On March 25 patrons of the British Promotional Merchandise Association gathered for a dinner and discussion at the House of Commons.
The meal was hosted by staunch supporter of the BPMA, Brian Binley MP. Mr Binley is standing down at the end of this parliamentary session and so as a thanks for his support was presented with a gift from BPMA director general Gordan Glenister.
The gift was a one-off recreation of the Palace of Westminster created by Dunelm Glass.
Mr Binley, who has a wealth of industry experience and has been a long standing supporter of the promotional gift industry commented that it had been a real privilege and an honour to work with the BPMA and to see it flourish in the way that it now has.
Also present at the dinner was Mark Pritchard MP who will be representing the BPMA from the start of the next parliament. Mr Pritchard who has a background in marketing stated that he was looking forward to get to work and to learn more about the promotional merchandise industry.
Following the meal, Mr Binley chaired a very lively debate with discussions including the new BPMA members show, the current state of the industry and future threats and opportunities.