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Preston’s largest corporate work wear supplier, Smart Image Workwear, has generously donated a large amount of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the latest intake of Residents at Recycling Lives.
Smart Image Workwear, known previously as Protec Work Wear and Safety Ltd., have just moved to newly modernised and re-designed premises on Chorley Road which boast 30,000sq ft of space. The company, founded 27 years ago, has long been a supporter of Recycling Lives, providing the company with a wide range of PPE for both staff and Residents alike over the years and attending charity events in support of the organisation, such as last year’s hugely popular charity golf tournament.
Recycling Lives has corporate social responsibility at its heart. The organisation’s residential programme aims to help people to help themselves, which is why each and every Resident at the Recycling Lives centre on Essex Street undertakes a range of professional training courses that will build their confidence and enhance their employability.
Mark Channing, Recycling Lives’ charity manager said:
“The on-going support of corporate partners and local businesses is essential to the success of the Recycling Lives programme. Our aim is to be right at the heart of Preston’s local community, where people need us most, so it’s great when companies like Smart Image Workwear offer a helping hand and let us know that what we’re achieving for local people is really appreciated.
“All of our Residents undertake vocational training in and around our recycling centres, which means that Health and Safety is of primary importance. By donating high visibility PPE for all of our new Residents, Smart Image Workwear is underlining the importance of complying with safety regulations in potentially hazardous working environments and helping to keep our lads safe.
“We’d like to say a big ‘thank-you’ to the team at Smart Image Workwear for their generous donation and assure them that the PPE will be put to very good use!”
Bill Rawlinson, Managing Director at Smart Image Workwear, commented:
“As a well-established Workwear and safety supply company, Smart Image Workwear are pleased to be a supplier to Recycling Lives and without hesitation have sponsored the work wear and safety requirements to the new residents of Recycling Lives.
“We are constantly looking to enhance our CSR agenda and can see the good work that Recycling Lives does for the local community. In further good news, Smart Image Workwear have also agreed to become a corporate sponsor of the Preston Guild 2012 and are now recognized as the event’s Official Uniform Supplier.”
The donated PPE will be used by Recycling Lives Residents as they undertake courses with the company’s in-house training team, including fork lift truck driving and first aid in the work place, and work placements, either with Recycling Lives or one of the organisation’s corporate partners.
New name and new base for Lancashire business
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."
Smart Image Workwear is proud to be a corporate sponsor and official uniform supplier to Preston Guild 2013
Smart Image Workwear Ltd is the latest addition to a number of corporate sponsors which includes: St George’s Shopping Centre, Forbes Solicitors, BAE Systems,Signs Express, James Hall & Co (SPAR), Lawrence Hunt & Co (SPAR), Holiday Inn, Chamber of Commerce, Eric Wright, Marcus Worthington and United Utilities.
Preston Guild is a historic celebration dating back to 1179, and represents a significant element of the North West’s rich cultural heritage and tourism offer. The holding of the Guild was a major occasion and the cause of much celebration across the city. Preston Guild is the only Guild still celebrated in the UK and as such is unique.
A comprehensive programme of creative, innovative and inspiring events is being drawn up in association with community groups, partners and sponsors from Preston and across the North West. The full event programme will include WE PLAY Expo. WE PLAY expo is the finale celebration of the Northwest’s cultural contribution to the build up and legacy of the London 2012 0lympic and Paralympic Games, and will showcase at Preston Guild 2012 from 7th - 9th September 2012.
Yesterday we were able to place our first order for 500 Official Katy Holmes Trust T-Shirts!! All 10 sponsors paid and we’re so proud to have them on board. We are now taking payments from the next 10 sponsors for the next batch of 500 T-Shirts!! I can’t believe how people are supporting us! Its just incredible and fantastic!
A huge great big THANK YOU to Bill and his team at ‘Smart Image Workwear Preston’ who have been fantastic in helping us with the shirts.