Q. We are a conference and events company and want to change suppliers for 2007. Can you recommend an experienced promotional merchandise firm that can provide us with a range of products for events?
A. Give Promo Warehouse (0870 220 0222) a call. It has more than 20 years' experience and supplies promotional and incentive merchandise, including audio products, luggage, lighters, mouses, foam games, clothing, desk accessories, aqua products, mugs and lighters.
Its corporate scheme offers a sourcing service, goods storage, distribution and overprinting designs. It also has a links and resource directory to sites such as www.hard2buy4.co.uk for gifts for people who have everything.
Previous clients have included BBC Worldwide, BT, Coca-Cola, Direct Line, EMI and Philips.
BY THE BOOK
Q. Our client wants to give away a series of wellbeing books as part of a January detox promotion. Who can supply these?
A. Why don't you try Ryland Peters & Small (020 7025 2200)? It publishes illustrated books on subjects including food and drink, gardening, stationery, interiors and body and soul. It also offers a gift and stationery collection.
Its wellbeing titles include Detox for Life, Home Spa: Revive, The Busy Woman's Home Spa Book and The Essence of Aromatherapy. Its books have been recommended by a range of publications including Prima, Sainsbury's Magazine and Health & Fitness.
Q. Our client is expanding rapidly and attracting an increasing amount of press attention. Who can read the papers and keep track of any media coverage for us?
A. Try Presswatch Media (0207 638 5775). It offers an overnight media-alert service, which arrives via email by 6am each day. Its News Indexes allow you to specify which cuttings are most relevant to you, while its Sector Summaries provide a detailed appraisal of your media interests.
It also provides bespoke media analysis, including an independent audit of PR value and ROI, a map of your media environment to identify media-planning strategy and objectives, and a benchmark of your media performance against rivals.
Its monthly and quarterly analysis reports cover a range of sectors. The firm is currently offering a free two-week trial.