Here at Kan we believe that sustainability is about more than just making sure our promotional products are recyclable. We believe it also involves supporting the local communities where our products are manufactured. In India, where the majority of our fabric bags are produced, we are proud to support several local infrastructure schemes and charities.

Supporting The Shraddha Charitable Trust

The Shraddha Charitable Trust is one of the many charities we support in India. They work to support young adults with severe autism and developmental delay, helping to improve their lives and let them take the first steps towards self-sufficiency.

Supporting The Shraddha Charitable Trust

Young adults are trained in skills such as sticking, folding, plastering, beading and moulding. This enables them to contribute to the manufacture of a wide range of artistic and environmentally friendly lifestyle items. The proceeds from product sales are then returned to the students in the form of a monthly remuneration.

The students receive one to one support from special educators and caring volunteers, who explore and develop their skills. Combined with an intensive therapeutic routine this can help to enhance concentration, retention and social interaction. Over time these activities provide routine, increase confidence and give the trainees a sense of accomplishment. All of which gives them a sense of dignity and well being. Whilst also easing the strain on their friends and family.

Leaf-ware by the Shraddha Charitable Trust

Eco-Friendly Products

The Shraddha charitable trust started by producing simple grocery and rubbish bags made from newspapers. The product line has since been refined, developed and expanded to include a selection of eco-friendly products. The range now includes home decor, shopping bags, gift bags and the innovative Soul Serve leaf-ware. These plates and bowls are made from the Saal (teak) leaf, which was previously usually regarded as a waste product. They are microwave safe, sturdy, elegant and of course, biodegradable making them a sustainable alternative to plastic plates.

The work of the Shraddha Trust has promoted a culture of accepting the challenges of the severely autistic and supporting their life journey. Kan are proud to be a small part of their story.

Branded gift bags are a versatile marketing tool. With a high quality finish and lots of special print effects available, they are sure to improve your brand image.

Here at Kan we think that our promotional gift bags can be used for almost any purpose, so here are a few of our favourite suggestions!

Take a look at the luxury bag range on our web site to see the range of options, then get in touch with us for a quote.

Wine gift bags

Branded wine gift bags

One of our favourites! A gift that you can drink nearly always goes well. Whether it’s a fine wine to go with dinner on a special occasion, a nice bottle of bubbly for a celebration or spirits for relaxing the evening away, there are lots of choices, and most of them are good!

Trade show gift bags

Trade show branded gift bags

Trade shows and events are the ideal place to get your message out to your customers. That can involve brochures, leaflets and more. Putting it all into a branded trade show bag helps to reinforce the care and attention to detail that every company would like to be known for!

Welcome pack bags

Welcome pack branded gift bags

Whether it’s starting a new training course, freshers week at University, a client arriving at a boutique hotel, or a tenant moving into a new building, welcome packs are always better in a luxurious bag! Nothing makes a first impression like handing over a well organised pack of all the necessary paperwork, forms, instructions and whatever else might be needed.

You could also add some special extras to make your welcome packs even more memorable. Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • For a spa hotel, how about adding a robe to the pack?
  • For a university, why not a lanyard with ID card?
  • For a training course, pens and notebooks would be ideal!
  • For new tenants, a custom key ring could be perfect.

Branded fashion bags

Fashion branded gift bags

Fashion is all about image, and the bag that you take your purchases home in is definitely part of that image.

It’s no good selling the trendiest shoes in town and then putting them in a thin, crinkly plastic bag! Your packaging needs to suit the story of your brand, so use all the right options to be sure you get just the right look.

Promotional giveaway bags

Promotional giveaway gift bags

Have a new range and want to give your potential customers a trial run? A promotional gift bag could be ideal.

It doesn’t matter what it is that you are giving out either. Cosmetics testers, sweets, stationery, maybe even tools! Not only does a branded goodie bag keep all your items together without them getting lost or ignored, but your client’s brand is given top billing!

Restaurant takeaway bags

Branded restaurant takeaway bags

Grabbing a bite to eat and taking it home with you is a popular hobby all over the world. And now you can take all kinds of food home, not just burgers and pizzas!

All of which means you really need to get some branding on your takeaway bags. Otherwise how will people know where that delicious smelling meal came from?

And lots more besides!

Branded gift bags can be used for almost anything, what we’ve shown you is just a small glimpse of the possibilities.

Here at Kan we can help you navigate all these options (and more) and ensure you get just the right look for your client. Just tell our branding experts what you need and they will get everything organised for you, including making sure the price is right!

Kan Branded Gift Bags

Fabric Bags the crafty way!

We have all gone a bit sentimental and Christmassy in the Kan office! Our very own Homemade Queen, Polly, has been busy making stamps and creating family Christmas presents from our branded cotton tote bags with her kids. So simple but effective – and fun!

Polly used old wine corks (well it is Christmas!) to cut print shapes from. Then it just a case of putting some simple acrylic paints on the end to stamp out the designs and letting the kids do their thing. You can of course try to direct them, but that depends on the kids!

This strikes us as a great way to make something lovely, and homemade, as gifts. It doesn’t always have to be corporate.

It also shows the flexibility of our simple natural cotton shoppers. You can use everything from a simple spot colour, to a CMYK transfer. Kan can also print all over the bags with a Pantone screen print – giving you the right corporate colours on a beautifully bespoke bag that stands out from the crowd.

The possibilities are endless, for versatile cotton tote bags that can be used time and again, and then recycled!

Everyone at Kan wishes you a very Merry Christmas. And we hope that you get some equally special gifts from your friends and family too.

See you in 2019!

It’s that time of year when we gather everyone together, get a nice big meal, have a drink (or possibly even two) and get the disco started up!

The Kan office party this year was a big success. We even got the guys from our sister company Ullman Sails to boost the numbers and add a little more festive cheer.

It turns out that adding bumper cars to any party is a really, really good idea!

Take a look at some of our favourite photos from the night…

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Conference Season is coming!

With Christmas just around the corner, conference season is not going to be far behind. Now is the time to get yourself organised for your next big event and get 2019 off to a great start. Here at Kan, our range of branded promotional products can help you be ready for any conference or event.

Need to make sure your representatives all look like part of the same team? Our range of Lanyards can be branded to suit any corporate identity. We also supply a wide range of lanyard extras, like card holders. Perfect for identity cards, business cards or event timetables.

Do you want your visitors to walk away with a digital brochure of all your products? Our Tigstick USBs come in a whole range of styles and sizes. We can preload them with your data too. PDF brochures, movies, images and even links to your website.

Or perhaps you just need to make sure your customers can carry your printed brochures home easily? Our range of bags is sure to have something perfect for your price range and brand identity. We can supply kraft paper bags or cotton totes and even high quality luxury gift bags.

If you need anything else, our branding experts are here to help with all your requests. So if you have something specific in mind, talk to us and let’s see how we Kan help you get 2019 off to an organised, easy start!

Meet the Team - Karen

What’s your story, how did you get to Kan?

Many years ago, (about 11 now nearly!) I joined Kan. I arrived in an office full of smiling faces, all of whom were willing to show me that a bag is NOT just a bag, as I discovered during my training.

Some days, you could find my colleagues beating their heads against a wall, repeating: “NO! Not all bags are the same!!” In case you can’t tell, promotional goods and bags were a whole new world to me!

I had been in sales for a while before I came to KAN. I was previously in the world of telesales and selling cables. Yes, there is more than one type of cable too! And please be nice to the people in the bank next time you call. Its not their fault, honest its not!

What is your role?

You will find me in the customer service department, which means I try to look after anyone who doesn’t yet know what Kan are amazing at!

I deal with our core products range. They are the products for which we offer the most competitive prices, and we can turn them around in quick lead times.

What is your favourite Kan product?

My favourite core item has to be our luxury paper bags! You can design them to your requirements, print inside and out, foil emboss or deboss and lots more too. They look amazing with some of our extra options. There’s a lot more to them than a one colour print!

What do you like to do outside of work?

I have turned into a bit of a gym bunny, although I don’t look like one yet, it’s a work in progress! I also like to spend time with my grandson and I am quite fond of my daughter too!

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Flexographic Printing in action
Flexographic Printer in action – Photo by Dale Simonson

Promotional plastic bags and kraft paper bags have a few things in common, they are cheap and can be supplied in large runs, they are perfect for retail situations and they can both look great with the right branding. And that’s where flexographic printing comes into it. Flexo is the way large runs of kraft paper or plastic bags get branded!

But not everyone knows what flexographic printing is or how it works. Here at Kan we like to help our customers understand how to get the best from their promotional products. So we thought it would be good to put together a guide to flexo printing. How it works, what it’s good at, and what you need to be careful of when you choose your artwork.

How does Flexographic Printing Work?

The actual idea behind flexographic printing is pretty simple. An image is transferred to a flexible rubber sheet (hence the name!) The sheet is etched so that raised areas are left where you want ink to appear and then the sheet is fitted to a roller. An ink roller transfers ink to the raised sections which are then rolled onto the bag material, leaving an image behind.

What is Flexographic Printing Good For?

Flexo is a simple, fast printing technique. The prints might not be the most detailed (although technology keeps on improving the results!) but you will be hard pressed to beat the sheer speed that can be achieved.

The flexible plates are wrapped around a roller, so that they can be printed onto a continuous roll of material. That roll is fed from the printing station, straight into an automatic cutting and folding machine, which pumps out finished bags as fast as it can.

Flexographic plates are sturdy too, which means they can be re-used again and again. Need another 10,000 bags? You won’t need to buy another set of plates, just use the old ones for a new run!

What Should You be Careful of With Flexographic Printing?

Flexo plates cannot directly print shading. Halftones must be used to simulate shading, but the rubber sheets are not suitable for very small details, so the halftone pattern will be easily visible on the finished product. For some designs, this can be used as a feature, as long as you know it’s what you will be getting!

Shading in Flexographic printing must be simulated using halftone patterns.
Shading in Flexographic prints must be simulated using halftone patterns.

Multiple colours can be used, but it is a good idea to try and keep registration to a minimum. The high speed, roll to roll nature of Flexographic printing means that some tolerance in colour alignment will be allowed. Trapping, where colours are deliberately overlapped, can be used to mitigate the effects in many cases. Our production teams will be able to advise you further when they see your artwork.

This tolerance in alignment also means that full colour prints should be normally avoided. Misalignment in CMYK printing can cause moiré patterns and other undesirable effects. If you do need a full colour image, high resolution flexo plates could be the solution. But unfortunately, these are only available on a limited range of bags, and come at a premium price too!

Is Flexographic print right for your brand?

The best way to know for sure is to let the Kan branding experts take a look! Get in touch with us and we can advise you on the perfect print techniques for your next campaign.

Take a look at our kraft paper bag range, including our Apsen kraft paper bag, or our plastic bag range to see more examples of flexographic printing in action.

What’s your story, how did you get to Kan?

After many years running the operations and logistics for international yacht racing companies, I took on the role of parenthood. After a couple of years of juggling work and children I finally joined the Kan Family! And I’m loving it!

What is your role?

I only started at Kan just over a year ago, so I am still learning, but I am a Key Account Manager looking after some of our clients. I love to help my clients with the projects and try to guide them through the challenges of finding the right product, for the right price, with the right lead time. It’s all in the scope of the project!

What is your favourite Kan product?

Being a bit of an eco-warrior I love our cotton and kraft bags – there a loads of print options, size options and lead times can be great! From small to large quantities anything is possible.

We also do a great range in bamboo USBs and lanyards. What’s not to love?

What do you like to do outside of work?

Mostly running around after 2 kids and a husband! But other than that walking the dog, teaching the kids to sail and generally enjoying living so close to the sea. I guess my colleagues would describe as a little bonkers but loves a challenge. I walked non-stop around the Isle of Wight for charity earlier this year – 69 miles for the un-initiated, all because a friend said it would be a good idea!

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Not long now until the summer holidays are done and everyone is heading back to school, college and university. But here at Kan we won’t be too disappointed, because that return is an opportunity to make some great promotional products for students. In fact, it’s quite hard to even think of all the possibilities, but we will still give it a go!

With new and returning students getting ready for a new school year, and of course freshers week, they will need identity cards, timetables, prospectuses, brochures, info packs and course materials. And every one of those items will have to be carried safely around, from the moment they are handed to their new owners, right up until they find their way to their new home. Let’s take a closer look at how we at Kan can help with some of these items.

Promotional Products for Students

Back to School Branded USB Sticks

Back to school promotional products for students - USBs

A Tigstick USB stick is the perfect way to transport around lots of information. Campus maps, prospectuses, introductory videos and maybe even a few hundred text books! They really can be worth their weight in gold (especially true as USBs don’t weigh very much!) You can be sure that almost everyone in a higher education setting will have access to a laptop, and for those that only have a tablet? Well our latest USB styles come complete with a micro USB plug for connecting directly to mobile devices. You could even make your USB extra practical by using a pen style. There are no excuses for not taking notes now!

Of course we are all about the branding, and there are lots of options there too! How about different colours for different year groups? Or maybe different subjects? We can supply splash-proof USBs for marine studies and business card USBs for management courses. And all of that is before we even think about putting a logo on there. CMYK printing for beautifully detailed crests. Sharp-edged, colour correct, spot colour printing for the most modern of corporate identities. And of course, laser engraving to give a quality finish to any metal bodied USB.

Back to School Lanyards

Back to school promotional products for students - Lanyards

Identity cards are a vital part of running large institutions like schools, colleges and universities. And they aren’t nearly as much use stored in a pocket as they are out on display at the end of a lanyard. But not just any lanyard of course, it has to be tailored to fit in perfectly.

First you have to choose on a colour. One of our stock colours might be perfect, but Pantone matching means you can choose the precise shade no matter what. Or perhaps it should be a full coverage print? Maybe a photo of an iconic building on campus or a particularly recognisable former student. You will almost always want the logo of the school, but perhaps you need a different design or colour for each department too?

Then you can start to think about the attachments! Is the standard clip right? Maybe our oval crab claw clip would be the best match? Will you need a card holder? Is it important to have a retractable reel so that identity cards can be used to get access to restricted areas? Or maybe you should add a bottle opener? Hydration is very important for learning after all!

Back to School Branded Bags

Back to school promotional products for students - Bags

Students need lots of paperwork on their first day at a new school, or even an old one. Between timetables, schedules, course notes, and hopefully even some projects, there is a lot to carry! Putting it in a bag seems obvious, but that doesn’t mean that everyone will have one with them. Or that they won’t be full already with lunch, laptops, headphones and more. Providing a bag is a simple, cheap way to solve that problem.

The problem of choosing the right bag is still there of course, but our experts can help make that bit as painless as possible! A simple fabric bag with a one colour print might be enough. And a bag like that is sure to have a long life after it’s original use, which can help your brand spread further than you might expect. Or maybe a luxury paper bag would be the right fit? The detailed print and accurate, detailed, full colour print helps make them really memorable. But perhaps the environmental concerns are the most important? In that case, a kraft paper bag would be the ideal fit. Kraft paper is easy to recycle and can be made from recycled materials, helping you to do your bit to reduce plastic pollution.

Power Banks and More!

Back to school promotional products for students - Powerbanks

Every student will have some sort of electronic device with them nowadays, they are an essential part of modern life after all! Running out of battery power is much like running out of ink used to be, very inconvenient and potentially disruptive to any learning that was planned. Our power bank range can help by giving any battery powered devices a needed emergency boost. Just plug them in and off you go! Adding a logo is an obvious next step of course! We have a range of colours and styles available and enough branding options to ensure you can get the right look for your client.

There are even more possibilities in our Exclusive products range and of course, we can help with any ideas you might have that we haven’t thought of yet. Just get in touch with us for a chat about your needs and let us help you create the perfect promotional products for students. Promo products are our speciality after all!

Find out more about our products and get in touch at our main website:

Top 10 reasons to use promotional products

We know that promotional products are popular with customers. After all, who doesn’t like handy gadgets, useful bags or even getting something for nothing? But we wondered, what do marketers actually use them for?

Of course, marketing and promotion is all about raising your company’s profile, increasing awareness among your customers and ultimately, getting more sales. So how do marketers use promotional products to achieve that goal? According to the PPAI, these are the 10 top answers…

Brand Recognition

It’s one of the simplest reasons, but that doesn’t make it any less important. Just getting people to know who you are is never easy. Especially in a world where people are bombarded with new information constantly. Getting you brand recognised, even in a relatively small niche, means you need your logo to be seen again and again.

Ideal products to use: Shopping bags are a great example. They get used multiple times, in public places, which helps your brand spread further and faster.

Brand/Product Awareness

What is it your company does? How can you make a difference to your customer? Awareness helps answer both of these questions. And once a potential customer knows your company can help solve their problems, your chances of getting a sale start to go up!

Ideal products to use: A USB stick with your product catalogue pre-loaded on it. All the information your customer could need in a handy portable format.

Corporate Identity

Getting a group of people to look like part of a team, and even getting that team to send out the same message about the company, takes work. That’s where a great corporate identity comes in. When your staff look, as if they are all on the same team, it shows attention to detail. And if you can get tiny details right, the big things are more likely to go right too!

Ideal products to use: Branded clothing is a great boost to any corporate identity.

Public relations & Goodwill

Giving customers a handy thingamajig is a surefire way to make them feel positive about your company. As always, the product should be useful, and great quality. It’s no good giving away something cheap that breaks easily. Positive feelings can quickly turn to negative when things don’t work as they are supposed to!

Ideal products to use: Tea and coffee mugs are a great choice. Everyone needs a refreshment break now and then, and is there a better positive association than that?

Customer Retention and Appreciation

We all appreciate our customers, but a lot of our interactions with them can feel a bit standard or just for politeness. A gift can change that impression and let your customer know that your appreciation is more than just standard words.

Ideal products to use: A bottle of wine can be a great gift, just make sure you put it in a great looking gift bag, with your logo on it of course!

Generate Sales & Referrals

Promotional products can have a surprisingly long life. That’s because useful products get passed on to others when the original owner has finished using it. Every new user is a potential new customer. After all, they now know your contact details and that you are generous enough to give useful things to your clients!

Ideal products to use: Post-it notes and other stationery have spaces for your contact details and are always useful.

Employee Communications & Recognition

Rewarding your staff for a job well done is important. Nothing keeps morale up and and results good as much as having staff that feel valued and appreciated. A high quality gift could be just the thing!

Ideal products to use: A favourite beverage in a high quality gift bag would make anyone feel appreciated.

New Product Information

Getting out news of your latest product isn’t always easy. Something eye-catching and memorable makes an impact and can help get your customers interested and enquiring. If you have to pass on a lot of technical detail too, it can be even more challenging. That’s where adding in a promotional item to you info pack can make the difference between another page of data and a something really catches attention.

Ideal products to use: How about a bespoke USB memory stick in the shape of your new product? You can even upload the technical info so it’s readily available.

Motivate Behaviours & Incentive Programs

Getting your customers to return over and over again with an incentive program is a tried and trusted technique. But to really be effective, the reward needs to be something that your customers actually want. Making it a high quality gift, with your corporate identity prominently displayed of course, makes that much more likely.

Ideal products to use: Electronic gadgets can be a great product for this purpose. Headphones, webcams, phone cases, there are lots of options that could be perfect.

New Customer Acquisition

Getting new customers is the ultimate aim of any marketing campaign. You know your products are great, but you need more people to see them so that they can make the obvious choice! But how do you get them to take notice? That’s where promotional products come in. Try giving a free gift with every purchase, or even just a free gift with your logo and contact details. Either one can generate a whole lot of leads!

Ideal products to use: There are lots of different approaches for customer acquisition, how about a free bag with product and contact details? Pens and stationery can be great too. You could even try more out-there items, like fridge magnets, branded earbuds or almost anything else you can think of!


There are many more uses for promotional products, probably even some that no-one else has thought of yet, and we can help with them all. Our expertise in product branding and finding the right supplier means that all you need is an idea. Then we can help you to turn it into reality.

Take a look at the Kan product range. Then get in touch with us for more information or to discuss your ideas further.