RemaDays Kiev

Ukrainian trade fair returns for ninth edition

This month saw the arrival of the RemaDays Kiev exhibition, a celebration of all things in the advertising and printing markets. Spread over two days and situated at the IEC-EXPO exhibition centre, product/service demonstrators had the chance to showcase themselves in various new sectors: Gifts and Textile, Sign and Visual, plus Tech and Print. The […]
Jeremy Lowes

Crystal Galleries celebrates 35 sparkling years

The hardworking team at Middlesborough-based suppliers Crystal Galleries will doubtless be raising a glass and toasting their success as the company marks 35 years of trading in 2018. To thank their customers, old and new, the company heads have developed some exciting themed offers which they will be promoting throughout the year. From its incorporation […]
Baby Max Leo Nardini

Yet another speedy delivery for Pro-Ad

The Nardini family, who created the Northumberland-based distributor company Pro-Ad, are celebrating after welcoming an adorable and brand new member! Max Leo Nardini came into the world on the 25th of February … a few weeks ahead of lead time and weighing a tiny but very strong 5lbs 4oz! The parents Loren and Emily Nardini […]

The Cotton Textile Co spin a yarn – from bamboo

Formed just five years ago, The Cotton Textile Company is making fresh waves in the industry with its focus on environmentally-friendly product lines. The producers of socks, towels and clothing now offer bamboo yarn and viscose in place of cotton, as they attempt to tackle the impact yarn manufacturing and regular washing can have on […]
Jay Deutsch

BDA in major panic recall as CEO quits quality initiative

US distributors Bensussen Deutsch & Associates (BDA) were left red-faced earlier this month as they recalled 1,800 promotional menorahs due to fire and safety reasons. No strangers to controversy, BDA recently upset many suppliers with their pre-pack to acquire Dukes of London leaving creditors high and dry  last year, and suffered a recall in August […]
Audio software

New study suggests music is key in marketing

A new consumer study suggests that music can have a greater psychological effect on brand marketing than visuals when it comes to perceptions of a company’s brand. Audio branding specialist PHMG conducted a study of 1,000 UK consumers and discovered that music is capable of producing strong emotional reactions that can be associated with a […]
Louise Etson

Sixty second interview: Louise Etson

Say ‘G’day’ to the general manager of Flourish Promotional Marketing, Louise Etson. When are you at your most productive? Mornings, definitely. I’m an annoying morning person. I do talk to our Australian colleagues every day, so I don’t keep regular office hours. They put all of my jobs up on the board over there so […]

Snap, cover and print

Digital print specialist Snap Products, has recently launched a fresh custom printed packaging service, complete with most of its comprehensive range. This not only increases the perceived value of a promotional item, but is the initial touch point for clients and the first opportunity for brands to create an impression. The company’s cardboard packaging is […]
Danny Heenan

Sixty second interview: Danny Heenan

Meet the owner of Ashro Promotions, Danny Heenan. What did you want to be growing up? I knew I was going to be in business and I knew I wanted to have my own business. So I did Business Economics and Accountancy at school. I wasn’t exactly sure how that was going to work out but […]
Geiger + BTC

BTC Group’s transatlantic union

UK distributor BTC Group announced today in London it is merging with US distributor Geiger.  The company will now be known as Geiger BTC Group and will support clients in the UK and across Europe. BTC Group is the largest private owned promotional products distributor in the UK.  Geiger is a 5-generation family owned and […]
Roger Poll

Sixty second interview: Roger Poll

Meet the sole trader owner at AKA Promotional Products, Roger Poll. If you could be granted one superpower, what would it be? To read the future. I would like to know what’s around the corner. It might be a bit of a double-edged sword but I suppose the bad thing is you might realise you’ll never […]
Contestants at the EverythingBranded dog show

EverythingBranded fundraise for furry friends

Earlier this week, the pitter-patter of canine paws could be heard within the Leicester offices of EverythingBranded as part of a fundraising event. This was in aid of account administrator Stacey’s pet dog Marnie, who’s in need of specialist surgery for hip dysplasia. If this condition is goes untreated, the risk of debilitating conditions increases, […]
Jamie Gray

Sixty second interview: Jamie Gray

Meet the founder and managing director of Buddy Burst, Jamie Gray. What did you want to be growing up? From about 8 years old I wanted to be a rugby player. I even went to a rugby secondary school. I was a winger and everyone in my age group was about the same size. But […]
Trade Lanyards and Your Gateway

Trade Lanyards becomes Your Gateway

Surrey-based suppliers Trade Lanyards have given themselves a brand new look and rebranded as Your Gateway. “It was time to find a name that truly reflects what we do and who we are,” explained Joe Evans. “Whilst lanyards will always be one of our core competencies we do so much more for our clients, acting […]
Eddie Douglas

Sixty second interview: Eddie Douglas

PPD picks the brains of some of the promo industry’s most colourful characters. Meet the managing director of Westhill Marketing, Eddie Douglas. When are you at your most productive? Probably in the morning. I sometimes wake up with a few good ideas so it’s good to put those into practise as quickly as possible before […]
Phil Clarke

Sixty second interview: Phil Clarke

PPD picks the brains of some of the promo industries most colourful characters. Meet the co-founder of Calendar Lady Promotions, Phil Clarke. What did you want to be growing up? I really wanted to be a footballer; when I was 16 I signed for Bristol City. I also played for Portsmouth, then I played some semi-professional […]
Alan Doyle (L) and Sion Jones (R)Alan Doyle (L) and Sion Jones (R)

Alan Doyle is Desktop’s new gadget man

Thame-based promotional tech supplier Desktop Ideas (DTI) announced that it is proud to welcome Alan Doyle to its team as account director. Alan will be bringing his passion for tech and gadgets to bare in his new role, which will see him visit clients up and down the country. It’s the perfect role for him […]
Jody Fletcher (by Fiona Baker)

Sixty second interview: Jody Fletcher

In our new regular feature, PPD picks the brains of some of the promo industries most colourful characters. Meet the founder and managing director of Chilli Promotional Products, Jody Fletcher. What did you want to be growing up? An accountant. I was really good at maths and I loved the idea of it, but then I […]
Anthony Jones (L) and Alan Jones (R) with reusable bottles

Sional champions metal bottles in a drive to ditch plastic

A campaign spearheaded by TV star Sir David Attenborough encouraging people to ditch plastic has led to a sharp spike in demand for a North Wales company’s refillable metal drinks bottles. Promotional merchandising company Sional is helping reduce the number of discarded plastic bottles – with more than 800 of which are thrown away every […]
Yo Boki products are inspired by Japanese kawaii culture

LaunchPad London winners unveiled

It’s congratulations to the 12 worthy winners who have been selected in the LaunchPad London winners. Each has earned themselves a free exhibition stand at the London Stationery Show in April from which to introduce their product to the industry. This year’s three judges with the unenviable task of selecting between the entrants were Sidonie Warren, founder […]
RemaDays Kiev 2018

RemaDays Kiev trade fair has started

The 9th edition of the International Advertising and Printing Trade Fair, RemaDays Kiev, has started in the international IEC centre in Kiev.  For two days, visitors will have a chance to view and admire the latest ranges from exhibitors in three new trade fair sectors. The event, held in the Ukranian capital, enjoys greater and […]
Michelle Wynne

BIC Graphic expands field sales team

BIC Graphic Europe is delighted to announce that Michelle Wynne has joined the UK field sales team. Michelle is well-known within the industry and brings a wealth of sales experience from her time as a distributor with Sports Merchandise Global and Brand Addition. Michelle joins at a time when BIC Graphic has refocused on its […]
(L-R) Mr. Sriram .R – MD of Contemporary; John Thorp – Chairman of Contemporary; Mr. Umakanthan Rajagopalan – regional sales manager of BSI; Mr. Jayaraman – HR manager of Contemporary; Mr. Padmanabhan Subbaraman - Client manger of BSI

Contemporary awarded SA8000 certification

Contemporary Leather Private Ltd., the wholly owned subsidiary of UK-based The Leather Business, has been awarded an SA8000 certificate. This social accountability audit is widely regarded as the most stringent of all the audits and covers in depth all social and employment issues. At the same time, Contemporary has also successfully achieved SEDEX Pillar 4 […]
Rudi Bedy (L) and Stefan Eiche (R)

Kalfany Süße Werbung welcome two new directors

West German promotional confectionery giant, Kalfany Süße Werbung, has announced two new directors to join its dynamic team. Rudi Bedy steps into the role of marketing director and is primarily responsible for online marketing and social media as well as running the marketing team. Rudi has previously worked for Romanian cybersecurity company Bitdefender as global social […]