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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………

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.

Elite Poloshirt & Zoodie Get New Papini Colourways

The colour range for Papini Clothing’s poloshirt and hoodie ranges just gets bigger & bigger. ng Cumbrian and other North West businesses can now set themselves apart even more effectively and stylishly

A Papini Poloshirt For Businesses That Want to Be Elite!

ENNA is a black with red highlights colourway applied to Papini Elite Poloshirt: front view

The Enna Colour Scheme

LUCA-front view, black body poloshirt with blue side panels and white trim

Luca Style Polo Shirt

Latina colourway on Elite Papini polo. Navy blue body, blue grey side panel and gold trim - front view

Latina Style Elite Polo Shirt

TIVOLI poloshirt: dark grey / black body panels with contrasting white trim. -front view

Tivoli Styled Poloshirt

Toscana polo shirt colourway with claret body & light blue side panels set off with white and gold trim.

Toscana Colourway: Eye Catching

Papini has made several new additions to the Elite range of poloshirt colourways. New colourways include the Toscana, which fits nicely with the Wine & Black hoodie. There is the Enna as mentioned below. The Trieste goes perfectly with the purple & Black colourway on the Purple hoodie & finally comes the Luca.

You can take a look at the new polo colourways in our online designer programme here

In the coming weeks there are two further Elite range poloshirts. The Latina is outstanding in its Navy & Gold colourway. The Tivoli comes in a black & White colourway. There are also new additions coming to the deluxe hoodie range; A full Black & full Navy version along with a new Black with Cyan option. (update 03/10/2015 now available)

Is it a Hoodie? No it’s a Zoodie

BlackGrey Zipped Hoodie (Zoodie) Warm and robust workwear

Black with Grey Marl Zoodie

Fuschia pink & navy trimmed zipped hoodie: to brighten a dark Northern work day!

Fuschia & Navy Blue trimmed Zoodie

Papini Zoodie in red with black trim for a smart Cumbrian work force.

Red Black Colourway on Papini Zoodie

 

 

 

 

Papini’s Zoodies are available to companies, and organisations who want to combine the practicality of the hoodie with a top quality garment. Companies who want a look that helps to professionalise the appearance of their staff will find these an attractive option. The iconic zipped hoodie range will find themselves comfortably at home from the shipyards of Barrow to the Farms of the Solway Plain and the Eden Valley! This range has had 3 exciting new colourways added: Fuchsia (that’s pink to you and me!) with Navy contrast, Black with Grey contrast and a Red version with Black contrast. These garments are fantastic as stand alone workwear or leisurewear colours in a wide range of settings. They comfortably span the professional and casual of Cumbria’s organisations and businesses. Not only do they work as standalone items, but Papini have had their designers hard at work coming up with a complementary set of colourways that also mix & match with the Elite range polo shirts in the Enna, Milano, Sienna & Ferrara colourways.

You can take a look at the new zoodie colourways in our online desgner here

Work Outfits for Cumbria’s Workforce

work outfit pack 1: Sweatshirt, Fleece, polo shirts

Great value workwear packs. The economic solution to supplying Cumbria’s staff with clothes for work

Lots of seasonal staff are being added to your teams across the county and any of Cumbria’s businesses in this situation need a speedy solution to the annual need for work outfits. After all; however temporary the staff may be… your brand isn’t and you need to make sure that the work attire for all staff reflects your brand in the right light.

Pre-formatted staff uniform clothing and workwear outfits are an ideal way for a lot of companies – whether seasonal or new start businesses – to supply their staff with the essential clothes they need for work in the simplest way possible.  Our basic packages include a sweatshirt, a fleece and a number of polo shirts and, obviously, we can put together a combination of colours with your logo and branding in a superb value embroidered workwear package for your business.

Then, depending on whether your brand needs smart or casual work clothes; if you need to add jackets or gilets, trousers or smarter shirts, to finish off the look you are after, just let us know.

At Stitch & Print we’ve put together some of our most popular embroidered workwear packages and hammered down the price (shown here including the VAT for ease) to give you great value for money.  So your staff can look smart and professional from Day 1 without breaking the bank.

As an independent company ourselves, we’ve got total flexibility on our offers, so if what you see online isn’t quite what you’re after, it’s not a problem.  Tell us what you’d like in your bundle and we’ll put the pack together for you just the way you want.

Want them individually named for staff identification? No problem! Personalised work attire that has your brand and the staff ID can be delivered by embroidering or printing: as you prefer.

Want each pack individually bagged to make it easier to hand out to your staff? Easily done! You get the best workwear brands, packaged up any way that makes life easier for you from the friendliest and most responsive workwear supplier in the North West!

Contact us when you need staff uniforms and workwear outfits and make the most of our quality, range, service and value from the best supplier of workwear clothing online.

http://www.stitchandprint.co.uk/page/staff-uniforms/uniform-packs

Work Trousers: Warm Working Legs for Cumbrians!

We stock a wide range of work trousers suitable for a range of office based professional work and rugged outdoor, heavy duty jobs that many people across Cumbria’s farms and factories are engaged in. You’ll also find a great selection of leisure pants for all sorts of fun and games purposes. At Stitch & Print you will be able to choose from some stylish and practical options for work or leisure. All these trouser styles – in a wide variety of different materials, are customisable with your business or organisation’s logo, including the addition of tax-tags, through our embroidery service.

Whether it’s mens’ work trousers or womens’ uniform trousers we can add your company branding to your staff members’ workwear trousers. For a nearly instant quote you can either call us in our Wigton shop or use the contact form via our website . The full range can be viewed in the Stitch & Print web brochure. And remember… we can get your order to any point in Cumbria, the Borders and surrounding areas – within a day of completion of the work. We can serve Ulverston as quickly as Carlisle, so give us a try!

Trousers – A Brief History

In the majority of the Western world trousers have been worn since ancient times, becoming the most popular lower body garment in modern times. Once just a male item, the trouser generally became unisex in the 20th Century when women’s rights improved.

Although previously women wore pants for riding, they were covered with a skirt. Many styles of trousers have gone in and out of fashion over the years, such as flares, chinos and jeans. Zip-off trousers and various lengths of cut-off trousers are more recent developments in the trouser history that are stocked at Stitch & Print’s North Cumbria shop and production facility.

Work Trousers – a Great Solution for Cumbria Businesses

WD012 tan work trousers with knee pads by Dickies

Dickies work trousers, ideal for heavy work in Cumbria’s workplaces

Stitch & Print understand that it is imperative for your workforce to be comfortable and smart. Whether they are in one of the digital creative offices that have sprung up in Kendal, the transport hubs near Penrith or the submarine works in Barrow we’ve got you covered! In Stitch & Print’s catalogue, you will find a great range of trousers to suit your working needs. From cargo pants, to hi vis trousers to work trousers with knee pads we can supply your brand. We can also embroider or print them to reflect your branding: making your workforce look even more smart and professional.

Black LC205 Cargo pants: multi pocketed, rugged workwear trousers

Cargo trousers suit staff in many of the North West’s warehouse and showroom settings.

We can supply you with a range of heavy duty work trousers suitable for all UK trades & engineering. We’ve also got the ever popular cargo pant styles, incorporating multiple pocket options, which are being used more and more in warehousing & showroom environments.

If the sun decides to come out and play, many of the work trouser styles do come in specialist work shorts format with the same great range of styles & sizes. There’s a range of leg lengths available in much of the range including short & tall versions. You can also find some unhemmed options to complement the standard leg length range.

ladies work trousers in black for Cumbria's professional women's workwear needs

Black ladies workwear trousers for office or professional work

For workplaces that need a smarter look, there’s a range of office wear trousers and smart chino trousers in the most popular workplace colours. Styles are tailored for men and women in a variety of fabrics.  There’s a rage of specially designed trousers for work in the hospitality industry, including chefs trousers. There are even trousers designed to accompany our health, beauty & salon wear ranges.

Big Brands, Big Choices of Work Trousers for the UK

Our range of trousers includes some of the most prestigious brands, such as Regatta, Craghoppers, Russell workwear, Premier, Henbury and Dickies. We can embroider these trousers to your specification and want you to end up with the ideal product for your needs, which is why we have such an extensive range.