Why Choose BMT for your promotional branding

Here at BMT, we have an experienced team of professionals who work extremely hard to fulfill the needs of both existing and new customers, in a friendly manner. We want to help you promote the thing that you do best… your business! On products that you use everyday, or even products that you haven’t even thought of yet that will engage your clients and give you the brand awareness and recognition you deserve.

But why should you choose BMT to help you achieve this? What makes us different? We’ve highlighted our 6 key points on why BMT should get your promotional products branded by us:

Planning and Strategy

The early stages of any project are the most important. Planning the strategy sets up every stage of the project and drives success. We will work with you to ensure we cover every fine detail so you’re 100% satisfied.

Design and Develop

We have an experienced team of successful designers who are here to create your vision and provide support right up the completion of the project. We can customise your products in a range of styles, colours and can help get the right message across to your clients.

Deliver Results

Our philosophy is simple; the right product, the right price, the right time. You’ll guarantee to get results!

Quality and Support

Our team is comprised of professionals with varying experience and this is how we get big wins for our customers.

100% Commitment

We measure our success on our customer’s satisfaction; we don’t believe in half measures. Choosing BMT means choosing a company with over 25 years’ experience that gives 110% on every project.

Great Choice

We cast our net far and wide when we source our products. With a supply base that spans the world over we can offer products that you may never have even thought of.

Want to find out more? You can get a free quote from us today! Or you can ring us on 01933 409489.

National Pencil Day

We’re celebrating here at BMT! Because on 30th March, it’s National Pencil Day!

Every year on March 30th, National Pencil Day is celebrated because it’s when Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on this day in 1858. Therefore, the pencil is almost 160 years old!

And even after almost 160 years on, the pencil is still a tool that we use today.

As you can see, we’re big fans of pencils and love creating the most powerful of branding on the most simple, yet useful of products. Pencils are always needed at hand when you’re in the office, which is why they are great for increasing your brand awareness as they won’t be shoved in a drawer! Therefore, they make a for a fantastic free gift to give to clients to boost your brand recognition.

Because it’s National Pencil Day; we’ve come up with prime examples of when a pencil can be most useful:

Writing notes – The most obvious use for a pencil is for writing. Pencils are useful for when you need to make a quick note on a sticky note, in a notepad or perhaps you use a pencil for your everyday to-do list to check things off? There’s always a pencil lying around when you need it most; so if you add a brand message or logo on one, you’re instantly getting the attention you want.

Drawing and sketching – A pencil is the first choice of stationary to use when it comes to drawing and sketching. Unlike pens, depending on how soft or hard you press on paper, you can determine the intensity of what something will look like drawn or sketched on. Whether you’re just doing the odd doodles on a notepad to pass the time at work or if you’re a budding artist, a pencil is your best friend for this type of activity.

Placed on your ear – A pencil that’s placed on top of the ear can be a handy place to keep it when you need it most. Have you ever seen someone in your office who always has a pen on their ear? Or perhaps you’re one of those people who always has a pencil on them? So when you need somewhere to keep a pencil, stick it on top of your ear!

Erasing mistakes – The beauty of most pencils, compared to pens, is that most of them will have an eraser attached at the end of them. This means anything that you’ve written down accidently, or made an error with whilst drawing; you can erase those mistakes straight away.

Want to celebrate National Pencil Day with us? You can order your promotional pencils from our online catalogue, see our page on why promotional pencils make the best free gift or call us for a free quote on 01933 409489.

Every Daffodil Counts: Marie Curie

March is here and it’s the month of the Daffodil. Therefore, we are proud to be working with Marie Curie, the national charity that specialises in giving care and support for people living with any terminal illness. We have recently supplied them with a large quantity of Marie Curie pens, which will be supplied to their network of over 500 fundraising support groups across the UK. These volunteers will use them on an ongoing basis as giveaways to their local supporters and donors.

Promotional Pens are the gift that keeps on giving because they are not only useful and reliable, but these specific ones will have the Marie Curie brand on so more people can become aware of what amazing work the charity does for people, giving them the brand recognition they deserve.

Marie Curie have been providing vital care and support for people living with terminal illnesses and their families for over 65 years and in 2016 alone, they cared for over 40,000 people across the UK. For every £1 Marie Curie raises, these go towards helping people living with terminal illnesses and their families by giving them the support they need the most. Without their supporters, they wouldn’t be able to provide vital care and support to the people who need them at an extremely difficult time.

Jack Thomas, Managing Director of BMT commented:

“I am delighted to be working with such a prestigious organisation as Marie Curie. They have over 2,000 nurses and 9,400 regular volunteers. We are producing a large volume of promotional pens for them, and in the past have produced other promotional items such as t-shirts, cotton shopper bags and umbrellas. These types of promotional items are great for brand awareness which is key to sustaining the support & care they give to over 31,000 people every year”.

So what can you do raise awareness and support Marie Curie?

Support the Great Daffodil Appeal – By supporting the Great Daffodil Appeal, you will be helping nurses across the UK to care for people living with a terminal illness. Whether you donate online, in your local charity shop or simply popping money into a Marie Curie pot to purchase a daffodil to wear; anything makes a huge impact.

Organise an event – Do something within your local community to raise awareness and money for Marie Curie. You can be as creative as you want; organise a bike ride, an event, take part in a run or you can find what’s going on in your local area on their website.

Donate to Charity Shops – For all the bargain hunters who love to shop, you can visit a local Marie Curie charity shop and anything you spend within the shop is donated to the great services they provide to people who need it most. If you’re thinking of having a spring clean, then why not drop off anything you no longer need into your local charity shop? By donating a few pre-loved items, you can help fund crucial nursing care.

Volunteering – Become a volunteer for Marie Curie where you can join thousands of people who donate their time, skills and enthusiasm to support people living with terminal illnesses and their families. Without volunteers, Marie Curie would not be able to deliver the range of services and support that they do.

To find out more about Marie Curie and the amazing work the charity does, visit their website www.mariecurie.org.uk.

Or if you’re looking to gain some brand awareness, whether you’re a business or charity big or small, contact us today and see what we can do for you: 01933 409489.

Celebrating St Patrick’s Day at BMT

Happy St Patrick’s Day!

Every year on March 17th, the Irish, Irish at heart and people from across the globe celebrate St Patrick’s Day. What started as a religious feast day has now grown and become an international festival of celebration of Irish culture with parades, lots of food, dancing, lots of green and LOTS of Irish beer! Some people only know St Patrick’s Day for being a day where the Irish all go out and drink loads of Guinness. But believe it or not, St Patrick’s Day (or the Feast of St Patrick) is still celebrated as a religious event, as well as a cultural one.

Did you know that St Patrick was a 5th century Romano-British Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland? According to Declaration, at the age of sixteen, he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland where he spent six years working there as a shepherd and during his time there he is known to have “found God”. The Declaration says that God told Patrick to flee to the coast, where a ship would be waiting for him to take him home. After making his way home, Patrick became a priest.

Tradition holds that he eventually died on March 17th and following many centuries, many legends grew up around St Patrick and he became one of Ireland’s foremost saint.

Over the years, St Patrick’s celebrations have become worldwide traditions amongst Irish people or just Irish lovers. Celebrations normally include public parades and festivals, traditional Irish music sessions and the wearing of green. More recently, famous landmarks have turned green on St Patrick’s Day to celebrate and Christians attend church services.

So why green? Why do the Irish wear green on St Patrick’s Day? It is customary to wear shamrocks on St Patrick’s Day and/or green clothing and accessories, which is also known as “the wearing of the green”. The colour green has been associated with Ireland since the 1640’s, when the green harp flag was used by the Irish Catholic Confederation. Green ribbons and shamrocks have been worn on St Patrick’s Day since at least the 1680’s, therefore the colour green has been associated with Ireland since.

When it comes to promotional branding, we love adding something different to products that people have never thought of before. Whether you’re celebrating St Patrick’s Day or not, you can get the luck of the Irish by adding the colour green to your promotional products. We’ve previously done branded St Patrick’s Day hats, glasses and even beer bottle holders for the special event. AT BMT, we love a good celebration!

If you want to add the luck of the Irish to your promotional products, or you just really love the colour green, have a look at our catalogue or give us a ring for a free quote on 01933 409489.

How many umbrella’s does it take to keep King of Saudi Arabia dry?

In England, we tend to have very unpredictable weather. Sometimes it’s bright and sunny, other times it’s wet and pouring down with rain which requires us to get our brolly’s out. One umbrella is usually enough to keep us dry. However, if you’re the King of Saudi Arabia, you need SEVEN umbrellas to keep you dry!

According to an article on the Daily Mail Online, King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud disembarked from his plane via a golden escalator and had seven men armed with huge golf umbrellas to protect him from the rain as he touched down in Indonesia.

As the first trip in 47 years by a Saudi head of State, King Salman was visiting Indonesia as part of a historic nine-day tour; not only was he greeted by cheering crowds, waving flags and cheering schoolchildren but he was welcomed by a huge downpour as he stepped foot into the country.

Here at BMT, we wonder whether the King of Saudi Arabia would be keen to invest in a promotional umbrella? If he did, it would certainly increase his brand awareness, he could give them out as free gifts to the cheering crowds and we could even make the umbrella’s gold to match his gold escalator.

If you’re looking to order promotional umbrella’s, whether it’s seven for yourself or to give out to clients then why don’t you read our page on how a promotional umbrella can increase your brand awareness or call us on 01933 409489.

Out with the old, in with the new!

Read all about it! It has been announced that we’ll soon be saying goodbye to our old pound coin that we’ve been so familiar with since it was first introduced in 1983 and saying hello to a brand new 12-sided pound coin. And it’s going to be introduced to us sooner rather than later as it’s expected to come into circulation on March 28th and with further key dates scheduled, we won’t have much longer to spend our round pound coin.

From March 28th, the new pound coin will be released to the public to use alongside the old pound coin, then from October 15th, you will no longer be able to use the old pound coin and shops will be under no obligation to accept them. But don’t worry… after October 15th there will still be a limited period where you can deposit your old pound coins to the Post Office and bank accounts. Therefore, from October 15th you will legally only be able to use the new pound coin.

So what’s so different about the new pound coin? It was originally designed in a bid to tackle counterfeit with it’s 12-side design and it’s high security feature that’s built in to prevent counterfeiting. The new pound coin will also be lighter at 8.75g, thinner at 2.8mm thick and slightly larger than the old pound coin measuring 23.43mm in diameter. The new pound coin will also be made out of two metals: nickel-brass and nickel-plated alloy to give the pound coin a fresh new look.

So why does this news affect you? If you’re looking to increase your brand awareness, now is the time to invest in a promotional trolley keyring! BMT are now offering customers promotional trolley keyrings for people who regularly do their weekly shopping and require a trolley, but they don’t want to fuss around with which pound coin to use. A trolley keyring is perfect for when you’re on the go with your car keys, instead of having to search in your purse for a pound coin, plus it’s a great free gift to give to your clients so it gives your company some brand recognition. Useful and promotional!

If you need to get yourself a trolley keyring for you or your clients, speak to BMT today on 01933 409489 or visit their website at www.bmtpromotions.co.uk

Being Eco-Friendly and Promotional

Being Eco-Friendly or Environmentally Friendly is becoming more and more important. In today’s society, everyone tries to do their bit for the environment whether it’s ensuring you separate your recycling to your rubbish, conserving electrical and water usage or limiting the use of harmful materials. Did you know that eco-friendly products could do wonders for your company and could convey a great message towards your clients? We discuss why:

Promotional products are a great way in marketing your company name. Here at BMT, we are proud to provide eco-friendly promotional products as we know how important it is to do our bit for the environment. Not many customers know that we provide these types of products, therefore if you’re an environmentally conscious company, we want to tell you why you should look into eco-friendly options to promote your business.

So what can being environmentally friendly do to promote your business more? By buying eco-friendly promotional products and practising eco-friendly methods, you can stand out from your competitors. Now there’s an increasing growth in raising awareness regarding saving our environment, more and more businesses want to be associated with eco-friendly companies. Therefore, through eco-friendly promotion, you will attract new customers and it will increase your brand image.

And how do you choose an eco-friendly product wisely? The key to choosing the right product is ensuring it’s not going to be something that get’s shoved in a cupboard. If you have a bunch of pens lying around and you have nowhere to put them, why not be wise about your promotional products and invest in a wheelie bin pen pot that is manufactured from recycled plastic? Or maybe you need a place for your promotional mug, therefore a recycled tyre coaster could be for you.

Have a look at our range on our website or online catalogue or if you’d like to find out more, give us a call in the office on 01933 409489.

Powerful branding

 

We’ve all been there, you go to make a call, check your email or browse the internet only to find that your mobile’s battery has run out! Portable power bank chargers have become an increasingly popular gadget for smartphone & portable device users. Companies worldwide are tapping into this lucrative market by branding power bank chargers for promotional giveaways.

Smartphone unit sales are expected to exceed 2.35 billion by 2019 (ABI Research). The need for accessories, and in particular portable power chargers, will grow significantly. A recent YouGov survey of 2,000 people found that 60 per cent of people claim they have a smartphone battery that doesn’t last a day.

We have over 50 different styles in our product range, and they come with different levels of mAh, which is power. They range from 1,800mAh – 50,000mAh. Typically, a 5,000mAh power bank charger will charge an iPhone 6 twice, before it needs recharging. All our products are supplied with a micro USB cable for attaching the user’s device to the power bank. Minimum order quantities start at 50 units, and prices start at around £4.95 + VAT (includes all printing & delivery costs).

We have produced branded power banks for local companies such as Car Shop, Aspers and Logistex, along with customers further afield such as Battersea Power Station, Sheffield & Bolton University, and The English Touring Theatre. Giving a branded power bank to your customer is a great way of ensuring they never lose touch with what matters.

If you would like to discuss with our team please call 01933 409489 or email hello@bmtpromotions.co.uk

 

Hassle free brand promotion

 

BMT Promotions has been supplying businesses across the UK with promotional merchandise for the last 8 years and put supply chain management at the centre of their business operation.

Many businesses may invest in branded merchandise at the start of their venture, then as the workload increases it drops down the priority list. In reality this shouldn’t be the case. As your business grows you should promote your brand more.

With advances in printing technologies the variety of available merchandise is not only vast, but also more affordable. The BMT team make it their job to find the right product for their clients’ requirement or marketing activity. They achieve this by understanding the objective of the exercise.

Approximately 6 years ago BMT was let down by a UK supplier. This indirectly lead to them speaking to a manufacturer in China, which looking back was a significant turning point for the business.

Dealing with this particular manufacturer opened the door to a twenty strong network of others including an introduction to a specialist manufacturer. BMT now has full control over its supply chain, providing confidence in delivering a great customer experience.

EXAMPLE:

“A recent job was for 500 branded lanyards with card holders costing 75p + VAT (including delivery). They arrived 10 days after the order was placed. Other companies in the UK may turn around the same order quicker, but when the prices were compared they were 42% more expensive on average”

BMT’s buying power and supplier choice can provide some very attractive price points, meaning you don’t have to find lots of extra budget to do some form of promotion. These activities are really well received by clients and your internal team, sometimes putting a little life back into marketing activities.

If you want to explore what could work for your business or have any questions about products available, call the team 01933 409489 or email hello@bmtpromotions.co.uk

Celebrating Chinese New Year at BMT

January 28th 2017 marks the Chinese New Year, one of the most highly anticipated and most colourful events of the year which sees people in China and across the globe taking to the streets to celebrate. The new year celebrations will continue for 2 weeks with the year lasting until February 15th 2018.

So what is Chinese New Year?

Chinese New Year takes place on a different date each year because it’s based on the lunar calendar, therefore New Year’s Day normally falls between January 21st and February 20th. The global celebrations are an explosion of light and sound involving bell ringing, lighting firecrackers and watching traditional lion dances.

Traditionally, Chinese families gather together for a reunion dinner on New Year’s Eve and to clean their houses to sweep away bad fortune on New Year’s Day.

This year is the Year of the Rooster. The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle, therefore those born in 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993 and 2005 are known as Roosters. This is the year of the Fire Rooster, which last fell in 1957 and is one of five types of Roosters within the Chinese zodiac and they all have different personalities. Fire Roosters are known for being trustworthy, punctual and responsible.

In China, the diversity of practises and rituals in context to tea, performed during the new year festivities, varies from regions based on their own heritage and custom. Therefore, we want to follow tradition here at BMT by creating promotional pyramid boxes, which can be branded with your logo and contain traditional Chinese tea’s of your choice.

Why not have a promotional mug to go with your pyramid boxes? Promotional Mugs are another fantastic way in getting your brand out there and it’s a product that will certainly be used to go with whatever hot beverage you will be drinking during this Chinese New Year.

We’d like to wish all our suppliers, customers and future customers who celebrate Chinese New Year a very Happy New Year.

新年快乐 (New Year Happiness!)