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Keltic clothing celebrate the Royal wedding

street party for royal wedding

Keltic’s celebration

I think we can all join in and say we wish Prince William and Kate all the best tomorrow for their big day. To celebrate we held our own little street party to congratulate the couple.

There has been much debate as to dress code regarding the Royal wedding, what is the most popular attire for such big events. There has been much speculation as to whether the formal uniform of top hat and tails are going to be the big hit or lounge jackets and dress jackets. The Telegraph reports Prime Minister David Cameron has been undecided as to what uniform would be most appropriate when attending. wedding party

We are all expecting Prince William to be dressed in his Military uniform as part of tradition and all our eyes eagerly await to see Kate’s dress, reported to be of her own choice and style, moving away from tradition of previous Royal weddings.

Whether people are digging out their ceremonial uniforms and heading to London, joining in street parties or watching it on the big screen, I’m sure tomorrow will be a great success and a Royal wedding to be remembered.

Will and Kate

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‘Win a corporate suit’ prize draw

We’re very excited to say that we’ve just held the prize draw for our ‘Win a suit worth £350’ competition! There were hundreds of entries, with the winner literally being pulled out of a hat (one of our lovely uniform caps!).

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The lucky hat

Simon Parrot, Area Sales Manager for leading corporate suits manufacturer Brook Taverner kindly visited our offices to make the draw, and the lucky winner was Chris Tudor of Wyre Forest District Council. Chris was delighted with the win, and when Chris has picked his preferred suit we’ll be sure to post a photo of him looking dapper!

This is just one of many prize draws we’ll be holding throughout the year. Everyone who signs up to our newsletter is automatically entered into the draw and is eligible to win. Our occasional newsletter provides information on special offers and upcoming developments to our uniform suits and other ranges.

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Simon Parrot picks the winner

We chose a uniform suit as an introductory prize – but chocolate lovers among you should look out this May for our great chocolate hamper giveaway!

To be in with a chance to win a hamper of chocolate goodies just sign up to our newsletter.

 

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When wearing paramedic uniforms, leave out the silly socks!

An article posted by the BBC reports ambulance crews have faced a discipline on wearing silly socks as part of their ambulance clothing to work. Health chiefs have reported novelty socks with slogans and images are “inappropriate” and “unprofessional” whilst on duty. This new ambulance uniform policy includes shirts to be tucked in at all times, footwear to be fully polished and uniforms to be clean and laundered, the list goes on however many feel the silly socks ban is a step too far.

Many companies have strict uniform regulations, and such as the above they can be quite comical. However it does bring to light some items of clothing can be unprofessional depending on what profession you are in.

We will continue to keep you updated with recent uniform news articles, watch this space!

 

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Corporate Clothing Samples Delivered and Collected Free of Charge

This month we are welcoming in the spring with a fantastic new offer of free collection and delivery of samples. Spring time is full of new plans for the coming summer months ahead, plans for summer holidays and lazy weekends, along with new company budgets, new staff and new summer uniforms.

We all know the benefits of corporate clothing within the workplace, and the importance of staff morale, ensuring everyone feels comfortable in the new uniform choice. An ideal way to ensure this is to sample garments prior to ordering, see our ‘Why try before you buy is a must’ blog for helpful advice.
Our April offer includes our full range of staff clothing including security uniforms, corporate wear, body armour, paramedic and hi visibility clothing. We hope this helps in your decision for choosing your ideal corporate clothes and you benefit from no charges, no obligations and no accusing questions from the boss as to why you have a box load of uniforms on your desk!
To request your samples simply call us on 08450 66 66 99, or fill in your details on our contact us form and we will get a reply over to you straight away.
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How to care for your uniforms

The current economic climate makes us all tighten our belts, and that includes when it comes to corporate clothing. Here are our top 6 tips on how to keep costs low and save money on your uniforms and make them last!

  1. Shirts – Don’t boil-wash your shirts! Sounds funny but this is a common occurrence causing shrinking, loss of buttons and all sorts of other problems. Modern washing powders allow for clean results at 40 degrees or less, so there’s no excuse for shrinking your shirt to the size of a teddy bear’s!
  2. Jumpers and Knitwear – turn inside out before washing to prolong the life of the garment and the key is to allow it to dry flat naturally. Tumble drying can cause shrinkage and wringing out can stretch the garment out of shape if done too vigorously. We’ve seen some pretty funny shaped jumpers in our time!
  3. Suits – the majority of suits used as staff uniform these days are washable rather than dry clean only. To get the best results use a wash bag. Lay jackets, trousers and skirts in the bag, seal and fold in half. Ensure you wash at the temperature stated on the garment label. To dry, place on hanger, shake gently and reshape by straightening the seams and folding in the creases. Do not tumble dry, just leave to dry naturally and finish with a cool iron over a damp cloth.
  4. Hi Visibility jackets – we advise to wash your jackets a maximum of 10 times so that both the waterproof element of the jacket and reflective tape doesn’t degrade. Allow to dry naturally and wipe clean between washes as necessary to maintain fluorescent qualities.
  5. Embroidered/Printed uniforms – when ironing logos, too much heat can make them fade and pull. To prevent this happening, always iron the garments inside-out.
  6. Alternate regularly – It’s not all about washing and aftercare to make sure your staff uniforms last, it’s also to do with the amount of time you wear the garments, and the amount of time you rest them for. Where multiple shirts, trousers, jumpers etc are issued, alternate them on different days to give the fabric time to recover.

I hope this has been helpful, for further useful advice on this subject just give us a call!

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Are uniforms an effective marketing tool? Yes! says new study

Hot on the heels of Louise’s Latest article, Branded corporate clothing made easy, a new American study published in March this year by Suffolk University (Boston, USA) certainly struck a chord.

Research shows that uniforms supplied for your staff with your company branding are a more effective marketing tool than almost all other methods of advertising. This includes not only traditional tools such as newspapers and the yellow pages but crucially (74.4%) of respondents stated uniform programs are more effective than more modern tools such as internet and TV ads. 

This is a very exciting statistic to bear in mind both for companies thinking of providing uniforms for their staff and also for a uniform supplier such as ourselves. By using uniforms as a marketing tool, you are not only saving major costs on advertising through big media, you are also allowing your staff to feel involved in the promotion of your business. The uniform study was based on over 250 questionnaires across a broad range of company sectors, and all those questioned concluded that staff that were regularly observed by the public wearing company uniforms made for a better marketing tool.

I hope this has presented something of interest and given you something new to think about when considering your next uniform design.

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Branded corporate clothing made easy

Supplying uniforms for your staff is a great way to achieve a smart appearance, corporate consistency and high staff morale. When wearing uniforms your staff feel valued and part of a team. Why not go one step further and introduce branded wear into the equation?

Embroidered corporate clothing is a great way to logo a variety of staff uniform items from embroidered shirts and embroidered poloshirts to embroidered jackets. Embroidery can either be bold and eye-catching or a subtle affair depending on your preference, both providing a sophisticated and elegant finish to your uniforms. By branding your uniform, as well as creating a great corporate image, you help your customers easily identify your staff.

Further ideas for branding your uniforms would be printing. Printed workwear is ideal for outerwear such as hi viz jackets – however this can peel and show wear over time. For a lasting logo reflective badges are a great alternative.

As well as providing a great image for your organisation, embroidery and printing mean that you avoid the tax implications of providing unbranded clothing. If you want to do this without any obvious branding, then tax tags are for you. Tax tags are a very discreet way of adding logos to your uniform, much like a levis tag on a pair of jeans.

Whichever branding option you prefer these will all create great benefits to both your company and staff. Branding is a popular subject so do check back for further updates!

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Keltic to demonstrate next generation parking uniforms at Parkex

Parkex, Europe’s largest parking exhibition and conference, is always an exciting time of year for us at Keltic. It’s the time when we showcase our latest parking uniform innovations, and even more importantly when we get to meet all our lovely customers and potential customers!

It’s a great opportunity to come together with people you don’t necessarily see during the year, to consolidate existing relationships and build new ones. We’ll be showcasing both our civil enforcement officer uniform innovations (for on street enforcement) and our parking attendant uniform new additions (for off street staff).

First off, we’ll be demonstrating our new Magnum Strider – we’ll be chucking water, chemicals and all sorts of “nasties” at it, to demonstrate its water-repellant hydrophobic technology. We’ll also have data to show how well the Strider performs in comparison to other leading brands in terms of durability and slip-resistance, with reports and pictures from the Health and Safety Executive.

We’ll also be showcasing our Patrol Range – our flagship range of parking enforcement uniforms, which includes our superb lightweight summer range and our Patrol Anorak and Blouson, the most waterproof and breathable parking jackets on the market, available from stock in 30 colours.

Keltic Clothing Parkex Advert

Keltic Clothing Parkex Advert

The other main innovation we will be unveiling is our brand new Patrol Cap. Parking Review recently heralded the 50 year anniversary of the traffic warden – and whilst the rest of the uniform is unrecognisable, the peaked cap has remained unchanged – until now. The Patrol Cap is the next generation peaked cap – lightweight, breathable, waterproof and comfortable. See it for the first time at Parkex 29-31 March. For a sneak peak see our Parkex Ad for information.

At Keltic, we’re so confident in our garments that we can arrange a FREE TRIAL – see our friendly exhibition staff for details. We’re also offering 10% off all first-time orders placed by 30.04.11 – again, please see our exhibition staff for details.

We’re at stand P90 – opposite the restaurant and near the Parkex café. This year we’re encouraging customers to book appointments with myself or our exhibition team, to make sure we get to see everyone – please contact us to arrange your appointment.

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Not quite the ‘Full Monty’

Here at Keltic, we’ve just launched our new paramedic uniform range on our website. We may have a few glasses of wine to celebrate, but we’ll be sure not to be wearing one of our uniforms when we buy it!

A leading supermarket recently refused to serve a paramedic who attempted to buy wine in his uniform, stating that it was company policy. What happened next was quite unexpected – he took off his ambulance uniform and stripped down to his underwear and asked “now will you serve me?”!

This isn’t the first time that paramedic uniforms have hit the news. There have been regular calls by ambulance unions to provide their members with paramedic stab vests – citing the shocking and increasing number of assaults on their staff.

In other paramedic uniform-related news, we were sad to hear that Random Acts of Reality, a Blog based in London, England, written by an E.M.T working for the London Ambulance Service is no more, with the blogger moving on to pastures outside the ambulance sector – best of luck from all at Keltic!

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Full of the Joys of Spring – New Season, New Website

At Keltic we’re all very excited because tomorrow marks the launch of our new website, which is the culmination of over six months work. We feel that our website is the perfect representation of where we are at the moment as a company. We’re made up of six specialist departments, and we thought we’d give a brief rundown of what each of the three main departments do, and how they tie in together.

The largest department, which is how we started back in 2001, is our Uniform Wear Department, which supplies uniform clothing for security, parking, wardens and other enforcement roles. Our USP has always been manufacturing – the business started out making custom jackets for parking and security staff. This developed into supplying the full kit head-to-toe and we’re now the UK’s largest enforcement uniform provider, with 5 large warehouses full of unique and exclusive garments.

Security and enforcement supervisors needed suits and shirts/blouses, events staff needed poloshirts or corporate jackets, and hey presto the Corporate Wear department was formed. From these humble roots we recruited staff with a passion for fashion, and we’re now one of the UK’s largest suppliers of corporatewear, supplying many of the country’s most prestigious hotels and landmarks, as well as hundreds of doctor’s surgeries, local authorities, colleges and universities and blue chip companies.

With the alarming increase in violence against staff, and the worrying prevalence of weapons in society, we were increasingly being asked to supply body armour. Our Body Armour Department spent two years researching the market and developing the best range of body armour in the UK. We now have 7 different styles available from stock at every Home Office protection level, and a unique system that allows you to interchange styles. This is widely recognised as a huge development for the industry – until recently the only question was “do you want a white or a black stab vest?”

The Department Heads will be blogging about each Department in the coming weeks, but we hope this post has given an insight as to how each department is related. To mark the coming of Spring, and the launch of our new website, we’re offering free delivery and collection of samples for the whole of March.

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