Today we’re blogging about a question that’s always bugged us that we’ve recently found the answer to – why do the Salvation Army wear uniforms for work? Have you ever wondered the same, when you’ve noticed them whilst out shopping in town, for instance?
Initially it started when the Christian movement took on a military character, in the early days of Salvationism. Now, uniforms work for the Salvation Army because they give a clear guide to onlookers that the wearer is a Christian and is available for religious discussion or instruction. Uniform work is generally associated with help and assistance, and this association is useful for the Salvationist movement, showing they are available to serve others.
Another crucial job that a uniform does, not only for the Salvation Army but for all uniformed professions, is make the wearer feel part of a team, and part of something that is bigger than themselves. The more observant among you will have noticed that Army uniforms, while having a basic style, have a number of accoutrements such as epaulettes and badges. Similar to other work roles, these denote whether the wearer is an officer or soldier, and which corps they are a member of.
We hope that this blog has helped some of you who have wondered about the origins of the Salvation Army’s dress. The Salvation Army brass band are actually playing at a friend’s wedding in July – I’ll report back on how they look in their uniforms!
On Tuesday 28th June we sponsored the combined Healthcare and Higher Education Special Interest Group meeting, a British Parking Association event, at the Royal Horticultural Halls Conference centre in the heart of Westminster. On the walk from the tube station, we saw lots of Westminster’s very smart looking Civil Enforcement Officers, who we’ve recently kitted out in a smart new civil enforcement officer uniform.
Keltic Prize draw
The group had two new chairs, Ian Goodman of Manchester Metropolitan University and Laura Kelly of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Kings Lynn, who did a fantastic job. The meeting had the highest attendance we’ve seen at a BPA meeting so far, and we really enjoyed meeting lots of new faces from the university and healthcare sectors. The event gave us a great opportunity to show off our civil enforcement officer uniforms to both existing and potential clients.
Lucky prize winner
Helen Dolphin of Disabled Motoring UK gave a superb talk on providing parking for disabled motorists, and there were a number of other really interesting talks, including Terry Vass from Brunel University on how they’ve drastically reduced their crime rate with the help of the Safer Parking Scheme, as well as Mark Biggs of the Metropolitan Police. We particularly liked Mark’s comment that hospitals and universities are like towns, with very similar parking problems.
Half way through the day it was looking like the attendees could have used one of our new Patrol Macs because the heavens truly opened – but thankfully it had dried up when home-time came around!
We did our famous business card draw, and the winner of a huge bottle of champagne – a jeroboam, no less – was Emma Marshall of Precision Parking. Congratulations Emma!!
In the 1980s all body armour was rigid or “hardened”, making it uncomfortable and difficult to move in. Thankfully, technology has moved on to the extent that flexible soft body armour is now available that provides equal or greater protection from all threats, including blunt trauma (body blows).
When it comes to blunt trauma, we recommend that you ask for a demonstration of the protection provided by the proposed bodyarmour supplier, because there is no Home Office standard for blunt trauma protection. Also, it’s crucial for wearers to be able to manoeuvre away from threats, and something key to add into the mix is the fact that they will find it easier to manoeuvre if their body armour is flexible.
All body armour uk suppliers should be happy to call in to see you to demonstrate the capabilities of their products, and this is a great way for you to confirm that they have Home Office test certificates and that all armour is full CE marked too.
Our newsletter give away this April was a corporate suit worth £350, the lucky winner being Chris at Wyre Forest District Council. Chris has kindly sent over a photo of himself in his brand new uniform suit as a thank you.
Uniform suit winner
These great competitions, whether it be to win uniform suits or a hamper of chocolate are a great incentive to sign up to our occasional newsletter, which keep our customers updated with the latest offers, competitions and products that we have.
By the way this month’s prize is to win a crate of Pimms, there’s only one week left so get your sign ups in for your chance to win!
At Keltic we are always willing to take part in charity events and raise money for a good cause. Last weekend our very own corporatewear department took part in the Cancer Research Race for Life, raising £252 between them.
Corporatewear Charity Run
The day was clouded over and they got caught in a number of downpours but they carried on and finished within the hour. Our brand new School Crossing Patrol department is also taking part in next weekend’s run, to raise further money for such a good cause.
Our corporate wear supplier team thoroughly enjoyed their day and are already planning for next year’s event!
It’s been almost two months since our latest parking uniform items – the Magnum Strider and the Patrol Cap were launched at Parkex – and I just wanted to give you some feedback as to how these have been received by our customers.
Parking uniforms – Magnum Strider
Those of you who visited our stand at Parkex will remember we demonstrated the Magnum Strider – the UK’s first shoe designed specifically for parking staff – by chucking water and all sorts of nasties at it – and nothing stuck due to its ion mask technology! This has featured in the Sunday Times, The Sun, The Guardian and on the Chris Evans Breakfast show and the Gadget show and is really clever stuff, actually repelling water. We were delighted to have the opportunity to bring this technology into the world of parking enforcement uniforms. As well as being highly water-resistant, the Strider is also very lightweight, very breathable, very durable and also EN-certified for slip resistance. We have sold the Strider to well in excess of 100 local authorities already, which we think is pretty amazing for two months’ work! It is totally unheard of for a new product to get such amazing feedback – we have had customers raving on the phone for ten minutes about how good the Strider is!
Parking Uniforms – Patrol Cap
The other new innovations in the world of parking attendant uniform that is causing a stir is the Patrol Cap. We made a small initial batch to test the market and have been totally inundated with requests for this product. It seems that people are just bored of the same old caps that people have been wearing since 1960. Unlike the existing hats, which are made of wool and can therefore soak up rain in winter or cause wearers to sweat in summer, the Patrol Cap is very lightweight, 100% waterproof and highly breathable. We’re making more as fast as we possibly can, so please bear with us!
We just wanted to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported these two new products – we’re really grateful – and do keep your feedback coming!
We have some exciting news. Our one stop shop webpage for School Crossing Patrol uniforms is now live! Our School Crossing patrols do a great job helping to keep our children safe on the roads and their uniform will help keep them safe too. On a serious note, reality is around 5,000 children under the age of 16 die or are seriously injured on Britain’s roads each year. Here at Keltic we are dedicated to providing at top class service with top class information. Here is the latest update on School Crossing Patrol Uniform to keep you in the loop. The law states that every school crossing patrol should be issued with the following:
Brand new School Crossing Patrol uniform department
- A fluorescent outer garment with reflective tape
- A peaked hat
- A Crossing patrol sign
Keep checking the blog for more detailed information and the latest updates or contact us for more information.
We follow all the latest news on corporate wear uk and around the world, and were really taken by one recent article. New Yorker Sheena Matheiken of the Daily Telegraph decided to wear the same dress every day for a year, both as a comment on the fashion world, and to raise money for a good cause. This spurned numerous other people to follow suit (pardon the pun!).
The idea of wearing one dress every day really struck a chord with us as corporate wear suppliers, because obviously the point of corporatewear is that it is worn every day and gives a unified look to a workforce.
corporate wear photo prize
The photos of Sheena in her rather interesting dress (ahem!) got us thinking – and we’ve come up with a competition as a result. Post photos of you or your colleagues in your corporatewear on our Facebook page, and the one with the most ‘likes’ will win a bottle of champagne. So, get your colleagues and friends liking your picture!
We look forward to your entries!
At Keltic, as one of the UK’s leading uniform clothing suppliers, we’re more keen than most for people to look really smart, and to wear the correct uniform for their job role, as well as to feel comfortable and special in their uniform clothes.
The San Francisco Examiner recently reported on an interesting situation that related to this. A “Patrol Special” police officer was recently sacked for wearing the incorrect uniform wear. The officer, who had been nominated for a medal for disarming a gunman during a fatal shootout, had failed to wear his navy jacket and trousers, which had a distinctive blue stripe down the side, on 37 occasions during 2009 and 2010.
However, the article also reports that he also failed to show up to various training courses, amongst other issues. So as with many of these seemingly straightforward stories, there’s more than the headline implies. However, there’s food for thought here. Would you take a chance and not wear your uniform if you knew your job was on the line?
Anyone interested in the history of the corporate uniform should get themselves to The National Maritime Museum in London over the summer.
The museum has over 7000 corporate uniform items – one of the biggest collections we know of. Highlights include a captain’s full dress coat of the same 1774 pattern worn by Captain Cook, and three coats belonging to Lord Nelson including the uniform he was wearing when fatally wounded at Trafalgar.
Visit the history of corporate uniforms
There is also a superb example of one of the first Royal Navy corporate uniforms.
Anyone with an interest in the history of uniform design and manufacture, as well as more broadly in dress codes and fashions since 1600, should give it a visit!