Chartered Status is a company that has and can prove conformity with ethical and environmental policies customer service programmes ISO or a managed system procedure and can show a detailed complaints procedure. Organisations must show total transparency in their trading policy if they are a supplier.

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Associate membership is aimed entirely at new companies who do not yet have any financial accounts. Applicants will have to show at least two trade references and must move up to Accredited membership after 3 years of joining. They will only be able to use the Associate logo.

Affiliate members are established organisations in which promotional merchandise accounts for less than 50% of their turnover unless the company’s total turnover in promotional merchandise is above £1m.

Accredited members should have traded within the promotional merchandise market for a minimum of 3 years and provide financial accounts to prove that they have traded in a commercially sustainable manner. The applicant should also demonstrate a proven track record* in promotional merchandise, and/or actively undertake one of the bpma qualifications. This is an established organisation but one in which merchandise accounts for more than 50% of total turnover or more than £1m.

*Proven track record would indicate a dedicated person/department in the area of promotional merchandise or indeed exhibits at trade events

Our Patrons are limited to a small number of suppliers and distributors that are not only ambassadors for the BPMA but also the industry.

A 10 year member is a company that has been a member for at least 10 years and is financially sound. All our 10 year accredited members sign up to our code of conduct ensuring standards are met at the highest level.

A 25 year member is a company that has been a member for at least 25 years and is financially sound. All our 25 year accredited members sign up to our code of conduct ensuring standards are met at the highest level.

A reseller of a range of products sold to a range of customers for a commercial profit.

An organisation that either imports or manufactures products and supplies promotional merchandise exclusively though the distributor channel.

An organisation that either imports or manufactures products and supplies promotional merchandise through a variety of routes to market.

An organisation that supports or supplies to the promotional merchandise industry but is neither a supplier nor distributor of products.