The BPMA has been providing promotional merchandise expertise and services since 1965. With almost 50 years’ experience, the company currently represents more than 600 members throughout the UK. With 10 carefully selected board members who represent service partners, suppliers and distributors, their goal is to set the direction and strategy of the BPMA, ensuring the company offers information to its visitors and members that is beneficial, accurate and easy to access. These board members work on a voluntary basis, driven purely by their passion for the industry and to ensure the BPMA remains one of the true industry’s leaders.
How promotional merchandise companies benefit from BPMA membership
The BPMA offers various levels of membership. New, unestablished promotional merchandise companies join at the Associate membership level, and at the other end of the scale is the Chartered Distributor membership, for which a business is required to meet extremely high business and operational standards. Though whichever membership level a business begins with, they each offer unique benefits to running and growing a promotional merchandise business.
Top benefits members can expect include:
- Professional development
- Strategic support
- Networking, seminars and events
- Lead generation
- Free legal advice
If your company wishes to become an expert in the promotional merchandise industry then the professional development and education day services offered by BPMA could be just what is required to get you on your way. Both are designed to provide inspiration and motivation. And the strategic support offered by the BPMA is in place to raise industry standards and promote awareness within the industry.
BPMA’s networking, seminars and other events are a great way to meet up with industry colleagues, discuss current trends and see who your competition is. Some of the annual events organised by the BPMA are: Regional BPMA Events, Christmas Lunch, BPMA Annual Conference and the Annual Awards Dinner.
BPMA also provide an annual calendar of Promotional merchandise events that take place around the country that could be invaluable to your business not only in generating new leads but also providing insight into what your competitors are focusing on, new products in the marketplace and current trends.
Benefits of a BPMA membership include the free sales leads you’ll receive. You’ll gain lots of exposure, introductions to plenty of new business opportunities either via the Distributors Directory, or from comparison quote requests. By signing up for a membership with BPMA, suppliers are able to upload their merchandise onto the BPMA sourcing site.
Another benefit is legal advice – did you know on average that solicitors charge £200 per hour. As a BPMA member you will receive free legal advice that could save you thousands! The legal advice covers payroll, health & safety, HR, tax and VAT.
The BPMA directory
The directory is one of the BPMA’s biggest advantages. It consists of a wide membership base featuring end users, suppliers and distributors. One can search for suppliers and distributors based upon their credentials, so if it’s a local distributor you would rather work with, just search via the map option.
Take control of your business
If you really want to improve your business, the personal development program is an excellent resource. BPMA also offers qualifications ranging from trained to master level. Gaining a qualification in promotional merchandise will not only help you to better understand the industry, but also provide a better level of service to your customers. Once you are qualified, customers will also be more likely to trust your business.
The BPMA can really help to provide everything you need to take your promotional merchandise business to the next level. Gaining the right knowledge, meeting the right people and dealing with the best suppliers will help you to create a more efficient, profitable business.