Helpline

Samuel Solley takes the hassle out of finding the right product or service - you ask the question, he'll provide the answer.

WELCOME MATS

Q: As an internet services company, we'd love to send out some branded mouse mats, but we'd like something a bit different. Can you help?

A: You'll be spoilt for choice at Mikki's (0800 731 0301), which offers numerous options, including liquid mats, lenticular mats, business card mats, photo-mats, ultra-thin and translucent mats. If you want to spend a bit more, you could choose a mat-and-coaster set or a crystal desk set. Take a look at www.mikkis.com to view its range.

SAMPLE LIFE

Q: We are looking to arrange a conference at which we will conduct a sampling exercise for a new product. Any suggestions?

A: Try Candour Event Marketing (0870 403 0257). It has been set up by people with extensive experience in marketing and event management. It can handle all types of event marketing, including conferences and product launches - sampling is a key offering.

THINK LOCAL

Q: Can you recommend a firm that can source lists of UK businesses in specific sectors broken down by region?

A: 1 Stop Data and List Locator and could both help you. 1 Stop Data (020 8786 9111) has a UK companies database which includes names, telephone and fax numbers, and is continuously updated. List Locator (01698 743 118) is the database licensing division of Countyweb.com, the online directory with a database that can be broken down by category and postal area, county or economic region.

FOOSBALL FOCUS

Q: I recently visited a company that furnished its 'leisure areas' with wonderfully branded table football games. Do you know where we could acquire something similar for our office?

A: Mighty Mast (01375 385 020) specialises in all types of liveried games machines, including table football, pool, table tennis and even air hockey.

The trend for branded football tables started with brewers, but has spread to companies of all sizes. Besides the table itself, Mighty Mast can personalise the centre circle, penalty areas, pitch corners and platform hoardings.

- Tel 020 8267 4305 or email marketing.helpline@haynet.com.

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