• 11 May 2015 3:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Summer 2015 membership drive begins!  

    Both existing and new members can benefit from this membership drive, for more information go to 

  • 07 May 2015 12:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Paul Adamson set up the JAM Fund in his son's name and every year releases balloons on his birthday

    Click here to read the article in full.


  • 30 May 2013 6:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    It’s no great secret that there are a number of campaigns to ban balloon releases, with some even looking for complete balloon bans.  Are our balloons really so terrible to livestock and the environment?  Well, it seems that others are asking the same question, as a report was recently commissioned by DEFRA (Dept for Environment & Rural Affairs), and the Welsh Government, Dept for Environment & Sustainable Development.  The report was titled:

    Sky lanterns and helium balloons:

    An assessment of impacts on livestock

    and the environment.

    Click here to see the report on the DEFRA website.

  • 12 Feb 2013 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Robbie Furman is coming to town!

    Keep watching for more details as dates and locations are released.

    To read the full article you candownload the First 2013 Newsletter here Jan 2013.pdf 

  • 10 Feb 2013 1:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The first BAPIA newsletter of 2013 has just been published with some interesting and informative articles inside. To download a copy simply                 click on the download button below. If you would prefer to receive a hard copy please e-mail your name and address to


    Jan 2013.pdf

  • 02 Aug 2012 6:34 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAPIA has just announced the winners of the photograph prize draw that has been running through June & July.  All members were eligible to enter, they just had to upload some of their own balloon decor photos to their profile on the BAPIA website.  The winners will each receive one of the eductaional DVD's currently available from BAPIA.

    The winners are:

    Downend Balloons, of Downend, Bristol

    MD Weddings of Ferrybridge, Yorkshire

    Ballons by Down The lane, of Banchory, Aberdeenshire

    Congratulations to the winners who will be receiving their prize very soon.

    Keep watching the website and facebook page for more competitions/prize draws.

  • 20 Jul 2012 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Helium Situation July 2012

    Due to a number of factors there is currently a global helium shortage affecting all users of helium, from medical, industrial and scientific usage, to our industry using it for balloons.  Much of the helium for balloon gas is recovered from other helium processes and is impure, but due to the global situation this is also in short supply.  The current helium situation means that many suppliers are unable to take on any new balloon gas accounts as they don’t have the available balloon gas at this time and could not guarantee regular on-going supply.  As mentioned, this is not confined to the

    UKor Europebut is truly affecting the industry around the world.

    As stated there are a number of complex reasons why we are currently experiencing this situation and there is no single solution, therefore it is very difficult to predict how long this may last but we know that the gas companies are working very hard to reduce the impact it will have on all helium users. At this time, the latest forecasts suggest that the global helium situation will improve towards the end of the year, but this may be a gradual process and could also be delayed at any time.  In the meantime we can look for alternative ways to fulfil our clients requirements by using air filled balloon décor or where possible using 60/40 helium/Air inflators.

    We are sure that balloon manufacturers will be working on designs for air filled décor and here at BAPIA we will post some air-filled designs to our website which will hopefully give some inspiration.

    BAPIA…working for the balloon and party industry!

  • 27 Feb 2012 4:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     We recently produced a newsletter for distribution to members and public at Spring Fair to highlight our initiatives and teh benefits of membership, if you would like to download a copy of the newsletter simply click this link Spring Fair 2012 final.pdf 


  • 11 Jan 2012 12:43 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    BAPIA launches ISO 14001 Environmental Management System standard initiative for members.

    BAPIA, the Balloon And Party Industry Alliance is introducing another new initiative for its members.   Partnering with Kenny Roberts of KRQA, a quality assurance and business consultancy (who also has a very good working knowledge of the balloon and party industry), BAPIA is encouraging its members to work towards achieving the ISO14001 Environmental Management System standard.

    Promoting the green credentials of the balloon industry and educating the public on our own best practices is already at the top of BAPIA’s  agenda and is promoted through .  Adding to this, better business practices and the guidance towards obtaining the internationally recognised standard ISO14001 can really benefit the whole balloon industry!

    WHY ISO 14001?  

    ISO 14001 certification demonstrates to customers that you manage your environmental responsibilities in a professional manner and so reduce the risk of breaking the law.  Also, many customers, particularly large corporations and public bodies, now require their suppliers to be accredited with the ISO 14001 environmental management system.  As we enter the New Year we are all looking at ways to increase our profits and obtain new customers whilst looking after our existing clients, and this has never been more important than in the current economic climate. 

    Considerable savings can be made by streamlining your business, improving systems and procedures and reducing waste while at the same time promoting environmentally friendly practices. Streamlining the business can also promote a ‘feel good’ factor among your staff and your customers.  Better still, positive PR can be obtained by implementing simple procedures and policies that promote all round environmental friendliness.

    KRQA will be offering a “do it yourself” solution to BAPIA members who, with a few hours’ work a week can be working in the spirit of the international standard and start making positive money saving changes straight away.  It’s not necessary to obtain the standard but if you do wish to do so then this course will be a valuable tool kit that will save you thousands in consultancy fees!

    The price of this kit will be just £50 to BAPIA members and  will include templates and tools that you can use throughout your business.

    Kenny will also be giving regular advice and promotion tips on the BAPIA member’s website, helping you to promote your green credentials and take advantage of PR opportunities.

    To find out more contact


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