Blowing our own trumpet
Sometimes, you just need to shout from the rooftops how proud you are of yourself. We’re no different - check out some of these awards and accolades! They show some of our proudest achievements, and prove just how keen we are to be the best we can be…
1st Place: BPMA Distributor of the Year 2017 & 2018
The BPMA are the British Promotional Merchandise Association. They help keep standards up in the industry, and their prestigious annual awards are there to celebrate fantastic service, commitment and professionalism in the promotional merchandise industry.
This particular award is voted on by BPMA suppliers - so to win it two years in a row is pretty spectacular! It shows the strong relationship we’ve got with our suppliers, and our commitment to maintaining and building on that.
"We're blown away to win this award two years in a row", said our Managing Director Miles Lovegrove. "It's testament to the hard work all of our teams put in and the exceptional service we provide across the board, to win this shows we're really getting it right!"
1st Place: Sourcing City Distributor of the Year 2016, 2017 & 2018
It’s a hat trick! For the third year in a row, we took the top spot at the Sourcing City Awards, winning the Distributor of the Year award. It is a great honour to be recognised like this (who doesn’t like winning stuff?), and we’re hugely proud of this achievement!
Miles (our MD) was pretty happy as well. "This is an incredible achievement and I’m very proud of our team!" he said. "It is down to the creativity we display, the service we provide and a damn load of hard work as well! A massive thank you from me to the whole team and to all of our suppliers who voted for us, this is a huge pat on the back for us and sets us up brilliantly for our plans for 2019!"
You’re welcome Miles.
1st Place: BPMA Marketing Campaign of the Year 2016 & 2017
Another BPMA award, the Marketing Campaign of the Year is voted for by an independent panel of judges (think X-Factor with nicer characters and less music). It’s awarded to businesses that have produced an integrated marketing campaign using not only creative and innovative ideas, but delivering a great return on investment.
2017 saw us win for our London Merchandise Show, which used multiple platforms to engage users and encourage sign-ups. The show itself had a 'market stall' theme, where our team and special guests offered top notch advice and guidance on attendees' brand campaigns.
The year before, in 2016, the winning campaign was for loyalty programme, Fluid Rewards. It’s the first of its kind on offer in the promotional merchandise industry, and gives customers the ability to collect points for each order they place. They points can then in turn be used for all manner of goodies - from books, DVDs and gaming tech to swanky holidays and fantabulous experience days.
1st Place: BPMA Professional Development Student of the Year 2016
This is the bit where we embarrass someone for being fabulous. Our very own Vicki Crosby (Sales Director of our Manchester office) was the first ever person to achieve the BPMA Master in Promotional Merchandise qualification - which basically means she’s an uber-expert in all things to do with branded merch.
The qualification is part of a professional development programme run by the BPMA, and covers everything from product knowledge and print techniques to sourcing. Our teams work towards these goals to make sure we’re always on the ball when it comes to advising you on your promotional merchandise.
Well done Vicki! Super proud!