It’s Chocolate Week! What a time to be alive! We’ve only just found this exciting fact out, and are gleefully celebrating this glorious occasion by eating our weight in delicious… yes you guessed it… chocolate. It turns out that everyone in the office has a different favourite when it comes to what kind of chocolate they go for. We thought it might be a fun idea, therefore, to put together a list of each department’s favourite type of chocolate! How will Warehouse compare to Design? What about Body Armour compared to Custom Ties? Find out below!
Chocolate Week: Staff Favourites
10 staff choices in random order:
Cadbury Wispa – Corporate Wear Department
Ferrero Rocher – Custom Ties Department
Snickers – Warehouse
Plain Dairy Milk – Parking & Uniform Department
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups – Design Department
Cadbury Bournville – Body Armour Department
Maltesers – Sewing & Alterations Department
Galaxy (plain, caramel & cookie) – School Crossing Patrol & Road Safety Department
Yorkie – Funeral Wear Department
Mars – Warehouse/Packing
So now you know some of our most loved chocolate. We wonder which is your favourite out of the list there. Comment below!
If you’d like more information about chocolate week you can click here!
When choosing uniforms an important factor to consider is what colour to go for. Colour can play a major role in the look of your uniforms and your overall company image. Below are our top 5 considerations when choosing your work uniform.
Work Uniform Colour: Some Pointers
- What are your corporate colours? This is the first point to consider when deciding uniform colour. Remember, there are different ways to use colour – if you can’t source suits or shirts in your company colour, you can use custom ties or company scarves as a low cost way to get your brand across. Below are some less obvious but equally important considerations.
- Approachability vs. Authority. Colour can play a big role on how approachable your staff appear. For example a pastel shade uniform can come across as more approachable to potential customers. Customer service staff need to regularly interact with the public and need to be approachable at all times. By using lighter shades this can appear more friendly and break down barriers. A direct comparison would be darker shades such as black and navy which can create a more of an “arms length” or authority look. This can be an advantage for the police and similar roles which benefit from demonstrating an authoritative presence.
- Do your staff’s job roles involve possible confrontation? If this is the case then darker shades as mentioned above are ideal to create an impression of authority. A study in Copenhagen reflects just this – by changing their uniforms from green to dark navy, attacks on parking attendants went down by 75%!
- Casual vs. Professional. Colours can also differentiate work uniforms to appear either casual or professional. Warmer, lighter or more fashionable colours can appear more casual and even give a “cooler” corporate image; however smart casual is a tricky thing to pull off. Alternatively darker shades such as navy, charcoal and pinstripes can create a more efficient, smart, professional image. This is something to consider as you will want your uniforms to reflect your company image.
- Consider how your staff will feel in the new uniform colour – The choice of fluorescent pink shirts might have looked good on the drawing board, but are your male staff going to be comfortable in this new look?
Find Out More
I hope this has been useful and something to bear in mind when looking for a work uniform. For further information on this subject leave a comment! If you’d like to speak to one of our staff directly about your uniform, we’d be delighted to help you out. Just call 08450 666699.
In an ideal world nobody would have to get themselves in a situation whereby they risk getting stabbed. Unfortunately this isn’t an ideal world, and many people do have to rely on stab proof vests when negotiating dangerous situations. No armour protects against everything, and there is no absolute guarantee of safety, but Stab Vests do actively protect you against attack from a blade or a spike.
Stab Proof Vests: How They Work
They are made from a composite material similar to Kevlar. It’s one of the strongest materials in existence. This is used in both bullet proof vests and stab proof vests, however both of these vests are totally different. A bullet vest will offer no protection against stab attack and a stab vest will not offer you protection against bullet attack. Kevlar is a very strong fibre which when woven together become even stronger and this combined strength makes it very difficult for a blade to penetrate.
A Pointer: When You Need a New Vest
Hopefully the person wearing the stab proof vest will be doing it out of precaution only and will not ever actually get stabbed. If, however, this does happen then the knife will be stopped by the weft of the fabric in the vest. The vest, however, will be damaged, as some of the fibres will be sliced. We strongly advise, therefore, that if your stab vest has been attacked once then it is prudent to get a new one as it will not offer the same level of protection second time around.
Make Sure Your Vest is Certified
The UK government rates the effectiveness of stab vests. The Home Office (HOSDB) sets standards for the amount of energy from a thrust that a body armour pack must withstand to come up to specification. You should always choose a stab vest that complies with the HOSDB publication guidelines. Doing so will mean that your staff are adequately protected. All of Keltic’s stab vests are CE marked and certified to KR1 and SP1 Home Office knife and spike resistance standards, including syringe and blunt trauma protection. Buying from us means piece of mind that your staff are as safe as possible.
You can see our range of stab vests here. Should you like to talk to one of our friendly staff members about your requirements, or if you would like to try out one of our vests for free, just call 08450 666699.
It’s hard to believe but Autumn and Winter are fast approaching. Soon we’ll all be wrapping up warm to head out into the cold. For people who work outside, the weather can make a big impact on their days, and according to the NHS website, their health, too. This means that it’s time to be thinking about warm winter jackets for your patrols.
Winter Jackets: Make the Right Choice
Our exclusive STOP range of winter jackets, both standard and superior, are the best choice when it comes to keeping your School Crossing Patrols warm and dry in the typical harsh British weather. Added details of higher collars for wind protection, enhanced velcro cuffs to lock in the warmth and longer length backtails for protection from splashes are just some of the highlights from a long list of added features enhancing our jackets. These additional features will ensure that your staff are comfortable and protected from the elements.
We keep a huge range of stock in a huge range of sizes. All are available on a next day service. What’s more is that we send out samples to customers who would like to try out their jackets before they commit to purchasing them. This service is totally free. Call us for more details. Our number is 08450 666699. Our friendly staff will be more than happy to give you more information.
As always, the new term is coming up fast. Schools around the country are gearing up for new challenges and new ventures. Perhaps you’re thinking about investing in some new educational resources. If so, have you heard about our road safety kit – Street Feet?
We had the pleasure of working with one of our great customers Blink Ltd recently. They asked us to kit out their boy’s football team, for the presentation of their hard-earned league trophies. Requiring a specific colour for their team, we found the perfect match and added their embroidered team logo to complete the look. See the customised football kit below.
The Home Office recommends KR1/SP1 as the level of protection for their police force and this offers a great level of protection against stab, spike, syringe and blunt trauma in a wide variety of situations. The Kr above stands for knife resistance and the SP for spike resistance. These are two quite different things, and can be the difference between serious injury and escaping without a graze. Now let’s take a step back and try to understand under what circumstances a stab vest is most and least effective.
Every now and again we get a product that just ticks all of the boxes. Today we unveil a such a product. It is our exclusive Magnum Safety Strider Boots. This brand new addition to our existing Strider Boot offers all of the same features, but with added composite toe and composite plate, for your protection.
What Makes Our Magnum Safety Strider Boots Different?
Some of our team recently attended the Chartered Trading Standards Institute Conference. A great day was had by all. We met a lot of new faces and got the opportunity to catch up with a lot of old ones too! As always we decided to make things a little interesting by organising our famous business card competition! All that you had to do was place your business card in a basket, and at the end of the day we’d pick one at random to win our ‘Summer Celebration Hamper’.
The Winner of our Business Card Competition
So… Who was the winner?? Well… this year, this lucky person was Jane Negus an ECCS Executive for the CTSI. Congratulations to her! I hope you’ve got that Prosecco on ice! A big thanks of course to all those that took part, after all, you’ve got to be in it to win it!
Our Time in Bournemouth
We just want to say a huge thanks to the CTSI for having us again, we really did have a great time. To all of the friendly people who came over to see us on our stand, we look forward to speaking with you very soon. Bournemouth itself is lovely and the CTSI really couldn’t have picked a better week for it with the scorching temperatures we’ve had!
If you didn’t get a chance to attend the conference and would like some information about us and what we do, then feel free to contact us on 08450 66 6699. Alternatively you can make an online enquiry here.