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Switching to Recycled Ties

Recycling and preserving the environment is a rising concern for everyone. Whether we’re at home, at work or out shopping we see signs and prompts that advise us how to do our bit to conserve the world we live in and reduce unnecessary waste. In order to help push forwards to a greener future, over the past year Keltic has taken some new steps towards waste reduction. We’ll share them with you here and also advise on how you can make small changes that make a big difference to the environment.
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The Importance of Wearing a Workwear Suit

Cassino Mid Blue Suit from Sophisticated Suit Collection

Though it seems Spring is on the horizon, the temperatures aren’t quite there yet and cold weather definitely isn’t taking a hike any time soon. With the cold winds and frosty mornings we are feeling thankful for our workwear suit jackets at the moment. With a few new suits being released in our range this year, it’s got us thinking how important wearing a suit can be and the affect this has on perceptions.

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Christmas Jumper Day (Text Santa)

 

Keltic staff wearing their Christmas Jumpers for Text Santa

Today we’ve been sporting our bright and colourful Christmas jumpers in aid of the Text Santa charity appeal. Each year businesses and schools alike are encouraged to take part by wearing their best Christmas jumper during the day and making a small contribution to do so. Fundraising activities are also very popular with everything from cake sales to sponsored tasks.

The proceeds from the day are split between three charities – Make A Wish UK, Save the Children and Macmillan Cancer Support, all great charities which many of us can relate to in some way.

This year we’ve run a few fundraising games to push our total fundraising amount up.

At this point we’d like to take the time to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. This year has been one of great developments for us and our customers. We look forward to working with you in 2016!

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Keltic Christmas Party

ticket for Keltic Christmas Party

Once again it’s the time of year for celebrations and plenty of wonderful food. Hasn’t it come around quickly?! Last Friday we had our Keltic Christmas party at the ICC in Birmingham. This years theme was ‘The Hollywood Ball.’ We had a great night with amazing food, entertainment and of course some Christmas drinks!
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New Mens Funeral Wear Overcoat

Following on from our announcement of the Ladies Funeral Overcoat, we’re thrilled to introduce the brand new Men’s Funeral Overcoat. This is a garment that we are especially pleased with. Pictured here alongside the ladies overcoat, the shape is simple yet stylish and will perfectly compliment your uniform look.

Bond Burlington Funeral Overcoat

Funeral Overcoat: Try Before You Buy

We know how frustrating it can be to purchase an item which, when you receive it, just isn’t quite right. Sure, in the brochure, the garments all look great on the models, but different styles can suit different people. That’s why we always offer ‘Try Before You Buy’. We always keep a large quantity of stock and a wide range of sizes available so that we can send out samples very quickly. Let us know what sizes you’d like to try and you’ll receive them within 3-5 working days. We offer free collections on samples, unless of course you love the overcoat so much you wish to purchase it!

Why Not Give it a Go

The process is simple, just give one of our friendly sales advisors a call on 08450 66 66 99. Alternatively make an online enquiry here. If you have purchased any of our funeral wear and have any comments then we would absolutely love to hear them. Please leave them below!

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Keltic Wear It Pink – Update

We recently wrote a blog post about Wear It Pink 2015. It’s a charity day that aims to raise money for breast cancer research. It’s a cause that many of us have some connection to, and so the staff here at Keltic were more than happy to get involved. In our blog post the other day we told you that we’d update you with the total raised for the day. Well… we’ve totalled it up and we raised £69.22! Even though it doesn’t seem like a huge amount, we’re thrilled with this. This is because we know that with thousands of businesses getting involved, each little contribution adds to a huge sum of money for an amazing cause.

Wear It Pink in New Zealand!

 
We’ve also received some amazing photos from the other side of the globe! Louise is currently on her honeymoon and wore pink for the day to get involved even though she’s not here with us. We’re sharing some of her photos with you (with her permission of course) and it’s safe to say we’re just a little bit green eyed with those incredible views.

Wear It Pink: Bridge

 

Wear It Pink: Bikes

We all hope she’s having an amazing time and look forward to welcoming her back next month.

Keep Your Eyes Peeled

 
After the success of this charity day we are thinking ahead to the next one so watch this space, we’ll be back with more soon!

Your Comments

 

Did you get involved with Wear It Pink? We’d love to read your comments about the day. And as always if you have any enquiries with Keltic just give us a ring on 08450 66 66 99. Alternatively make an online enquiry here.

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Keltic Wear It Pink!

October is breast cancer awareness month and today we’ve all got together and worn something pink to support Wear It Pink. This charity organises a day whereby businesses and schools all over the country wear pink in order to generate money and awareness for breast cancer research. All of us know people and families affected by cancer, so today was a great chance for us to raise some money for a cause that we truly believe in. Read on to see Keltic Wear it Pink!

Keltic Wear It Pink Group Photo

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Staff Wedding!

Over the weekend there has been a staff wedding! You may well be familiar with the blushing bride, Louise, as she is a key member of our corporate clothing department. She does a wonderful job here at Keltic and the whole team is thrilled for here.  I’m sure you’ll all agree that both her and her new husband looked beautiful on their big day!

Louise & James

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Chocolate Week – Our Favourite Chocolate

It’s Chocolate Week! What a time to be alive! We’ve only just found this exciting fact out, and are gleefully celebrating this glorious occasion by eating our weight in delicious… yes you guessed it… chocolate. It turns out that everyone in the office has a different favourite when it comes to what kind of chocolate they go for. We thought it might be a fun idea, therefore, to put together a list of each department’s favourite type of chocolate! How will Warehouse compare to Design? What about Body Armour compared to Custom Ties? Find out below!

 

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Chocolate Week: Staff Favourites

 

10 staff choices in random order:

Cadbury Wispa – Corporate Wear Department

Ferrero Rocher – Custom Ties Department

Snickers – Warehouse

Plain Dairy Milk – Parking & Uniform Department

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Design Department

Cadbury Bournville – Body Armour Department

Maltesers – Sewing & Alterations Department

Galaxy (plain, caramel & cookie) – School Crossing Patrol & Road Safety Department

Yorkie – Funeral Wear Department

Mars – Warehouse/Packing

So now you know some of our most loved chocolate. We wonder which is your favourite out of the list there. Comment below!
If you’d like more information about chocolate week you can click here!

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Work Uniform: Picking the Right Colour

When choosing uniforms an important factor to consider is what colour to go for. Colour can play a major role in the look of your uniforms and your overall company image. Below are our top 5 considerations when choosing your work uniform.

Work Uniform

Work Uniform Colour: Some Pointers

 

  1. What are your corporate colours? This is the first point to consider when deciding uniform colour. Remember, there are different ways to use colour – if you can’t source suits or shirts in your company colour, you can use custom ties or company scarves as a low cost way to get your brand across. Below are some less obvious but equally important considerations.
  2.  Approachability vs. Authority.  Colour can play a big role on how approachable your staff appear. For example a pastel shade uniform can come across as more approachable to potential customers. Customer service staff need to regularly interact with the public and need to be approachable at all times. By using lighter shades this can appear more friendly and break down barriers. A direct comparison would be darker shades such as black and navy which can create a more of an “arms length” or authority look. This can be an advantage for the police and similar roles which benefit from  demonstrating an authoritative presence.
  3. Do your staff’s job roles involve possible confrontation? If this is the case then darker shades as mentioned above are ideal to create an impression of authority. A study in Copenhagen reflects just this – by changing their uniforms from green to dark navy, attacks on parking attendants went down by 75%!
  4. Casual vs. Professional. Colours can also differentiate work uniforms to appear either casual or professional. Warmer, lighter or more fashionable colours can appear more casual and even give a “cooler” corporate image; however smart casual is a tricky thing to pull off.  Alternatively darker shades such as navy, charcoal and pinstripes can create a more efficient, smart, professional image. This is something to consider as you will want your uniforms to reflect your company image.
  5. Consider how your staff will feel in the new uniform colour – The choice of fluorescent pink shirts might have looked good on the drawing board, but are your male staff going to be comfortable in this new look?

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I hope this has been useful and something to bear in mind when looking for a work uniform. For further information on this subject leave a comment! If you’d like to speak to one of our staff directly about your uniform, we’d be delighted to help you out. Just call 08450 666699.

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