Promotional Pens

Pens may be the most popular promotional items out there, barring plastic bags. Pens are great for giveaways: you don’t need to stock multiple sizes or cater to different audiences, yet you can easily personalise them with your own style. They’re obviously useful and easy to slip in a pocket, so passers-by are happy to collect a free gift. Promotional pens often get used and can last months before they’re thrown away – much longer than a business card, flyer or plastic bag.

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Why pens are a great promotional product

  • Almost everyone uses pens
  • Almost everyone loses their pens
  • Almost everyone will be happy to have another one
  • An ordinary pen can last a year or even longer on someone’s desk
  • We have a large variety of pens choices from a ball point ballpen to a retractable gel rollerpen

How much can you say with a pen?

Thanks to new printing technologies, promotional pens can be jam-packed with information or even have a roll-out streamer with more printed on it. We don’t recommend going to those lengths as even a basic personalised pen can include all your company information comfortably. At Hambleside, we offer a wide selection of pens for personalisation from brightly coloured kid-friendly rollerballs to sophisticated executive pens. Select the type of pen that suits your audience best and we’ll do the rest.

Luxury Promotional Pen

Better than a business card

Most salespeople get through hundreds or thousands of business cards. Some, particularly in large volume direct sales situations, will hand out dozens before bringing in a single sale. With new printing technologies, business card information (e.g. name, company logo, phone number) can easily be printed on a pen.

While people are quick to throw away a scrap of card many are reluctant to throw away something as obviously still useful as a pen. Unlike a business card, a pen can be used, bringing your brand into their sight again and again. This means that when they’re ready to make a decision, your number will be to hand.

Is a pen the right choice?

While promotional pens are a great tool to have in your giveaway cupboard, they’re not the only option. We strongly recommend considering the alternatives available to see if a pen is truly the best fit for your marketing situation. As an example, takeaway companies often do well by giving away fridge magnets, as there’s a direct link between looking at (or in) the fridge and deciding to order a takeaway. On the flip side, a stylus for touch screen phones and tablets may do better than a pen in a high tech business community and at trade shows tote bags are always popular. We also have a variety of choices of promotional merchandise to go alongside promotional pens such as pencils, coasters or keyrings.

We have numerous options to compare from with our pen selection, each item can have your design, prints, or labels. You can have choose the quantity you need, you could take hundreds or a few for your tradeshows. Prices are determined by the configuration of the pen and the quantity, we have such a variety you can rest assure that you will find the right pen, for the right price.

Whether you’re trying to decide how to make the most of your budget or simply want a competitive quote for a tried-and-tested promotional pen, Hambleside can help. As a full-service corporate merchandise company we can help with every stage from cost-benefit analysis and artwork to storage and fulfilment. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation quote.


We have worked with Hambleside Merchandise for many years now. We have always worked very well with the team and found them to be extremely helpful and friendly in their approach.
We sometimes ask for items which are not in the catalogue but this is never an issue, the guys will always source what we need. We always receive quotes quickly and are kept up to date on the progress of our orders. I would recommend Hambleside Merchandise to other companies as we have always received a first class service from them. For any adhoc requests they are always on hand to offer us merchandise solutions. If we need help they are only a phone call away and will pop in to discuss when required. We have forged an excellent working relationship and have confidence in the promotional products they deliver.

Warwick Print

Commendable responsiveness to emails. Very informative and precise. Phone enquiry handled with effectiveness and courtesy, straight to the point. Pleasure to do business with.

College of North West London

Request was acknowledged quickly and a quote provided promptly.
I like the fact that our account manager and team is consistent and that our relationship is both cordial and professional.

Agriculture And Horticulture Development Board

The whole process was handled very professionally and we were kept informed at each stage. The goods were delivered on time and we were even sent an Easter present! No complaints at all and I would highly recommend Hambleside to other people.

University Of St Andrews

A first class service from order to delivery. Excellent.

Royal Naval Benevolent Trust

Clear and timely communication throughout. Excellent service within a tight turnaround.

University of Aberdeen

Communication between us was excellent as I was worried about what we need on the lanyards and wanted to make sure that they were correct, which of course they were. Very friendly helpful staff, even when the person dealing with my order was on holiday a colleague picked up my query and was very helpful in putting my mind at rest. Thank you

Accrington & Rossendale College

Customer service was really efficient and professional. Embroidered product also was excellent.

Vision West Nottinghamshire College

Fantastic service. Hambleside were able to turn my order round exceptionally quickly and always responded to emails very swiftly. They were also the best value for money. Thank you so much, will definitely be recommending to others.

University of Chichester

Products were delivered earlier than first communicated which was very helpful from my point of view as I was able to prepare for our conference a few days in advance. Customer service and price were great. Products were the right quality for our purposes.



Delivery time varies from product to product, on average most products take 3 weeks from artwork approval.

This depends on the product; low cost promotional items have a much higher MOQ compared to premium gifts.

This is the cost of preparing your artwork and setting up the print machinery. The cost of origination will vary depending on the product and the print method that is used. The number of print colours will also have an effect on the origination cost. If you order online the cost of origination has already been included in the price and will not be charged additionally.

In some instances even if you are placing a repeat order you may still be charged a repeat origination. This will usually be less than the original set up, but it will still be charged as the print machinery still needs to be set up in the same way.

We outsource the print of our merchandise products to specialist printers with expertise in decorating different merchandise products and materials to guarantee the highest quality of print on your promotional products. Your branded merchandise gets delivered to you directly from our printer, which is far more cost and time effective.

If you order multiple promotional products it is possible that they will be sourced from different suppliers and printers located mainly in the UK, Europe and Far East. We work with a huge range of different suppliers and printers who specialise in particular areas. For example if you order lanyards and t-shirts from us, it is likely that your lanyards will be printed in the Far East and your t-shirts will be printed in the UK. Your printed products will be delivered to you directly from our chosen specialist printer to save you time and money.

To ensure the best possible print results we ask that your artwork is supplied as a vectorised EPS file this is because this file format allows us to fully edit your artwork. We can make it bigger or smaller to fit required print areas without losing any quality. We can also change the colour of the text if required. A PDF, JPEG or TIF file does not allow us to edit the artwork in the same way and we cannot guarantee the required print quality.

Please send us your artwork via email as a vectorised eps file.

More about Hambleside

Hambleside Merchandise offers branded merchandise, corporate incentives, business gifts and promotional merchandise, and has done since 2003. For over ten years we have been helping businesses and educational institutions improve and maintain brand awareness and we have supported their sales and marketing activity.

We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and premium customer satisfaction results.