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Your Logo – it has power ……. It says a lot about you!

Why do we put logo’s on our work clothing? It doesn’t sound like a difficult question to answer, in fact there are numerous answers! But lets just take a while to consider just a few, why you’re doing it and how to get the best result from it:

Identification: Probably one of the most important reasons for putting your logo on your staff uniform or workwear. You’re people need to be identified when they’re at work, from customers knowing who works in the shop (they’re not always behind a counter) to identifying Which company that tradesman is working for on site, Identification is a major issue nowadays.

logo jacket

Your logo identifies you at work

Lets get right to one of the biggest issues here; You want to stand out! Think about where you’re staff are going to be seen & how to get exposure for your business brand.

Face to face? That’s easy, logo on the breast so it’s in front of people approaching you & talking to you.

Mobile around an area? Be it a waitress, a shop floor worker or a window cleaner (one of my favourite examples) consider which parts of you are going to be seen; A window cleaner usually has his back to everyone so it’s a great idea to have a logo there, where it will be seen. 

Visibility: If you’re doing a trade show or event it makes sense to get as much exposure as you can, With the increase in visibility comes a return on your investment and it’s crucial you get the best return on your money.

Advertising; Now the press won’t like this one too much, but traditional advertising is a game of diminishing returns. Higher costs, falling audiences & consumers who are jaded by being bombarded with papers, emails, text, flyers. You need to keep the fact you’re in business out there but you don’t want to alienate potential customers.

Rugby shirt logo'd

Rugby shirt with logo

Every time you, or a member of your staff, walks past someone in the street your business identity passes before their eyes; take a walk, wearing your uniform, down your High Street & keep an eye on how many people glance at what’s embroidered on your shirt – you’ll be surprised!

Think about what your customers can do for you. We all know word of mouth recommendations are the best advertising you can get. You don’t pay for it and no matter how much you tell people what a great job you’re doing, if it comes from an independent source someone knows it’ll carry a lot more weight.

We do a lot of garments as promotional gifts for our customers, Jackets, fleeces, Beanie hats, all the stuff people will wear because who doesn’t love a freebie? If you’ve a hundred customers wearing a hat with your company name on there they’re advertising for you every time they wear it that’s a colossal reach, at very little cost, and it’ll still be working for you one, two, three years down the line.

Image: If you think I’m going to let a plumber, builder, electrician etc. loose in my house who’s got holes in his pants & mastic all over his clothes you’ve got another thing coming! The image you present to customers sets the tone for the work you’re going to complete for them. So get off on the right foot by presenting a clean, smart professional image for your business. There’s hundreds of competitors out there and as the saying goes “You only get one chance to make a first impression”

Health & Safety: Probably one of the first reasons that comes to mind, but considering the above, not necessarily the best reason for that business expenditure. Yes, people need to be protected, kept clean & safe, but before begrudging the expenditure in providing staff uniforms or workwear consider the benefits to your business.

 

So we’ve got a little bit about why you do it, next we’ll talk about how to do it………

Beanie hats; Part of the perfect winter workwear package

Get ahead and get a hat!

When people think embroidered workwear hats, they tend to think of fast food places and baseball caps but, especially for the climate across the North of England, there’s a much better alternative and that’s the beanie hat.

contrast edged beanie hat in acrylic knitted with contrasting off white edge, worn by young woman.

A knitted acrylic contrast edged beanie hat

“We’ve been selling fleece and knitted beanie variations from the day we opened” says Richard Mattinson of Cumbria based Stitch & Print, “and they’re really popular.  We sold well over 5,000 of them last year and I anticipate even more demand this coming winter.  They’re a really simple addition to a workwear package, they’re practical and easy to carry around for when they’re needed and, more to the point, they’re warm!”

It always used to be said that people lost most heat through their heads in cold weather but recent research has shown that it’s a bit more complicated than that.

The Biology of the Beanie Hat and Heat Loss!

Young man wearing single colour, cuffed beanie hat, double knitted in acrylic. Navy blue.

Single colour, cuffed, double knitted, acrylic beanie in navy

In fact, we lose about 10% of our warmth through our heads – which is roughly what you’d expect given the surface area of our scalps.  But, before you throw away those woolly (or fleecy) hats, there’s still research to support the benefits of a beanie: when the head is allowed to get cold and the body is effectively insulated, the body’s core temperature drops a lot more rapidly than most people expect.  This is because the scalp contains lots of blood vessels and they’re close to the surface on your head.  So, even if you’re dressed warmly on a cold day, without a hat, the blood flowing around your head will cool and then return to the body, reducing your core temperature and making you feel cold.

beanie hat offer: Create stylish embroidered beanies for your staff to keep them warm.

promotional embroidered beanie hat offer

Last Thoughts on Winter Headwear

“Our beanies seem to be most popular with haulage firms, builders and agricultural merchants,” says Richard. “There’s an obvious use for outdoor workwear, but they also buy them as gifts and giveaways for their customers.  I’m not sure how much difference the amount of hair makes to heat loss but I can’t help thinking that our embroidered beanies make an even bigger difference when your staff or your customers need an extra bit of protection to the top of the head!” And with the proximity of the Lake District National Park – you can bet your beanie hat that plenty of heads will be bobbing around the Lakeland fells in winter wearing your brand!

Hi-Vis – Be Seen, Be Safe This Winter

Be seen and be safe as clocks go back – it’s Hi-vis time of year again!

Hi-Vis workwear for those long, dark, northern Cumbrian nights

Hi-vis in the workplace

Hi-Vis Jackets and workwear are essential if your staff are going to be seen clearly at work and that’s important for all sorts of companies in the autumn and winter months.  Whether your staff are travelling to work in dark, working on site at dawn or dusk or leaving site in the darker evenings, they need to be seen, to be safe and we’re happy to work with businesses to come up with options that fit with your other embroidered workwear packages.

hi-vis vest. Safety workwear for staff who need quick on and quick off visibiity at work.

Hi-Vis Waistcoat with reflective strips. ideal for quick on / quick off situations in the dark Cumbria winters.

High visibility at Stitch & Print isn’t just about the basic traffic jackets, bomber jackets and vests either – although we have a great selection of those to meet most business needs.  Stitch & Print also carry a range of Hi-Vis sweatshirts, Hi-Vis hoodies, and bodywarmers, available with long or short sleeves as well as a range of colours, and we’re in the business of personalising and branding those with print or embroidery too.

Whatever the needs of your workforce in the winter months, we can come up with options that fit into your standard workwear packages.

Our range of high visibility workwear includes a full range of motorway coats, bomber jackets, bodywarmers, 3-in-1 jackets , 4-in-1, 5-in-1 even some 7-in-1 jackets, – those are the ones with the zip-in fleece liner that can be worn separately to add weather dependent options to your wardrobe – and we have over trousers too, to keep your work force seen, dry and warm even in the most extreme weather.

WR002 Warrior Daytona Hi Vis Polo Shirt

“I’m not sure whether people just want to be sure or we’ve got some really hardy individuals working outdoors across Cumbria,” says Richard Mattinson of Stitch & Print, “but we’ve even been asked about enhanced visibility Polo Shirts and T-Shirts at strange times of the year; That’s OK throughout summer, but on a site on Shap Fell – in January?  We’ve supplied these embroidered with company logos as part of our business workwear packages but I do wonder how many people then sneakily cover  them up with a hi-vis jacket or fleece to “keep the cold out!”

Another trend in hi-vis clothing and workwear is headwear – hats to you and me.  Fluorescent yellow and fluorescent orange caps & beanie hats with reflective materials on the brim are proving popular and the same sort of approach is also being designed into bump caps and safety hard hats too.

“While our clients in the construction industry, builders and engineering manufacturers are governed by law there are several other sectors proving keen to incorporate high visibility requirements into their workwear to save on costs as well as making a strong statement about safety,” says Richard. “Because of all the clothing manufacturers and distributors that we’re working with, we can advise on what’s available, the different cost options and then put together embroidered workwear packages that work for the business whatever the industry or time of year.”

Get a bodywarmer – add an extra layer for winter warmth!

 

Winter warmers – add an extra layer with a bodywarmer

Alaska bodywarmer in grey fleece from Kariban. Warmth on the go in Cumbria

Kariban Alaska body warmer

Whatever you call them – gilet, bodywarmer, fleece waistcoat, sleeveless jackets – as an extra layer, they’re invaluable when the temperatures drop and the weather cools and deteriorates.

To use the dictionary definition, a gilet is a light, sleeveless, padded jacket but the terms tend to be interchangeable when discussing workwear and outdoor clothing. So whether you require a padded bodywarmer or a fleece one we’ve got plenty of options; Take a look in our online brochure.

Regatta's RG184 Haber fleece gilet in men's and women's cut for Cumbria's workers.

Regatta Haber fleece for men and women

“A good bodywarmer, which is what we tend to call them, is a great addition to any workwear package,” says Stitch & Print’s Richard Mattinson.  “It’s really practical, easy to keep smart and clean, can easily be branded with an embroidered logo and does a great job as a staff team identifier too.”

 

The Stitch & Print range includes padded and quilted gilets for the outdoors, fleece bodywarmers in a broad spectrum of weights and colours to match other workwear and woven sleeveless jackets with plenty of pockets so that the wearer can keep things secure during the working day.

Some versions incorporate reflective or high visibility materials while others are simply designed for warmth and versatility.

Regatta's RG154 soft shell bodywarmer. Men's style in red for added wind resistance

Modern soft shell sleeveless jacket by Regatta

“I think garden centres and outdoor retailers have been amongst our biggest repeat customers for this sort of item,” says Richard, “precisely because they’re the kind of businesses who need people to be working both indoors and outdoors throughout the day.  A bodywarmer is exactly what’s required for that sort of flexibility.”

Nursery School Uniforms… and Upwards!

The smallest of new starters

Toddler polo shirt suitable for the tiniest nursery child's easily maintained uniform.

Kids polo shirts for toddlers from 0-6 months

Across Cumbria and the North of England, very small people will be coming to the end of their family holidays and heading for child-minders, nurseries and primary schools in the next few weeks, many of them for the first time.

At Stitch & Print, we’re known for our workwear – and part of that involves providing school uniform for a range of schools, Nurseries and childminders. But school doesn’t start at four years old; We also do the smallest of sizes in polo shirts, sweatshirts and fleeces for youngsters.

Starting at sizes suitable for just 6 months old and with over 20 colours on offer, you can be sure of the colour fastness and quality of our polo shirts and parents can relax about what their children should wear for a busy day of play. We also offer printed T-shirts for something even less formal – ideal for trips out and about or for group photographs to mark the start of school life.

Toddler sweatshirt. Simple nursery school uniforms for kids!

Toddler wearing a basic sweatshirt

“There are a few companies across Cumbria offering embroidery services for school uniforms,” says Richard Mattinson, MD of Stitch & Print, “but there are often minimum order limits and there may be a restricted range of basic garments.  With the breadth of our business, we can do any quantity and can offer a wide range of options and prices.”

We’re very competitive on our full range of both staff & pupil uniform, whether it’s for a large school, a bustling nursery or a small child minding business & all of our uniform prices includes embroidery.  “We’ve worked on 500 pieces for schools in Carlisle, 20 pieces for a nursery in Weymouth & done a single polo shirt for a start-up child-minding business in Cockermouth, in the last year and they were very pleased with the results and service on the different order sizes we offer,” says Richard.

So, if you’re considering creating a school uniform for your nursery or child-minding business don’t be put off by thinking it’s only for large school, We have a minimum quantity of a single piece of embroidered school uniform! If you could use some advice on the costs and options available, please get in touch.  We’d be happy to put together some ideas to give you what you need.

Workwear for every industry in Cumbria

New starters, new uniform

Whether it’s a vocational college course in Carlisle, a modern apprenticeship in West Cumbria or just a change of job, new starters need new uniforms, workwear and safety PPE.

A Diverse Industrial Sector – Diverse Workwear Needs!

Simple and non fussy salon tunic in red & black, a simple uniform for Cumbria beauticians and hairdressers

Salon tunics: classic workwear for the beauty and therapy businesses of Cumbria

At Stitch & Print, we have customers across all sorts of business sectors so we might be working on the embroidery for a beauty salon’s staff one day and then branding hi vis workwear for a construction company the next with chef’s whites to finish the week!

“The fabrics can be very different from one day to the next,” says Richard Mattinson, MD of Stitch & Print, “but we have the machinery and the expertise in our workrooms, so it’s never a problem.”

We’re known for our uniform packs as these offer standard combinations of popular items such as fleeces, polo shirts and trousers but we pride ourselves on our flexibility and can put together whatever a business needs.

For instance, while polo shirts have always been a staple of the Stitch & Print business, there is a trend towards smarter work shirts – we offer both options in a range of colours and our Wigton-based machines are set up for embroidery on breast pockets, sleeves, whatever.

Clothing the Great Outdoors in Classy Workwear

Being based in Cumbria and with the Lake District on our doorstep, we have a lot of customers working in the great outdoors and, as you’ll know, that means being prepared for all weathers.  We work with suppliers such as Regatta, Professional and Stormtech to offer a range of outdoor wear, from waterproofs and warm jackets, to quilted bodywarmers and abrasion-resistant fleeces.

chefs wear? Oui Chef!

chefs wear? Oui Chef!

With all that outdoor action going on and with people coming from far and wide around the globe to admire the lake District and Eden Valley’s stunning scenery, there’s a huge hospitality trade with a steady turnover of staff. From chef’s uniforms to aprons for bar and waiting staff, every establishment likes to create its own special ambience and the ability of Stitch & Print to cater to a constantly changing specifications list, brings hotel and restaurant owners back time and again.

There’s also a lot of construction going on in and around Barrow, Whitehaven and Workington so we can combine workwear orders with PPE and high visibility clothing to give companies a one stop shop.  Boiler suits with embroidered polo shirts, hi vis vests with tough work trousers – whatever the combinations: with access to most of the key suppliers in the country, Stitch & Print can deliver.

Cumbria's many heavy industries, construction and land based industries need Coveralls / boilersuits

Coveralls or boilersuits keeping heavy duty workers clean

“I think one of the most complicated combinations I’ve come across was putting together individual workwear packs for an Engineering company in Cumbria. They had various combinations of polo shirts, T-Shirts, Fleece, Jackets, Shirts & boilersuits each personalised and packed for each staff member; Over one hundred of them!,” says Richard.  “It made perfect sense to supply them in packs but with that many combinations space for sorting such a large selection wasn’t something we’d planned for before.  But it was no problem – we got hold of the various garments from the suppliers and then we were able to print and embroider logos as required and present the customer with a package that was exactly what they needed.”

If you’re considering providing staff with workwear for the first time or you need a refresh; or just need to provide a package to new starters, please get in touch.  We’d be happy to put together ideas and costs to give you what you need.