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Uniform Clothing Blog
This year, Keltic are sponsoring the British Parking Association Wales Group, and we very much enjoyed yesterday’s group meeting in Newtown. We love Wales, so the drive through the beautiful Powys countryside was an added bonus.
The meeting included lots of really interesting dialogue about such issues as pavement parking, hospital parking and blue badge fraud. It was one of the more lively meetings we’ve been to, and also one of the best attended. Thanks to everyone who took the time to come and see our display of parking and warden uniform – it was a pleasure meeting you all. We can’t wait for the next one on July 20th.
Keltic held a prize draw with the opportunity to win a giant Easter egg, and BPA Chairman Graham Brown did us the honour of pulling the lucky name out of the box. The winner who received an overly large Hotel Chocolat Egg was Arllette Brown, Senior Developments Manager for the successful Park Mark Scheme. Arllette mentioned that the Park Mark Scheme has recently signed up Cardiff Football Club, who are of course keen to contribute to keeping their customers and their vehicles safe whilst on their premises. Park Mark is increasing its campaign across Wales to reduce crime and antisocial behaviour in car parks.
Keltic hope to contribute further to the BPA Wales group at future meetings with a discussion of how enforcement uniforms have developed over the years, and where they’re going in the future. Parking and warden uniforms are a major factor in the public perception of on street staff, and we hope to share our experience of working with over 200 local authorities across the UK, and more importantly, to get the feedback of the BPA Wales Group members.
Wearing uniforms for security roles can provide all the benefits of looking smart, feeling part of a unified team and presenting a professional image to the public. However research by G4S Security Services (UK) have recently reported that uniforms can also help the wearer feel more secure.
It’s reported that by wearing a uniform, the wearer believes this reduces the likelihood of an attack or potential violent situation. According to G4S Security Services (UK) almost twice as many men than women believe this to be true.
One thing the sexes did agree on was the purpose of security uniforms, both reaching the same conclusion of making the wearer more identifiable to the public and to create a corporate identity for their organisation.
This study will be interesting to security providers and security uniform suppliers alike, and seems to support the traditional idea that an authoritarian uniform engenders respect – particularly amongst the male population.
On our blog, we discuss every aspect of uniforms, and always blog at least three times a week. Check back for more thought-provoking topics, or why not leave a comment?
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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!
Spring is almost here, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it’s still mid-Winter. Spare a thought for the thousands of workers battling with uncertain temperatures such as security guards working nights on frost-ridden sites.
For many security guards, icy and cold conditions are a very harsh reality; arctic conditions can make it harder to do their jobs both safely and effectively. The correct security workwear is a key ally against the cold, and choosing the right uniform is essential to ensure staff safety and morale. Here are our top tips for getting the right security wear to keep your staff warm.
By now we all know that keeping warm is all about layering. The best layer to begin with is thermal t-shirts and long johns, made from technical fabrics to form a strong base layer against the cold. The next should be a quality shirt, with a decent tail to ensure it doesn’t come un-tucked. Team this up with a thick woollen nato jumper or fleece and this provides both warmth and smart looking uniforms.
Correct footwear is key when tackling treacherous conditions – shoes should ideally be water-repellent, quick drying and EN-certified for slip resistance. Snow grips may also be necessary if conditions are like they were over Christmas!
Security work wear jackets should conform to the EN343 standards for protection against rain, for certain duties they should also be EN471-certified, and you should consider splashing out on Reflexite tape for significant health and safety benefits. Waterproof and breathable jacket will be the most important piece of kit you supply for your team- both for keeping your staff warm and dry and also for providing a smart appearance. Many jackets are now commonly available in a number of colours to suit all corporate images. Why not go for something different to the bog-standard yellow, which all and sundry seem to be wearing these days.
Finally, winter accessories are a great low cost way to combat the cold. Balaclavas, neck warmers, scarves and mittens can be a great boost for cold security guards – and they don’t cost the earth.
We hope this provides some useful information about uniforms suitable for treacherous conditions; we’ll be posting further next month about other ways that uniforms can keep your staff safe, happy and productive.