SERVICES HELPLINE

Have a ball

Q: We are running an outdoor event this summer and we would like to offer visitors some interesting games that have a football theme. Which companies can supply this?

A: Global Games has a variety of soccer games such as human football, where players are strapped to poles that only move from side to side. It allows ten people (five on each side) to emulate the little plastic figures seen on a traditional table football game.

It also has a penalty shoot-out game, which features a full-size goal, an inflatable mat for the goalie to dive on and balls that stick to Velcro at the back.

The company has also introduced a motorised football game called Supercharged Soccer, where players sit on battery-powered footballs on wheels and knock a giant ball around an inflatable arena.

It is an ideal attraction for big events and was used at the recent Champions League final in Manchester. With about 24sqm of banner space, it offers branding possibilities that have caught the attention of major firms such as Ford.

For details of prices, contact 01753 589 325 or visit www.globalgames.co.uk. If you would prefer to hire, contact Leapfrog International on 01753 580 880 or at www.leapfrog-int.co.uk.

Shop around

Q: We are a cosmetics company needing someone to help us design a catalogue for mail order. Can you help?

A: STA Design creates mail-order catalogues for companies in fashion, health and beauty, household goods and travel, among others.

Its web site contains examples of work done for clients in various categories.

Printed catalogues are still the most popular format for home shopping, used by 46% of households.

However, online versions are now available. Visit tadesign.co.uk; or get in touch with Hatch on 020 7357 9331.

Get talking

Q: Can you tell me where I can get an interpreter for a European product launch?

A: There are two types of live interpretation: consecutive and simultaneous.

The former is generally used in smaller meetings and does not necessarily need any special equipment. The latter requires booths, headsets and the services of a sound engineer. UPS is able to provide both types. Get in touch on 020 7837 8300.

Where the job is somewhat less demanding, you can hire interpreters at lower rates: many will work for about £20 or £30 an hour, but make sure they have appropriate qualifications and experience.

Contact the Institute of Translation & Interpreting, at www.iti.org.uk or by ringing 020 7713 7600.

Get ahead

Q: We have been thinking about offering branded baseball caps as a gift to customers. Who does this and how much does it cost?

A: AMT Marketing on 01483 427 222 stocks a range of different styles in various fabrics, to which it can add your own embroidered logos. It has fleece hats, denim, cotton, twill and suede caps.

It is also worth putting in a call to The BTC Group on 020 8569 2250.

Key to success

Q: Can you tell me who supplies key rings? I want to buy a quantity that I can have branded and give to clients.

A: Promo Warehouse on 0870 22 00 222 offers 'liquid magic' key rings that are made of PVC filled with two liquid colours.

They come in three shapes - round, square and rectangle - and in blue and green, blue and red or yellow and red. They cost £1.35 each for a batch of 500, with the price coming down to £1 each for a run of 5000.

There is a £60 origination charge.

You could also contact Co Nexus on 01707 379 925.

- Sam Solley takes the hassle out of finding the right product or service - you ask the question, he'll provide the answer Telephone: 020 8267 4305 or e-mail: marketing.helpline@haynet.com.

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