A business reaching a fork in the road

Recently, at bmt Promotions, we reached a fork in the road. We’ve needed to make decisions regarding management and money, both subjects creating a whole host of questions. What choices should be made for “the best”, both professionally and personally?

Substantial changes within small business can happen very quickly. A lot of these changes can benefit your company but, making small adjustments within your business can be just as effective.

Here at bmt Promotions, we’ve had some exciting opportunities come our way but, they haven’t been right for our current situation so we’ve made some highly positive in house changes!

What does this mean for bmt Promotions:
– Staying in control. We are staying an inhouse, family run, business. We pride ourselves on this and the great service we provide our customers and will always strive to do so.

Will our business changes affect our customers?
– No and Yes! bmt Promotions specialise in providing company branded items, this isn’t changing but we now have more staff joining us so, more productivity leading to even better service for you.

We have a huge range of promotional products on offer on our website www.bmtpromotions.co.uk and many more besides. If you want it, we can brand it! Any object can be a promotional product for your business!

Here at bmt Promotions we source our products from all over the globe and this means we can offer niche products that you may never even have thought of.

We are sure that there will be many more forks in the road for bmt Promotions in the future, as all businesses experience at some point, but for now, we are on a straight road. We are ready to tackle any challenges ahead and provide the best service for our customers needing branded merchandise!

For a quote on your promotional products needs visit www.bmtpromotions.co.uk.

Alternatively email hello@bmtpromotions.co.uk or call 01933 409489

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Attention Print Management Companies!

 

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Attention Print Management Companies! We want you! 

At BMT we believe powerful branding is key, providing of course your client wants to stand out from the crowd. 2007. That is when we started working with our first print management company and since then we have produced thousands of jobs from trolley key rings and polo shirts to branded power banks, pens, travel mugs and branded uV print.

We understand that you need innovative ideas to pitch to your clients. You must have superb service, letting your client down is not an option. Margin and profitability is vital. Like all businesses you have financial goals, and from our experience promotional products is great business, it helps to even out the print job you won at 3%, providing an opportunity for you to make another 12%.

In summary, we specialise in sourcing and providing branded products. We do this every day, have done for years. We do it really well, so well that print management companies love working with us, probably because of the attractive margins. What’s the point of this blog? We want to work with more print management companies. If you already provide your clients with promotional products there is a good chance we can provide the same product range, or more, and there is an even better chance we can do so at a better margin for you. If you do not provide your clients with promotional products, why not? Either way we should have a chat. Worst case scenario you lose the time we spend on the phone talking, best case scenario it could be the most profitable phone call you make this financial year.

01933 409489 is our number and Jack Thomas is my name.

www.bmtpromotions.co.uk

 

Fidget Spinners – The 90’s toy that’s made a 2017 comeback

 

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It’s halfway through 2017 and we’ve already seen a number of trends pop up over the course of the year. Internet memes, weird fashion trends like plastic jeans and now we’ve been reintroduced to a 90’s toy that’s made a comeback…Fidget Spinners.

What is a Fidget Spinner? It’s a type of toy, who marketers claim relieves stress. It’s a toy that consists of a bearing in the centre of a design made from a variety of different materials including brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper and plastic. The Fidget Spinner was originally designed for people who have trouble with focussing or fidgeting (such as those with ADHD, autism or anxiety) by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or psychological stress.

Fidget Spinners were originally invented in the 1990’s, but suddenly saw a huge rise in popularity in 2017 after James Plafke of Forbes published an article on December 23rd 2016 describing fidget spinners as the “must-have office toy for 2017”.

Following on from this, in March 2017, users on social media websites such as YouTube and Reddit began uploading videos reviewing and performing tricks with fidget spinners. Now it’s hard to remember the last time we scrolled through our Facebook timeline without seeing a video on fidget spinners, or even dogs with fidget spinners on their heads!

Putting aside the entertaining value of dog’s having fidget spinners spun on their heads, there are a ton of health benefits that fidget spinners offer. The main purpose of a fidget spinner is to relieve stress, especially for those with mental health issues, ADHD, autism, or for those who need constant stimulation.

From the rise in popularity and the reports of the fidget spinners mental health benefits, the fidget spinner is back whether you love them or loathe them.

At BMT, we couldn’t resist jumping on this trend and we now offer fidget spinners for those looking for customised fidget spinners. You can choose a custom design to place on your fidget spinner  for pleasure, to relieve stress or to spin on top of your dog’s head!

As the must-have office toy for 2017, it’s the perfect way to get your brand across through a fun, interactive toy and your clients will thank you for giving them something to entertain themselves during the day.

If you would like to enquire about Fidget Spinners and would like yours branded with us, you can get a free quote on our website, or alternatively you can call 01903 409489.

Why Choose BMT for your promotional branding

 

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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.

Every Daffodil Counts: Marie Curie

 

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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

 

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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.

Out with the old, in with the new!

 

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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

 

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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.