Propaganda is the UK's leading specialist in branded promotional merchandise. With over 20 years experience, we offer creative merchandise solutions for every budget. To ensure that you get the best possible value for money from your promotion, we will beat any price or lead time you can find, on a like-for-like basis. In addition to this, our dedicated account managers advise, free of charge, on how to get the most from your promotional budget. Propaganda is the first company in the industry to hold ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and Investor In People accreditations.
As experts in the field of promotional merchandise and business gifts, we have a huge range of standard items to select from. In addition, we also have exclusive access to a large number of specialist items and the know-how to create your own bespoke products, to suit any given campaign or event. We also offer a range of specialist items that can be provided at very short notice, to help take the stress out of organising your campaign or event.
Dedicated account managers - one contact
Above all, it's the service that makes the difference at Propaganda! We have dedicated account teams, to ensure that each of our clients feel like they are our only customer. We have a team that is devoted to sourcing merchandise from the Far East, passing on the resulting economies to our clients. In addition, we have an award winning in-house Graphics Studio, which can provide free virtual samples and react quickly to client requirements. Our in-house Web Development team specialises in building bespoke, on-line portals, providing fully audited, seamless ordering of promotional items.
Propaganda are committed to the ethical sourcing of our promotional products. All manufacturers undergo a strict auditing process, to ensure that they comply with our stringent ethical sourcing policy. We have produced a free Free Safety Buying Guide, which has been highly recommended by Trading Standards as one of the most comprehensive guides in the industry. In addition to ethical sourcing, Propaganda also supports an environmentally friendly sourcing policy, promoting recycled and environmentally sensitive products, wherever possible, attested by our ISO 14001 accreditation.
How Propaganda Started
Stephen Taylor - Profile
It was in August 1993 that Stephen Taylor noticed a bowl of mints, offered to customers as a ‘thank you’ in a restaurant. His immediate thought was how unhygienic this was but then an idea dawned on him, what if the sweets were wrapped?
Stephen had a great idea and was full of ambition and desire but had no money and no track record but wanted to get his sweets produced. He called many sweet factories and finally his persuasion paid off when one of them took a leap of faith and agreed to produce the new “Thank you” mints and also agreed to give him 30 days credit. A short while later he was supplied with £2,500 worth of wrapped sweets which he called the ‘Thank You’ mint and sold them to local restaurants. He walked door to door selling them to London restaurants during the day and hotels at night. He knew he had promised that he would pay them in full within 30 days. He had to keep his word and worked fifteen hour days persuading anyone that would listen to buy his "Thank You " mints. This initial venture was slow, but Stephen persisted, not stopping until all the mints were sold and he had enough money to repay the factory that had shown such good faith in him.
Stephen’s determination paid off as he began receiving requests from companies asking for personalised sweets and chocolates. His first break came in 1994 from the airline British Airways who placed an order for Halloween themed chocolates to give away on board. Then other orders followed. The business grew quite rapidly and this led to the creation of Sweet Concepts that is now the UK's leading suppliers of promotional sweets, chocolates, fortune cookies and many more creative promotional confectionery products. www.sweetconcepts.com.
On many occasions customers began to ask for more diverse non edible products such as T shirts and pens as well as more unusual bespoke products. Having initially turned these requested away Stephen using his entrepreneurial skills began to think that there was another opportunity, this time to supply his existing customers with a more complete and diverse range of products to satisfy all their promotional requirements and so in 1998 Propaganda was born.
Propaganda continues to provide its customers with the widest and most innovative range of promotional products and creative services. Specialising in promotional and marketing merchandise, Propaganda’s reputation has been built on providing excellent customer care, proven by the Investors in People accreditation and ISO 9001 and 14001 certifications. Propaganda is also a leader in ethical and safe buying and has published a highly recommended free safe buying guide to ensure all its customers are fully aware of all legal requirements when buying promotional merchandise. See our Free Safety Buying Guide for more information.
Making a mint
A personal interview with Stephen Taylor
If it is edible, 30-year-old Stephen Taylor will wrap it, box it and put his client's message on it, in it or through it. The founder of promotional confectionery company Sweet Concepts believes food can nurture corporate images. Chocolates, mints, sweets, space dust, lollipops, sticks of rock, fortune cookies, biscuits, flavoured popcorn, even cakes with pictures on the icing - his clients have used them all to boost brands.