During one of the Made in the Midlands networking meetings, James was set a challenge by John Nollett, Chief Executive of Pressmark Pressings. He asked MyWorkwear to smarten up his working wardrobe by the following week’s networking meeting. Below is a picture taken just after the challenge was issued.
What happened next?
James and the team at MyWorkwear quickly got to work. We decided the clothing that would be most useful for John came from one of our bestselling suppliers Uneek, as the feedback we receive on products in this range is always positive with garments true to size fitting and washes well.
We ordered in a Uneek Premium polo shirt and the Uneek soft shell jacket and whilst waiting for the garments to arrive at the MyWorkwear factory, we arranged for John to email us across the Pressmark logo.
This is then uploaded onto our embroidery systems so that it’s ready to roll as soon as the clothing arrives. To ensure that we make no mistakes we always e-mail all customers with a copy of their logo and ask them to approve it. This prevents old logo’s being sent and used in error.
Once the garments arrived at MyWorkwear it was time for our embroidery machines to weave their magic before undergoing quality inspection by our experienced team.
We then packed them carefully into our recycled boxes and sent to John via our regular method of tracked delivery.
At the next Made in the Midlands networking meeting, John arrived in his new uniform and the attendees were suitably impressed.
Who are Pressmark Pressings Limited and MyWorkwear?
Established in 1972, Pressmark Pressings is a specialist in high-quality metal pressings and resistance welded assemblies, traditionally supplying white goods and automotive although the order book is now growing to encompass industrial products and construction.
On its current site in Carylon Road, the firm has 26 large bed presses , ranging from 150 to 1200 tonnes allowing for the production of different size products in both standard metals and exotic alloys.
MyWorkwear established in Shropshire in 1976 specialise in the supply of personalised clothing and specialist workwear. Working with both business and individuals MyWorkwear are able to embroider and print branding onto clothing. As a UK manufacturer they can also design, produce and alter garments as required by their customer base.
James has spent the last couple of weeks in training for his Ultra Marathon and we caught up with him to see where he’d been running and how he is feeling.
On May 5th James will be travelling to the Brecon Beacons, in South Wales. Starting out at the village hall of Talybot-on-Usk, James will be covering a distance of 51.87km/ 32.2 miles. This strenuous course will take him to elevations of 3538 metres/ 11608 feet.
Llŷn Peninsular – March 16th, 17th and 18th, 5 mile runs each day
Also referred to as the Welsh Riveria and classified as an Area of outstanding natural beauty. The Llŷn peninsular is in Gwynedd, North West Wales. James was running along the Llanbedrog headland and area covered in gorse and heather. With the weather being so cold and windy, it prevented James from doing one long run. Instead he ran 5 miles on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Although that sounds less challenging than a 15 mile run. Each day was harder than the previous as his legs were still recovering.
Along the way James took photo’s of the following local landmarks.
Mortimer Forest Trail Run – March 25th, 8.8 mile run
This past weekend James took part in the tough and muddy Mortimer Forest Trail Run. He was supposed to be running with 4 friends, unfortunately they all dropped out. That didn’t deter James as he ran the race in 1hour 36mins and 50 seconds.
Following this race James said “I feel that my training is going very well for the big event. I have already covered 198 miles and during the race I managed to beat my personal best. A huge thank you to everyone who has already sponsored me and those who are going to sponsor me. Also to my family and the teams at MyWorkwear and Made in the Midlands for their ongoing encouragement and support”
Here are photo’s from James’ race:
If you would like to sponsor James and donate to Mind, then you can donate through this link.
Are you a Midlands based manufacturer? Then hopefully you have already heard about Made in the Midlands. If you haven’t, then we thought we’d share our experience as we’ve been a member for a year and have just become a Patron.
Who are Made in the Midlands?
Made in the Midlands is a Midlands manufacturing and engineering peer to peer membership association. They have over 440 members from all tiers of automotive, aerospace, marine/defence, medical and other industry supply chains. You can see a full member list on their website here.
They unite Midlands industry by bringing together like-minded companies at director level. Their weekly breakfast meetings are a great way to be able to meet decision makers who are looking to source, supply, share best practice and collaborate. These are held at different members premises each week. Enabling visitors to recieve a tour of the facilities and a unique chance to see how other manufacturers operate.
MyWorkwear joined MIM in March 2017 and James has attended most of the weekly breakfast meetings across the Midlands. Not only has he bought back ideas to help MyWorkwear streamline the way that we operate. James has also met with key decision makers that have invited him to come and talk about what services MyWorkwear can offer to their companies. This has resulted in MyWorkwear becoming suppliers to over 15 of our fellow Made in the Midlands members.
Why should you consider joining Made in the Midlands?
If you are looking for new suppliers or for new customers. To look at how other manufacturing companies run their operations. Then you should contact the membership team at Made in the Midlands and see what they can offer you. They have 3 tiers of membership, each offering a slightly different package.
If you are still unsure, why not book complimentary tickets to attend their annual expo in June? Held at the Ricoh arena in Coventry on June 21st you’ll be able to see many MIM members all in one place. Take a look here for more information and to order your tickets.
We hope to see you at one of the future MIM events,
James and the team at MyWorkwear.
MyWorkwear.co.uk is a growing web-based and manufacturing business on Halesfield Industrial Estate, Telford. An opportunity has arisen for a embroidery machine operator to work from our factory on a full time basis.
Job description – Embroidery Machine Operator
Working with both customers and other members of the MWW team you will have strong attention to detail. Helping us to continue to offer all of our customers a quality service.
Your key responsibility is to:
- Ensure all garments are produced in accordance with sales order requirements and quality standards.
Main duties will include:
- Liaison with customers via telephone and email to provide logo quotes and resolve queries
- Liaison with digitisers to create logos
- Obtain customer approval for embroidery
- Creating heat transfer logos
- Cutting and printing of heat transfer logos
- Creating text embroidered logos
- Editing custom logos
- Operating embroidery machines
- Monitoring and ordering of stock for embroidery, heat seals and trimmings
- Clean work area regularly
- Carry out basic maintenance of embroidery machines and equipment as necessary
You will also be expected to provide support for other production areas, as is reasonably necessary.
This is a full time position working a 39 hour week. Pay will be age dependent and minimum wage. MyWorkwear also offer 20 days holiday a year.
Training will be provided. Experience in operating an embroidery machine would be advantageous, but not essential.
If you would like to be considered as an embroidery machine operator. Please submit your CV to Jobs@MyWorkwear.co.uk or call to talk with James on 01952 585881
NO AGENCIES PLEASE
Thank you for your interest this position has now been filled.
MyWorkwear.co.uk is a growing web-based business on Halesfield Industrial Estate, Telford. An opportunity has arisen for a motivated, customer focused individual to join our small yet fast paced Sales & Customer Service Team.
Due to a recent restructure, the business is working to continually improve operational processes and office efficiencies whilst maintaining an exceptional level of customer service.
You will report directly to the Managing Director and become a pivotal member of the organisation.
- Receive and process customer orders from various channels of enquiry, email, telephone and webchat
- Provide sales quotations and proforma invoices on request
- Follow up all sales enquiries
- Assist customers with buying decisions demonstrating sound product knowledge
- Respond to customer emails promptly
- Ensure all order information is provided at point of handover to production department
- Prepare delivery and invoice paperwork daily
- Maintain a small number of key customer accounts
- Work alongside the office team to continually develop office processes
- Develop a strong product knowledge of manufactured and bought in products
- Experience of working in a busy office environment
- A strong focus on providing excellent customer service
- Organised with strong attention to detail, literate and numerate
- Computer literate – Email, web, Windows computers, Office type programs (SAGE experience would be advantageous)
- Excellent telephone manner
- Ability to manage personal workload efficiently
- Permanent position
- 9am – 5.30pm (Monday – Friday)
- 22 days holiday (plus statutory)
- Salary- Up to £17,500 depending on experience
Please send your CV and brief text explaining your suitability for the role and availability to email@example.com
SORRY NO AGENCIES.
On Thursday June 21st, Made in the Midlands will be hosting the 9th MIM Expo at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. All members of the MIM family have been invited, along with our peers from the Manufacturing and Engineering industries.
As a MIM member you will have the option to exhibit and we want to remind you of the importance of branding at such an event. Whether you are a seasoned veteran of MIM Expo or a first timer, here are some helpful tips to make sure you get the best from the sizeable investment made in your stand.
What are you trying to achieve at the Made in the Midlands Expo?
You’ve taken a stand at MIM Expo. Before you even load the car/van, you need to think carefully. What it is you and your business want to achieve?.
- Trying to sell the stock / products that you are taking with you?
- Looking to gather contact details for further discussions?
- Trying to discover who is the key decision maker?
- Looking to make more people to aware of your brand?
- Or are you looking for something else entirely?
Some of the answers to the above will depend on what kind of company you are and what type of show you are attending. Having a clear picture before attending the show will enable you to get your ‘look’ spot on.
How will your stand look?
Again, this comes down to what you are looking to achieve for the event.
- Are you a retailer, looking to sell product from your stand? Then you will need plenty of stock, displayed attractively, and clearly priced. Cash float and the ability to take credit cards will also be important.
- If you are looking to chat with potential customers, maybe an area to sit/stand. Ability to offer refreshments and stationery will be key.
- Brand awareness can be achieved with a product or promotional giveaways. You will also need visuals/pull-ups to help people identify who you are. Are they clear, concise and in an easy to read font?
What about staffing the stand?
With body language making up 55% of non-verbal communication. It’s key to ensure that the staff you have on your stand are not only the right type of personality for the event. Their dress code best matches your corporate branding.
Depending on the type of company that you run and the objectives of the event will depend on the people you need on your stand. Generally speaking, you should have personable, friendly members of your team that have basic knowledge/understanding of what you are offering. If your product line is particularly specific, then you may need an expert or two on hand for more in-depth questions. However, a team of in-depth experts may scare away people who just want to chat and gather an overview before wishing to make a follow-up appointment.
Have you thought about a special show uniform?
It’s probably fair to say that the people who will be working on your stand will need to be wearing a ‘show uniform’. You may not wear a uniform day to day, but if you are working the expo in your regular shirt and tie, it won’t be quite as simple to spot your company name. This is where the experts at MyWorkwear can help, advise and produce your ‘show uniform’
- It’s probably safe to assume that your logo will need to feature on your clothing. Maybe also each individuals name.
- You could also add words that you wouldn’t normally wear for a day at the shop/office/factory. Maybe your website address, or a quote, phrase or statement. Why not let your stand uniform ask a question to those passing by your stand? An example could be a company offering energy savings. We can print ‘Don’t waste your time and energy, let us save you money today’. Remember that these tops are only for the duration of the show, can help you tailor your message to that particular event.
- Will you be wearing shirts, polo shirts or t-shirts?
- Will you need trousers, skirts or shorts too? Again this depends on what your company do and what type of show it is.
- Let your team wear comfortable and supportive shoes. Standing on your feet for a long day can be painful if the wrong shoes are worn.
Before you arrive at the MIM Expo
Utilise the marketing that the show organisers have in place. For the MIM Expo the official # to use is #MIMEXPO2018. In the stand pack online their is already a banner to download and add to your e-mail signature. Advertise on your own website and social media channels that you are attending. Let your customer base know as they may want to come and meet with you. Being at a trade show or event can be costly in terms of money, time and manpower. Make sure it works for you.
If you would like to talk with the MyWorkwear team about what we can offer for your MIM Expo show uniform, then please give us a call or visit online.
James and Team MyWorkwear will be on stand 234 and we hope to see you there.
On Saturday James, MyWorkwear’s MD was up early to run 15 miles around the Long Mynd. This was part of his training for the Breacon Beacons off road Ultra Marathon he will be completing in May.
I was fully aware that he wasn’t running along roads, but until I saw this video clip, I didn’t quite appreciate how bumpy these runs are.
If you are interested in seeing more about the topography of the run. Take a look at this clip which originates from readings taken from Strava. It shows that James ran 15 miles which is just under half of the 32.3miles he will be running in May. Elevation wise he ran to 3182 feet. Again in May elevations are 11608 feet. The high elevations of the Ultra Marathon will definately be strenous on the lungs.
So why is James doing this?
James is asking friends, family and business collagues to sponsor his efforts. All monies raised are being donated to Mind, the mental health charity. Here is a link to James’ fundraising page.
As Patrons of Made in the Midlands, MyWorkwear have pledged to donate £25 on behalf of each member of the Made in the Midlands or sister networking organisation Made in Yorkshire that place their first order with us.
If you would like to see the video’s that James has been taking when running, then click here to view them on the MyWorkwear YouTube channel.
Photo’s that James took whilst out on his run.
MyWorkwear were happy to be chosen as the new workwear supplier for Boneham & Turner Ltd. We spoke with MD Peter Boneham about why they chose MyWorkwear.
“We felt that the quality of account management had dropped from the company we originally got our workwear from so decided to make a switch. As a fellow member of Made in the Midlands, we decided to try MyWorkwear. The service was great and MyWorkwear have responded quickly to any requirements or issues”
Boneham & Turner are a leading manufacturer and supplier of tooling components and precision engineered components in the UK. They have recently made the decision to phase out contracted overalls and bring in new apparel. Production staff wear combat style work trousers, t-shirts and overalls for those that needed them. T-shirts and fleeces were also given to staff.
Whilst changing their workwear style Boneham & Turner also undertook a rebrand of their logo and introduced a new tagline “Precision Engineered Solutions”. Both helping to promote the ethos of a solution provider.
Since the change, they are pleased to say that, everyone has been happy with the quality and style of the clothing provided. The old overalls were very reminiscent of 1970’s Boneham & Turner, and our organisation has come a long way since then, both in culture and in employee engagement and inclusion.
Making the change to MyWorkwear
Changing both workwear styles and logo can be quite a timely and stressful transition. However, Boneham & Turner found that the team at MyWorkwear made it simple and easy.
“MyWorkwear were able to cross-reference current supplier items to make the transition very straightforward. Together with great customer service that has led to a speedy transaction” said Peter.
Made in the Midlands
Made in the Midlands is a Midlands manufacturing and engineering peer to peer membership association. With over 400 members from all tiers of automotive, aerospace, marine, defence, medical and other industry supply chains. They exist to unite Midlands industry. They do this by bringing together like-minded companies at Director level. To Source, Supply, Share best practice and Collaborate within the region.
Since joining over 3 years ago Boneham & Turner have worked with a number of members of the #MimFamily.
“We have tried to embrace the network and family of companies. From reducing energy costs, legal advice, sub contact and finished goods”.
MyWorkwear have been a member of Made in the Midlands for a year and became a MIM Patron in 2018.
“…. I’ve done everything in fell-running – Snowdon, the Three Peaks, Ben Nevis, The Bob Graham, the Karrimor. And I tell you, none of them’s as hard as this”.
“It was pretty immediately that I could feel the difference in my breathing.”
The main event –
Here is a link to James’ fundraising page, if you are in a position to donate, that would be much appreciated.
Are you a member of Made in the Midlands / Made in Yorkshire member? If so we will donate £25 on your behalf for your first order from MyWorkwear.
A huge thank you to the team at Made in the Midlands, who along with fellow Patrons and members of the #MIMFamily have been supporting James’ challenge.