Q We are an electrical products company looking for a medium-sized
agency in the Bristol area to provide an integrated campaign aimed at
establishing our brand. Ideally it would have experience in the DIY and
home improvements sector.
A BCLO is probably the closest fit, a Bristol-based agency with a staff
of 36 that has several DIY clients, including Stanley, Kuprinol and
The agency was set up six years ago and offers a combined service that
includes advertising, editorial and PR, as well as direct marketing and
One of BCLO’s managing directors, Ian Noble, says an agency can help
suppliers maintain brand dominance in retail outlets and keep them in
touch with the latest trends and development.
The direct route is the future for DIY, Noble believes. Screwfix has
been doubling in size annually for the past four years, having found a
niche supplying tools and fittings by mail order. Call 0117 9731173.
Q We are looking for a firm that can look after a small-scale fulfilment
project for about 150 people. This could be a basket of fruit, bottle of
wine or something else they might suggest.
A Cambertown Ltd in Rotherham, South Yorks, can handle orders from ten
to 500,000 items. It specialises in fancy presentation, such as silk
bows on invitations.
Similar orders it has carried out in the past include dried flower
arrangements and gift wrapped bottles of wine, which can present
challenges for packing and delivery. It can source the goods, although
it says customers sometimes prefer to do that themselves to be sure of
Perishable items may not be the best choice, especially if they are
addressed to offices and may reach some recipients on January 4. But it
says it can come up with interesting alternatives. (01709 898989)
Great Western Wines also specialises in gift-wrapped bottles of wines
and spirits, which can be accompanied by other products such as cheese
Q I have an idea to set up a company which uses performers in
promotional tours, but need help putting together a business
A Your local Training and Enterprise Council should be able to put you
in touch with business advisory services in your area - ask your local
library for its contact number. If you are in London you can call
Business Link’s helpline for small business start-ups, which will will
put you in touch with several services throughout the greater London
area (0800 243 943). Central districts are served by the Portobello
Business Centre in Kensington, 0171 460 5050; Camden Enterprise Agency
in Kings Cross, 278 5757; and Business Enterprise Centre in Shepherd’s
Bush, 0181 746 0355.
The Portobello Business Centre says it will invite you for an half-day
induction to learn the basics, and then make an appointment for you to
see a business advisor.
The advisors are all experienced at running a business and although they
will not write your plan for you they will guide you every step of the
way. Meetings are free and you can have as many as you wish. If it likes
your idea the Centre may offer you an unsecured low-interest loan of up
to pounds 5000. Or else it can put you in touch with one of the
high-street banks with whom it has relationships. The Centre’s track
record is good: it says 89% of its clients are still trading after three
Q We are holding a corporate party with a holiday theme and would like
to get rock candy with our logo running down the middle.
A The Promotional Candy Co specialises in rock candy, and offers 24
different flavours, from the traditional mint through to strawberry and
These are made by hand using traditional methods.
A normal batch size would be 100lb in weight, around 1000 bars or 8000
sweets, and would cost pounds 300. Half of that would come out at pounds
240. This includes your logo which can be matched to Pantone colour
E-mail enquiries to Susan Moffat at email@example.com.