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BPMA Announce New Chairman

The British Promotional Merchandise Association have announced the appointment of Matt Franks as their new chairman at the recent annual general meeting at their head office in Russell Square, London. Matt is a director of Fluid Branding, award winning branded merchandise provider. He takes over the role from outgoing Chairman Viv Blumfield, after being in […]

BagFlag to be waved about in Europe and Baltic’s

Worcester based business “The BagFlag Company” continues to unlock its brands growth potential around the world with the signing of a 3 year license agreement with Germany Company Kandinsky Deutschland GmbH. The Kandinsky Group, a key presence in the European promotional merchandise industry, was established in 2001 and is staffed by over 40 employees in […]
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Team OB Grows Stronger

Award-winning and Charter Member of the British Promotional Merchandise Association (BPMA) promotional merchandise distributor, Outstanding Branding, is pleased to introduce three new members to their expanding team. In September this year, the company employed Muhammad Anwaar as Head of Finance, Holly Burgess as Marketing Manager and Emma Brady as Account Manager. Muhammad brings a wealth […]
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The Promo Industry Football Manager Of The Month Award

The Everything Environmental Fantasy League promotional industry manager of the month for September  is Impression Europe’s Michael Hearn. Position     Name Assists Goals Points 1 Michael Hearn (Covhampton) 28 29 611 2 Elaine Broadhurst (BLUEMOONERS) 15 27 547 3 Philip Dilworth (Dillys 11) 23 24 538 4 Paul Chute (Oh it doesnt Mata) 21 […]
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BPMA Driving End-User Engagement

As part of their commitment to connect with end-users and promote the value of promotional merchandise, the BPMA attended two recent business events. The National Sales Conference 2014 was held on the 8th October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry. Keynote speakers included Sky Sports F1 commentator Martin Brundle and journalist Nadine Dereza. The Conference was […]
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B-Loony dress up in purple for a Lupus awareness funday

Lupus is a chronic and presently incurable illness of the immune system and one our members of staff contracted and bravely fought the illness 3 years ago and was in hospital for many months before returning to work. Please share on Twitter & Facebook and donate at:

SPECTRUM – No other catalogues gives you more

With the end of 2014 nearing, no better time to prepare for 2015 and get the edge over the competition. The 2015 Spectrum catalogue sets an even higher standard in Promotional Merchandise catalogues. With five stunning cover choices or the option to go totally bespoke, and 160+ pages of promotional products from over 80 leading […]

VISION now available in Euro currency

As a leading software provider to the promotional products industry, Trade Only Ltd is thrilled to announce the release of VISION in Euro currency. VISION, a cloud based business management system specifically designed for the promotional merchandise industry, enables distributors to source from a range of 50,000 promotional products, make quotes,  raise sales and purchase […]

Forum for young innovative companies: Young Start-Ups at PSI 2015

PSI has reported: Up to eight newcomers will be on display at the PSI 2015 For the sixth time promoted by The Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Special finishing techniques, promotional calendars, design items or high-grade protective display foils: There is considerable potential for developments and innovations in the promotional products world. Young […]
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New features give Trade Only users a boost

A leading website and software provider to the promotional products industry, Trade Only Ltd, has announced two key upgrades to its VISION and STORE solutions: in VISION product research, distributors can now create ‘Favourite’ product boards, facilitating faster presentations and quotes, and in STORE, all order and enquiry emails can be fully customised. Every time […]
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Is your company culture suffocating your growth?

Increase your chances of success in tenders whilst benefiting from our member discount for ISO standards Book your FREE place at the BPMA regional events NOW! Register to attend today to find out how to protect your brand In a world where there are key societal and economic changes, the companies that survive and thrive […]
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Creative Emporium celebrates growth with senior appointment

A leading marketing services firm has strengthened its senior management team in response to significant growth. Promotional merchandise and branded clothing specialist, Creative Emporium, has strengthened its management team and signalled its ambitious intent, as Russell Coulston joins the fast-growing Leeds-based firm as Creative Director. Russell’s experience promoting global super-brands like Rolls-Royce, Google and Intel, […]

Important information for exhibitors about the Trade Only National Show 2015

EXHIBITOR WARNINGS! Already we are receiving reports that hotel booking agencies and exhibition supply companies are contacting exhibitors purporting to be endorsed by the Trade Only National Show.  Please note that if a company is not listed in the show exhibitor manual, they are not an official show contractor. We received several reports last year […]

Suki Gifts International Ltd

PPD has been advised that Suki Gifts International Ltd have announced that their promotional merchandise division will cease trading on the 12th of December 2014.  They will not take any orders after 12th November 2014.  Further information when we have it.  The retail arm of the business will continue to trade normally.
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Promotional Gift Award 2015

Haptic highlights Ballpoint pens made out of liquor bottle caps, exploding sweets for radio comedy, pencils which herbs sprout out of when planted, frying pans that can be imprinted on the inside – the potential of haptic advertising is enormous. Particularly creative ideas in the areas of product development and campaign implementation are distinguished with […]
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Fantasy League manager of the month for August

The Everything Environmental Promo Industry Fantasy League manager of the month for August is Everything Environmental’s very  own Elaine Broadhurst. Position     Name Assists Goals Points 1 Elaine Broadhurst (BLUEMOONERS) 7 20 344 2 Michael Hearn (Covhampton) 19 14 339 3 Philip Dilworth (Dillys 11) 12 14 305 4 Mark Lever (Exmouth Beachboys) 11 […]

Prodir joins Promotional ShowCase

Prodir is the latest company to join Promotional Showcase and will be making their debut appearance in October at the Aberdeen and Glasgow events taking place on the 7th and  8th respectively. ‘Prodir is a highly respected and well known supplier, their range of writing instruments will provide a very welcome complement to the comprehensive […]
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People and products make for APG success

Trade Only, the leading marketing and information solutions provider for the Promotional Product Industry reports that their APG expo 2014 shows were a great success. The shows – the biggest autumn events in the promotional products calendar attracted more than 600 visitors. The number of exhibiting suppliers – 115 was also a record. Staged at […]
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Julie Henderson Promoted to President of Trade Only USA

Trade Only, a leading provider of software and websites for the promotional products industry, is pleased to announce the appointment of Julie Henderson to the position of President, reporting to Stephen Yapp, Executive Chairman. In this new role, Julie will be responsible for all aspects of the US operations, with a primary focus on implementing […]
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Free pens top most used promotional products list

Nearly nine in 10 business people have a branded pen on their desks, making pens the most-used promotional item. In a survey carried out as part of Promotional Products Week 2014, business people were asked to list the promotional items they actually had on their desks. Pens topped the poll with 89.3% having them, well […]

BPMA Team & Brunel Students take to the streets!

Promotional Products Week 2014 kicked off on the 15th September 2014. Students from Brunel University currently studying product design and led by this year’s winner of the BPMA Student Design Innovation Awards Amberley Colburn supported the BPMA (British Promotional Merchandise Association) in raising the profile of Promotional Products in striking pink T shirts and Umbrellas […]
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New BPMA Chair announced at the Patrons Dinner in London

On 16th September, BPMA patrons met at the prestigious Carlton Club – the original ‘home’ of the Conservative party in London and was chaired by Member of Parliament Brian Binley. Although this was a formal event, there were still streaks of the Promotional products Rock! theme throughout the evening. Patrons were treated to a promotional […]
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Promotional Products Rock!

PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS ROCK! WE KNOW IT… YOU KNOW IT… IT’S TIME TO PROVE IT TO THE END-USERS! New Industry Statistics to promote Promotional Products The BPMA released findings from a new survey What’s on your Desk? this week in celebration of Promotional Products Week. The survey results are available every BPMA member to use to […]