The bpma held its annual Christmas lunch at the Guoman Tower Hotel in London on Friday 16th December. 220 industry guests were in attendance at the sell out event which included Will International, Prodir, Desktop Ideas, Sharon Lee, SPS, ID&C and Trade Only to name but a few.
This year our chosen charity was Get Kids Going, a childrens charity which supports disabled children participate in sports. A massive £4,225 was raised through a charity raffle and auction on the day.
Jane Emmerson, Co founder of the charity said “I cannot thank you enough for all your wonderful support and kindness and all the effort you made on our behalf. A big thank you to all of the bpma members who bought raffle tickets and the bidders in the Auction. It was a great event and we just loved being with you all.”
At the lunch, Neal Beagles, Chairman of the bpma shared his vision by reiterating that the industry can grow to the value of £3billion. Beagles went on to detail the bpma’s commitment to growing the industry to £2 billion within the next five years by engaging with a strong end user marketing programme.
The Award for Innovative Product of the Year, sponsored by PSI was presented at this festive event. Bpma members voted online for a supplier product that they felt was the most innovative for 2011.
“The Antibug Range” from Listawood won the award.
A new award for 2011 titled “Distributor Catalogue Cover of the Year” sponsored by The Promotional Merchandise Show –was awarded to The Sourcing Team for their simple yet innovative Catalogue cover.