Welcome to Essential Workwear, your go-to supplier of high quality branded workwear & PPE

If you’re looking to kit out your staff with high quality, branded uniforms you’ve come to the right place. Essential Workwear are a leader in the industry, and we pride ourselves on our trustworthy reputation and personable approach.

That being said, we have put together this blog post to explain in-depth a little more about exactly who we are, and what we do.

About us

About Essential Workwear

Where do we start? We 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 & PPE utilising a variety of branding techniques.

Throughout our journey the mission has always remained the same: to not only supply professional branded workwear to companies who need our assistance, but to offer top-class support and guidance throughout the process. It’s more than just sending us your logo for us to print. We actively suggest innovative solutions that we think would compliment your brand.

Our Essential Workwear product ranges

Branded Clothing

We have been supplying clothing for 20 years.

From polo shirts and t-shirts to headwear and trousers, and everything in between, we are on hand to create professional company uniforms for your business.

Your logo can be placed in various branding positions to best suit your business. We also endeavour to provide a diverse colour range for all of our workwear, giving you a wide choice of options to fit your branding.

Unsure of the impact that a company uniform can have on your business? Here are a few reasons why we think it makes perfect sense:

  • Workwear cements your company identity, uniting your staff and giving them a sense of pride in their place of work.
  • Uniform increases workplace cohesion and staff productivity, especially in comparison to workforces that wear their own clothes.
  • Customers may struggle to identify your employees if they aren’t in uniform and this can lead to frustration, as well as being a health and safety issue if you had to evacuate your premises.
  • Colour coded workwear for different divisions, or teams, helps with internal identification of work groups.
  • In terms of brand recognition, workwear gets your logo out there and seen more frequently. You can’t improve your recognition if you don’t actively promote your logo, and company uniforms are a fundamental way of doing this.
  • If the workwear is ill fitting or poor quality then this can have a negative impact on staff, but in comparison, if you supply your staff with a high quality uniform this can improve their confidence and self esteem.

PPE

Essential Workwear are active members of the BSIF Registered Safety Supplier Scheme.

To guarantee that industry standards and certifications are met, our range of PPE is sourced from some of the world’s leading manufacturers of protective workwear including Delta Plus, Click, and Portwest.

PPE is all about keeping your workforce safe at work. That could be a simple hi-vis vest and a hard hat when walking around a building site, or a much more complex fire-resistant ARC coverall that confirms to various EN standards for a very specific type of work.

We have in-house PPE experts that can help and advise on making sure you conform to all the correct standards.

Hi-visibility clothing is a simple and effective way of minimising risk in busy environments such as building sites, car parks and factory premises. You may be required to supply employees with hi-visibility clothing by law if Health and Safety regulations deem them appropropriate.

Whether you are looking for lightweight hi-vis vests for ease of use or durable, heavyweight outer jackets you will be able to find everything you need by browsing through our site, here.

Our Essential Workwear services

Embroidery

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Embroidery is the classic method of branding clothing, and is still seen as the “classiest” way to display your company logo and is ideal for company uniforms and workwear. It is performed using a needle and thread and can be utilised to make stunning and complex designs.

Embroidery threads are coated to give them a glossy sheen. This, combined with the thread’s  weight and a physical dimension gives the finished embroidery a 3D effect that “pops” off the garment.

Here at Essential Workwear we embroider on to all types of garments such as polo shirts, sweatshirts, softshells, t-shirts, as well as even bags and hats. Our machinists are some of the best in the world with some having been working on embroidery for over 20 years.

essential embroidery process

Transfer print

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Transfer printing is the process of printing an image on a vinyl and then heat pressing that image, at high temperatures, onto the desired item of workwear or PPE. Transfer printing can be used with a variety of garment types and this makes it a compatible printing process when it comes to protective workwear, particularly fire-resistant jackets.

Digital transfer printing is utilised when a design is too intricate, or complex, for traditional screen printing methods or if the design is being placed onto a difficult area.

This is a precise and thorough process which has a low risk of damaging the workwear product.

Man packing

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Ordering 100’s of workwear items and having to organise them into complete uniforms can be a time consuming hassle. With our man packing service, we shoulder that responsibility for you.

We pre-pack complete uniform kits for each individual employee and deliver the package directly to them, making it our duty to double check every single aspect of your order before sending them out to designated employee addresses. Our online ordering system makes it easy for customers to assign employee IDs to each individual kit, and our dedicated man packing team take care of the rest. The assignment of employee IDs means it is easy for us to track who has been given what. This can be particularly valuable if an employee leaves the company,

We oversee the process from start to finish, ensuring that each pre-packed uniform contains the correct products and is delivered to the right employee. If you’re not too sure what products you need for each employee, our in-house PPE experts will be on hand to help you put together the right packages for your industry.

 

Screen printing

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Screen printing is the process of transferring a stencilled design onto a flat surface.  It is a process that lends itself very well to large volume orders, such as large t-shirt or hi-vis vest orders as we are able to print up to 1,000 pcs per hour.

Screen printing works by forcing ink onto the garment surface through a stencil created on a fine mesh. We create this stencil by painting the mesh screens with a light-reactive emulsion, and then placing a light blocking screen made from acetate and in the shape of the design over the wet emulsion.

When exposed to a bright light, the uncovered areas will harden, allowing the acetate screen to be removed and the remaining wet emulsion to be washed away, leaving the shape of the logo in the mesh.

The stencil is then laid over the printing surface and filled with ink covering the whole design. The final stage is for the printer to run a squeegee over the stencil, forcing the ink through onto the surface and printing the item.

Digital printing / DTG

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Digital printing, also known as Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printing is a popular technique used for printing images, designs and logos onto items of clothing. It’s a more modern method of printing, and utilises the latest technology not too dissimilar from an inkjet printer printing on to paper.

This technique opens up many options in the way of design, as the method of printing directly from digital artwork allows for multiple colours and detailed designs, which translate perfectly through the ink and onto the garment. So, if you’ve got a complex and colourful logo, an intricate design or even a photograph – digital printing has got you covered.

However, in order to keep the process as cost effective as possible, digital printing is generally better for lower order quantities. For larger quantities, screen printing is a great alternative.

Here at Essential Workwear, we care about the environment. That’s why our eco-friendly digital printing method uses only water-based ink to ensure that our environmental impact is kept to a minimum.

In the press

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Our substantial growth over the years has led to us being recognised as a leader in the industry, and as such we are honoured to have been nominated for several awards alongside some major players in the sector.

In 2019, Essential Workwear took home three awards from the SME Business Awards in Bedfordshire: “Business of the Year 50 or more Employees”, “Dunstable Business of the Year” and “Overall Winner of all Categories”. Following our success, we are excited to have been nominated for “Business of the Year 50 or more Employees” at the National SME Business Awards at Wembley in December.

In addition, we were also thrilled to have been awarded “Britsh Chamber of Commerce Family Business of the Year 2019” East of England regional winners earlier this year, which has secured us a place in the Nationals in November.

The recognition of our hard work and dedication as a team drives our passion to continue developing close working relationships with companies, delivering the highest standards of products and customer service possible..

Now that you know everything there is to know about us, we’d love to get to know you too. 

To discuss working with us, or to enquire about any of our services please get in touch with us and a member of our team will get back to you.