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Show stopper

Q: We are exhibiting at our first show of the year and want to make a big impression. Are there companies that can provide new and interesting stands?

A: First impressions are very important. There are all manner of exhibition stands out there, but for something that will get your name noticed, Protean on 01280 706060 can tailor stands to your specific requirements.

Protean manufactures a range of modular exhibition systems, from Lite, which is lightweight, easy to build and extremely flexible, through to Form, which competes directly against large-scale, custom-built stands.

Display Matrix on 0117 977 2278 can provide exhibition stands, revolution pop-ups, banner stands, accessories and graphics panels for all systems with full in-house design.

A live event impacts all the senses, but especially sight and sound.

It is of the utmost importance that the set design, the choice of images and sound and the environment of the venue reflect your brand values.

On-call

Q: With the launch of a marketing promotion in a couple of months, we need a call centre to deal with the resulting enquiries and hopefully, possible sales. Can you recommend a company that can do this expertly for us?

A: With such a campaign, the last thing you would want would be to miss or mishandle any resulting enquiries. You need to answer every call and maximise the potential of those enquiries. You need a company that specialises in supporting this kind of marketing initiative.

Get in touch with AnswerCall direct on 08000 188388 or Golley Slater on 029 2078 6086. Both offer telephone marketing of the highest order and will be able to handle inbound enquiries, convert them to a sale and take debit or credit card details.

In the bag

Q: We currently manufacture and market our product locally, but hope to launch it nationally. At present we have no packaging. People simply turn up with their own bags. Who has the design skills and expertise to produce a great design for packaging?

A: It would depend very much on the shape and size of the packaging you would want, and the product you want it to contain. Packaging is all important, and with a targeted approach, it can help lift your sales. Both Finish on 020 7251 2122 and Hatch on 020 7357 9331 can assist you.

Video in demand

Q: I am trying to source a company that can produce a short video that I can send to clients on request. Who can arrange this for me?

A: A corporate video can provide a foot in the door, and if you have already had an initial enquiry asking for examples of current work, then it can prove invaluable. There are companies that can do this sort of thing for you.

It depends largely on the format that you might want. You asked for video, but times are changing and it's possible to provide either CD-Rom or DVD.

Check out Peach on 020 7580 6133 and Real to Reel on 020 8993 6000.

Clothes force

Q: We are trying to find a company that can clothe our workforce in all our stores nationwide. We have recently reassessed what our staff wear and feel that we need higher-quality, better-looking garments. Can you recommend a company that can provide clothes our staff will find comfortable and our customers will think smart and welcoming?

A: It's all too easy for staff uniforms or branded clothing to look tired and out of date. You can give your staff a renewed sense of worth with a new outfit. Speak to the BTC Group on 020 8569 2250 and Bloomsbury In on 01273 329993.

Both have experience of clothing large numbers of employees nationwide and will have no problems in providing you with the corporate clothing you require.

- Sam Solley takes the hassle out of finding the right product or service - you ask the question, he'll provide the answer.

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