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  • Bouncing Back Sustainably with Balloons & BalloonGrip® Balloon Holders

    As the UK begins to emerge from the pandemic and businesses in the hospitality, events and leisure industries fight to recover, one encouraging observation that has emerged from B-Loony Ltd’s recent sales is that the pre-pandemic appetite for sustainable promotional products has not deteriorated.

    The majority of enquiries B-Loony Ltd receive are now for sustainable or eco-friendly options, with both end users and trade customers acknowledging their requirement to reduce plastic consumption and work together lessen their impact on the environment.

    B-Loony Ltd have invested heavily in the development of environmentally friendly alternatives for their core promotional product range in recent years and have been rather successful to date. Notable innovations include their sustainable bunting, made from cotton and paper, they have ditched plastic sticks in favour of paper for their hand waving flags, and totally re-invented the balloon stick into a stylish cardboard balloon holder which can also be printed for promotional use with a brand logo, message, or interactive barcode or QR code, a win-win!

    With July 2021 seeing the EU’s ban on an array of single use plastics coming into effect, which notably included plastic balloon sticks, the demand for natural rubber balloons with BalloonGrip® balloon holders have also soared.

    As the world’s first 100% plastic free balloon stick, the BalloonGrip® balloon holder contains no PLA, bio plastic or any other form of plastic derivative, it is simply made from engineered cardboard which is fully recyclable with domestic paper and carboard waste.

    Balloons have been used to celebrate events and occasions for decades, so it is no surprise that demand for balloons has increased in recent months - there is plenty to celebrate as covid restrictions are lifted, but what is exciting is the widespread adoption of sustainable promotional products such as BalloonGrip® balloon holders, and the recognition that balloons are made from natural rubber, and not plastic, which has been a common misconception in recent years.

    For more information about B-Loony Ltd’s environmentally friendly products, head over to their website www.b-loony.co.uk or give their friendly sales team a call on 01494 774 376 to discuss your next opportunity.

  • Price Warning

    B-Loony would like to make all customers aware of extreme price fluctuations in the global market for both raw materials and logistics services which are affecting promotional merchandise prices.

    During the pandemic, we have all been acutely aware of certain shortages of goods and particularly since the UK has left the EU, with challenging port, freight and carrier conditions adding to the mix. In the last 6-9 months, the price of raw materials started to creep up including staples for our industry such as cardboard, paper and plastic causing dramatic increases not just in the UK but across many markets.

    Brace for potential price increases

    In anticipation of rising costs, industry suppliers are expected to issue revised pricing. Whilst we have borne additional freight and raw material price increases where possible in recent months, this is not sustainable.

    With the global economic pressures on raw material shortages and subsequent eye-watering price increases which have followed, we are preparing the ground for the inevitable impact. Add logistics cost increases and extended delivery times into this mix and the result is an increase in promotional merchandise prices.

    The raw material list includes but is not limited to:

    • Cardboard
    • Plastics
    • Paper
    • Cotton
    • Metals
    • Wood

    Not just promotional products

    It is imperative to understand that these increases are not limited to the promotional merchandise industry. Globally, the price of raw materials is pushing costs up everywhere, but it is important to stress that the market forces at work here are beyond our control.

    There are a number of other factors also affecting in the industry; continued Covid isolations, sadly those unwell with the virus, increased running costs of business. As we receive reports from our industry and others across the UK that spend is being increased, enquiries and order levels are at the biggest high for over 12 months, the balancing act for all concerned is exceptionally challenging.

    Thank you 

    We would again like to thank all of our customers for their support over the last 18 months and for their continued understanding throughout this evolving situation.

    This information has been adapted from guidance provided by The British Promotional Merchandise Association to its members. For more information, please see  https://www.bpma.co.uk/price-alert/

     

  • BalloonGrip® Balloon Holder Triumphs Ahead of EU SUP Directive

    BalloonGrip Balloon Holders

    With the EU Ban on Single Use Plastics due to come into effect in the EU in July, the promotional products industry has already seen a vast shift in demand from plastic products to those made from natural materials, but one product in-particular has been completely reinvented to become a standout success. B-Loony’s BalloonGrip® Balloon Holder (www.balloongrip.co.uk) has achieved worldwide acclaim as a sustainable alternative to its plastic predecessors, having sold over 30 million units in its first year since launch and winning multiple awards, including ‘Promotional Gift Award 2019’, EMCA’s ‘Save the Planet Award 2019’, SME Business Awards MK & Bucks ‘Gold Winner’, and ‘Finalist’ in SME National Business Awards for ‘The Green Award’.

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