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!
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!
Free with your first order of company uniforms
The short answer is no. 99% of wearers can safely and comfortably wear standard sizes Small to XXXL, and good body armour can be adjusted at several points so it fits even more closely. For very tall wearers, it’s advisable to purchase bodyarmour with extra length to ensure the lower internal organs are adequately covered.
For wearers outside the standard S – XXXL and some ladies who require a ‘D’ cup fitting or larger, special sizes may be necessary both from a comfort and protection point of view.
If you have any concerns or queries on this important matter, just give us a call, or comment on this post.
Would you buy a second hand parachute that you didn’t know the history of, strap it to your back, jump out of a plane and hope for the best? Us neither. But people who buy second hand body armour, which could be well past its shelf life, could have been tampered with, and could have been subjected to trauma in the past that may impede its future performance, are doing exactly that.
We would liken it to “ringer” cars, that have been in a crash and superficially repaired, but may not meet even minimum safety standards and may crumple in a crash when it really matters.
Choose correct body armour protection
If you’re a local authority, university, part of the NHS, or a blue chip company, we would strongly recommend only buying Home Office certified body armour, manufactured in a UKAS ISO 9001 accredited factory. This is the minimum standard for adequately fulfilling your duty of care for employees that could be exposed to stab, spike or ballistic risks.
Well, we hope that’s food for thought – have a great Bank Holiday weekend, and do click back for more body armour blogs next week!
At Keltic, we’re always keen to keep in touch with our customers and be involved in new developments and events. We believe a good relationship between customer and supplier brings great trust, which leads to a more efficient and enjoyable process for all.
One valued customer who we regularly supply corporate suits for, Worsbrough Brass band will be travelling to Schwabish Gmund in Germany this July for a forthcoming tour. The band was formed in 1993 by a group of children and their parents. Only a small group with not much funding, their enthusiasm and talent secured them a national lottery award to fund for a new set of instruments. Since then they have gone from strength to strength, and have won numerous awards including the recent 2010 win as ‘Yorkshire Area Championships’.
Schwabish Gmund in Germany is the twin town of Barnsley; apparently it is another mining town but whereas Barnsley was a coal mining town they mine for Gold. This year is the 40th celebrations for the twinning of the towns and Worsbrough Brass are going as guests of a local German Band. During the 6 days they will perform at 4 concerts, a friendly football match, and a beer and sausage evening, enjoying a barbeque of the delicious local meats before they leave. A number of the band have visited the region before and reported that it’s a very beautiful area.
Keltic supplied the ideal corporate suit for their tour
For their upcoming tour, we have kitted them out in our formal uniform suits and matching bow ties and scarves. To show our support, in exchange for their loyal custom we have sponsored their corporate shirts.
If any of our customers reading this would like to be involved in future blogs, please get in touch. We’d love to feature your organisation, and if you have a great photo like this one showing off your new look, all the better!