As you may know, we have recently had the privilege and honour of being nominated as finalists for the National Business Award for Sustainability for reducing textile waste. We wanted to talk about some of our methods because we feel strongly about embedding sustainability in our company culture, and impacting attitudes in the wider business community.
So, why Bespoke Textiles?
After eight years in the industry we have identified the problems our clients face, which not only waste time and money but also textiles and other precious resources.
Sourcing uniform can be a huge headache. Errors, limited options and short term solution lead to MORE WASTE! Often when managers buy uniforms, they try to buy cheap, which means they end up buying twice! Mistakes like this not only cost a lot of money, but lead to unnecessary textile waste. We are all about the tailored supply chain that saves waste – Bespoke Textiles products are made to last, so won’t need to be replaced.
Increase staff morale, performance and retention by investing in a carefully considered uniform that your staff really love and enables them to feel considered and their needs understood.
We tend to match materials to the nearest factory location for manufacturing, with a core network of family businesses over the world, and we’re proud to say that over 50% are in the UK.
Lack of consistency and choice
Most businesses cannot find what they want in the shops or off the shelf. Staff (and their bodies!) come in all shapes and sizes, and finding a uniform that fits and flatters them all can be difficult! Not only that, but standard uniform suppliers can sometimes supply dull and dated product, and fashion retailers change their styles every 6 months, so you can’t often buy the same thing again. This means that uniforms need a complete overhaul much sooner than necessary.
Staff turnover is higher in hospitality than almost any other industry. Statistics estimate between 50% – 300% leave annually and often so does the uniform! This can add huge headaches for managers because it costs thousands in loss of time, money, textiles and loyalty.
What is the Sustainability Award?
All the nominees for this award demonstrate an outstanding commitment to sustainability. Focusing on policies or projects that positively impact on society and the environment as well as the economy, judges are also looking for examples of where the organisation has not only changed behaviour internally but is also helping to change behaviour among customers and suppliers. This represents values of how we create and make textiles products as well as how we treat others.
Read more about our ethos and commitments on our Sustainability page.