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Staff uniforms on the way to being 100% recycled

Following on from our Olympics recycled uniform blog earlier this month, another great staff uniform story has caught our attention.

At Keltic, we are keen to move forward with recycling and help make our environment a much cleaner and friendly place to be, so we note with interest that the UK’s largest fast food chain McDonalds  will from 2012 be introducing 100% recycled uniforms in time for the London Olympics .

The story reported by the Guardian claims the restaurant “has been hitting back with a series of green and social initiatives” and has created “a uniform design model for the future which others can follow.”

We can all learn from this example and begin to think of the environmental impact of staff clothing, rather than it being just a uniform.

For further corporate clothing developments, keep posted!

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It’s a uniform Jim, but not as we know it!

I know that’s a Star Trek, rather than Star Wars reference, but they all blend into one to me to be honest!

We couldn’t help commenting on the recent news story that George Lucas, creator of Star Wars, is in a longstanding court battle with prop designer Andrew Ainsworth over who owns the rights to the Stormtrooper uniforms used in the 1970s classic Star Wars films.

The stormtrooper uniform is one of the most iconic examples of corporate clothing in modern history. And we can see why the two parties were arguing – Ainsworth sold a single stormtrooper helmet for $97,000 back in 2004. There’s been another Star Wars film since then so today’s cost is likely to be even higher.

The corporate clothing uk market will be rocked by the decision that the case was thrown out of a British court, after it ruled that the Stormtrooper uniforms were “industrial props with utilitarian purpose” rather than “works of art”. Bad luck to Andy Ainsworth, that decision’s got to hurt.

Those of you who regularly follow this blog will remember our entry about the Parkex show in March, where our stand was visited by promotional staff dressed in Stormtrooper corporate clothing uniforms – we hope they cleared it with George Lucas!

 

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Chocolate Hamper prize draw winner

Our newsletter sign up prize this May was to win a chocolate hamper full of Thornton goodies. The lucky winner pulled out the hat was Mr. Tony Hawley from the Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London, a valued customer to our sister company Keltic Ties. The Metropolitan Grand Lodge of London for London Freemasons are currently raising £2.5M for the Cyber Knife Appeal for Barts and the London Hospital for Cancer Treatment.

This gives me a great opportunity to introduce our sister site who specialise in the production of a range of corporate ties, and bespoke neckwear. We have been producing bespoke company ties for over 80 years and are experts in the field of producing bespoke neckwear such as club ties to a range of companies and organisations such as rugby and golf clubs. We also specialise in school ties and supply to a range of schools across the UK.

We’ve recently had a new arrival to the custom ties department, Jessica Gleeson shown on the left of the photo who runs the department.

Club tie winner

Company ties winner

For further information on our Keltic ties please call us and don’t forget to sign up to our next newsletter for further amazing giveaways!

 

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Keltic’s special offer this month!

Don’t forget this month’s great special offer, which is open to current company uniform customers only. As our way of thanks and to show our appreciation for your continued business, simply refer a friend in another department or organisation and we’ll send both you and them a bottle of champagne when they place their first order for company uniforms.

We are now a leading uniform company down to our valued customers. Both our loyal customers and new arrivals we feel need to be rewarded for their continued business. Please call me for details!

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Free with your first order of company uniforms

 

 

 

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Sign up to our newsletter & win a chocolate hamper!

Further to our very popular “Win a corporate suit prize draw”, where Chris from Wyre Forest Council was the lucky winner of a suit worth £350, we just wanted to let everyone know about this month’s offer.

This month, if you sign up to our newsletter, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a huge hamper full of delicious chocolate! Our occasional newsletter is designed to keep you up to date with the latest news about our garment ranges, as well as special offers and giveaways. There’ll be enough chocolate to last you through to next Easter, so why not sign up now?

 

 

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Keltic clothing celebrate the Royal wedding

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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.

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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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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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