Category Archives: Industry News


BPMA Scottish Summer Dinner

The BPMA are organising a summer dinner for members north of the border to take place on June 22nd. The venue is a top quality entertainment centre in the centre of Glasgow with live music and a casino and nightclub too for the more adventurous.

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Jeff Workman: 24/3/1962 – 12/2/2017

It is with great sadness and shock that we announce the death of Jeff Workman – Resource Gift Solutions Ltd. Jeff had not been ill and was very much in the prime of his life. Many of you will have known Jeff as he had been in the industry for over 20 years – starting as Trade Sales Manager with Brunel Promotions in Bristol.

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Winners of the PSI FIRST Club 2017

Visitors looking for innovations from the promotional products industry at the leading international trade show for promotional products were spoilt for choice in Düsseldorf from 10 to 12 January 2017. Here a total of 50 product premieres were presented as part of the PSI FIRST Club 2017.

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Merchandise World Canvasses Opinion

Merchandise World are delighted to say that the event (this coming September 2017) is proving to be very popular based on bookings and visitor interest. Now, the BPMA and Sourcing City are looking to the future, and are very interested to hear the views of their collective members/customers in an eight question survey.

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Free Meeting Facilities for Purple Club Members

The City Suite is available for the free exclusive use of Sourcing City Purple Club members. The soundproofed meeting room is located at the Sourcing City HQ in Farnborough, Hampshire, and can be arranged as a 18 seat boardroom table, or a in a 30 seat theatre style.

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More Promotional Office Users Trained

Earlier this week the latest recruits at The Cotton Textile Company and Simple Sourcing combined their Promotional Office software training course in the City Suite at Sourcing City HQ in Farnborough.

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Resellex Launched by Customer Focus

Customer Focus (owners of PPExpo – formerly the Trade Only Show) have announced that PPE will become Resellex (The Reseller Expo) next year. Resellex will be held at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry and run over 3 days from Sunday 14th January to Tuesday 16th January 2018.

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Review of PPExpo

Over two thousand visitors attended the PPExpo at Ricoh Arena, Coventry on 25th and 26th January 2017. The show, organised by Customer Focus, was running for its eleventh year and featured 200+ exhibitors.

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30 Day Payment Scam

If you receive an unexpected ’order’ from a university or similar insisting on 30 days terms (particularly from the University of Greenwich), it may be worth checking out this nasty scam before fulfilling the order.

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Last PPE and New Ventures Announced

On the 26th January 2017 Customer Focus announced that the Promotional Products Expo (PPE – Formerly the Trade Only National Show) is to close after the final show in January 2017.

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Altitude Changes at the Top

Altitude Group plc have announced the following leadership and board changes with effect from 1 February 2017. Martin Varley to become Group President and Sanjay Lobo to join as Managing Director.

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Fluid Branding Win Sourcing City Distributor of the Year Award

Fluid Branding are delighted that they built on 2015’s second place win to take the top spot in the 2016 Sourcing City Awards. The Sourcing City Annual Awards are a way for suppliers and distributors within the promotional merchandise industry to vote for their top companies to work with.

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New Sourcing City 5 Coming Soon

Sourcing City have announced that a brand new Version 5 of their market leading online trade sourcing service will be launched before the end of February 2017. The new features will include; crisp & clean layout, faster searching, easier filtering, Express Products search, a new mobile friendly version and Image Search.

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Promotional Merchandise Industry Market Report Published

Sourcing City have published the Promotional Merchandise Industry Market Report for 2016. The report has been created to provide a global picture of the industry today and provides a detailed analysis of the statistics and trends in the Promotional Merchandise Industry (UK & Ireland) in 2016 and past years.

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BPMA Launch Regional Events

The BPMA have launched their 2017 Regional Events under the theme: ‘Raise Your Game!’. The Marketing Week survey 2014 stated that 70% of marketers unhappy at some time in buying promotional products based on quality or print. The BPMA aims to help members raise their game and ensure compliance is foremost.

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Sourcing City Awards 2016 – Winners Announced

Sourcing City are proud to announce the winners of their Annual Awards. These prestigious awards, now in their 10th year, are widely recognised in the industry for showing how well both Suppliers and Distributors are regarded by each other.

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Promotional Gift Award Winners 2017

Over a period of two days on the 12th and 13th of December, the jury scrutinised and tested the 248 total entries in Altenberg near Cologne – now the winners have been announced.

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Beware! Pop Up Banner Scam

Angela Wagstaff at Allwag Promotions posted this interesting article on the BPMA LinkedIn Page: Alarm bells not jingle bells are ringing…. Thanks to the prompt response of one of our team, we have been saved from another scam.

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