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Another wash out week – good job Keltic’s jackets are 8 times more waterproof than the highest European standard!

As you probably know 20th June was the first day of Summer.  Summer?  What’s that I hear you say!  I think it’s safe to say that we haven’t had much of a Summer so far and England is set for at least another 10 days of rain!  My heart goes out to the dedicated team of School Crossing Patrollers that are keeping our little ones safe on the roads across the country.  As happy and content as they are in their job, their clothing can make all the difference in this extreme weather.  A Patroller wet through does not make for job satisfaction. 

We’ve had great feedback on our School Crossing Patrol jackets from a number of local authorities.  Mainly because they are 8 times more waterproof than the highest European Standard and many times more breathable.  Breathability is important as we recognise that sometimes when it is wet it is not always that cold.  Another added great feature is the removable quilted liner that also helps to regulate body temperature.  Our Superior Stop jacket uses prismatic tape which can be seen up to 7 times further away.  Another fact is that prismatic tape does not lose its reflectivity in the rain whereas glass bead tape “blacks out” when the rain drops fall on it.  

 

Why not call us and take a look at a sample and see the quality for yourself!  You can call us on 08450 66 66 99 to arrange this.

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Struggling to find space to store your stock? Tired of having to order in bulk?

With Keltic, you can order 1 or 2 jackets here, a sign or a hat there – and receive next day delivery. With no minimum orders, you don’t need to keep any stock because we do it for you.

No need to plan ahead and order in bulk quantities any more as Keltic hold everything from our One Stop Lollipop Shop in stock for you.

This eliminates the problem of tying up your budget in dead stock, means you don’t have to wait weeks for your order to be delivered, and means you no longer need a storage space.

To receive a copy of our latest brochure, showing the largest range of school crossing patrol clothing in the UK, please call us on 08450666699.

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Keltic And Road Safety GB Join Forces – week commencing 23/04/2012 receive 10% off!

To celebrate our exciting new partnership with Road Safety GB, next week only we are offering 10% discount to all news feed subscribers. The corporate partnership ensures that the newsfeed will continue as a free service, despite continuing cutbacks and mounting financial pressures throughout the road safety profession.

James Gibson, Road Safety GB press & PR officer, said: “This new partnership with Keltic Clothing is great news for both parties.

“On average, each month the newsfeed receives around 14,000 visits from around 8,000 visitors, the vast majority of whom are road safety officers and other road safety professionals.

“The investment that Keltic will be making in our newsfeed is substantial and very welcome.

“Equally important, having met with David Barry and the team at Keltic, we like them and their approach to business. There is a meeting of minds which will be an important element of this new alliance.

“All in all, we are confident this will turn out to be a win-win partnership.”

We are extremely passionate about supplying the most reflective and waterproof high visibility garments.  Take a look at our One Stop Lollipop Shop to see out full range of School Crossing Patrol Clothing.

To ensure you receive your 10% discount, please quote the code NF001.

Please call Serena Groom or Louise Bennett on 08450 66 66 99 for further information.

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What are the rules for school crossing patrol uniforms?

The Home Office states that by Section 28 (1) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, all School Crossing Patrols are required to wear a knee length outer garment with full sleeves, consisting of no more than two fluorescent colours covering the whole outer area of the garment (but may include non-fluorescent trimmings).

The garment needs to be certified, by a notified body, to the highest class of the standard for “High Visibility Warning Clothing”, currently EN471, Class 3. The garment must include at least two bands of hi vis tape on the torso and one 50mm band, not greater than 300mm from the hem of the body.

School Crossing Patrols must also wear a peaked hat, a beret, or alternative headwear for religious reasons.

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Keltic to sponsor BRAKE’s Road Safety Forum Congress on speed reduction and control!!

We just wanted to let you know about an event that we are sponsoring.  It is hosted by BRAKE, the road safety charity.  The event will be mainly about speed reduction and control.  It will bring together leading academics and practitioners from around the globe to discuss developments in reducing traffic speeds to save lives.  We feel that this event is essential for road safety professionals. The theme will be speed and a variety of subjects will be discussed. These will include;

  • Research in reducing speed
  • Demonstrating innovation and new directions in speed enforcement  and it will of course provide a forum for road safety professionals to network.

As you know we are very passionate about road safety and we are proud to be sponsoring this event. As corporate sponsors we’ve been made aware by Brake of some free tickets that are available. If this event is something that you  are interested in please get in touch. There is a link below for more information.

http://www.roadsafetyforum.org/events/annualconference.aspx

If you are already attending, please check out our stand – We’d love to see you there!!

For more information, please call Serena Groom or Louise Bennett on 08450 66 66 99.

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West Midlands SCP Trade Fair – A great Success!

Last week Keltic attended the West Midlands Regional group meeting in Solihull.  Alongside the meeting we took part in a Trade Fair with a few more school Crossing Patrol uniform suppliers.  This was a great idea, hosted by Coral Holloway of Dudley Metropolitan Council held at Solihull Council.  We can’t thank Coral and Kim Stone from Solihull Council enough for their hospitality!

School Crossing Patrol Clothing

School Crossing Patrol Uniform Draw

We had some great feedback on some of our school crossing patrol wear, for example, really positive comments on our waterproof black SCP gloves and the cupcakes went down really well.  Keltic held a prize draw to win a bottle of Champagne. Our Director David Barry gave us the honour of pulling the lucky name out of the box.  Congratulations to the lucky winner, Tina Green from Worcestershire County Council.

We would just like to say a big thank you to everyone that attended for making us feel welcome and all the positive feedback we received, we hope to see you all again soon!

Don’t forget our festive offer of a FREE wearer trial of any of our school crossing patrol clothing, please call Serena or Laura on 08450 66 66 99 to arrange your free trial.

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Champagne Draw at the Road Safety GB 2011 Conference

As you know this year, Keltic attended the Road safety GB Conference in Chester.  The seminars included lots of really interesting topics such as Speed and wider Road Safety topics.  We had a great time at the Exhibition too!

Keltic held a prize draw to win a Magnum of Champagne, and Alan Kennedy who is the Chair Road Safety GB and Road Safety manager at Durham County council gave us the honour of pulling the name out of the box.

Champagne Draw Winner

The lucky winner of our “Win a Magnum of Champagne” Business Card Competition was Clair George who is the Road Safety Officer at Peterborough City Council.  Clair has kindly sent us over a photograph of her with her rather large bottle of champagne as a thank you.

Thanks again to everyone who attended and made the day a great success!

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Road Safety GB Conference

To everyone who attended the Road Safety GB conference in Chester last week, we would like to thank you for a fantastic 2 days!

Road Safety GB Conference

The conference was very informative and the speakers were superb (the food and entertainment at the dinner was also superb!).  It was great to talk to you all in the exhibition – we really enjoyed meeting everyone and taking part.  Our STOP sign cupcakes created a bit of a buzz too – check out our photos!!

School Crossing Patrol Cupcakes

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BRAKE road safety week in the West Midlands

We’re very proud of our Corporate Partnership with BRAKE who as you know this week have launched Road Safety Week! Road Safety week is an annual event, now in its 15th Year.

Young people, victims of young drivers crashes and emergency services are launching Road Safety week through demonstrations showing the horror of road crashes.

We put a significant amount of our profits back in to road safety. we’re delighted to be able to help Brake to achieve their objectives of cutting road deaths and injuries.

Casualty statistics revealed by Brake today show that a young person is killed on Roads in the West Midlands every week.  Every 18 hours, a young person suffers a serious injury that in many cases can be life changing.  There are 4 main causes of road deaths concerning young people are drink, drugs, speed and seatbelts.

Families in the West Midlands who have lost loved ones in devastating young driver crashes are calling for action on the biggest killer of young people at the launch of Road Safety Week.

BRAKE is demanding government action to tackle these needless casualties.  They are doing this by highlighting evidence that “graduated driver licensing”, including a minimum learning to drive period, and restrictions for novices, would prevent 200 deaths and thousands of injuries each year.

Emergency services, local authorities, colleges and other agencies are taking part in the Week to get the message across about the horror of road crashes.  Keltic are urging everybody to get involved, to find out more about how to get involved, please follow the link below:

Guidance for organisations

To find out more about BRAKE, Read Brake’s campaign calls.

 

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Prismatic Tape – The Only Option When it Comes to Safety?

As we all know, it’s Road Safety Week, and as a corporate partner of Brake, we’ll be blogging all week in support of the fantastic work they do. At Keltic, we put a significant amount of our profits back in to road safety. In line with Brake’s road safety messages, we thought we would take this opportunity to highlight some new reflective tape technology that we feel should be more widely used in our industry.

Our School Crossing Patrol do such a great job keeping our children safe, and their high visibility jackets obviously contribute to this. What we find exciting is that a new garment tape technology – prismatic tape – is now available which allows wearers to be seen up to 7 times further away than glass bead tape. Glass bead tape is the older, less reflective ‘plain’ looking silver tape that can still be seen on many garments.

Just as exciting is the fact that prismatic tape also retains its reflectivity for the lifetime of the garment and gives exceptional performance in the rain. With the older technology (glass bead), tests show that the glass beads wear off over time and with washing, so the reflective values drop dramatically after wearing and washing which is clearly a concern.

The reflectiveness of glass bead tape is also dramatically reduced in the rain. At last week’s Road Safety GB conference, we demonstrated how glass bead tape ‘blacks out’ in areas where rain hits it. With the amount of rain we get in this country, and the fact that school crossing patrol staff work in all weathers, that’s also a concern.

With this in mind, should all School Crossing Patrol’s be wearing  Prismatic Tape?

 

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