Eloqua, which was later acquired by Oracle. “I knew that […]
Prolific North Live in full swing

Fluid Branding is Prolific in the North

The hotly anticipated business expo Prolific North Live came to EventCity in Manchester on the 15 and 16 February 2017, and Fluid Branding were there to make the most of it. They joined over 130 exhibitors in welcoming over 3,800 visitors, making it a huge assembly of the North’s creative sector. There were also more than 120 […]
Dr Roger Spark with the Mimaki Tx300P-1800 printer

New printer keeps Heriot Watt picture perfect

Heriot Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design has added the new Mimaki Tx300P-1800 to their line of existing printers, keeping their students on the cutting edge of fashion. The new machine, which can be used to print on cotton, silk, wool and polyester, is one of the first of its range to be fitted in […]

PPExpo to become PPD LIVE

Following on from the success of January’s PPExpo 2017, show organisers Customer Focus had planned to rebrand the event as Resellex, a broader, conference-led reseller event. However, following clear feedback about the importance and popularity of the PPExpo event for the promotional products industry and following careful consideration, we are pleased to announce that Customer Focus, […]
Amelia Bishop

Weenie Business Solutions launches Brexit HUB

Following the Prime Minister’s commitment to pursuing Britain’s exit from the EU, Weenie Business Solutions have launched one of the UK’s first Brexit HUBs: a package for small and medium businesses hoping to make the most from the split. The package will consist of a general Brexit newsletter, as well as a number of webinars, reviews, meetings and […]