This month we are welcoming in the spring with a fantastic new offer of free collection and delivery of samples. Spring time is full of new plans for the coming summer months ahead, plans for summer holidays and lazy weekends, along with new company budgets, new staff and new summer uniforms.
We all know the benefits of corporate clothing within the workplace, and the importance of staff morale, ensuring everyone feels comfortable in the new uniform choice. An ideal way to ensure this is to sample garments prior to ordering, see our ‘Why try before you buy is a must’ blog for helpful advice.
Our April offer includes our full range of staff clothing including security uniforms, corporate wear, body armour, paramedic and hi visibility clothing. We hope this helps in your decision for choosing your ideal corporate clothes and you benefit from no charges, no obligations and no accusing questions from the boss as to why you have a box load of uniforms on your desk!
To request your samples simply call us on 08450 66 66 99, or fill in your details on our contact us form and we will get a reply over to you straight away.
A correct enforcement uniform can make all the difference to staff morale
Even in times of recession there’s no getting away from training costs, and roles such as enforcement wardens cost local authorities up to £4000 to train staff. Our message at this year’s Parkex exhibition was that providing the best warden uniform helps to retain staff. Our new garments such as the magnum striders, patrol anoraks and patrol caps are focused on keeping staff safe, warm and dry. This leads to increased staff morale meaning those staff are more likely to stay in their role and provide a return on their training investment.
Providing the right enforcement uniforms and equipment can also reduce sickness and absence. Happy staff, rather than wet, miserable staff, will also be more productive in their work. And when they know their managers are looking after them by researching the right uniform, looking at all the options and involving them in the decision-making process, this further feeds into the feel-good factor.
That’s very much been our message this Parkex, and it’s been tremendously well received, with over sixty local authorities stopping by our stand to discuss their staff’s uniform issues, and how Keltic can help solve them. If you’d like to arrange for your local authority staff to trial our garments, free of charge, to see what a difference they can make to your staff morale, just get in touch.
We just wanted to say thanks very much to everyone who stopped by our stand at Parkex last week. We had a brilliant time seeing all our lovely customers again, as well as meeting new potential ones (along with a few Star Wars characters!). Parkex is such a tremendous opportunity to get everyone under one roof and show off our civil enforcement officer uniforms in a fun environment.
Thanks for the superb feedback we got on our new products the Magnum Strider and the Patrol Cap, and for all the new ideas about future products that you shared with us. We promise to come back next year with lots more civil enforcement officer uniform innovations. Do get in touch for a free uniform consultation if we can help with anything in the meantime or if you’d like to arrange a free trial of any of our garments.
David Barry with the President of the Parking Association
Parkex 2011 was a fantastic success for exhibitors this year, and we thought it’d be worth highlighting the importance of such events in the business calendar.
First, I’m sure visitors and exhibitors alike would agree that to be able to meet clients and suppliers from the same industry – both potential and existing – all under one roof at the same time is worth the price of entry alone. It gives the opportunity to catch up with people in person that you might not otherwise get to see, to consolidate existing working relationships and form new ones.
Second, exhibitions like Parkex break up the working routine, taking staff out of their usual office environment and bombarding them with information, people and ideas which have an energising effect that can last for months. We’re sure that inspiration and innovation is at a high after Parkex for everyone in our industry.
Third – you can be nosy! Check out what the competition are doing, learn something new, consider new markets, think about what good ideas can be transferred from other markets to your own.
Our Uganda Taxi Men Visitors
Parkex can bring up opportunities you didn’t even know existed, such as the two gentlemen from Uganda Taxi Company who visited our stand this year!
At Parkex the exhibitors really do pull out all the stops – demonstrating their latest innovations, and even offering special deals or free trials to visitors. I for one can’t wait for next year!
The new alternative to Hi Tec magnum boots – our exclusive Magnum Strider
On the final day of Parkex, we’ve built on the success of our first two days, making the most of having Neal from Magnum on hand to demonstrate our exclusive new magnum shoe, an adaptation of the classic magnum boot, ideal for staff who do a lot of walking. Armed with a water tank and a spray gun full of “nasties” we’ve been demonstrating its water resistant properties, chucking all sorts of liquids at it – and because of the Strider’s water-repellent ion mask coating, they were just running off – no match for the mighty Strider!
We’ve also had test data available to show how much more durable the Strider is than its nearest (and more expensive) competitor. The Strider came about by our exclusive partnership with Magnum, a leading brand of security and safety footwear. Magnum boots are renowned for being high quality footwear among wearers, but there was a gap in the market for a highly durable walking shoe alternative. Parking staff who can pound the pavements for up to 12 miles a day, and end up with very sore feet if they’re wearing the wrong footwear. We’ve filled this gap by taking a walking shoe which Magnum make for postmen, and giving it a smarter more “uniform” appearance.
The response we’ve had on day three says it all – we’ve taken a record number of orders for Magnum footwear, and are in danger of selling out! We think it’s the unrivalled combination of durability, water resistance, breathability and comfort that have made the Strider such a hit. That and Neal’s winning way with the water tank! Thanks for everyone who stopped by our stand – it’s been a blast!
Uniform Caps go down well with Jedi Knight
Day two at Parkex brings the return of our well dressed friends – a surprise visit from the Jedi Knight and an X-Fighter Pilot, who took a real shine to one of our new products.
The pair showed off our patrol cap, which combines the classic uniform hats with the casual baseball cap to form a happy medium. The classic hat can prove uncomfortable, old fashioned, heavy and sweaty, but the baseball cap is seen by most as a step too far in the casual stakes. By combining the two the patrol cap provides a new innovation to uniform headwear.
Keltic Hat suits X Fighter at Parkex
The Patrol Cap is made from highly breathable, water-resistant, quick-drying fabric and is much lighter in weight and more flexible. This provides more comfort for the wearer and provides more protection against the elements. The style has been modernised too, with a more sophisticated, slimmer profile and a slightly smaller non-shiny fabric peak. Due to its modernised appearance, this also provides a uniform hat suitable for both male and female staff for a unified look.
Check back tomorrow for our final day, who could we meet next?
Our first day at Parkex has been the best so far; who would have thought getting a parking uniform could be so exciting! We’ve had the most visitors to our stand and a tremendous response to our new innovations the magnum strider and patrol cap. To showcase our parking attendant uniforms in this way allows us to interact with our valued customers and invite new potential customers to view exciting new products and meet the team.
There were lots of interesting sights around on day one- including people dressed in bright coloured body stockings and the cast of star wars including Princess Leia but sadly no Chewbacca. The storm troopers even stopped by our stand to check out our parking uniforms. Perhaps we’ll do a limited edition White magnum strider just for them!
Check back tomorrow for an update on day two. Anything could happen!
Parking enforcement uniforms go down a Storm
Any colour as long as it’s black. Henry Ford was talking about the motorcar but there was a time when the same principle applied to parking uniform wear – drab navy blues or blacks were the norm with pseudo-police styling. Well that’s all changed. Civil enforcement officers are now patrolling our streets in rainbow colours in a move designed to counteract the public perception that they are hiding in the shadows waiting to jump out and issue a ticket.
At Keltic, we’ve had a big hand in this change. We supply over 200 local authority parking departments and private parking contractors with uniform clothing, making us by far the UK’s No 1 supplier. Our Patrol Range offers 30 colours from stock, so that customers can bespoke their uniforms and give them an extra bit of panache. And importantly, they can do that from the stock range which means it is quick and easy to put a uniform together without the hassle of minimum orders. We will be showing a wide range of these colours at Parkex next week.
See colourful uniform wear at Parkex 2011
We offer a complete range of uniform clothes for the parking industry, kitting out CEOs from head to toe. Highlighted on our stand at Parkex will be the new Magnum Strider shoe, the UK’s first shoe designed specifically for CEOs. The Magnum Strider is lightweight, durable, EN-certified for slip-resistance, breathable and water-resistant. Its revolutionary ion-mask technology actually repels water and, if you want to see for yourself just how effective it is, we are water-testing the Magnum Strider shoe on our stand.
We look forward to meeting all our valued customers on our stand next week!
PCSO in a Stab Vest
Police community support officers have a role that is distinct from police special constables, community wardens and traffic wardens – their job is to support the police specifically in issues affecting the community’s quality of life e.g. antisocial behaviour. It’s unfortunately indicative of the growing violence in society that PCSO’s in Staffordshire will this month be wearing stab vests for the first time according to the BBC .
Understandably, some of the PCSO’s involved feel that this presents the wrong image. However there are stabvests on the market that are more subtle so it’s not immediately obvious that the wearer is wearing a stab vest. I also think that there’s an expectation these days that police-related authority figures will be wearing stab vests – the public understand that there’s a growing minority of criminals out there who do present a risk, and the police and PCSO’s who put themselves in harms way need to be protected accordingly.
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!
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!