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STOP means STOP – Respect the Lollipop!

Stop means Stop – Respect the lollipop is a new scheme that has been launched across Trafford to remind motorists to stop for school crossing patrol following an increase in the number of vehicles failing to stop for the school crossing patrol officers.

Drivers and pedestrians generally know who the school crossing patrol wardens are and why they are there but many do not know how they work.  Did you know that motorists must stop when signalled to do so by a school crossing patrol and it is an offence under the Road Traffic Act if they do not?  Did you know that the Patrol sign signals messages to drivers and pedestrians?  The school crossing patrol wardens use their school crossing patrol sign in a number of ways to let everyone know what they intend to do.  I hope you find this page School crossing patrols – advice from Leicestershire County Council as helpful as we did – well you know what they say, you learn something new every day!

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School crossing patrol sign

Why not have a look at our School crossing patrol uniform section on our website for more useful information.

 

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Stab vest: Syringe protection – the truth vs the myths

As we’ve blogged previously, the Home Office Scientific Development Branch provides the certification for stab vest protection – KR1 (Knife Resistance Level 1) is the most common standard for stab protection, and this is often paired with SP1 (Spike Protection Level 1). However, it’s key to point out that SP1 doesn’t cover syringe protection, and that there isn’t a Home Office standard for syringe protection.

If your risk assessment states that your stab vest needs to include protection from syringes, it’s a matter of asking potential suppliers to visit you to demonstrate the syringe-resistant capabilities of their products. We think this is a must when you are dealing with such a crucial piece of protective equipment as stabvests. Please give us a call or post a comment if you have any queries on this matter.

 

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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.

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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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Uniforms work for the salvation army

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!

 

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Champagne Draw in Westminster

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.

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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.

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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!!

 

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Hard body armour & Soft body armour – what’s the difference?

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).

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Bodyarmour differences

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.

 

 

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Corporate suits competition winner shows off his new suit

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.

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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!

 

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Keltic’s Corporate wear department charity run

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.

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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!

 

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Over 100 Councils give our new parking uniform innovations the thumbs up!

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.

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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!

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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!

 

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Welcome to our new school crossing patrol department!

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:

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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.

 

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