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The 5p Plastic Bag Charge & How Your Business Can Benefit

The 5p Plastic Bag Charge & How Your Business Can Benefit Posted on October 5, 2015 at 10:30 AM As of October 5th 2015, a 5p charge was introduced on all disposable plastic carrier bags. This means that shoppers across England will be charged to use plastic bags for their purchased goods. For many forward-thinking businesses, this offers a fantastic opportunity to supply their own ‘Bags for Life’ as an alternative to store-bought plastic carrier bags. Read on to find out more about the so-called ‘plastic bag tax’ or skip ahead to find out how to capitalise on the government’s 5p carrier bag fee. The 5p Carrier Bag Charge Explained The 5p plastic carrier bag charge is intended to reduce the use of single-use plastic carrier bags in England, and the damage they cause to the environment when littered in our towns and countryside. According to research, in 2014, 7.6 billion plastic carrier bags were given to customers by major supermarkets across the country. That’s equivalent to 61,000 tonnes of waste that takes far too many years to degrade! Strictly speaking only larger retailers are lawfully bound to levy the 5p charge, however smaller businesses can charge for carrier bags on a voluntary basis. Research suggests that the vast majority of independent retailers will follow suit, with corner shops already set to cash in alongside the high street supermarkets. Despite being dubbed the plastic bag tax, the 5p charge is not a tax at all; the money charged following the change in legislation does not end up in the government’s pocket. All proceeds from the sale of plastic carrier bags is collected by the retailer, who are being encouraged to use the proceeds for good causes. Every year the government will publish a report on how much is made from bag charges and what is donated by each retailer. There are a few exemptions from the 5p bag charge. These include: Paper Bags Plastic carrier bags from shops in airports, on board trains, ships or aeroplanes Bags containing certain items such as raw meat, fish, unwrapped food, prescription medicines, seeds, bulbs, flowers or live fish. Bags used to giveaway promotional material Woven plastic bags Returnable, reusable bags (‘bags for life’) How Can Your Business Benefit? Experts predict the 5p charge will see plastic bag consumption fall by 80% – the equivalent of 6.4 billion bags. In light of this, the number of people purchasing reusable ‘bags for life’ is expected to increase. Never before has there been such a high likelihood that promotional bags will be used with reliable frequency, so it’s a fantastic time to supply your own ‘bags for life’ to meet this new demand. Above all, the increased use of reusable bags will bring a greater return on investment for your business. Bags for life provide a valuable, cost-effective branding platform for generating awareness and helping your business to stand out from the competition. The 5p charge will boost the practical lifespan of reusable bags, which will directly impact the longevity and effectiveness of your promotional bag marketing campaign. Even consumers not actively seeking to purchase bags for life will welcome a branded bag that is far more cost-effective than a 5p plastic bag. Tradeshows, events and conferences are a perfect opportunity to give out promotional reusable bags to reach a wide audience of potential customers. How to Make Sure Consumers Use Your Bag At Bags of Ideas we have years of experience in supplying branded promotional bags for a range of businesses. We know just how important an innovative, eye-catching design is for making the right impact and maximising brand awareness. To help you design the perfect promotional bag for your business, follow these two simple tips: 1 Carefully consider the type of bag your consumers will benefit from the most. Strong, gusseted bags are best for supermarket shopping, whilst smaller cotton bags are ideal for day-to-day use because they can be rolled up and tucked into a pocket. 2 Don’t simply brand with your logo, cover your bag with bright, attractive designs that will appeal to your customers and stand out from competition. Go the extra mile by using clever, on-trend or amusing bag designs that people are going to want to use time and time again.   See below for recommended promotional bags for your business. Please get in touch if you’d like to find out more about our services and how to design your perfect bag.   Promotional Shopping Bags Here’s a small selection of our promotional shopping bags.

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10 Steps to trade show sucess

Exhibitor Tips for a Successful Trade Show Posted on July 20, 2015 at 03:00 PM Trade show marketing is traditionally one of the most effective ways a business can promote their products and services and maximise brand visibility and credibility. It’s also one of the most costly and time consuming marketing practices, but get your strategy right and you could see an impressive return on investment. Expand your customer base With the right strategy, trade shows provide an excellent opportunity to generate highly targeted sales leads and expand your customer base. Utilising marketing tactics such as promotional bag giveaways and a well-designed booth can leave a lasting impression with prospective customers. Reconnect with existing customers Trade shows also allow you to strengthen relationships with your current customers. Inviting them to come to your trade show exhibit means you can introduce them to new products and services that will encourage further engagement and brand loyalty. Strengthen your brand The publicity and exposure offered by trade shows is highly valuable for building brand awareness. Whether you’re a new business looking to get your name out there or an established company looking to expand your customer base, trade shows allow you to get your brand noticed – and remembered – by your target market. Review the competition Another benefit of trade shows is that you can review your competition and learn which direction the industry is heading in. Knowing what companies are doing well or poorly, and what is trending in the field can be useful for honing and developing your marketing strategy. Our Trade Show Exhibitor Tips Infographic Planning a trade show marketing strategy can be daunting, especially if you are new to exhibiting at these types of events. With extensive trade show experience, here at Bags of Idea we know exactly what it takes to ensure your exhibit is successful and generates valuable sales leads. To help you out, we have designed a handy trade show infographic with a step by step guide on what exhibitors should do before, during and after a trade show to maximise ROI. Functionality in Focus Eco-Friendly and Sustainable: Personalised shopper bags make a significant contribution to environmental sustainability. In an era marked by heightened environmental awareness, these bags offer a reusable and eco-friendly alternative to disposable plastic bags. Their durability ensures they can be used repeatedly, reducing the reliance on single-use plastic bags and mitigating associated environmental impacts. Cost-Efficient Choice: While personalised bags may entail a slightly higher initial cost compared to their single-use counterparts, they prove to be cost-effective in the long run. Numerous retailers and supermarkets extend discounts to customers who opt for reusable bags, making them an economically prudent choice over time. Tailored for Versatility: These bags come in various sizes and designs, rendering them suitable for a wide array of purposes. Whether you require a robust grocery bag, a capacious beach tote, or a compact daily companion, you have the flexibility to customise your shopper bag to cater to your specific needs. Want to share this infographic on your site? Simply copy the embed code below. <a href=”” title=”10 Steps to Trade Show Success Infographic”><img src=”” alt=”10 Steps to Trade Show Success Infographic”/><br/> Bags of Ideas – The Promotional Bag Specialists</a>

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Exhibitor Tips for a Successful Trade Show

Exhibitor Tips for a Successful Trade Show Posted on July 20, 2015 at 3:00 PM Retail Exhibitions Retail Business Technology Expo 2015 The Retail Business Technology Expo (RBTE) is the well established, must-attend event for everyone involved in retail. It provides retailers with the best tools, advice and inspiration to improve their retail performance and is attended by an exhaustive number of professionals and exhibitors. Topics covered include big data, stock management, click & collect and much more. The last RBTE attracted over 8,500 attendees making it the most successful to date. 2015’s show is set to be the biggest yet with 450+ exhibitors and 150+ conference sessions giving in depth insight into every aspect of retail technology and best practice and also customer experience. The show runs from the 10th – 11th of March at Olympia in London. The best bag: Bongo Canvas Shopper Bag This, combined with durable handles, makes it ideal for carrying around lots of giveaways that you’re likely to receive at any retail expo. The best bag: Travelight Holdall The Travel Show 2015 is the UK’s biggest free travel show and takes place in the Business Design Centre in London. It features everything you need to plan and book your next holiday as well as exclusive deals and travel seminars. All the big names in the travel industry are present and available to give advice. The show is aimed at the 18 – 39 market and features exclusive offers of up to 50% off trips to locations all over the globe. There is an exhibitor for everything meaning you can easily book a full travel itinerary regardless of your budget. The show is on the 1st of March 2015 and will even feature recruiters looking for bright minds to join some of the biggest travel companies around! The Travelight Holdall is the ideal light travel bag. Ideal for weekends away, or busy exhibitions, the bag has one main compartment and one pocket. Fitness Exhibitions BodyPower Expo The BodyPower Expo is the fastest growing consumer fitness exhibition in Europe that attracts tens of thousands of enthusiasts to the Birmingham NEC. The exhibition features hundreds of fitness experts from around the world and covers the full spectrum of fitness and sports related products and services. Not only does the BodyPower Expo feature the latest fitness techniques and products it also focuses on encouraging and supporting those who are currently getting or keeping fit. It does so with ideas such as the Transformation Challenge that offers prizes to individuals who have undergone big changes on their road to fitness. The BodyPower Expo runs from the 15th – 17th of May 2015 and features representatives from bodybuilding, fitness, combat, strongman and power sports. Image source: The best bag: Sportual Sports Bag The Sportual Sports Bag is an ideal medium sized sports bag for anyone with an active lifestyle. With plenty of storage space and a bottle holder it’s an ideal gym companion and can also be used for storing other sports related promotional items picked up at exhibitions. Technology Exhibitions The Gadget Show LIVE Almost everyone has heard of the Gadget Show. Well, it seems the TV program’s success lends itself well to the exhibition format as the Gadget Show LIVE is one of the largest technology exhibitions in the UK. It features everything from the latest retail tech to the best of British innovation and allows individuals to see, try and buy the latest technology. The Gadget Show LIVE also features many events and such as the Super Theatre where an hour long show will give vistors the chance to see some cutting edge tech tested live. You can also visit the Game Zone to view and test some world exclusives in gaming and enter free to play gaming tournaments. The Gadget Show LIVE will be going on from the 7th – 12th of April 2015 at the NEC, Birmingham. Image source: The best bag: Papa Canvas Laptop Bag The Papa Canvas Laptop Bag is a heavyweight, hard wearing, on-trend laptop bag. It’s perfect as a promotional item for any technology expo where visitors could be bringing their own laptops or purchasing one there. It’s clear then that promotional bags are an extremely versatile and effective addition to any promotional marketing campaign, especially those based around exhibitions. As specialist promotional bag suppliers we can provide you with the perfect solution to any and all of your needs. Contact us today for more information. What also became apparent to him was how vast the range of bags out there is, and how difficult it can be for businesses to find the right bags for their company or promotion amongst the thousands of products available from a range of distributors. Despite this issue in the marketplace, there were virtually no businesses online dedicated to offering a diverse range of promotional bags along with competitive prices, industry expertise and top-class customer service. That’s where Bags of Ideas came in – an online business specialising in promotional bags and nothing else. This business model has allowed us to create a place where consumers can find exactly the bags they need every time. And if our customers don’t know what would work best, our team of experts share their experience to make sure they come away with a product that will be highly effective to them. If that’s not enough, we used our connections to develop a service whereby we can manufacture truly unique bespoke bags for our customers. Just in case our huge range of bags wasn’t enough! MWL was the first chance we had to unveil the Bags of Ideas brand, which had been quietly in development over the months prior. In this prime location, we were finally able to show off what we had to offer and obtain real feedback from exhibition goers. The result? A resounding success! Not only did people like the concept, but they loved the brand, the helpful team and our enthusiasm for our customers and what

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