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!
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.
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.
“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.