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Richard Leonard Joins Outstanding Branding

Promotional merchandise industry veteran, Richard Leonard, joined award winning distributor, Outstanding Branding’s senior management team this month as Operations Manager. ‘Having worked at Merchandise Mania for over a decade, Richard brings a wealth of invaluable experience in a wide range of areas’, said Sarah Penn, Managing Director of Outstanding Branding.  ‘As a company we continue […]
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First Annual Company Conference for Outstanding Branding

Award-winning promotional merchandise distributor, Outstanding Branding, held its first annual company conference this week at the Lensbury Hotel in Teddington. The event was attended by every member of the company and comprised a review of the company’s performance and achievements over the past financial year; goal setting by the whole team; an outline of the […]
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Increase in sales results in Great Central Plastics turning to MAS

Company Profile – Great Central Plastics designs and manufactures high quality plastic injection moulded products for both the promotional and automotive industry. Established in 1998, the company has since grown rapidly into one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of products within these industry sectors. The company´s reputation is built on a commitment and dedication to […]

Wild Thang serve up 8th Year of tennis support

Wild Thang continue to sponsor The Hope University International Tennis Tournament for the 8th Year in a row, too become the tournaments longest standing supporter which took place last month on 19th-22nd June. Andrew Dwerryhouse MD at Wild Thang commented: “Each year I look at the finances & say to myself can we afford to […]
Gail Kilcoyne

Gail steps up her game to claim title

While all the eyes of the football world were on Brazil as PPD went to press, there was big news closer to home as Trade Only’s Gail Kilcoyne won the Everything Environmental Fantasy Football League title. Gail, who was runner-up last year, pipped Glyn Harry of Pathway Incentives to the title to go one better […]
Mark Goldrich

Mark Goldrich

It is with great sadness that PPD has to report the recent passing of Mark Goldrich of Euromarque Personalised Wines Ltd after a long illness.  PPD sends our condolences to his family, friends and colleagues.
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First ever BPMA Annual Conference goes off with a bang!

On Thursday 10th July the BPMA held their first ever Annual Conference, “Building a Better Business” at the Park Inn Heathrow. Over 150 delegates attended the day which was opened by Brian Binley MP, the industry MP who is a staunch supporter of small business growth. The BPMA also released the findings of the first […]
Peter Nicholson

New Members of Staff Join Growing Galpeg Team

Galpeg, one of the UK’s longest established distributors of branded and non-branded promotional items, welcomes two new recruits to the expanding Galpeg Associate Programme. Peter Nicholson joins as a Sales Co-ordinator and Project Manager based in the London office, working closely alongside the Associates, as a pre-sales resource and with Paul Green, Managing Director, to […]
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Promo firms join forces

If you can’t beat them… merge with them! That’s the outcome in a key market battle between two online retailers of self-assembly plastic promotional products, as moves to sit with Ad-Options Ltd alongside their existing site, Plastics-Direct has enjoyed a dominant market position for several years thanks to outgoing managing director Gary Farrington’s search […]
Amber Crighton

Great Central Plastics graduates to another level

Great Central Plastics are delighted to welcome graduate Amber Crighton as the latest addition to their team. Amber is joining the team as their Marketing Executive after recently graduating from Loughborough University, where she studied Communication and Media Studies BSc (Hons). With a strong passion for the university’s societies, combined with being heavily involved in […]
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Youth In Promotion Programme Announced For TONS 2015

Trade Only tm, organisers of the record breaking Trade Only National Show 2014 have announced the introduction of an exciting Youth In Promotion programme for the award-nominated 2015 event. Nigel Bailey, event director for Trade Only said “We work very closely with the British Promotional Merchandise Association (bpma) and as part of their mandate and […]
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The BPMA Annual Awards Dinner at the Trade Only National Show

The BPMA Annual Awards dinner at the Trade Only National Show will take place on the evening of the first day on the industry leading event, Wednesday 21st January 2015 at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena. The 2015 awards follow on from a successful 2014 awards, where over 800 votes were cast, making it the largest and […]

Fluid joins list of patrons

Fluid Branding is the latest addition to the BPMA Patrons, a select group of key suppliers and distributors of promotional products supporting the association and the industry. MD Matt Franks told PPD: “We’re delighted to be invited to become BPMA Patrons. This endorsement recognises our commitment to the promotional merchandise sector, and the best practice […]
Tomasz Chwilowicz

New president for Polish trade body

Tomasz Chwilowicz is the new president of PIAP, the Polish promotional products association. PIAP elected a new board for the coming two years at its recent annual meeting in Warsaw. Magdalena Owczarska was elected vice-president, with Zbigniew Grzeszczuk of Mid Ocean Brands Poland as the second Vice-President.

PPAI announces board selections

PPAI has announced its selections for the 2015 Board of Directors positions of chair, chair-elect and vice-chair of financial services. They will begin their one-year terms immediately following the PPAI Expo 2015. The new officers are Rick Brenner, chair; Tom Goos, chair-elect, and Bruce Perryman, vice-chair financial services. Mark Jenkins, the 2014 PPAI Board Chair, […]

BNI ‘forced to close by lenders’

Prominent American supplier Barton Nelson Incorporated (BNI) says it has been forced to close by its lenders after 53 years of business. The company, based in Kansas City, Missouri, broke the news in an automated message left on its phone lines. This said: “Thank you for contacting Barton Nelson Incorporated. After 53 years, BNI is […]

Award nomination for Text Styles

Text Styles UK has been shortlisted for the Business of the Year award in Lancashire’s E3 Business Awards 2014. The E3 Business Awards were initially launched last year by 1 Events Media to honour creativity and business spirit in the North West of England. 1 Events Media MD Mubarak Chati said of this year’s awards: “We’ve had […]

Hanes set to acquire DBApparel

American giant HanesBrands has announced that it intends to acquire French company DBApparel (DBA) from its current owners, Sun Capital Partners. The deal is expected to go through once consultation with works councils representing DBA employees is completed and customary closing conditions are met. DBA is a leading marketer of intimate apparel, hosiery and underwear […]
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APG Gears Up For Autumn Extravaganza That’s All About People And Products

Trade Only Ltd, the leading marketing and information solutions provider for the Promotional Product Industry has announced a good initial rush for registrations for APG expo 2014, promising a good turnout. The regional shows, timed right at the start of the crucial fourth quarter selling season, are the biggest promotional merchandise events of the autumn. […]

New Registration System Announced For Leading Industry Show

Trade Only tm, organisers of the record breaking Trade Only National Show 2014 have this week announced some new developments for the show, with more promised to follow. Amongst those announced this week are the introduction of the new VeriREG registration system which has been developed specifically for Trade Only in conjunction with their data […]
Charles Letts

Charles Letts dies suddenly at 49

The promotional products industry is in shock following the sudden death of Charles Letts. It is thought that the 49-year-old member of the famous diary family suffered a heart attack after going out for a run on Sunday. Charles’ father and uncle were the last to run Charles Letts & Co, based in Dalkieth, Scotland. […]

PAGE Partnership Winners And Awards

The PAGE group hosted their 23nd annual awards conference and dinner at the Arden Hotel in Birmingham on Thursday 12th June 2014. The conference was attended by PAGE members with presentations from Andrew Talbot of Gateway 3D who spoke about the standard online catalogue provided to PAGE members and the advantages of having your own […]
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Appointments are now being taken for the BPMA Annual Conference

The BPMA has opened the one-to-one appointment bookings for the first ever Annual BPMA Conference, taking place on Thursday 10th July at the Park Inn Hotel, Heathrow Airport. Our 32 experts will be aiding delegates with problems ranging from pensions to PR and legislations to licensing. The full list of experts can be seen below: […]
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The Pen Warehouse scoops gold again at The PAGE Awards

The Pen Warehouse has landed a top industry award for the second year running. The company won the PAGE Partnership Gold Supplier of the Year Award at a two day event last week. The PAGE Awards recognise outstanding service by distributors and suppliers in the promotional business gift industry.  Over 150 industry representatives attended the […]