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Vicki competes in the Edale Challenge!

Well done to Vicki who competed in the 20 mile fell run over the beautiful countryside of Edale in the Peak District.

UniformWith outstanding views along the way, Vicki, Manager of our Uniform Department completed the run in 3 hours, 42 minutes. 

Unfortunately due to the mislaying her favourite running trainers the morning of her race, she had to pay for the sore feet afterwards! However she kept smiling and achieved a great time to be proud of.

Keep posted for next challenges ahead!

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Uniform rules ok? Boy defies “no shorts” rule & wears a skirt!

Here’s a light-hearted story for a Friday. A 12 year old boy has launched a one-man campaign for justice by defying school uniform rules that outlawed shorts and wearing a skirt to school!

The young man borrowed his 11-year-old sister Joanna’s skirt, complaining that “I realised short skirts are allowed but shorts are not, which means there is something wrong in the rules and it should be changed. I thought I could use this silly loophole to my advantage.” We doubt that his own particular brand of political protest made him that popular with his mates, but this discussion of uniforms certainly caught the eye of the Sky News.

The sight of a line of po-faced young lads holding up banners proclaiming “Cool shorts not hot pants” and “”What’s wrong with my legs?” certainly amused us and put us in a jovial mood for the weekend, which is set to be a sunny one according to the weatherman.

Have a great bank holiday weekend, and we’ll be blogging again early next week on the topic of uniforms uk and worldwide.

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How to care for your uniforms

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!

  1. 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!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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!

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Are uniforms an effective marketing tool? Yes! says new study

Hot on the heels of Louise’s Latest article, Branded corporate clothing made easy, a new American study published in March this year by Suffolk University (Boston, USA) certainly struck a chord.

Research shows that uniforms supplied for your staff with your company branding are a more effective marketing tool than almost all other methods of advertising. This includes not only traditional tools such as newspapers and the yellow pages but crucially (74.4%) of respondents stated uniform programs are more effective than more modern tools such as internet and TV ads. 

This is a very exciting statistic to bear in mind both for companies thinking of providing uniforms for their staff and also for a uniform supplier such as ourselves. By using uniforms as a marketing tool, you are not only saving major costs on advertising through big media, you are also allowing your staff to feel involved in the promotion of your business. The uniform study was based on over 250 questionnaires across a broad range of company sectors, and all those questioned concluded that staff that were regularly observed by the public wearing company uniforms made for a better marketing tool.

I hope this has presented something of interest and given you something new to think about when considering your next uniform design.

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