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Fearless Karen kicks off USB2U’s charity fundraising…

Posted by USB2U on 14th October 2016 | Permalink

At Team USB2U we are proud to announce our sponsorship of Northampton based charity, Cynthia Spencer Hospice. Over the last few years we have taken part in many fundraising activities for the hospice, however this year, along with our sister company Gilt Edged Promotions, we decided to make it official and donate all money generated from bake sales,  dress down days and other charity events straight to the hospice.

Karen from USB2U abseiling the Northampton Lift Tower

USB2U’s daredevil Karen takes the plunge to raise over £500!

To kick off our charity partnership in style, USB2U Account Manager Karen Eede decided to make a bold move and set the standard for her colleagues to follow by abseiling Northampton’s most famous landmark, the Lift Tower! Whilst the 400 ft impressive tower certainly got her adrenaline pumping, Karen wasn’t going to shy away from the challenge.

She said: “This is an amazing charity which has a special place in my heart as they cared for my mum so well in her last days with us. Taking the first step over the edge was the most terrifying part, but the money I had already raised for the hospice kept me going and focused on the task in hand.”

The Northampton Lift Tower

Eye-wateringly tall Northampton Lift Tower!

Cynthia Spencer Hospice provide inpatient care, outpatient services, Hospice at Home and palliative care specialist nurse services for the local area. They also offer specialist physical, psychological, social and spiritual care to those with life limiting illnesses, with focus on quality of life and respecting the uniqueness of each person.  A large part of the cost of running these services comes from the generous support of local companies and individuals in the Northampton area. In addition to our fundraising activities, USB2U have also donated much needed stationary items including branded USB fans and branded USB sticks which should come in handy in the nurse’s station.

Karen from USB2U abseiling down the Northampton Lift Tower

Don’t look down Karen!

With this one event alone, Karen managed to raise over £500.00 on behalf of USB2U for Cynthia Spencer Hospice. This is thanks to the generous support of her colleagues, family and friends. Thank you Karen for taking the leap and making such a great start to USB2U’s charity fundraising.

Karen from USB2U abseils down the Northampton Lift Tower

Karen’s first few steps for Cynthia Spencer!


Cycle4Cynthia 2016 – Natalie takes on the challenge!

Posted by USB2U on 26th September 2016 | Permalink

On Sunday 25th September 2016, USB2U’s very own cycling superhero Natalie Longley took on the challenge of a 50 mile cycle ride to raise money for our chosen charity, Cynthia Spencer Hospice.

Natalie from USB2U on her Cynthia Spencer Charity Bike Ride

Natalie rode 50 miles for Cynthia Spencer Hospice!

Natalie, Head of Sales and Commercial Development for USB2U, does cycle regularly with a local cycling group, however the prospect of a ride which was over 50 miles long was in her own words “a little daunting to say the least”. It was a gruelling course with 3000ft of climbing (who knew Northamptonshire was so hilly?!) but with £350 of sponsorship money riding on the event, Natalie wasn’t going to give up without a fight! Luckily the amazing Cynthia Spencer volunteers and her support team Steve and Diane Sharpe from White Arches Caravans kept her going with plenty of refreshments and encouragement. She finished the ride in 3.5 hours.

Cynthia Spencer Hospice is a charity close to many people’s hearts in the Northampton area and in 2016 USB2U, a leading supplier of branded USB sticks, power banks and other promotional tech gifts, decided to put all their fundraising efforts towards this fantastic local organisation and raise money regularly through a series of events.

Natalie from USB2U with a Cynthia Spencer Frame

Natalie at the finish line!

Sebastian La Porta, Managing Director of USB2U, said: “We are delighted to offer our support for this charity, which has touched the lives of so many in our local community. It is our honour to be part of the fundraising effort for Cynthia Spencer Hospice.”

Over the coming months, Team USB2U have many more charity events planned including a hair raising Lift Tower Abseil in Northampton town centre which Karen Eede, Senior Account Manager, and some of her colleagues will be taking on. Watch this space to find out more about USB2U’s fundraising activities.


Phew – now THAT was a trade show. Thanks, BPMA!

Posted by USB2U on 16th September 2016 | Permalink

We have just returned from the BPMA show (an annual trade only exhibition organised by the British Promotional Merchandise Association) and WOW were we blown away. This year the show took place at the impressive location of Silverstone in Northamptonshire and among the super cars were super suppliers and leading distributors in the promotional products industry.

Sebastian La Porta, Managing Director of USB2U, said: ‘We are extremely pleased to have exhibited at the BPMA Show this year. Throughout the show we had the opportunity to talk to many distributors about our products and services, and we made some new valuable connections. It was most definitely a day well spent for us.’

USB2U's busy stand at the BPMA show

Team USB2U in Action!

The trade show was exclusive to BPMA members only so visitors knew that those exhibiting promo products were the cream of the crop in terms of merchandise trade suppliers. The British promotional industry is vibrant and innovative and it was great to see so many companies attend and showcase their latest products.

So what was new from USB2U? Our Rainbow Range of branded technology products went down an absolute storm and I’m sure we’ll be seeing more of these products fly out the door very soon.

The Winning Formula - USB2U's Top Products Entry for the BPMA Show 2016

The Winning Formula – USB2U’s Top Product Entry for the BPMA Show 2016

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our stand! We were absolutely delighted to meet so many new faces – and catch up with some more familiar ones – and also to receive such great feedback on our new branded technology products.

Here’s to the 2017 show!

Nat and Seb from USB2U working hard on the stand at the BPMA show

Natalie and Sebastian seem to be having too much fun at the 2016 BPMA Show!


USBs and Power Banks During the Chinese National Holidays

Posted by USB2U on 5th September 2016 | Permalink

The Chinese holiday period is fast approaching. However with our levels of products and services we are able to get you through this period with flying colours!

The majority of branded promotional USB sticks and power banks are manufactured in China. Running up to the Chinese holidays the manufacturing process will slow down and eventually stop. This results in a shortage of supply and increase in prices prior to and for a short period after the holiday. The lead times for deliveries will also increase.

During this time, if you require fast, reliable delivery of USBs, power banks or other branded technology products, then get in touch with our friendly team here at USB2U. We hold a large amount of UK stock of USB memory sticks and power banks giving us the opportunity to serve you and your customers seamlessly over the Chinese holidays.

The holiday period in China kicks off on the 15th and 16th September with Mid Autumn Festival, followed by the Golden Week during 1st – 9th October. The celebrations include Fire Dragon dancing, displaying of lanterns and eating moon cakes under the moonlight with family members.

Contact us on: [email protected] or call: 0800 008 7079.

Ceremonial dancers at a Chinese festival


With only 50 days until Christmas NOW is the time to order your USB Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 4th November 2015 | Permalink

If you thought Halloween was scary that’s nothing compared to how quickly Christmas is approaching. With only 50 days to go its time to get organised, it’s time to think about what gifts you want to give to your staff and what gifts you want to give to your customers and the service staff (drivers, window cleaners, delivery drivers etc.) that support your business all year round.

If you procrastinate and leave it much later and you may struggle to get exactly what you want and more importantly you might struggle to get your Christmas gifts printed with your logo on and the gifts personalised with unique messages.

Assuming of course that you want to give a gift this year the next challenge is to decide what to give – favourites often include hampers, drinks and chocolates but increasingly companies that give gifts to customers and prospects are looking for something that carries their brand and will last beyond Christmas. If the gift can generate a bit of a “buzz” or “wow” factor when opened that in turn drives Social Media activity then so much the better! When giving gifts to staff branding is obviously less of a requirement!

USB Cards for Christmas

Give a Promotional USB Stick at Christmas

In the promotional gift sector 2015 has been the year of the Power Bank and we expect to see lots of these given away but equally we also expect thousands and thousands of branded USB memory sticks to be handed out. Whilst USB sticks won’t be for everyone when they are printed with a company logo and pre-loaded with a Christmas message they are a brilliant idea.

They work at Christmas not only because they still have a high-perceived value but because of the innovative ways in which you can use the massive amounts of storage on even the cheapest versions – include a short video message, an animated message or a message of thanks from a few key executives within your company or what about recording and loading onto the stick a “flash mob” message. Get creative, think what will inspire people, what will interest people and what will make them laugh and smile. (and take to Social Meida)

Anything you load onto the USB sticks can be made to “auto-run” – this means the content (the video for example) will play automatically when the USB memory stick is connected to any PC or Mac.

At USB2U we can not only supply your Christmas USB sticks but we also have lots of Power Banks that we can supply with your logo printed on. We even offer a personalisation and fulfilment service so you don’t have to worry about boxing them up and sending them out! Interested? Well, just give us a call and we’ll talk you through the options.


Buzzzz – Wasps RFC include USB Stick in Members’ Welcome Pack for 2015/16

Posted by USB2U on 21st October 2015 | Permalink

Forget the Saracens there’s something special happening down the M6 at the Ricoh Stadium just outside of Coventry. New Stadium, a successful Secured Bond which raised £35m, a strong team, a growing support base in the midlands and the best looking New Members’ Welcome Pack bar none!

As a Northampton based supplier of Promotional USB Memory Sticks and staunch supporters of rivals Northampton Saints we’re gutted that Wasps have outgunned and out flanked the Saints with this brilliant membership pack – call us biased but we think the jewel in pack is the little black “Twister” USB stick that according to the Wasps website has been filled with tons of exciting content including; mobile phone and desktop screensavers and embedded links to video clips of the best tries of the 2014/15 season.

If we weren’t all die-hard Saints supporters we’d think very seriously about taking up one of their incredibly attractive (and cheap relative to the Saints) membership deals and not just to get a free USB stick! Some of us at USB2U live closer to Daventry and Rugby making the Ricoh Stadium arguably easier to get to than Franklins Gardens! – tempting…..

In the meantime we’ll just keep knocking on the door at Franklins Gardens and encouraging the marketing team to follow the lead of Wasps RFC.

Of course the perfect welcome pack as far as we’re concerned would be a pack that not only includes a branded USB stick but also includes a promotional power bank – these would be ideal to take to the game (or on those longer away trips) as a way of keeping you smart phone charged. After all as supporters we’re all encouraged these days to “Tweet from our seats” and to follow the team on Social Media. Not so easy to do if your phone is out of battery power hence why a power bank would be such a great members gift.

Get the power bank printed up in the clubs colours and include the URL’s or links to the various Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest pages and as a club you’ll have covered all the bases. They’re also a great option to sell in the Club Shop (either at the stadium or on-line) and they’ll make a welcome change from the usual mugs, caps, keyrings and mini rugby balls.

Wasps RFC USB Sticks

Wasps RFC New Member USB Sticks


Guess what the Top Selling Promotional Product in 2015 is

Posted by USB2U on 7th October 2015 | Permalink

Go, on, have a guess. It shouldn’t be too hard because it’s been the same product for years. No, as much as we might like it to have been, it’s not a USB stick but a pen! Yep, that’s right a pen! Who writes letters anymore? Thinking of it, who writes cheques, birthday card sales are declining and at work and school there have never been so much work done using a keyboard and/or screen! So what exactly are people doing with the 150 million pens that were being given away in the UK last year?

Well, whatever they use them for it seems that they are still the “must have” promotional giveaway with over 91% of companies that buy promotional products admitting that they have bought pens with their logo on the last 12 months. Surely the dominance of the pen will, like the diary before it, succumb to the march of technology.

If you’re sceptical about the potential demise of the pen then look no further than the second best selling promotional product – Sales of “Electronics” accounted for 66% of all promotional products bought in the last 12 months.

The source for this data is the BPMA (the British Promotional Merchandise Association) and they surveyed their members and asked about how much they spend, what they spend it on and why they spend it.

The big figure is £1 billion – that’s the staggering amount that companies in the UK are now spending on promotional give-aways in the UK every year.

The top 5 sellers are:

  1. Pens (all types)
  2. Electronic gift (including USB sticks and power banks)
  3. Bags – not including those we now pay 5p each for at the supermarket!
  4. Mugs
  5. Clothing (T-Shirts, caps etc.)

The primary reason or justification for the spend on promotional giveaways is to build Brand Awareness (74% state this is why they buy their promotional gifts) but lots are also purchased for seminars and conferences.

If you’re a business and you’re looking to buy some promotional pens then why not think about getting some USB pens and combining all the benefits of giving away a historic writing instrument with a slightly more modern and arguably more useful USB memory stick.

With a USB pen you still give the recipient to ability to jot down their notes or rattle off a few poems on a paper bag but you’ll also give them Gigabytes of information about your company pre-loaded onto the memory of the built in USB stick. That’s storage that they can also take advantage of themselves to save their own digital work to.

Perhaps USB pens will top the list next year. Let’s hope so!

Sleek USB Pens - from USB2U

Sleek USB Pens – from USB2U


Oh Dear – Perhaps we could interest the Welsh RFU in some USB Sticks

Posted by USB2U on 4th October 2015 | Permalink

It was never supposed to end like this. So much was promised, so much was expected and so much was invested in it but in the end the English rugby team failed to deliver. Dumped out of the 2015 Rugby World Cup in the Group Stages, a World Cup that they are hosting and they are setting records in but for all the wrong reasons!

For England there is just the dead rubber game against Uruguay to go but let’s face it even a thumping great win against Uruguay will do nothing to paper over the huge cracks that have developed in the English game, its management and its structure over the last few weeks.

The commentators, journalists, pundits and armchair experts are of course having a field day and most expect the Head Coach Stuart Lancaster to either fall on his sword or face the ignominy of being fired at the end of England’s short lived participation in the competition.

From a purely selfish point of view, as a supplier of branded USB memory sticks to the English RFU, we wanted them to progress, we wanted them to challenge all the way and we wanted them to make it to the final and ultimately to win – A win would almost certainly have lead to an increase in the marketing and advertising budget available to the RFU and this in turn would most probably have lead to a requirement for more England RFU branded USB sticks – sadly this is now unlikely to be the case.

As a Northampton based company we’re also worried. Northampton is a “Rugby Town”. Many of us at USB2U are life long Northampton Saints Rugby Club supporters. We’ve been a club sponsor and a supplier to Northampton Saints and we care passionately about our team. It’s a team that under the stewardship of Jim Mallinder and Dorian West has become one of the best teams in the Premiership and it’s no secret that Jim and Dorian were being strongly touted as candidates for England when Lancaster was appointed. If Lancaster should, as seems likely, go then once again Jim and Dorian are likely to be on the short list to replace him and his current coaching team.

Losing to Australia and going out of the Rugby World cup was bad enough, losing the opportunity to supply more branded USB sticks to the RFU is equally bad but losing Jim and Dorian to the English RFU would be catastrophic

And no, supplying USB sticks to the Welsh RFU would not make up for it!


England World Cup USB Sticks

England World Cup USB Sticks


We Deliver Branded Power Banks from UK stock – in just 24 hours!

Posted by USB2U on 30th September 2015 | Permalink

It’s that time of year again and Thursday 1st October marks the start of Chinese National Day Golden Week celebrations, a 7 day tradition celebrated since 2000. Whilst the holiday is celebrated across China, production of branded USB memory sticks and printed power banks completely stops, causing delays of up to two weeks for suppliers who only manufacture their products in the Far East.

Realistically, the first deliveries of USBs and Powerbanks coming out of China after the holidays will be w/c 19th October at the earliest, so anyone needing branded mobile phone chargers or USB sticks for events on or before then will need to find a reliable UK supplier with plenty of stock which they can print in house.

But all of the suppliers we speak to cannot deliver Branded USB Sticks or Power Banks on time” we hear you cry.

Look no further, because we have a solution for you.  Here at USB2U, we specialize in fast turnarounds and our dedicated team can prepare, print and deliver a personalized USB or Power Bank order in just 24 hours, guaranteeing you the fastest delivery possible in the UK.

Ordering Branded Power Banks or USB sticks on our rush service couldn’t be easier; simply follow these 5 steps:

  1. Call your Account Manager on 01604 685040 to discuss your choice of Power Bank / USB
  2. Send your logo to us (ideally in EPS / AI format) and we’ll provide a free, no obligation on screen mock up
  3. Check and approve the order details using our easy to follow Docusign order form
  4. Pay online via our SagePay link (or we may be able to invoice you on 30 day terms)
  5. Sign off the final sample photos and wait for your delivery to arrive with UPS!

If you have any questions or want to know more about our fast turnaround for express orders of USB sticks or Power Banks, don’t hesitate to call or email our friendly sales team who will be happy to help.

Throughout the Chinese Holiday Period, USB2U will be running a series of offers with a turnaround time of just 4 days so keep your eyes peeled for more information.


Power Banks from USB2U are available in just 24hrs!

Power Banks from USB2U are available in just 24hrs!


USB2U Announce Merger with Gilt Edged Promotions

Posted by USB2U on 17th September 2015 | Permalink

USB2U are pleased to announce that they have joined forces with a leading promotional product specialist also based in Northampton; Gilt Edged Promotions. Gilt Edged and USB2U are both well-established names in the promotional products industry in their own right and they are now looking forward to an even brighter future together.

Both companies will be working together under one roof in Moulton Park and their aim is to become the UK’s leading ‘one stop shop’ for anything and everything branded with a logo. Together they will generate a combined annual revenue of £8.5m. USB2U and Gilt Edged will continue to trade under their well-known individual brand names and the 60+ strong team are excited by the opportunities that their shared skill-sets and strengths will bring.

Team USB2U and Gilt Edged in Moulton Park

Team USB2U and Gilt Edged in Moulton Park

The owners and directors, Jonathan Cook of Gilt Edged Promotions and Sebastian La Porta of USB2U, said “The merger is seen as a natural progression for both businesses and is a perfect strategic fit. We strongly believe that the combined resources will drive further growth and development for both our loyal customers and our dedicated staff”.

Both businesses uniquely boast in-house state of the art manufacturing equipment, enabling them to deliver printed USB memory sticks, branded Power Banks and many other useful products in unparalleled time-frames. They are delighted to be bringing professional and promotional gift production back to the heart of the UK right here in the Midlands. With a combined 45+ years’ experience in the industry, both teams have a wealth of experience to share with their new colleagues and the possibilities moving forward are exciting news for Northampton.

USB2U are now part of the Gilt Edged Group.

USB2U are now part of the Gilt Edged Group

Notes for Editors:

Both businesses are based in Northampton and will now operate together from a 37,000 square foot factory and office facility in Moulton Park, Northampton.  Gilt Edged Promotions becomes the majority shareholder.

Who are Gilt Edged Promotions?

Gilt Edged began producing promotional products in 1986.  Their product range includes a full range of promotional merchandise, as well as diaries, calendars and notebooks.  In addition they are a supplier of branded clothing and work-wear all finished in-house in their facility in Northampton.

Who are USB2U?

USB2U were established in 2002 and now supply in excess of 1.3 million branded USB memory sticks per year. Their UK based printing and engraving facilities have enabled them to gain an excellent reputation for branding and printing technology related products with outstanding lead times.


For more information and photo opportunity please contact: 

Anne-Marie Cook – Marketing Manager   Tel: 01604 672306 Mobile:07931 137024

Email: [email protected]