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ADVERTORIAL www.images-magazine.com JULY2024 images 03 AD Offering a “truly amazing print surface”, the new Gildan 3000 T-Shirt “has to be touched to be believed” Gildan has announced an exciting new addition to its existing range of iconic imprintable garments. Available in both Adult and Youth versions, the Gildan 3000 is a brandnew 150gsm 100% cotton T-Shirt that is instantly notable for its “truly amazing print surface”. 30/1 fabric construction The garment’s enhanced printability is due to the “exceptional fine stitch density of its 30/1 fabric construction,” advises the brand. So, what is 30/1 fabric construction? “Put simply, it means that the 3000 is made from an exceptionally fine yet strong cotton thread, which creates a fine, lightweight fabric that has to be touched to be believed,” Gildan explains. Light Cotton Presented under the ‘Light Cotton’ sub-brand, the new Gildan T-shirt is available in a range of 10 colours in the Adult (3000) version, while the Youth version (3000B) is offered in a choice of six colours. Super-competitive price The new style addition perfectly fills a gap in the Gildan T-shirt line-up, allowing printers and their customers to select a Gildan shirt at a new supercompetitive price point. “Against a background of market trends that show consumers are becoming increasingly cost-conscious, we believe our new 3000 offers the best value for printers looking for a competitively priced tee without compromising either product performance or ethical and sustainable production,” says Gildan. Responsibly sourced As with all Gildan products, the 3000 is responsibly and ethically manufactured in the company’s own Wrap-certified production facilities, using responsiblysourced Better Cotton yarn, and is Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certified. www.gildan.com FIRSTLOOK Introducing the Gildan 3000 T-Shirt The3000offers the best value for printers looking for a competitively priced tee without compromising either product performance or ethical and sustainable production Black (036) 3000 / 3000B Charcoal (042) 3000 Light Pink (020) 3000 / 3000B Military Green (106) 3000 Navy (032) 3000 / 3000B Red(040) 3000 Royal (051) 3000 Sand(038) 3000 / 3000B Sport Grey (095) 3000 / 3000B White (030) 3000 / 3000B

www.images-magazine.com 04 images JULY 2024 WWW.AWDISBRANDS.COM SHOP TALK 06 Editorial 10 Print Shop Pooches # 104 Misty from Mimi’s Embroidery & Print 20 Decorated product of the month 24 Readers’ choice 64 Up close & personal Andrew Kouroushi of BTC Activewear NEWS HUB 08 Industry news Resolute launches new DTF website with DTF focus, Inkthreadable looks to the future after pre-pack administration, and David Sharp and Madeira release free animal designs KNOWLEDGE BASE 28 Business Clinic How do shareholder agreements work, and boosting traffic on Bing 30 Digital helpdesk Fully understanding how pretreatment works could transform your DTG prints on white and light-coloured garments. Here’s a quick primer from Brian Walker, founder of pretreatment and ink manufacturer Image Armor 32 Anatomy of an NFCenabled print Print and embroidery company Screenworks declared 2024 its year of innovation – and it has already fulfilled the brief by incorporating an NFC chip into a print. Alan Porter explains how the team “have smashed it out the park” with this futuristic design 40 Talking trends: Sportswear and teamwear Smart fabrics and durability might be top requirements in the sports garment market, but it’s zipped pockets that seal the deal, reveals Brooke Moore of Finden & Hales 55 Animal magic Go beyond the ‘bear necessities’ and opt for Burmilana thread to create cute furry animal designs that command a premium price, says Jamie Hood of embroidery digitiser David Sharp 56 Flock down One of the joys of screen printing is the ability to add different textures to a design, says Kieth Stevens of International Coatings. Read his advice on how to apply flock like a pro 58 Moving on up Ready to upgrade from a single-head embroidery machine? Read part one in Erich Campbell’s two-part series on what to consider before splashing some cash on a multi-head 60 Ask Tony Tony addresses the question of curing: why does ink need to be cured, what happens during the curing process, and how do we get the best results? PRODUCT FOCUS 41 Make the team Nothing brings sports clubs and teams together more than a quality coordinated kit. Our selection of sporty styles from match-fit brands will score maximum points with your customers 48 Sublime choices From custom sportswear to interior décor and soft signage, dye sublimation is an excellent option for decorators wanting bold, stunningly detailed prints. We review the latest dye-sub equipment and machinery 52 Togs for tots From baby to teen and every age in between, your smaller customers represent big business for embellished apparel. Check out the latest decorator-friendly kidswear styles INDUSTRY SPOTLIGHT 34 Cruise control Images goes down to the canal to talk to Lisa Grainger of LDK Print & Embroidery about taking her business on the water CONTENTS 38 20 66 44 82 30 32 34 41

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www.images-magazine.com 06 images JULY2024 Published by: 360 Communications Ltd Images, 360 Communications Ltd, Citibase Brighton, 95 Ditchling Road, Brighton, BN1 4ST, UK 01273 748482 | www.images-magazine.com Advertising: advertising@images-magazine.com Editorial: editorial@images-magazine.com Production: production@images-magazine.com Subscriptions: subscriptions@images-magazine.com Publisher/advertising: Jonathan Vince | jonathan@images-magazine.com Features editor: Rachael Glazier | rachael@images-magazine.com Features writer: Mark Ludmon | mark@images-magazine.com Publishing assistant: Gaby Bowring | gaby@images-magazine.com Design/Production: ATG Media | production@atgraphicsuk.com Printing: Stephens & George Ltd| Goat Mill Road,Dowlais, Merthyr Tydfil, CF48 3TD(issn 0966 7512) Opinions expressed by contributors in this magazine are not necessarily shared by the Publisher. Editorial contributions are invited, on the understanding that the Publisher has the right to alter or abridge all such material as he sees fit. While the greatest care has been taken to ensure accuracy, the Publisher accepts no liability for either errors or omissions. EDITORIAL SIGNUP! Register now to receive your own FREE monthly copy of Images: imagesmag.uk/sign-up UPDATE YOUR CONTACT DETAILS Moved to new premises? WFH? Update your details online: imagesmag.uk/subs-update JULY2024 VOL.33 NO.7 DIGITAL / SOCIAL 1May-31 May, 2024 Reach: 3,726 All aboard! There is working from home, and then there is working from home... Mention homeworking to most people and the picture that springs to mind is of a keyboard warrior tapping away at a laptop while navigating Teams and Zoom meetings at the family dinner table. Mention a home-based garment decoration business and the picture is more likely to include somebody wrangling screen ink on a manual press in a garage, crafting digital prints in a repurposed dining room, threading an embroidery machine in a garden workshop, or cutting and weeding HTV in a spare bedroom. And then there is Lisa Grainger, of LDK Print & Embroidery, who has taken homeworking to a whole new level. Lisa and her husband, Dave, live on, and operate (part of) their business from a narrowboat. Their working life involves cruising canals in the Midlands and further afield, while Lisa stitches away on her custom-adapted Readers: 599 Views: 20,589 digital edition JULY 9, 2024 Print & Stitch Leicester, UK printandstitch.org SEPTEMBER 10-12, 2024 Printing United Expo Las Vegas, USA printingunited.com SEPTEMBER 12, 2024 Promotion & Branding Show Nottingham, UK promobranding.events SEPTEMBER 24, 2024 Print & Stitch Norwich, UK printandstitch.org SEPTEMBER 25, 2024 The Big New Products Trade Show Manchester, UK thebigpromotionaltradeshow.co.uk SEPTEMBER 26, 2024 Print & Stitch Haydock, UK printandstitch.org OCTOBER 2, 2024 Promotion & Branding Show Belfast, UK promobranding.events OCTOBER 15, 2024 Print & Stitch Southampton, UK printandstitch.org OCTOBER 16, 2024 The Big New Products Trade Show Heathrow, UK thebigpromotionaltradeshow.co.uk OCTOBER 17, 2024 Print & Stitch Watford (Elstree), UK printandstitch.org INDUSTRY EVENTS Barudan 15-needle single-head, and prints up a storm on her Oki and Sawgrass printers. When she’s not printing and stitching, Lisa and Dave stop off to sell their decorated products to customers at local Floating Markets. The whole set-up is both impossibly romantic and incredibly impressive. You can read all about Lisa’s waterborne business in ‘Cruise control’ on page 34. Elsewhere in this issue you can find out how to create furry animal embroideries using Burmilana thread (page 55), discover how to ‘flock like a pro’ (page 56), learn why you should use pretreatment on your white and light shirt DTG prints (page 30), and understand why paying for a shareholder agreement to be drawn up could be the best thing you ever did for your business (page 28). And that’s only a taster of this month’s smorgasbord of garment decoration goodies – enjoy! Jonathan Vince Reach: 168,589 Web page views: 55,900

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Southwest Customised Clothing This intricate design was embroidered by Southwest Customised Clothing in Minehead onto hoodies for Tom Babbage Contracting. imagesmag.uk/SCC-Babbage DECORATOR REPORT INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 08 images JULY2024 Follow the links to the news stories online www.images-magazine.com Canva partners HP for integrated print production Design platform Canva has formed a new partnership with technology company HP to enable seamless production within a fully integration system for printers of garments and other products. Described as a “multi-year deal”, it will allow Canva users to gain expanded access to professionally printed products from HP print service providers across the globe, including the UK. Since 2013, Canva has grown into an international visual communications platform with 185 million monthly users. In 2017, it launched Canva Print for users to design and print products ranging from garments to business cards, brochures, flyers, and stickers with customisation options. HP stated that its automation software, HP PrintOS Site Flow, would help Canva extend its reach by automating production and shipping processes for print companies, including garment printers. Its end-to-end solution streamlines print jobs with autoscheduling, colour consistency, security, barcode tracking and optimised productivity. HP will expand PrintOS Suite with new features that will equip the Canva print operations team with tools to identify, connect and manage a global SKU catalogue across HP-enabled print service providers. imagesmag.uk/canva-hp Resolute launches new website with DTF focus Resolute, a specialist in direct-to-film (DTF) printing, has launched a new website that aims to be more userfriendly and visually appealing for people exploring DTF. The website at resolute.ink reflects Resolute’s shift away from its previous focus on direct-to-garment (DTG) printing after becoming the first company in the UK to offer a commercial DTF solution. It features a sleek and intuitive design, a modern colour palette and user-friendly navigation designed to “make it easier than ever to explore a wide range of DTF printing solutions”. Enhancements include clearer product categorisation and intuitive search functionality, simplified navigation with a streamlined menu and logical page hierarchy, and an improved user journey for a smoother purchasing experience from product browsing to checkout with an optimised user interface. When going live with the new website in June, the company stated: “By prioritising user-friendliness and a visually appealing experience, Resolute empowers customers to make informed decisions and explore DTF printing solutions with confidence.” The website showcases Resolute’s R-Jet Pro series of DTF printers including the DTF V8i, DTF V4i, DTF Mini and DTF UVi as well as its flatbed cutters and supplies such as ink, film and adhesives. imagesmag.uk/resolute-website Resolute DTF’s new website Canva Print and HP’s partnership will enable streamlined garment print production

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INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 10 images JULY2024 #104Misty 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 Misty from Mimi’s Embroidery & Print in Stockton-on-Tees, Country Durham Fullname: Misty Clarke Breed: Poochon (a toy poodle and bichon cross) Age: Two years old Time at company: Twoyears Jobtitle: Chief supervisor and lead well-being practitioner Job description: Misty diligently oversees daily operations from a comfy bean bag and monitors workspaces and ensures a harmonious environment with good productivity, where sleeping on the job is a must! She regularly encourages and participates in wellness activities with workers such as short walks and play breaks. Special skills: The paw-fect stress reliever and companion. She’s often mistaken for the emoji dog . Favourite colour: Pantone 722 to match Misty’s ears. @mimisembroideryandprint “I can handle this, you take a break.” PRINT SHOP POOCHES Print Shop Pooches is sponsored byMumbles, ‘the home of brandable furry friends’ Follow us on Facebook: @imagesmaguk David Sharp and Madeira UK’s first free embroidery download, the Javan Rhino David Sharp and Madeira release free animal designs Embroidery digitiser David Sharp has teamed up with thread manufacturer Madeira UK to release 12 free embroidery designs on the theme of endangered animals. The first, featuring a Javan rhino, was released mid-June, with 11 more released online as free downloads on a weekly basis every Friday since via davidsharp.co.uk/freebies. The ‘Endangered Species’ series was created to highlight Madeira UK’s sustainable Sensa Green thread which is derived from biodegradable lyocell. The soft thread is described as being well suited to animal designs. The joint activity is also aimed at raising awareness of the conservation efforts around the featured endangered animals in general. Once all 12 have been released, the free downloads will be available permanently on the David Sharp website. David Sharp director Jamie Hood said: “We have worked with Madeira UK for a number of years, as we feel that the best embroidery design and top-quality threads go hand in hand. We have worked together on a number of giveaways in the past, but this is our first series of designs released weekly.” According to wildlife charity WWF, only around 76 Javan rhinos are currently estimated to remain in the world, making them one of the most threatened large mammal species on Earth. The remaining designs are set to feature animals such as an elephant, a baby brown bear and a baby orangutan. imagesmag.uk/davidsharp-animal

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INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 12 images JULY2024 Russell Europe campaign celebrates ‘team colours’ Russell Europe has launched a marketing campaign that highlights different professions and sectors, from hospitality and horticulture to sports teams and clubs. Under the banner of ‘True Team Colours’, the campaign comprises eight bold, perfectly coordinated colour worlds for every segment, each featuring a selection of the brand’s most successful products. For instance, the catering industry such as restaurants and cafés is represented by the colour black as a “timeless, sophisticated look” for that sector, and features the Stretch Polo Shirt, the Long-Sleeved Poplin Shirt, the Short-Sleeved Poplin Shirt and the Authentic Classic T. Russell’s distribution partners are being given a range of marketing tools to promote the ‘True Team Colours’ campaign, including an extensive social media package consisting of ads, posts and animated videos featuring the individual colour themes and products. The marketing package also includes product shots that highlight the colour and product world for the various professional sectors as well as newsletters and landing pages with detailed product information. imagesmag.uk/russell-team-colours View daily news updates at: www.images-magazine.com Lightblue represents sports and leisure in Russell Europe's campaign US education event to focus on art department workflow Registration has opened for a live education event for apparel decorators in the US, run by industry veterans Dan ‘Dot-Tone’ Campbell, JJ McCampbell and Marshall Atkinson. Shirt Lab Nashville runs in the Tennessee capital on 9 and 10 August, offering a hands-on training lab for designers and art departments in the garment decoration sector. It will cover workflows from sales to art department to production, how to properly separate files in Adobe Photoshop, and creating art with AI design tool Midjourney. It will also include a networking event plus meals. Shirt Lab is a hub for networking and education for garment decorators that also runs international online events such as the Shirt Lab Summit. Tickets and information for Shirt Lab Nashville are available at shirtlablive.com. imagesmag.uk/shirtlab-nashville [L-R] Dan ‘Dot-Tone’ Campbell, JJ McCampbell and Marshall Atkinson Kornit showcases Apollo as part of DTG offeratDrupa Kornit Digital showcased its new Kornit Apollo for high-throughput direct-togarment (DTG) printing as part of its line-up at international print exhibition Drupa last month. The company highlighted how the new system has already been installed in the US at Mad Engine Global in Texas and Augusta Sportswear in Georgia after being released commercially in February this year. Fuelled by a proprietary automation system, the Apollo integrates smart drying while concurrently managing multiple garment types with an ability to produce up to 400 garments per hour, reports the company. Kornit’s Experience Center at Drupa also showcased its Atlas Max Plus, which can produce up to 150 garments per hour with smart curing, rapid size shifter pallets and autonomous calibration. imagesmag.uk/kornit-drupa24 Kornit Digital CEO Ronen Samuel in the Kornit Experience Center at Drupa 2024

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LCS Workwear This stunning 103,961 stitch design was embroidered by LCS Workwear in Ayrshire for Stephen Donnelly Transport. imagesmag.uk/LCS-truck DECORATOR REPORT INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 14 images JULY2024 Follow us on LinkedIn @ImagesMagUK EU directive tackles human rights in garment industry UK businesses with operations in the EU are now required to ensure that all stages of their supply chain respect human rights. Under the new EU Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive (CSDDD), companies must conduct due diligence to identify, mitigate, prevent and remedy harmful human rights and environmental impacts in their operations and their value chains. This means companies must ensure human rights are respected at business partners involved in production, distribution, transport and storage of the company’s products. Initially, it affects only EU companies with more than 1,000 employees and a net worldwide turnover of more than €450 million. The new directive is part of a wave of new legislation internationally in the wake of workers’ deaths and injuries in the garment and textile industry such as the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh. imagesmag.uk/eu-human-rights Frank Schenkhas been announced as the new managing director of Mutoh Europe, the printer manufacturer’s business covering Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA). Frank, who has been general manager sales for Mutoh since July 2021, is taking over from Mitsuo Takatsu, who has been leading the company since 2020. In this new role, he will be overseeing all sales, pre-sales, logistics, marketing, product and application support as well as aftersales support activities for Mutoh throughout the EMEA business area. In early June, Frank’s previous role of general manager sales was taken over by Daniel Morassut, who has many years of sales experience in the professional print industry at Oki and Seiko. imagesmag.uk/mutoh-frank Gary Bagstaff, managing director of Welsh signage and display company Print Sauce, has become vice president of the rebranded British Sign and Graphics Association (BSGA). Gary, who has been in the industry for 20 years, will work alongside the current president, David Allen of Allen Signs, and the BSGA’s CEO, Craig Brown. His appointment comes as the association returns to being called the BSGA after it amicably separated from the ISA. It has been known as ISA UK since 2019 when it formed an alliance with the US signage association. Craig said: “These are extremely exciting times for the association. We will maintain excellent close ties to the ISA and everything they can offer while also ensuring we focus fully on supporting the UK sign industry.” imagesmag.uk/gary-bsga CHANGING FACES Frank Schenk Gary Bagstaff EU flags outside the European Commission in Brussels [Credit: Pexels] SGS launches Green Mark to verify green claims Certification company SGS has launched the SGS Green Mark to help brands, manufacturers, suppliers and retailers to demonstrate their green claims. Designed for products including garments and fabrics, the international third-party verification proves compliance with predefined standards relating to seven environmental attributes. These cover hazardous substances, recycled content, PFAS synthetic chemicals, biobased, PVC-free, industrial compostable, and biodegradability. It has been developed by experts at SGS, a testing, inspection andcertification company, to help companies at a time when governments and regulators around the world are looking to scrutinise and tackle greenwashing. Charles Ly Wa Hoi, executive vice president at SGS, said: “We anticipate that the SGS Green Mark, with its independent third-party assessment, will become a market-leading solution for environmentally responsible organisations around the world.” Products are independently assessed in accordance with recognised standards, and a technical review is conducted by an industry specialist to confirm the product claim is scientifically justified. imagesmag.uk/sgs-green-mark

www.images-magazine.com JULY2024 images 15 INDUSTRY NEWS NH Online sellers file £1bn damages claim against Amazon Businesses using Amazon to sell their products have filed a £1 billion damages claim against the online retailer, claiming that it has been misusing their data. They allege that, since October 2015, Amazon has used UK retailers’ nonpublic data to develop its own products that result in sales revenue and profits being diverted away from the retailers. The claim, filed in June through the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) in London, has been brought by the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) on behalf of around 35,000 sellers, who have not been named. It alleges that “commercially valuable and confidential information helps Amazon decide whether to enter a new product segment based on its earnings and sales potential, which elements of the product to copy, how to price an item and which consumers to target. “That information in combination with the Buy Box meant Amazon knew it could successfully enter and take away profits from UK retailers.” The Amazon Buy Box is the much sought-after box at the side of each listing displaying the ‘Buy Now’ and ‘Add to Cart’ buttons. Only one seller can hold the Buy Box at a time, which is based on data and algorithms. BIRA’s chief executive, Andrew Goodacre, said: “One might ask why would an independent retailer use Amazon if it is so damaging to their business? In reality, we have seen a significant shift in consumer buying behaviour and, if small business want to sell online, Amazon is the dominant marketplace in the UK. “As a result, for small retailers with limited resources, Amazon is the marketplace to start online trading. Whilst the retailers knew about the large commissions charged by Amazon, they did not know about the added risk of their trading data being used by Amazon to take sales away from them.” Amazon described the claim as “baseless”, stating: “Over 100,000 small and medium-sized businesses in the UK sell on Amazon’s store, more than half of all physical product sales on our UK store are from independent selling partners, and the fact is that we only succeed when the businesses we work with succeed.” imagesmag.uk/amazon-bira Below: Amazon is a popular channel for selling garments

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INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 18 images JULY2024 Print & Stitch shows break attendance records This year’s programme of Print & Stitch shows is set to continue in Leicester in July after breaking attendance records in other towns and cities. Taking place at the Leicester Marriott off the M1 on 9 July, it will showcase the latest advancements in printing, garment and embroidery technology as well as products from leading garment suppliers. Registration is at printandstitch.org. The Print & Stitch shows broke attendance records at the Delta by Marriott Newcastle Gateshead and the Holiday Inn Barnsley in May. They continued to Croydon in south London and Newport in South Wales in June. The shows feature 20 exhibitors including, for the first time in 2024, Fruit of the Loom and Russell Europe’s sister brand, Jerzees, and BTC Activewear with its brand, Printer, as well as Kustom Kit, Behrens Group and United Brands of Scandinavia. Other garment brands and suppliers taking part are AWDis, Beechfield, Bella+Canvas, Craghoppers Expert, Finden&Hales, Henbury Brands, Pro RTX, Ralawise, Regatta Professional, Result, Stormtech and Tombo. The equipment supplier lineup features Brother, Coloreel, DecoNetwork, Madeira, Stocks Embroidery & Sewing Solutions, TheMagicTouch GB, Wilcom and ZSK. imagesmag.uk/stitch-leicester Print & Stitch at the Delta by Marriott Newcastle Gateshead hotel in May Recyclable workwear specialist joins PCIAW Stuff4Life, a specialist in recyclable workwear, has been accepted as a member of professional clothing industry association, the PCIAW. Welcoming Stuff4Life as a “trusted member”, the PCIAW said it hoped the company’s input and insights would help both of them to strengthen their “collective pursuit of sustainability and circularity”. Stuff4Life works with organisations addressing the challenges of recycling workwear that has been designed to be high-performance and hard-working. It seeks to create technology that allows for full circularity of workwear garments. Stuff4Life Workwear has collaborated with Hull-based safetywear specialist Arco to create new products, services and end-of-life solutions for workwear, uniform and PPE. Last year, they collaborated on the Responsible hi-vis collection. With funding from Arco and working with Teesside University and the Centre for Process Innovation, Stuff4Life has developed an innovative polyester depolymerisation process which means workwear can be recycled back into as-good-asnew feedstock materials ready for remanufacture into new polyester. imagesmag.uk/stuff4life-pciaw Stuff4Life’s Responsible hi-vis workwear developed with Arco Xaar and Nazdar unveil ink promising ‘disruption’ in DTG Print head specialist Xaar has unveiled a new high-viscosity pigmented waterbased inkset that promises to deliver “disruptive performance benefits” in the direct-to-garment (DTG) sector. The company, based in Cambridge, collaborated with global ink developer and manufacturer Nazdar to create the HighV Aqua Tex. Chemists at US-based Nazdar were able to produce a new fluid technology that can deliver clarity and high pigment loading while simultaneously reducing the use of raw materials and energy costs. It means that vibrant, colour-rich textiles can now be achieved by using half the traditional amount of ink and print head passes, promising to deliver significant machine productivity savings. The HighV Aqua Series includes a highviscosity white ink which, when coupled with the TF Technology embedded within Xaar’s Aquinox print head, promises customers efficient, highquality textile printing. Presenting the new inkset at print equipment exhibition Drupa at Messe Düsseldorf last month, the company said the product would “deliver disruptive performance benefits in the DTG sector”. It is yet to be made available commercially. imagesmag.uk/xaar-aqua Xaar has collaborated with Nazdar Ink Technologies to develop the HighV Aqua Tex inkset Follow us on Threads: @imagesmaguk

Octagon Clothing This smart logo was embroidered onto workwear by Octagon Clothing in Lincoln for UBL/Hykeham Turf and Topsoil. imagesmag.uk/Octagon-UBL DECORATOR REPORT www.images-magazine.com JULY2024 images 19 INDUSTRY NEWS NH Don’t miss out on this year’s Schoolwear Show! • New exhibitors • Expanded seminars • and much more 6th - 7th October 2024 Cranmore Park, Solihull To register, go to: www.theschoolwearshow.co.uk/register THESCHOOLWEARSHOW FOR SCHOOLWEAR SPECIALISTS THESCHOOLWEARSHOW FOR SCHOOLWEAR SPECIALISTS THESCHOOLWEARSHOW FOR SCHOOLWEAR SPECIALISTS PrintGrip offers alternative to traditional pallet adhesives PrintGrip, an alternative to traditional pallet adhesives, has been introduced in the UK through its exclusive distributor, Screen Print World. It is a 1mm polymer gel pad, described as a “revolutionary way of keeping your garments in place whilst reducing use of single-use adhesives”. Easily applied to the pallet, the high-tack yellow sheet has a lifespan of four to six months. As the product’s exclusive UK distributor, Screen Print World said PrintGrip was a more efficient and eco-friendly method than traditional pallet adhesives as it “significantly” minimised the reliance on spray glues and pallet glues. Lint can easily be removed with a cleaning pad and water while a solvent can be used for ink clean-ups without affecting the efficiency of the pad. PrintGrip is suitable for printing across a range of materials including 100% cotton, 50/50 cotton/poly blends, 100% polyester, light- to medium-weight fleece, and triblends. imagesmag.uk/printgrip-screen PrintGrip on screen print platens

Mimaki Hybrid open day to showcase UV printers Xpres is inviting printers and garment decorators to an open-day event where they can find out more about the latest flatbed UV products from Mimaki. The Mimaki Hybrid Event will take place at distributor Hybrid Services’ new Mimaki showroom just outside Crewe town centre on 10 and 11 July between 9am and 5pm. It will focus on UV machines for printing textiles, signage and other large-format graphics, including the new Mimaki JFX600-2513 largeformat UV-LED flatbed inkjet printer. The machines covered will include the UJF range for small-format personalisation such as the new UJF-6042MkII flatbed UV-curable inkjet printer – the successor to the UJF-6042 – as well as the JFX range for larger-format graphics. Visit the news section of xpres.co.uk to register for the event. imagesmag.uk/mimaki-open24 Tee Tree Group This paw-some design was embroidered by Tee Tree Group in Bourne End, Buckinghamshire, for The Soggy Dogs Pet Grooming. imagesmag.uk/Soggy-Dogs DECORATOR REPORT INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 20 images JULY2024 Read our full-length Decorator Reports online: www.images-magazine.com The Mimaki showroom at Hybrid Services DECORATED PRODUCT OF THE MONTH The 2024 festival season is underway: Glastonbury and Download are done and dusted, but the other biggies such as TRNSMT, Creamfields and Bestival are still to come, not to mention the many, many smaller music events taking place across the UK this summer. With so much music, entertainment and sunburn to look forward to, this month we’ve opted for Stripe&Wild’s excellent ‘Lost In Music’ T-shirts for both adults and children. Available in 12 shades, these DTF-printed (direct-to-film) T-shirts were designed by Sarah Sedat, who founded the Stripe&Wild T-shirt brand while on maternity leave six years ago. “We have carved out our own niche in the personalised small biz clothing market and are best known for our bright colours, tie-dye, retro designs and our love of animal print. What makes usdifferent in particular is that we make everything unisex and family matching, with our inclusive size range from small children up to 5XL.” She continues: “Our ‘Lost In Music’ tee is now in its second year, designed by myself last spring as the hero piece from our new festival-inspired range of prints. Following on from the success of our iconic ‘Don’t Stop Believin’ Christmas’ design, I wanted to create a must-have spring/summer design too, and so ‘Lost In Music’ was born!” Customers can also opt to have the T-shirts bleach-washed, which Sarah does by hand, meaning each piece is unique. The technique is not particularly tricky, she says, “but is sunny weather-dependent, of which we haven’t had an awful lot this year to date, so you can imagine that has caused me a few headaches!” The T-shirts are from Fruit of the Loom, which she says take the bleach-washing process well and are “great value”, allowing her to keep the garment costs low. “In addition, both the DTF and the tees wash so well time and time again. As a mum of three boys, it is key for me to know I am sending out quality, longlasting products to my customers.” The Stripe&Wild T-shirt gets a lot of love from customers all year round, but especially from late spring onwards as the festival season starts to ramp up, Sarah confirms. “It’s a bestseller for the second year running so I’m really happy! I get a lot of messages from people who have seen the tees out and about, at festivals in particular, wanting their own!” www.stripeandwild.com The ‘Lost In Music’ tee from Stripe&Wild is a festival bestseller for the second year running [Credit: Jade Magner] Inset: The brand has carved out its own niche in the personalised small biz clothing market

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Inkthreadable looks ahead after pre-pack administration Garment decorator Inkthreadable is on course to accelerate the brand’s presence in the print-on-demand space after being bought through a pre-pack administration. Inkthreadable founders Alex and Amy Cunliffe acquired their old company through their new business, Hyper Merch, for £130,000 and continue to trade as Inkthreadable. The company, a specialist in ondemand printing, expanded rapidly as sales surged during the Covid lockdowns, including relocating to bigger premises in Blackburn in Lancashire in July 2020, but encountered cashflow issues after trade returned to pre-pandemic levels. Administrators for Inkthreadable were appointed at the end of February 2024. Hyper Merch has taken on 23 of Inkthreadable’s employees under TUPE transfer-of-employment regulations and continues to operate from Blackburn Business Park. The company had 44 staff at its height in 2022. Alex commented: “The pre-pack deal with Hyper Merch Limited acquiring the assets of Inkthreadable Limited has allowed us to retain our team of 23 staff, fulfil customer orders and continue to support and trade with our suppliers who we are prioritising continued trade with. “From this point forward, under the ownership of Hyper Merch, we are excited to accelerate the brand’s presence in the print-on-demand space and assist clients in further growing their own businesses. “This is a new chapter: one in which we are deeply committed to rebuilding trust and value for all our stakeholders, one with focus on financial stability and innovation.” imagesmag.uk/inkthreadable-ahead INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 22 images JULY2024 Stay in the picture with our Instagram feed: @imagesmaguk YES partners Epson to distribute DTG and DTF printers YES Group has embarked on a new strategic partnership with Epson to distribute its machines for direct-togarment (DTG) and direct-to-film (DTF) printing. Already a specialist in embroidery and digital print, YES is now supplying Epson’s hybrid SC-F3000, which allows for seamlessly switching between DTG and DTF printing. The DTG printer can print designs not only directly onto garments but also onto film for heat press applications. For DTF, it is used with a DTF curing oven, film and powders plus software. Describing it as representing “a significant advancement in printing technology”, YES Group added: “With its high-quality output, user-friendly interface and robust build, the Epson SC-F3000 is poised to revolutionise the custom apparel and promotional products industries in the UK.” John-Paul Burton, managing director of YES Group, said: “We are thrilled to partner with Epson and bring their exceptional hybrid DTG and DTF printers to the UK market. This partnership aligns with our mission to provide our customers with the best equipment and support to help their businesses thrive. “The Epson SC-F3000 is a gamechanger, and we are confident it will greatly benefit our clients.” imagesmag.uk/epson-yes Epson’s hybrid SC-F3000 DTG for direct-to-garment and direct-to-film printing Amy and Alex Cunliffe

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www.images-magazine.com 24 images JULY2024 INDUSTRY NEWS Follow us on X @imagesmaguk Rob Smith, owner of Southwest Customised Clothing in Minehead, says his favourite product to decorate is the College Hoodie (JH001) from Just Hoods by AWDis. This hoodie is a great option for decoration with both print and embroidery, he explains. “It’s a little bit lighter and softer than some of the hoodies I use for workwear.” The JH001 is available in 90 colours from XS-3XL, and up to 5XL in selected shades. AWDis also supplies a colour chart, and all the information you could need to show to your customers, adds Rob. “My two types of clients are for workwear and casualwear, and this garment is fantastic across the board!” imagesmag.uk/Jul24-RC @southwest_customised_clothing 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 READERS’ CHOICE The College Hoodie comes with an AWDis colour chart to show to customers Fespa UK gains CPD accreditation for waste course A training course on waste management for print businesses, run by trade association Fespa UK, has been given the boost of accreditation from the CPD Certification Service. The CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accreditation process involved a thorough review of the content, delivery methods and learning outcomes of Fespa UK’s Waste Academy Course, which was developed with sustainability consultant Jon Hutton. FespaUKoffers seven sustainability courses for the print, signage and graphics industry, which can be delivered at its office in Barnsley in South Yorkshire, at Fespa’s base in Dorking in Surrey or on-site with a company’s team. The CPD accreditation provides professionals with assurance that the educational content they receive meets rigorous standards and is designed to enhance their knowledge and skills effectively. imagesmag.uk/fespauk-waste Suzi Ward, managing director of Fespa UK, with sustainability consultant Jon Hutton

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INDUSTRY NEWS www.images-magazine.com 26 images JULY2024 Uniform Express supports workers’ children in Sri Lanka Uniform Express is building on its close relationships with its garment factories in Sri Lanka by supporting the education of the workers’ children. Based in Banbury in Oxfordshire, the workwear company has agreed to sponsor 390 children of workers at its New Universe Corporate Clothing (NUCC) factories in Sri Lanka. The sponsorship will provide each child with a schoolbag and all their textbooks for the next year. Anthony Beavis, managing director of Uniform Express, explained: “As a company, Uniform Express works hard to make sure that the uniforms and corporatewear we create, and supply, are from sustainable fabric sources and manufactured through sustainable processes. “We are committed to, and proud of, our longstanding and close relationship with our producers in Sri Lanka and are very keen to support community initiatives like this. “We all know how important education is in improving the lifechances of the next generation and we hope our sponsorship will make adifference.” Uniform Express designs, manufactures and supplies managed corporate uniform solutions to over 500 companies across a wide range of sectors including retail, hospitality, healthcare, logistics, passenger transport and financial services. imagesmag.uk/uniform-srilanka Workers at New Universe Corporate Clothing and one of the children benefiting from Uniform Express’s sponsorship Summa partners Caron on cradle feeder for cutters Summa has partnered Caron Technology to expand its L Series laser cutters with a cradle feeder for increasing automation of workflow. The Caron cradle feeder simplifies and speeds up the loading and changing of media on the Summa L1810 laser cutter for textiles – an alternative to multiple people struggling to load the media. The Summa L Series machines are said to cut textiles with speed and precision and are optimised for cutting stretchy fabric for uses such as sportswear and swimwear. The cradle lowers and tips down towards the operator, making loading and changing the media easier and less taxing. You do not need a media core to attach the fabric to the machine, which the companies say is an advantage as core holders are known to break occasionally. When the media is fed through, the feeder ensures the media is evenly distributed without displacing it or creating wrinkles. In fact, the media is fed through on belts specifically designed to accommodate stretchy materials such as sportswear. Once the media is fed through, the fabric is tensionless and perfectly laid out to start the cutting process immediately. It also helps prevent media waste. The feeder can handle rolls with a weight of up to 100kg, a diameter of 80cm, and a media width of 180cm. imagesmag.uk/summa-caron The new Caron cradle feeder with a Summa L Series cutter Find our digital editions online: imagesmag.uk/digital-issues

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT www.images-magazine.com 28 images JULY2024 Expert advice on the business of running a garment decoration company Q&A How do shareholders’ agreements work? When setting up a new business, the last thing most people think about is ‘what if things go wrong’ – luckily, that is exactly what solicitors are paid to do and plan for on behalf of their clients. Confidential contract At its heart, a shareholders’ agreement is a contract between the shareholders of a company which governs their relationship with each other and the company itself. By contrast with the company’s articles, which are a matter of public record available at Companies House and strictly governed by legislation, the shareholders’ agreement is a private, confidential document with a lot more flexibility in what it may contain, and it may even contain provisions that would not be included in the articles – such as commercially sensitive rules or provisions. Often, this agreement will set out the shareholders’ personal rights and obligations, any limitations on their rights as granted by the articles, their expectations, and certain protections for different categories of shareholders. For example, a start-up may need to reinvest any profit it makes for the first few years back into the business, so the shareholders may agree to waive any right to dividends for a set period which may be set out in the articles. The shareholders may wish to have the power to name or remove directors in certain set circumstances, such as deadlock or conflicts of interest, where otherwise they could be forced to follow the much more complex process of removal granted by legislation. Some shareholders, as often seen in family businesses, may wish to ensure that shares cannot be transferred outside of the existing company structure or in-group, or may wish to ensure their family is able to inherit their shares as part of their legacy. Day-to-day management Where the shareholders wish to have more control over the day-to-day running of the company’s business, it is possible to set out a clear list of things which the directors may otherwise be able to do, but which the shareholders’ agreement would require a pre-determined level of consent from the shareholders – or a specified category of them. Often this is used where one shareholder may wish to invest capital but allow the others to run the company – they can still set requirements for what things can be done with the company, or how the company can be run, but allow the directors withmore expertise to deal with the day-to-day aspects of the business. Another key function of a shareholders’ agreement is letting the parties consider in advance what they would do if the worst happened: death, business failure, dispute – all could deteriorate any initial good faith between the parties to the point where an exit strategy is needed. An aggrieved shareholder is not left with many options in the case of deadlock or dispute if the other shareholders are not willing to work together to find a solution or buy them out. They may even be left holding shares in a hostile company with no ability to sell their shares to a third party or participate in the business effectively. A difficult shareholder may refuse to sell their shares and prevent a company buyout if not otherwise required to cooperate under a shareholders’ agreement. Future-proofing A good solicitor will be able to guide the shareholders through future-proofing their company, whether at the onset or at any point during its lifetime. They will be able to identify possible weaknesses in the structure of the company and help make contingency plans. A good shareholders’ agreement will set out expectations for how the parties should behave before, during and after its lifetime, a process to follow should theworst happen, and remedies for the parties toknow what to expect. Aswith most contracts, themost common remedy for breach of the shareholders’ agreement is damages, but other relief may be available – such as an injunction preventing the other parties from doing something damaging to the claimant, or an order compelling the other parties to act in a certain way. One of the biggest advantages of having a shareholders’ agreement is that the court can clearly see the parties’ intentions at the onset and, oftentimes, will be able to follow what the parties themselves agreed should be done. The cost of putting in place a shareholders’ agreement may seem like an unnecessary expense, until you face a costly dispute which could have been avoided by investing early in their peace of mind. Gabriela Alexandruis an associate solicitor at Gullands Solicitors, a law firm based in Maidstone and Gravesend with a legal tradition spanning more than a century. It offers expert advice on a wide range of legal issues for commercial clients, charities and individuals. www.gullands.com A good shareholders’ agreement will set out a process to follow should the worst happen

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