Held at the Gouman Tower Hotel, the BPMA Christmas Lunch delivered an afternoon of relaxed entertainment whilst celebrating professional success within the BPMA community.

The event took place on the 12th December 2014 with guests treated to bubbly whilst networking with industry colleagues, and the iconic view of Tower Bridge setting the scene.

Guests settled down to a three course lunch whilst Matt Franks of Fluid Branding & new Chairman of the BPMA reflected on the professional initiatives and solutions that the BPMA had delivered throughout the past year.

The BPMA Sword of Honour was presented to ex BPMA Chairman Viv Blumfield, director of Pro-motion Consulting for her dedication and service to the industry during her chairmanship.

Viv comments, “I was thrilled to receive the BPMA Sword of Honour at the Christmas Lunch on 12th December and feel very privileged to have been chosen for this award in an industry that I have loved for 35 years. It was an absolute pleasure to work with the BPMA Secretariat and the Board of Directors for the last 2 years to help shape and guide the future of the Association. Thank you all so much.”

The Innovative Product of the Year Award sponsored by PSI. Desktop Ideas won the award with the Squid Mini Charger. Sion Jones of Desktop Ideas commented, ‘Winning this award for a product that we only launched back in September is simply amazing. Many thanks to the BPMA & all its members that voted for the Squid, what a wonderful honour and a great way for us to finish 2014.”
Other Finalists included the Mighty Mug by Premier Impressions, True Colour by Listawood, Bespoke Power Bank charger by Bizz Badge.

The Supplier Unsung Hero of the Year Award sponsored by Outstanding Branding, Face 2 Face, RT Promotions and Somebody Else went to Debbie Illingworth of The Pen Warehouse. Debbie comments, “I would like to thank all our Distributors that voted for me. It is such an honour to win such a prestigious award.” Andy Thorne Sales Director of Outstanding Branding made Debbie’s day by adding a surprise gift of 2 tickets to the Brit Awards next year.

Other finalists for the award included James Lincoln of Listawood, Amy Gregory of Keramikos and Martyn Wood of The Umbrella Company.

The 191 guests helped to raise funds for the selected charity Make A Wish Foundation. A children’s charity making children’s last wishes come true. Through charity raffle, bingo and generous donations by many guests and companies, a staggering £5,233.63 was raised.

“A very big thank you to the BPMA for raising over £5,000 for us at their annual Christmas lunch. These funds will help us to continue granting magical wishes for children fighting life-threatening conditions”, commented Angela Banfield, Corporate Account Manager, Make-A-Wish.