Why your company needs embroidered polo shirts

One of the many workwear assets available to businesses today is the embroidered polo shirt, which is growing in popularity thanks to its mix of versatility and a smarter outward image.

Today we are going to be taking you through how to make your order, and take the first steps in modernising the way your business will be seen through the eyes of your clients and customers.

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Benefits of polo shirts

Nothing beats a comfortable polo shirt. It epitomises the term “smart casual” and can be worn in just about any working environment

There are ways to put these versatile garments to even further use, one of which is adpoting custom embroidered polo shirts into your workwear uniforms.

Polo shirts help to create a calm and mature atmosphere within the working environment by remaining smarter than a T-shirt but more comfortable than a button-down.

Comfort and appearance aren’t the only benefits of a Polo shirt however, especially where customisation is concerned.

As Polos are a more versatile item of clothing they are suitable for a wider range of working environments, being just as at home in the office as on a building site.

This means that for businesses planning to outfit their entire workforce with a branded uniform an embroidered Polo could be the only solution they need.

Polo shirts available from Essential workwear

Choosing the right polo shirt for you

Please browse our site to see our selection and scroll through some of our options below, if you need help contact our team who will be happy to assist!

Clique Basic Polo

£8.65 ex VAT

  • Basic polo for everyday use with a great fit.
  • Slits in the side and 3 tone in tone buttons.
  • Ladies’ model has 4 tone in tone buttons.
  • 100% cotton (grey melange 85% cotton, 15% viscose.
    Anthracite melange 60% cotton, 40 % polyester).
  • Available in a men’s and ladies fit.
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Kustom Kit Workforce Polo

£9.25 ex VAT

  • 1×1 rib knit collar.
  • Two-button placket.
  • Straight top placket.
  • Self-fabric taped back neck.
  • Twin-needle hem and cuff.
  • Double-stitched armholes and shoulders.
  • Kustom Kit® tear-out label.
  • Available in a men’s and ladies fit.
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Pro-Job Pique Polo Shirt

£11.80 ex VAT

  • Pique with two detail seams on the collar.
  • Neck opening with three-tone in tobe buttons.
  • 65%polyester,35% cotton.
  • 200g/m2.
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Uneek Classic Polo Shirt

£6.50 ex VAT

  • 50% Polyester 50% Cotton
  • Reactive Dyed
  • Knitted Collar
  • Taped Neck
  • Hemmed Sleeve & Bottom
  • Washable at 60 Degrees
  • 3 Self Coloured Button Placket.
  • Available in a unisex and ladies fit.
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Uneek Two Tone Polo Shirt

£12.25 ex VAT

  • Contemporary Fit
  • 3 Self Coloured Button Placket
  • Twin Needle Stitching on Seams
  • Reactive Dyed
  • 50% Polyester 50% Cotton
  • Contrast Colour Side Panel on Front and Undersleeve
  • Knitted Collar and Cuff with Contrast Stripe
  • Internal Back Neck Tape in Contrast Colour
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Essential Workwear Premium Polo Shirt

£8.75 ex VAT

  • 220gsm – 50% Polyester 50% Cotton
  • Knitted collar with rod design and well padded, taped neckline for comfort
  • Half moon yoke at neck for increased strength
  • Cuffed sleeves with matching rod design
  • Self coloured placket, with matching pearlised buttons
  • Triple stitched on all main seams for ultimate strength
  • Available in a men’s and ladies fit.
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Orn Silverswift Two-Tone Polo Shirt

£12.40 ex VAT

  • 220gsm – 50/50 Polycotton premium polo shirt
  • Knitted collar with rod design and well padded, taped neckline for comfort
  • Half moon yoke at neck for increased strength
  • Cuffed sleeves with matching rod design
  • Self coloured placket, with matching pearlised buttons
  • Triple stitched on all main seams for ultimate strength
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Pro Job Stretch Polo Shirt

£13.40 ex VAT

  • 215Gsm 95% Cotton 5% Elastane
  • Modern piqué in stretchy material.
  • Neck opening with three tone in tone buttons.
  • Sprund in the sides.
  • Pre-shrunk and enzyme-treated for a soft and comfortable feel.
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Benefits of embroidery

Should you still be torn as to whether polo shirts with logos embroidered are the right fit for your company, here are some advantages of embroidering your logo as opposed to alternative printing methods.

Hard Wearing

Embroidered logos that are physically stitched into a polo shirt won’t fade over time, whereas a printed design could do. This ensures that your custom polo shirts last longer, and can stand the test of daily wear and tear.

Professional Image

You really can’t beat the finished look of an embroidered logo. The texturised, 3D effect on your embroidered workwear screams high quality, professionalism and high company standards. 


There’s no limitation when it comes to where your logo can be embroidered. We have a variety of different frames that allow us to stitch designs to a polo shirt in a number of different positions and in various sizes.

Ordering embroidered polo shirts for your business

If you decide that embroidered polo shirts are the right fit for your business then it’s time to place your order.

At Essential Workwear we believe in making this process simple and pain-free, catering to all orders both great and small.

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Preparing your logo for embroidery

Size of logo placement

Generally, embroidery is best suited to small to medium sized logo placement.

As you’re reading this blog, we’d imagine that you’re looking to design your own embroidered polo shirt and are likely to be looking for a small embroidery on the chest or sleeve, for example. For this, embroidery is perfect.

Due to the nature of stitching and the machines used, it’s not ideal to embroider large-scale designs onto a garment – for anything along these lines, we’d recommend digital printing.

Complexity of the design

It’s often thought that embroidery may not be capable of handling complex, intricate designs but that’s far from the truth.

Here at Essential Workwear, we use only the latest Barudan embroidery machines which can perfectly handle both complex and minimal designs no matter the intricacy.

Colour palette

Got a colourful logo? Not a problem. Our embroidery machines can stitch up to 14 colours in one logo, with a range of different finishes to choose from including metallic, frosted and matte. 

With many years experience of branding almost 11,000 pieces of work each day, it’s not often we’ve come across many logos that require more than 14 different colours – so we’d imagine this shouldn’t be an issue!

Working with your logo

Still concerned that your logo may be too complex or colourful for embroidery? Here at Essential Workwear, we pride ourselves on our professional standards and with that, we’d never give a customised order the go-ahead before analysing the submitted design.

We want your logo to look as good on your customised polo shirts as you do, so we take the time to inspect your logo and requirements, with a view to make any recommendations on how we can improve the finished result.

Shipping and Delivery

To keep our lines simple, we do all of our own packaging right here in house, giving us control over each order and making sure the right products go to the right people! Our entire process is focused around keeping you up to date, included and informed. As part of this we make it a priority to inform you when your order migrates to a new stage of the process.

The cost of our shipping is simple, we charge £7.50+VAT for all orders up to the value of £150, after which shipping is free. The simplicity we have engineered into our production lines mean that we can offer a standard lead time of just 7 days from the arrival of your logos or artwork.

Looking for further help or advice? Our dedicated team of experts can help you decide which workwear essentials your employees will need. Get in touch with us and a member of our team will get back to you.

Essential Workwear are a family owned and operated business, employing close to 70 people at our factory and office in Dunstable, Bedfordshire.

Formed in 1998 by husband and wife duo George & Nicki Georgiou, our business has grown from offering one core embroidery service to supplying the very best workwear brands & PPE utilising a variety of branding techniques.

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