21st November 2011

A Lancashire-based supplier of corporate and protective workwear has rebranded itself following a move to new 30,000 sq ft premises in Walton-le-Dale, Preston.

Protec Workwear and Safety Ltd has changed its trading name to Smart Image Workwear following its move from Bamber Bridge to Walton-le-Dale. Its new home is the former Build Centre site which was purchased from the Wolseley Group, a property which is more than double the size of the company's previous base.

The move to new premises was prompted by a lack of space at the Bamber Bridge site, which hindered the company's plans to expand its corporate clothing branding division. The extra space has enabled Smart Image Workwear to increase its number of high-speed embroidery machines from 28 to more than 60.

Founded in 1984, Smart Image Workwear has developed into one of the North West's largest distributors of workwear and P.P.E. products, with annual sales of more than £2m and 19 employees. Its extensive product range includes corporate workwear, hi-viz clothing and safety footwear.

Smart Image Workwear supplies its products to individual customers, small independent businesses and large corporate organisations. The company also provides a full embroidery and printing service for promotional and workwear clothing.

Bill Rawlinson, managing director, said: "We had reached full capacity at the Bamber Bridge site and had we not made a move it would have affected the range of services that we can offer our customers. Securing a larger site close to our original base is a great solution and ensures that we can continue to provide a fast and convenient response to all enquires. The move was also a good opportunity to rebrand the business and introduce a name that reflects the service we aim to provide to our customers."

NatWest commercial banking in Preston provided a £280k loan to Smart Image Workwear to assist with the acquisition and development costs.

Brian Marsden, NatWest relationship manager said: "Smart Image Workwear is a successful, well managed business. This purchase is a good strategic move and will help the company achieve its future growth plans."