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INDUSTRY NEWS 06 images JUNE 2022 Follow the links to the full news stories online Xpres appointed UK supplier for Aeoon DTG printers Aeoon Technologies has appointed Xpres as its exclusive partner in the UK for supplying its automated industrial direct-to-garment (DTG) printers and pretreatment units. Xpres will handle the full range, which is manufactured in Austria and aimed at the digital textile printing market. It includes the Aeoon Kyo Link Series and the new entry-level Maikuro DTG printer [turn to page 8 for more on the Maikuro]. Established in 1980, Xpres supplies a wide range of solutions for personalisation and branding including DTG, direct-to-film (DTF) and sublimation technologies. Since the beginning of June, it has had one of the Aeoon Kyo Link Series machines in its 4,000 sqft Inspiration Suite in Castle Donington, near Derby, ready for customer demonstrations. The technical team at Xpres will be responsible for all new Aeoon installations and on-going service and support in the UK. Xpres sales director Damon Piall said: “We are really excited by this partnership as it is a logical fit with our existing product offer and provides us with the opportunity to service the high-volume printed garment market more fully. “Aeoon’s reputation for quality and innovation in DTG technology was a major reason why we wanted to partner with them and we are fully committed to establishing the brand as a major force in UK print shops.” Kornit remains confident despite challenging start to 2022 Digital garment printing specialist Kornit has declared it is confident about continuing growth despite a firstquarter operating loss and “overall macroeconomic headwinds”. Announcing mixed results for the first three months of 2022, it warned that figures for April to June would be “impacted” by global economic trends, with quarterly revenue predicted to be around $85 million to $95 million (£70 million to £78 million). For the first quarter of 2022, it achieved revenues of $83.3 million (£68.4 million), up 26% year on year and close to analysts’ forecasts. However, there was also an operating loss of $6.91 million (£5.67 million) for the quarter compared to a profit of $3.11 million (£2.55 million) over the same period a year ago. Ronen Samuel, CEO of Kornit Digital, said: “While we are certainly not immune to overall macro-economic headwinds and near-term volatility, which we see impacting our second-quarter growth, we continue to expect to deliver, ahead of plan, on the $125 million [£102 million] run-rate business we originally targeted for the fourth quarter 2023 and remain confident in our journey to become a billion-dollar [£820.5 million] business in 2026.” The Aeoon Kyo Link Series machine has been installed in Xpres’s Inspiration Suite Screen Print World brings Portuguesemade DTF printer to the UK Machine and consumables supplier Screen Print World (SPW) debuted the Mtex-DTF 30, an inline direct-to-film (DTF) printer, at Printwear & Promotion Live! 2022 in April. The compact machine is made in Portugal by Mtex, a digital printer manufacturer known for its largeformat machines. The Mtex-DTF 30 is an all-in-one unit, ie the printer, powder shaker and dryer are all contained in one machine, and it prints at nine linear metres per hour. It costs £12,000; a new Mtex DTF machine is set to be launched in the autumn. [L-R] SPW’s managing director, Dave Roper, and Andy Smith of Mtex with the new Mtex-DTF 30 Ronen Samuel, CEO of Kornit Digital, at an event for UK garment printers in London in March 2022

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INDUSTRY NEWS 08 images JUNE 2022 PRINT SHOP POOCHES Marley demonstrates his mastery of sleeping #79 Marley Whether it’s pedigree pups or mangy mutts, decorators’ dogs are valued members of staff at embroidery and print shops from Barking to Furness. This month we have Marley from Wilsons Workwear in Kilmarnock, Scotland Full name: Marley McLellan Breed: American labrador Age: Two years old (he turns three in September) Time at company: Two years Job title: Wilsons Workwear’s packing assistant Job description: Keeping morale up. Special skills: His skills are definitely sleeping and eating treats. Favourite colour: Dark green, as it is the colour of his favourite bed. Follow us on Twitter @imagesmaguk Brother releases Myze software for print and fulfilment Printer manufacturer Brother has released a new software solution, Brother Myze, to support design, ordering, production and fulfilment in direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. It features the Myze Creator, a highend retail kiosk solution that takes care of the entire process from front end to back end, from the customer’s choice of design to the finished shirt, without any additional software. Brother Myze, described as “a customer platform that brings everything together and simplifies daily work”, was created in cooperation with some of the leading manufacturers from a wide range of different business sectors. Brother stated: “We have not just created a software solution, but a whole package of individual applications that cover all areas and needs of the digital print production”. For large producers, Brother Myze includes the Myze Fulfilment module, while the option of Myze Analytics is available for all users of Brother’s series of GTX DTG printers, allowing operators to monitor the performance of their printers. The design and ordering interface for Brother Myze software Aeoon adds entrylevel Maikuro DTG printer Aeoon Technologies has launched new digital garment printer Maikuro, described as the “smallest industrial DTG printer in the whole world”. Designed for new entrants into directto-garment (DTG) printing, the Maikuro has a large print area of up to 40cm by 45cm, but measures just 215cm long, 166cm wide and 165cm high. Announcing the launch, Aeoon Technologies said that, despite its size, the Maikuro is “the ideal solution for any growing business who is yet to enter the DTG industry”. Its name is Japanese for ‘micro’. It is installed with eight Ricoh print heads and runs on water-based pigment inks that are Gots (Global Organic Textile Standard) certified. The Maikuro has a recirculating ink system which makes it environmentally efficient because there is no compressed air needed in the machine. The customer also benefits from fewer purge losses, plus the ink is constantly in motion, which prevents pigments from settling. The new Maikuro DTG machine from Aeoon Technologies

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 images JUNE 2022 Check out our full-length Decorator Reports: Workwear company to support dementia charity Shropshire-based workwear specialist MyWorkwear has pledged to help fight dementia by making Race Against Dementia its nominated charity. The team selected a dementia charity in memory of the company’s founder, Mike Worthington, who died last year after developing dementia with Lewy bodies. MyWorkwear was introduced to Race Against Dementia – founded by Formula One champion Sir Jackie Stewart – by one of its partners, motor -sport marketing company Kiltads. The team at MyWorkwear felt there was a “strong synergy” with the charity as the business supplies the manufacturing, engineering and automotive industries and sponsors the University of Wolverhampton Racing (UWR) team. Mike’s son, James Worthington, who is managing director of MyWorkwear, said: “With the first anniversary of my father’s death falling during Dementia Action Week this week [16-22 May], we felt this was an ideal time to announce our intentions to support Race Against Dementia and help in the fight against this horrific disease.” Sea Dog Print Studio These bold T-shirts were screen printed by Sea Dog Print Studio in Southsea for Southsea Tattoo Co. Snuggle invests in Coloreel ondemand threadcolouring Snuggle, one of the UK’s largest direct-to-garment (DTG) decorators, has invested in Coloreel’s on-demand thread colouring technology. Coloreel, based in Sweden, announced the “breakthrough” deal for the innovative system, which works alongside embroidery machines. It has been supplied to Snuggle through UK distributor AJS Embroidery Services. Shabbir Maimoon, director and co-founder of Snuggle UK, said: “Coloreel brings embroidery to the modern age by removing the shackles of colour limitation and allowing suppliers to embroider garments in full colours, gradients and true to how customers would like to see their logos/artwork represented. “It’s exciting to be able to work with Coloreel and be one of the first to offer this innovative solution to an age-old problem.” The Coloreel system New Resolute DTF machine eliminates powder Brand new from Resolute is the R-Jet Pro DTF NP, an innovative direct-to-film (DTF) printer that eliminates the powder step of the DTF process. Instead, the printer uses a special, clear, printable water-based adhesive that is jetted onto a custom white DTF ink and reacts on contact. The cost of consumables for the NP (which stands for ‘no powder’) is 15% higher than for other RJet DTF machines. Introduced at the Printwear & Promotion Live! show in April, it uses the same heads, tech and RIP as the original R-Jet Pro DTF printer that launched last year, and offers the same 14m2/hr output. “Being able to control the amount of adhesive printed allows for greater control of dye migration and softer more flexible prints,” said Resolute managing director Colin Marsh. The NP will be available in the UK in August and is priced at £25,000 including dryer. Also new from Resolute is the R-Jet Midi, a smaller DTF printer priced at £9,000 for those looking for a lower cost entry to the DTF market. Colin Marsh with the new R-Jet Pro DTF NP from Resolute Lauren Chandler and James Worthington of MyWorkwear in garments for its new charity partnership

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INDUSTRY NEWS 12 images JUNE 2022 Follow us on Facebook: @imagesmaguk Jon Yankowy has joined Vastex International as sales associate to help DTG printers and screen printers in all of the company’s markets, including the UK. Based at the company’s headquarters in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Jon will assist printers of all sizes, from beginners to large commercial operations, on specifying the most efficient Vastex equipment for their specific requirement. Jon is an experienced designer and illustrator who has also managed his own screen printing business in Lancaster in Pennsylvania before moving to the Lehigh Valley, where Vastex is located. Nicola Downing has taken over as CEO of Ricoh Europe, a supplier of direct-togarment printers and other equipment for print production. She succeeded David Mills, who held the role since 2014, in April and has assumed responsibility for the overall performance and strategic direction of the company and its subsidiaries. Nicola joined Ricoh Europe in 2005. She most recently held the role of chief operating officer, where she was responsible for the company’s operations. David, who joined the Ricoh Group in 2008, will remain with Ricoh Europe as chairman. He will focus on further strengthening Ricoh Europe’s digital services capabilities, providing guidance and consultancy to Ricoh Europe’s management team. Tim Rählert has taken over as product manager at Brother’s Industrial Printing Business (IPB) as part of an internal restructuring to prepare the business for the future. Tim has been with Brother for 10 years and was most recently supply chain manager. He has replaced Heiner Rupperath, who has become director of IPB. In his most recent role, Tim was able to acquire a “profound” knowledge of direct-to-garment (DTG) printing. Tim said: “It is a great pleasure for me to take over this position. I know that Heiner has done an excellent job over the last few years, but I am sure that I can continue his work and I am looking forward to bringing new ideas to our successful product line.” CHANGING FACES Jon Yankowy Nicola Downing Tim Rählert Exile launches new FreeStyler direct-to-screen system Exile Technologies officially launched a new version of its FreeStyler computer-to-screen system at Printwear & Promotion Live! in April. The new FreeStyler 2 replaces the original FreeStyler DTS (direct-to-screen) system with a new “industrial” all-metal design and upgraded mechanics and electronics for improved precision and reliability. It features UV-Block black ink to deliver enhanced UV density of more than 3.5 UV DMAX. The new model also supports bi-directional print modes, which translates into imaging speeds that are nearly 50% faster. The FreeStyler 2 is listed at a UK price of £9,995 bundled with a ScreenMaker RIP. Target Transfers launches UltraColour Max Target Transfers has introduced a new heat transfer, UltraColour Max, that is designed to provide full-colour graphics for small runs. The transfers, which became available in the UK in May after being previewed at Printwear & Promotion Live! 2022 in April, are digitally printed using a direct-to-film process that has been developed by Target Transfers with Stahls’ and Transfer Express. Target Transfers marketing manager Andy Rogers said: “They are a great option for full-colour graphics when you only need to order one.” All UltraColour Max transfers will be available by the 55cm by 55cm sheet. Users will be able to load as many transfers as they like onto the sheet to create a gang sheet. UltraColour Max has been industrially washtested to last the lifetime of a garment. ultracolour-max Printing on garments with Target Transfers’ UltraColour Max The new FreeStyler 2 from Exile Technologies JUNE 2022 images 13 INDUSTRY NEWS Made Round The Corner This stylish design was screen printed by Made Round The Corner, an independent clothing brand in Burgess Hill. Clothing and food driving land degradation, warns UN Up to 40% of the planet’s land is now degraded, mainly caused by farming and water usage for the production of clothing, food and other products, according to the United Nations (UN). In its new Global Land Outlook 2 report, the UN has forecast that, if no action is taken by 2050, there will be additional degradation of land covering an area nearly the size of South America. It warns that the way land resources – soil, water and biodiversity – are currently mismanaged and misused threatens the health and continued survival of many species on Earth, including humanity. While most of the land degradation is in the developing world, the cause is overconsumption across the planet, mainly from food production, but also from ‘fast fashion’ where garments are worn briefly and then thrown away. The latest version of Mind software for Zünd digital cutting machines Field of cotton. Photo: Mark Stebnicki/Pexels Zünd unveils updates to Mind digital cutting software New features have been added to the Mind software suite to make workflows for digital cutting of textiles easier, more profitable and more efficient on Zünd machines. The latest updates include an improved user interface, which is said by Zünd to be more intuitive as well as being able to provide deeper integration with management information system (MIS) data and production workflows. It also offers additional tools specific to textile processing and opens up new possibilities in the exchange of data with third-party suppliers. It is described by Zünd Systemtechnik as “the most significant and comprehensive software update” since it first introduced the Mind workflow suite five years ago. Grahame Gardner adds scrubs range with Micro-Fresh Grahame Gardner has unveiled a new scrub top and trouser range which uses antimicrobial technology to stay fresher for longer. The range, exclusive to Grahame Gardner, incorporates Micro-Fresh technology for garments that help to keep healthcare workers safe while also being comfortable. The fabric, which is 65% polyester and 35% cotton, is incorporated with Micro-Fresh technology at point of manufacture. The antimicrobial technology not only kills 99.9% of bacteria beyond 50 washes, but is also proven to reduce the spread of human coronavirus by 99.2%. With wash-resistant antibacterial protection, Micro-Fresh also boasts odour prevention, providing longer-lasting freshness for the wearer. The scrubs are hypoallergenic, gentle on the skin and vegan-friendly. The scrubs range stocked by Grahame Gardner are available in two fits: unisex and female. The new Micro-fresh scrub top and trouser range from Grahame Gardner

® aeoon’s DTG printers are made in Austria and feature industrial print heads with a print resolution up to 2400dpi with the ability to print photorealistic designs, gradients and shadings. They can also print onto complex fabrics and dark polyester for a diverse range of applications thanks to the huge choice of platens available. Designed for effortless web shop connectivity via API interfaces, these intuitive, low maintenance machines have low energy consumption and use GOTS certified water-based inks. Made in Austria Exclusive UK distributor of aeoon automated industrial DTG printers and pretreatment units MAIKURO COMPACT SERIES KYO SERIES PTB PRETREATMENT

Separate screen per printing station API interface Scanners reduce human errors Visualisation of the print design via beamer 01332 85 50 85 [email protected] BOOK YOUR DEMO TODAY! ® KYO LINK SERIES The Kyo Link Series is for companies that aim to work with the most technologically advanced DTG printers on the market and we’re delighted to have a demo unit in our customer Inspiration Suite. It connects complex front-end interfaces with demanding back-end processes, can be linked with a wide variety of applications and uses the most modern RIP software. The Kyo Link Series allows effortless connections to a homepage, online shop and API interfaces. Further highlights are an integrated projector, scanner and heat press with which R2P materials can be pre-pressed. Of course, in addition to the smooth human-machine interaction, as with all aeoon printers, you achieve unrivalled production capacities with the highest quality print results. The Kyo Link Series is therefore the most suitable printer for companies with high production volumes and automation requirements, which want to remain competitive and well equipped to produce for future market requirements.

INDUSTRY NEWS 16 images JUNE 2022 Check out our Instagram Stories for the latest industry news @imagesmaguk Want to know what your industry colleagues really think of the garments and accessories they decorate? Each issue, one reader tells us why they rate a particular product Lisa Halligan, owner of Elizabeths Embroidery in Stockton-onTees, says her favourite garment to decorate is the College Hoodie (JH001) from Just Hoods by AWDis. “The JH001 is so versatile in its colour and size range,” says Lisa. “It caters to all markets – we sell it into schools, colleges, sports clubs, corporate clients, workwear and for charity fundraising events. “As a vegan, I also love that the College Hoodie is vegancertified!” The JH001 is heavy enough to hold large embroidery, adds Lisa, but that doesn’t have to only be chest embroidery. “There are so many ways to decorate the garment: front, back, pocket, hood, cuffs and sleeves, so have fun and be creative with the decoration!” READERS’ CHOICE Just Hoods’ College Hoodie is certified vegan, says Lisa New Merlin heat press and embroidery machine from GS UK New from GS UK is the Merlin 101 10-needle single head embroidery machine. Described by the company’s technical consultant, Caroline Jones, as being ideal for those starting out in embroidery (the other Merlin machines from GS UK have 15-needles), the Merlin 101 comes with a cap frame attachment and has a top speed of 1,000spm and a maximum sewing area of 31 x 21cm. Also introduced by GS UK, and on show at the Printwear & Promotion Live! show in April, is the Merlin Pro heat press. Its platen measures 40 x 50cm and it has a touchscreen panel that allows parameters for different materials and garments to be saved. The clamshell-style press has an autorelease function. Strong signing for Workwear by Regatta Professional as new ambassador announced Regatta Professional has revealed that World’s Strongest Man competitor, the UK’s Mark Felix, is the new ambassador for its Workwear range. A frequent competitor in the annual World’s Strongest Man events, Mark was born in Grenada and moved to the UK when he was 23. He now lives in the north-west of England, “the birthplace of Regatta Professional”. Regatta Professional launched Workwear in 2020, an inclusive clothing range for tradesmen and women, with sizes ranging from XS to 3XL. At a recent photoshoot, 6ft 4” Mark was kitted out in core pieces from the Workwear range and the brand says “he loved the quality, versatility and range size”. Mark added: “As a muscly guy, I struggle to find work clothes that fit, but the Workwear range goes up to 3XL – my size!” Megan Pacey, marketing manager at Regatta Professional, commented: “We’re really looking forward to building the brand with Mark Felix. With Mark being in the plastering trade, he’s the ideal partner for Workwear and perfectly embodies the strong determination and proven durability of the brand.” The range includes everything from legwear to hi-vis hoodies, along with accessories such as belts and braces, woolly hats and thermal gloves. Strongman Mark Felix is the new ambassador for Workwear by Regatta Professional Dawn Woolley of GS UK with the new Merlin 101 embroidery machine

INDUSTRY NEWS 18 images JUNE 2022 View daily news updates at: Marathon extends range with introduction of DTF supplies Marathon, a specialist in threads and film for garment decoration, has expanded into offering products for direct-to-film (DTF) printing. It has launched a new DTF Supplies range featuring inks, films and powders that it says are compatible with nearly all DTF printers on the UK market. It offers films as single-sided and double-sided sheets, both in 100-metre rolls of 60cm or 30cm width and packs of 100 A3 sheets. The one-litre bottles of waterbased Marathon Premium Ink for DTF come in cyan, magenta, yellow, white and black. The adhesive powders come in 1kg bags, white or black. Launched at the Printwear & Promotion Live! exhibition at the NEC in Birmingham in April, the DTF Supplies have been available since May. Workwear Crew These smart aprons were embroidered by Workwear Crew in Bradford for a local pub, City Vaults Hustlergate. T-shirts decorated using film printed using Marathon’s DTF products Axzyra launches two new DTF printers Axzyra, a specialist in inkjet and UV print equipment, has launched a new direct-to-film (DTF) digital print and powder applicator system. The Axzyra DTF system uses a high-quality waterbased ink to digitally print the graphics onto film and then automatically apply a powdered adhesive and cure, creating transfers all in one compact operation. It showcased the new technology at Printwear & Promotion Live at the NEC in Birmingham in April. It offers two models: the DTF300, which prints 300mm film and is one complete unit with a printer, powder applicator and dryer, and the faster DTF600, which prints 600mm and has a separate printer and dryer. Set up in 2015 by Steve Woods, Axzyra has also introduced Print Head Doctor, a recovery system for all kinds of solvent, eco-solvent, water-based and UV print heads, which is already being taken up by UK garment printers. Arco donates PPE for Ukrainian relief efforts Safety workwear and equipment specialist Arco has donated more than 80,000 items of essential PPE to aid those directly affected by the on-going conflict in Ukraine. Partnering with global first responder International Medical Corps, the Hull-based group has provided 54,000 aprons and 33,600 masks to support healthcare workers on the ground. These are people providing medical assistance, caring for Ukrainian refugees in Poland, and helping with search and rescue operations in areas of Ukraine damaged by conflict after the invasion of the country by Russia. International Medical Corps delivers emergency medical aid, equipment and training in order to allow impacted communities to become self-sufficient and effective first responders themselves. Andy Owen, Arco’s head of healthcare, and Anna Harvatt, its community engagement manager, with boxes of PPE for Ukraine Axzyra’s new DTF300 printer

Currently available on select products only. Same Day DTG options available on orders placed before 11am. Need something superfast? We can help with our new express service! SAME DAY DTG '### "!2 #### ,-0&,*,/)$$0&+(.+)1 %%%+,/)$$0&+(.+)1 20 images JUNE 2022 INDUSTRY NEWS Stay in the picture with our Instagram feed: @imagesmaguk This month we’re highlighting an intricate embroidery from Leedsbased Picture The Print. The print and embroidery business, which has been operating since 2007, was asked by SriNon Thai Street Food in Huddersfield to embroider its staff’s uniform with a new logo following a rebrand. “We were recommended to them from another customer of ours,” explains Picture The Print’s director, Darren Hughes. The design, which was digitised by Logo4Clothes, was stitched on Pro Polos from Pro RTX, Gildan Ultra Cotton Adult T-Shirts and Gildan Premium Cotton Long Sleeve Double Piqué Polos. The embroidery was carried out on a ZSK Sprint 6 singlehead machine, using backings and Polyneon threads from Madeira. The customer loves the new uniforms, reports Darren. “They have since recommended us to other vendors and we have secured a number of new customers both in Huddersfield and from tenants in Trinity Leeds shopping centre.” DECORATED PRODUCT OF THE MONTH Xpres launches ‘pizza oven’ curer Xpres showcased the PPS Innovation desktop curer, the XP1311 DTF Cure Box, at the Printwear & Promotion Live! show in April. The desktop curing unit, which is designed to cure both direct-tofilm (DTF) and direct-to-garment (DTG) prints, is nicknamed “the pizza oven” due to its innovative design, explained Keith Thomsett, who is the business area team leader at Xpres. It is priced at £545, and can also be ordered as part of a full DTF/ DTG kit with the Epson SC-F2100. The printer uses one ink set for both DTG and DTF and it takes just seconds to switch between the two modes. The heat-adjustable Cure Box is available to order now from Xpres. The new SriNon Kitchen logo was stitched by Picture The Print Indie Ink adds DTF inks, powders and films to its product portfolio Indie Ink, which manufactures inks in the UK, has expanded its portfolio by adding products for direct-to-film (DTF) printing. It has introduced a range of inks – in cyan, magenta, yellow, black and white – that can be used with any DTF printer that has Epson print heads installed. They come in 250ml, 500ml and one-litre bottles. Indie Ink, launched last year by ink manufacturer Mexar Inkjet Solutions, has also sourced DTF powder and films so that it can offer a full package. Along with Indie Ink’s pigment inks for direct-to-garment (DTG) printing, the new DTF inks are certified as meeting the Global Organic Textile Standard (Gots). Keith Thomsett of Xpress with the new PPS XP1311 DTF Cure Box Indie Ink’s DTF Starter Pack comprises one 250ml bottle of each of the CMYK colours, one 500ml bottle of white ink, 1kg of DTF powder and 100 A3 cold-peel transfer sheets

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INDUSTRY NEWS 22 images JUNE 2022 Find our digital editions online: Industry bands together to support music merchandise A new organisation, MerchFriends, has been set up to support and celebrate the work of garment printers and other suppliers in the music merchandise sector. Formed in the US by Hello Merch co-founder Sam Means, it aims to have membership drawn from all kinds of companies in the music merchandise sector, from screen printers to fulfilment houses, around the globe. It wants to provide a forum for business owners and staff to “learn and discuss best practices, source goods, share success stories and address challenges, fostering community communication through recurring webinars and live events”. MerchFriends’ first major initiative will be to launch Band Shirt Day, which will take place around the world on September 16, 2022, as a new annual celebration dedicated to band T-shirts, described as “an iconic merch staple since the 1950s”. Band Shirt Day will offer artists, labels, garment decorators and merchandisers a day to proclaim their love of band shirts while raising funds for charities of their choosing. Further details about events are due to be announced soon. Essential sets up division to supply mainland Europe Essential, the UK-based specialist in workwear and promotional clothing, has launched a new division in mainland Europe to offer seamless distribution after Brexit. It has set up Essential Branding Europe (EBE) in Romania so that the group is able to offer a fully branded merchandise solution across the UK and the rest of Europe. The first order to be overseen by the new European division was providing printed promotional garments for motorsport lifestyle brand agency DR1VA for the World Rally Championship rally in Croatia in April. DR1VA has been working with Essential for over 10 years. Louis Georgiou, Essential’s operations director, said: “In creating a European hub, Essential can offer frictionless, tariff-free trade between EU countries, faster delivery, enhanced knowledge of local markets and trading requirements, more competitive prices by reducing the cost and environmental impact of transport, plus a far greater opportunity for expansion into new markets.” Russell Europe to launch new colours and new jog pants Russell Europe is to introduce “highfashion trend” colours for its sweatshirts in the summer, as well as new jog pants. Set to launch in July 2022, the six new colours – mocha, urban grey, olive, mineral blue, indigo blue, and sport heather – will be available for the bestselling Authentic Sweat and Authentic Hooded Sweat. Russell Europe is also launching “highend” jog pants in July, which will be available in mineral blue, urban grey and olive, complementing the two sweat tops in the new hues. The Authentic Jog Pants will be available in sizes S-2XL. Russell Europe has introduced new sweatshirt colours MerchFriends has been set up to address issues facing the independent music merchandise industry Essential operations director Louis Georgiou at the new facility in Romania HMRC offers tips on finding funds and cutting costs HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) has issued advice to small and mediumsized businesses on what government support is currently available as they face rising costs. It has recommended businesses look at claiming up to £5,000 through Employment Allowance, the tax relief that allows eligible businesses to reduce their National Insurance contributions (NICs) bills each year. HMRC has also flagged up how businesses can get a discount of up to £5,000 on software through Help to Grow: Digital, a government-backed scheme that aims to help businesses adopt digital technologies. Another source of support is superdeduction, which allows companies to cut their tax bill by 25p for every £1 that they invest in any qualifying machinery and equipment. The temporary £1 million limit for the Annual Investment Allowance has also been extended to the end of March 2023. This had been due to revert to £200,000 at the start of 2022. Super-deduction can help businesses invest in machinery and vehicles such as vans JUNE 2022 images 23 INDUSTRY NEWS Bongo Bambino These brilliant personalised rainbow gifts for kids were designed and created by Bongo Bambino in London. ColorGate releases new version of Productionserver ColorGate has released a new version of its Productionserver colour-control software that supports digital printing of textures such as wood and embroidery effects onto garments. Productionserver 22, which was presented at Fespa Global Print Expo in Berlin in May, contains new “2.5D technology” which, on suitable printers, can be used to print a range of “realistic” textures that also include art reproductions and Braille. Information on a design’s colour, height and, optionally, gloss are transferred to Productionserver. This is prepared for the printer layer by layer so that a tangible structure is created by repeated application of colourless or white ink. ColorGate added that it was currently in talks with printer manufacturers to make this technology usable for specific devices. The latest Productionserver release also includes support for direct-to-film (DTF) printing for use on DTG printers from Ricoh, Brother and Epson. Artwork for Productionserver; the updated software is available now Result launches third Genuine Recycled brochure Clothing supplier Result has unveiled new styles as part of the release of the third edition of its brochure showcasing its Genuine Recycled range. The new brochure is available to download as well as printed on paper with Forest Stewardship Council certification. It features all Genuine Recycled styles, including those new for 2022. The branding colours used for Genuine Recycled have also been adopted for Result’s latest exhibition livery to highlight how much emphasis this range now has on the overall Result brand. The Genuine Recycled collection uses speciality fabric manufactured from recycled plastic. New Genuine Recycled products for 2022 include the R240X padded winter jacket and the R510X action overall with zip front. The cover of the third edition of Result’s Genuine Recycled brochure Gildan posts record results for start of 2022 Garment supplier Gildan Activewear has reported “record” results in the first three months of 2022, with sales up 31% year on year. The international group posted sales of $775 million (£627 million) for the first quarter of its financial year to 3 April, which helped to drive a 30% increase in adjusted gross profit to $239 million (£193 million) for the same period. Sales of activewear including blank garments were up 38% over the previous year to $667 million (£539.5 million). This increase was said to be “largely driven by volume growth and net selling price increases, as well as favourable product mix”. Gildan CEO Glenn J Chamandy

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT 24 images JUNE 2022 How should I be managing my staff ’s holidays? When it comes to staff holidays, almost all workers are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks of paid holiday each year. This i ncludes agency workers, workers with irregular hours and workers on zero-hours contracts. This 5.6 weeks converts to 28 days of paid annual leave per year, and employers are permitted to include bank holidays within this 28-day minimum requirement if they want to. Full-time employees will receive the full 5.6 week entitlement, and anyone working part-time will receive a pro rata equivalent. People who work irregular hours – like shift workers or term-time workers – are entitled to paid time off for every hour they work. Twenty-eight days (or the pro rata equivalent) is the minimum amount of holiday employers must off er; however, they can choose to off er more leave than the minimum. With any additional contractual holiday, employers don’t have to apply all the rules that apply to statutory leave. For example, an employer can make additional contractual leave a benefit when someone has completed a certain amount of service. How should I approach holiday policies? Workers have basic rights to get paid for a holiday, build up (accrue) holiday entitlement during maternity, paternity and adoption leave, accrue holiday entitlement while off work due to sickness, and request holiday at the same time as sick leave. If you’re an employer, you should document your position in respect of holiday, the actual right to holiday, and the amount of holiday being off ered in your contracts of employment. Your employment contracts should also document any specific policies you might want to implement – like the total amount of leave that can be taken in one go, and what happens to accrued holiday if someone has their employment terminated. In addition, you may want a separate policy to deal with staff holidays. This will be useful, especially if you want staff to follow a specific process when requesting leave, or if you want employees to take leave at a specific time of year. Think about how staff holidays could impact upon smooth business operations when creating these policies. For example, you might need a minimum number of staff on site each day. If so, your policy could restrict the number of people off work at any one time and detail how holiday requests will be considered, eg on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Can I deviate frommy holiday policy? Keep in mind the reasons why an employee is requesting leave before making a decision on whether or not to accept their request as in some cases it might be appropriate to deviate from your policy. For example, employees requesting leave to celebrate religious festivals might be given priority over others. Staff who want additional leave to honeymoon or spend time with children might also be given one-off decisions in their favour which, overall, will not hurt when it comes to staff engagement and overall morale. However, your business needs should always come first, so if operational pressures need to be given priority over staff holidays, that is understandable. What disputes might I come up against? The refusal of staff holiday requests is always likely to give rise to the most disputes, but ultimately, as the employer, you retain overall control over when annual leave is taken. You can agree or refuse annual leave requests when they are made. You can also require staff to take specific periods of time as annual leave if you need them to. For example, some businesses close over Christmas, and give notice that staff will need to take annual leave over that period and so must retain suffi cient holiday to cover it. However, it’s always worth noting that you must give at least twice as much notice as the length of the holiday if you want staff to take a specific period of time off . Bank holidays – and how these fit into things – can also cause some confusion. If you have calculated annual leave entitlements inclusive of bank holidays, then any bank holiday that falls on an employee’s normal working day is taken as annual leave and deducted from their allowance in the usual way. If an employee is part-time and the bank holiday falls on a day that is not a normal working day, they do not have to take that day as annual leave, but don’t receive any pay for it as it’s a non-working day. Expert advice on the business of running a garment decoration company Q&A Charlotte Geesin is legal director at Howarths, a consultancy that off ers HR employment law and health and safety advice for SMEs across the UK.