Total Merchandise Wins BPMA's Distributor of the Year 2020 Award

If you follow us on social media, you might have already heard the news: we've won another award!

(And, while we're here: if you don't follow us on social media, get involved! You can find us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.)


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Last week, some of the TM team went to Coventry's Ricoh Arena to attend the glittering BPMA Awards: an annual celebration of the industry, hosted by the British Promotional Merchandise Association.

Total Merchandise at the BPMA Awards
Some of the TM team at the BPMA Awards 2020. 

Attended by around 450 professionals from across the country and hosted by the hilarious Martin Bayfield (rugby legend, actor and compere extraordinaire), the event comprised a three-course dinner and a series of prestigious awards for suppliers and distributors, all followed up by an excellent band and a twirl on the dancefloor.

Taking our seats at the TM table as the awards began, it's safe to say we were excited and nervous to find out whether we had made it onto the shortlist, let alone whether we'd won. After much anticipation (and some delectable cuisine), it was finally time for the results of our category, Distributor of the Year (£5m+), to be read out.

Total Merchandise wins promotional merchandise Distributor of the Year 2020

The final award of the night, we were delighted to hear our name read out on the shortlist - and even more thrilled when we were announced as the winner. Naturally, our three co-founders, Jason O'Connor, Michelle Rae Stoddart and David Stoddart, were all delighted by the news. 

Total Merchandise wins BPMA award for Distributor of the Year 2020
Left to right: Leann Howard from DTB, TM's Jason O'Connor and event host Martin Bayfield.

“We were shocked and amazed to win,” says Jason, who went on-stage to collect the award from Martin Bayfield and Leann Howard from category sponsor DTB. “We had a brilliant night and would like to thank everyone who voted for us. The event was a fantastic celebration of an industry that we’re very proud to be a part of, and it was also a great opportunity to catch-up with a room full of friends.”

Michelle was over the moon when she realised TM had won. “We are absolutely delighted to win this award,” she says. “I would personally like to thank all our team at TM, as well as our clients and suppliers, for helping us achieve this!”

Total Merchandise founders Michelle Rae Stoddart, Jason O'Connor and David Stoddart
Michelle, Jason and David with Total Merchandise's BPMA award.

Of course, this isn't the only award we've won in recent times; we also won promotional merchandise Distributor of the Year 2019 in the Sourcing City awards back in December. 

Total Merchandise wins two trophies

Dave adds: “After 15 years of hard work, early mornings and late nights we have finally achieved our dream, to be number one in the industry! Along with the Sourcing City award a couple of weeks back, I can honestly say I am chuffed to bits. To win two top-class awards in one year is just phenomenal.”

Total Merchandise wins Distributor of the Year 2019 and 2020
Michelle, Jason and David with our two trophies.

Another huge 'thank you' to everyone who voted for us to win these awards - we're absolutely delighted to have been chosen by the industry as your winners. 

Total Merchandise wins Promotional Merchandise Distributor of the Year 2020Total Merchandise wins Promotional Merchandise Distributor of the Year 2019

So, there we have it: Total Merchandise is officially the winner of the two biggest awards in the promotional merchandise industry! And here's to many more...

At Total Merchandise, our friendly and experienced team are ready to help you find the very best promotional products to match your business' unique needs. Browse our full range of promotional merchandise and contact us today to receive a quote for your brand.

Written by

Katie Clark | Digital Marketing Manager

With over a decade in print and digital journalism, Katie possesses a wide skill-set that incorporates everything from SEO to PR. Joining the team in early 2019, her expertise lies in writing sparkling copy about promotional merchandise and related topics, as well as managing social media activity and developing creative solutions to keep the Total Merchandise brand at the forefront of people’s minds. With a background that includes event-planning and volunteering for charitable organisations, she has a first-hand appreciation for the needs and questions a customer might have when acquiring promotional products for their organisation. In her spare time, she loves reading, going to the cinema and learning to cook.

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