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INDUSTRY NEWS 06 images APRIL2024 PenCarrie welcomes new CEO PenCarrie’s managing director, Tony Lock, is retiring after 17 years at the wholesale garment distributor. Mark Campbell has been appointed as the new CEO at PenCarrie, and will begin the role on 2 April 2024. Having qualified as an accountant at Grant Thornton in 1998 and progressed through a variety of roles, for the past seven years Mark was the CEO at the high street toy retailer, The Entertainer. PenCarrie explained: “As a familyrun business, there was emphasis on securing a CEO who embodied the values of the company: partnership, inspirational leadership, and a focus on customer success.” Mark, also known as MC, will join the team in providing “exceptional service and business support” for customers, it added, as well as continuing to drive the distributor forwards along its strategic path, and spearhead its next phase of development. Tony commented: “I’m delighted to be able to hand over to MC and am keen to give him the best possible start so he can drive PenCarrie forward. Whilst this clearly comes with mixed emotions for me, following a most enjoyable 17 years with PenCarrie, I’m looking forward to the future: working in NED (nonexecutive director) roles – and getting more involved in charity work.” Director Nicci Gratwicke added: “Huge thanks to Tony for his passion and dedication over the years, and we look forward to celebrations later in the year!” As part of his induction, MC will be visiting key brands and customers when he starts in April. Follow the links to the news stories online Mark Campbell starts his new role as CEO at PenCarrie this month Three aces from Spiro Recycled Spiro Recycled by Result has launched three new ‘match-winning’ tennis and court styles for women. The sportswear company has created the Fitness Skort, Fitness Jacket and Fitness Dress from a 240gsm recycled polyester/elastane. The fabric feels “super-silky soft” to the touch, breathable and quick dry. The Fitness Skort is a classic women’s high waisted, flared skirt with integral double pocket short that comes in white, dusky blue and navy. The Fitness Jacket is a fitted and high-stretch sports jacket with princess panelling to sculpt the figure and a mesh back panel for additional breathability. Finally, the Fitness Dress is a highcollared, sleeveless high-stretch sports dress in white and navy that is ideal for tennis and all court sports. It has a full skirt, which promises “superb flare” and comes with side pockets. All the styles come in sizes 2XS-2XL. KustomKit launches digital CSR brochure Kustom Kit has launched a digital brochure that explains its approach to corporate social responsibility. CalledOur Approach to Better, it details how the clothing brand is addressing environmental concerns and ensuring responsible production and social responsibility runs through everything it does. The brand’s mantra of ‘buy less, buy better’ is reflected in its commitment to making quality garments that last. The brochure includes information on Kustom Kit’s environmental policy, how it is reducing its impact now, and its future aims, along with what certifications it has. It also details where its garments are made, how the factory workers are treated, and its supply chain code of conduct. The brochure is designed to be used by garment decorators to help them inform their customers about the ethical and environmental credentials behind the Kustom Kit brand. Download your copy at: The new CSR brochure from Kustom Kit is available now Recycled Spiro by Result has introduced a range of new tennis styles

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INDUSTRY NEWS 08 images APRIL2024 #101Skye 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 Skye from Pro-Ad in Morpeth, Northumberland Fullname: Skye Breed: Labrador retriever. Age: Three years old. Time at company: Three years and six months. Jobtitle: Senior happiness executive and head of paw-ductivity Job description: Skye is the real ‘paws’ behind the business and helps us fetch great ideas, greets us with her happy face and wagging tail, and brightens everyone’s work day. She is also the chief guard dog of the office and is an excellent judge of character, happily meeting and greeting new faces. Special skill: Calmingeffect, retrieving, ensuring everyone pets her and rubs her tummy, sleeping on the job, and chewing Dad’s slippers! Favourite colour: Purple 267 is both Skye’s favourite colour – her favourite toy is purple – and our company colour. Senior happiness executive Skye taking a quick break from work PRINT SHOP POOCHES Parently Group hosts workshop in new headquarters The Parently Group has started the relocation to its new headquarters in Bredbury. Theoffice staff at the childrenswear manufacturer, which has been based in Manchester city centre for the past 40 years, have already moved to the new 60,000sq ft facility on a three-acre site in Bredbury, Stockport. Located on the first floor of the new premises is the Parently Campus, a standalone event and conference facility that will be marketed to local businesses wanting to hire event or meeting spaces. In March, The Circular Textiles Foundation (CTF) led a Quantifying Circularity workshop in the Parently Campus with the University of the Arts London and WRAP Textiles 2030, to delve into the technicalities of designing for recyclability as well as the practical and tangible outcomes of this approach. “The Circular Textiles Foundation’s Quantifying Circularity workshop was a brilliant first event in our new space, giving us a huge incentive to complete all those settling in jobs to make us visitor-ready. It was great to meet our new neighbours at our ‘business-warming’ and we’re looking forward to hosting our retail customers after the busy back to school season,” commented Kathryn. The Circular Textiles Foundation’s Quantifying Circularity workshop was held at the Parently Group’s new headquarters Resolute demos its smallest DTF printer yet Resolute has introduced the R-Jet Pro DTF Mini, calling it “the pocket-rocket of DTF printers”. Capableof sitting on a desktop, the new direct-to-film (DTF) printer has dual Epson i1600 print heads and promises speeds of seven to eight linear metres per hour. It uses DuPont Artistri “high-speed, anti-clogging” inks and is driven by Resolute RIP, with the Pro version offering automatic image nesting, variable data and barcode job creation. It has an automatic white ink circulation system, complete with tank stirring, and takes 33cm rolls. Other features include impact detection, low ink warning light bar, Resolute RIP Lite software, and a desktop curing oven. An auto finisher is available at an extra cost. A buyback scheme is available for those who want to upgrade to a V4 or V8 from Resolute. The new R-Jet Pro DTF Mini from Resolute Print Shop Pooches is sponsored byMumbles, ‘the home of brandable furry friends’ Follow us on Facebook: @imagesmaguk

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INDUSTRY NEWS 10 images APRIL2024 Stahls’ UK introduces ‘perfect placement’ with new heat press tech Stahls’ UK has introduced the Hotronix ProPlace IQ, a new heat press technology that allows decorators to place heat transfers in the correct place each time. The ProPlace IQ projects the image of the transfer onto the platen. Decorators then place the garment on the platen, put the transfer on top, match it up with the projected image, and heat press. “What if you have a design to print on the back too? Simply spin the garment around on the platen, tap the print you require on the ProPlace IQ screen and it will project your next heat transfer design onto the platen,” explained the UK distributor. Stahls’ UK is taking pre-orders now for the ProPlace IQ, which is short for ‘professionally placed with intelligence, with the first shipment arriving in the UK in August 2024. The new ProPlace IQ will be available in the UK this summer Snuggle chooses Sabur DTF machine Print-on-demand specialist Snuggle has added to its machinery list with the purchase of a Sabtex direct-tofilm (DTF) printing system from Sabur Digital Print Solutions. The order for the Sabtex SD-70 was agreed at Printwear & Promotion Live! at the end of February. “We knew the team at Snuggle UK well,” said Aaron Burton, managing director at Sabur. “They’re delivering quality into a quantity market, so digital-to-film was the logical next step. What’s also true is there are a number of DTF options now. Our Sabtex range guarantees that print quality, but we’re putting our name to service and reliability too.” Snuggle’s managing director Akil Thathia explained that the machine had impressed the Snuggle team: “There are several DTF printers that might produce what we need in super-fast time, but it’s that combination of production speed, quality of print, and full service and support that convinced us to buy Sabtex. [We’re] very happy – looking forward to the first run.” [L-R] Dan Jeffries, digital development manager at Sabur, shaking on the Sabtex agreement with Akil Thathia, MD of Snuggle The new Result Padded brochure is available now Registration now open for Shirt Lab Austin The latest live education event from Shirt Lab will take place in Austin, Texas in the US in April. The event from the sales and marketing education company for the garment decoration industry, which was co-founded by Images columnist Marshall Atkinson, will be focused on shop automation. “We’ve put together a day where each aspect of how an order moves through the shop is touched by an automated process,” explained Marshall. “This key information will make your business run more effectively, with less labour, and more profitably.” On Friday 19 April there will be a networking event, with the education event being held on Saturday 20 April. A celebration dinner will be held afterwards, with the ticket price of US$570 including breakfast, lunch and dinner on the Saturday. Marshall Atkinson is one of the co-founders of Shirt Lab, which is hosting an educational event on 19-20 April Result releases Padded brochure Clothing manufacturer Result has announced that its new Padded brochure is now available. Featuring its ever-popular Ice-Bird Padded Jacket in both male and female fit on the front cover, the brochure is printed on FSC-certified paper. Every style is shown with both lifestyle and product photography, with all of the details in English, French and German. The full brochure is available to download online, along with in-depth garment specs and printable PDF data sheets for all the new styles that the brand has launched. View daily news updates at:

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Branding Hut This smart logo was embroidered onto bags by Branding Hut in Okehampton for M&B Southwest. DECORATOR REPORT INDUSTRY NEWS 14 images APRIL2024 Clothing manufacturer Mantis World has promoted Laura Parrott from brand ambassador to sales manager for theUK. “Whilst I will continue to look after our distributors and existing customers as I have for the last seven years, I will also be focusing heavily on growing new markets, working closer with existing and new bespoke customers, and raising the profile of B Corp within our industry,” she explained. “I am especially looking forward to connecting with businesses within the B Corp community who have perhaps never considered clothing before and showing them the full potential of the Mantis range – as well as some of the incredible decorators across the UK.” MikeWhitehas been promoted to divisional director at Kustom Kit. Mike, who was previously general manager, joined the corporatewear manufacturer in 2019 as senior sales executive after 15 years at garment decoration company Fanela. “I am absolutely delighted with my promotion to Kustom Kit divisional director,” he said. “Kustom Kit have a great team with years of garment and decoration knowledge, and will continue to promote the diverse range across the UK and European markets whilst confirming our marketing mantra of ‘buy less, buy better, buy Kustom Kit’, which is documented in our new CSR report ‘Our Approach to Better’.” CHANGING FACES Mike White is now divisional director at KustomKit Laura Parrott is now UK sales manager for Mantis World Prestige launches new website Industry distributor Prestige Leisure has unveiled its new and improved website. A significant milestone for the company, the new site has been meticulously designed to be as userfriendly as possible for customers. “At Prestige Leisure, we have invested significantly in this redesign and want to be the hub for marketing assets and industry knowledge as well as a resource for all your stock needs,” stated the company. “We understand the importance of being a go-to resource for our customers and their businesses, and we hope our revamped website reflects that.” The goal, notes the company, is to give customers a seamless online experience. “We want you to easily navigate through the site, accessing a host of resources and services that cater specifically to your needs.” The new site can be found at The new Prestige Leisure website has been designed to be as easy to use as possible Screenworks introduces paper bag packaging Screenworks has continued its quest to remove plastic from its supply chain by introducing paper bags for the goods leaving its Suffolk-based print and embroidery shop. “The sourcing of the product was the largest hurdle to get over,” explained managing director Duncan Gilmour. “It took some time to find a suitable alternative that we believed offered everything our clients needed. As well as being sustainable, the bags still needed to perform a critical role and many bags just did not stand up to the testing. The selected bag is beautifully crafted, extremely strong and water-resistant,” he added. Made from 100% FSC-certified paper, the company’s new packaging is curbside recyclable. The material is also sufficiently transparent for visible inspection of the products inside, as well as manual barcode scanning. Screenworks has also added paper pallet wrap, paper packing tape, paper ‘documents enclosed’ wallets, FSC cardboard cartons, and FSC transportation pallets, resulting in it offering a “100% plastic-free sustainable packing solution”. Screenworks now packages its products in paper bags Follow us on LinkedIn @ImagesMagUK

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INDUSTRY NEWS 16 images APRIL2024 Follow us on Threads: @imagesmaguk DECORATED PRODUCT OF THE MONTH This month we just had to feature our favourite – and extremely talented – printer from The Netherlands: Milosj de Groot of Madspecials. Always full of surprises, last month he popped up at the Tower of London to do some printing. As youdo. Since we last featured Milosj [] he has moved in with Eigenlabel, a Dutch company that specialises in customised clothing, and carries out its printing while still operating as Madspecials. One of Eigenlabel’s major clients organised a meeting between its clients and suppliers at the Tower of London in England’s capital city. Milosj and his colleagues thought it would be nice to demonstrate some live printing at the event, and so he packed up his fourcolour, one-pallet manual carousel and came over here in March. Milosj printed a high-density Union Jack design created by him and Eigenlabel. It was a four-colour print: black, high density red, high density dark red, and a black light overlay. “It blew everyone away,” he confirms. “We printed it as a giveaway for clients of theirs.” The T-shirts were sponsored by Stanley/ Stella and the inks were Wilflex. madspecials Live printing at the event in March David Sharp has launched a DTF transfer service A close-up of the high-definition print Milosj with a Beefeater at the Tower of London David Sharp launches DTF service and work swap site Embroidery digitiser David Sharp launched two new services last month. The company is now offering a directto-film (DTF) transfer service, which includes faux embroidery transfers, ie DTF transfers that look like real embroidery. The transfers are being offered with a same day dispatch service on all orders placed before midday. The second service is called DS Grid, explains director Jamie Hood. “We are lucky enough to have a large customer base now, having been growing since 1976, and now we are developing a ‘grid’ system which is essentially a pool of customers that can either fulfil jobs for others or offer up work that they cannot fulfil. Or both! “Suppliers can take work when they want to, and not if they are busy, and customers wishing to take advantage of the service can offer up jobs to be completed quickly any time they like or need.” YES launches UV DTF printer New from YES Group is the ColDesi UV 24H3R, a direct-to-film (DTF) UV printer. The roll-fed printer, which promises “vibrant, full-colour digital prints”, incorporates white, colour, clear and lamination in one unit. Capable of producing 4.8 linear metres per hour, with a maximum width of 600mm, it has three print heads. “Designed for volume production without compromising on quality, the ColDesi UV 24H3R stands out as a superior alternative to traditional printing methods,” said YES. “The UV DTF technology at the heart of this printer offers more options, allowing for a broader range of applications and materials.” Transfers can be applied to a wide range of materials, from plastic and glass to wood and ceramics. The machine measures 175cm long by 96cm wide, and 145cm high, and comes with training and software, along with one-year warranty. Suppliers and customers can register their interest at, which will also give them a 10% discount code for the David Sharp DTF transfer service. y The ColDesi UV 24H3R UV DTF printer is available from YES

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Arrow Embroidery This vibrant design was embroidered onto hoodies by Arrow Embroidery in Slough for Black Hound Sports. DECORATOR REPORT Spring budget: Reduced national insurance and increased VAT threshold In March’s spring budget, the chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced an employee national insurance (NI) tax cut from 10% to 8% from April, along with a 2p reduction in NICs (national insurance contributions) for the self-employed. In addition, the VAT registration threshold will be increased from £85,000 to £90,000, which is less than the £100,000 called for by the Federation of Small Businesses in the March issue of Images []. The Growth Guarantee Fun, which helps SMEs access finance to invest and grow, is receiving a £200 million extension, and draft legislation will be published “within weeks” to extend full expensing, the scheme which allows businesses to claim 100% capital allowances on qualifying plant and machinery investments, to leased assets “whenaffordable to do so”. The chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced a number of measures for workers and companies in the budget on 6 March 2024[Credit: UK Parliament] INDUSTRY NEWS 18 images APRIL2024 Read our full-length Decorator Reports online: New chairman for the PCIAW The Professional Clothing Industry Association (PCIAW) announced in February that Ed Grigg has been elected by the board to becomes its new chairman. Ed, who is the managing director of Incorporatewear, replaces John Miln, who is scheduled to retire in April. Ed said: “It’s a great honour to become the new chairman of PCIAW. Having been one of the founding non-executive directors of the association, I have seen the progression and year-on-year improvements in the events and in the membership value over recent years. I would like to sincerely thank the outgoing chair John Miln for his leadership and guidance over the last few years.” One of Ed’s first duties will be to recruit non-executive board members. The association is actively looking for members in the footwear industry, professional clothing brands, and international suppliers to join the board. Ed Grigg is taking over as chairman at PCIAW New Sublistar auto heat press carousel Machinery manufacturer Sublistar has launched the DTF Intelligent Automated Heat Press Carousel. The machine is designed to meet the bulk printing needs of apparel manufacturers and can be used for a wide range of applications, including heat stamping, polyethylene film, DTF transfer paper and heat sublimation paper. Features include a programmable touchscreen, automatic film release, automatic heat pressing, automatic film tearing, and automatic clothes heat pressing. It has a high-precision, 3cm solid aluminium heat plate that promises uniform heating along with a “high-quality, hot stampingeffect”. Sublistar machinery is distributed in the UK by Midwest. The new DTF Intelligent Automated Heat Press Carousel from Sublistar The Organic Collection ORGANIC COTTON

Custom Planet This stunning design was printed onto T-shirts by Custom Planet in Newcastle upon Tyne for BM Caterers. DECORATOR REPORT Showcase & Friends takes to the skies Showcase & Friends took place in February with 150 attendees from the promotional industry. Part of the Promotional Showcase and The Big Promotional Trade Show, the networking event was held at Cloud 23 at the top of Hilton Manchester Deansgate’s Beetham Tower. Sponsored by BiC Graphic Europe, it kicked off with a drinks reception with close-up magic, followed by a lunch. A fun casino roundedoff the afternoon, with the top three ‘high rollers’ – Neil Swift from Senator, Clive Allcott from Direct Textiles + Bags and Josh Turner from Big Bear Promo – winning bottles of bubbly. Jamie Marshall from Premier Print and Promotions commented: “These are always great events. The food was fantastic, and it was great to meet up once again with friends and colleagues.” The sky-high event included a fun casino for all INDUSTRY NEWS 20 images APRIL2024 Stay in the picture with our Instagram feed: @imagesmaguk Vastex introduces new return-belt dryer Machine manufacturer Vastex has introduced the new Return-Belt Conveyor Dryer which returns cured garments to where they were loaded at the front of thedryer. “The optional return conveyor eliminates repeated trips between the infeed and discharge ends of the dryer, while cooling cured garments for immediate folding and packaging,” explained president Mark Vasilantone. “The return belt also allows shops with limited space to position the rear of the dryer close to a wall without the need for a rear catch bin, while shops with two presses can print the front of garments with one press, and the back with the second press as garments come off of the dryer.” The new return belt can be added as a retrofit to many existing Vastex dryers, the company reports, and is available on any new LittleRed and EconoRed dryer with 76, 137 and 198cm belt widths. The Return-Belt Conveyor Dryer returns cured garments to the infeed end to increase productivity and savespace Schoolwear Show 2024 dates announced The Schoolwear Show will take place on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October this year. Held as usual at Cranmore Park Conference and Exhibition Centre in Solihull, West Midlands, the show will feature a wide selection of suppliers to the schoolwear industry. As well as being able to see the latest launches in the uniform and sportswear markets, visitors can enjoy a seminar programme that has been “tailored specifically for independent retailers” and covers essential topics, trends, and strategies that aim to boost visitors’ business. Networking opportunities will also be available at the show, allowing visitors to exchange ideas and build valuable relationships. The Trutex stand at the Schoolwear Show last year

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11-year-old creates T-shirt for neurodivergent kids Youngster Max Palfrey has launched a T-shirt designed for neurodivergent people. In 2021, Derbyshire-based Max came up with the idea of incorporating a fidget toy into a T-shirt. He had always struggled with the feel of clothes and so also wanted to create a garment that had no labels along with seams that didn’t irritate. After two years of research and design, helped by a grant from Erewash Borough Council, Max created the Fidget-T. This non-scratchy, comfortable T-shirt is made from a modal/elastane blend and incorporates a type of fidget toy called a popit in the seam. The patented design is sold online through the company Max’s family has set up, Comfa. Currently retail only, they are also interested in wholesale orders, as well as the possibility of adding decorations to the T-shirt in future that do not aggravate the wearers’ sensory needs. The T-shirt comes in three colours – black, khaki green and light blue – and for ages 3 to 16+. 22 images APRIL2024 INDUSTRY NEWS Follow us on X @imagesmaguk Justin Fisher, owner of Happy Fish Custom Clothing in Andover, Hampshire, says his favourite product to decorate is the Creator Tee from Stanley/Stella. He says his team loves this T-shirt as it comes in a range of vibrant colours, plus the fabric is extremely soft and a good weight. “When deciding on what garments to use, we want to use a brand with a strong ethical and sustainable message — Stanley/Stella ticks all these boxes!” Made from 100% organic cotton, the Creator Tee has a unisex fit and is offered in 32 colours; the new Creator 2.0 is also available. A great choice for both print and embroidery, Justin offers his top tips for decorating the Creator: “When heat printing, always use a cover sheet to protect the fabric from scorching, and if embroidering, try using a backing, such as Weblon, and a water-soluble topping to ensure the best quality embroidery. “These are high-quality tees that deserve high-quality decoration!” 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 Justin and his team like that the Creator Tee comes in a range of vibrant colours Patagonia recycles clothing waste Patagonia has teamed up with Eastman to recycle textile waste. The outdoor apparel company gave 3,600kg of its pre- and post-consumer clothing waste to Eastman, a global specialty materials company, to process through its molecular recycling technology. Patagonia’s waste textiles are broken down into ‘molecular building blocks’, which Eastman then uses to make new fibres. “Our collaborations show the world what’s possible when it comes to sustainability,” said Carolina Sister Cohn, global marketing lead for Eastman textiles. “We have the technology to make the textiles industry circular, and we know it requires collaboration with innovative brands to make circular fashion possible. This is only the beginning, and we look forward to more collaborations throughout 2024.” Eastman has turned Patagonia’s waste textiles into new fibres Max, pictured, came up with the idea for the Fidget-T [Credit: Phil Lynam at The Boardroom] The popit is hidden in the seam[Credit: Phil Lynam at The Boardroom]

Nine out of ten customers say ethics matter A study by comparison site reported that 89% of those surveyed said it was important to them that a small business has ethical values. The survey of 2,002 people also revealed that 70% would be more likely to support a small business that actively communicates its commitment to ethical and green practices, while half would be likely to pay a premium of up to 10% for products or services from a small business that is known for its ethical and green practices. In addition, 65% said they would be more likely to become a loyal customer of a small business that consistently demonstrates ethical practices compared to one that doesn’t. CorelDraw adds ‘game-changing’ tools CorelDraw graphic design software has been updated to include “gamechanging” design tools, parent company Alludo has reported. The 2024 version of CorelDraw Graphics Suite includes access to remote fonts, alongside a set of natural media and particle brushes that replicate the look and feel of traditional art mediums like paint, pastels, and pencils. Other updates, as requested by customers, such as a redesigned way to work with non-destructive bitmapeffects, are said to give users an optimised workflow. On top of that, subscribers and maintenance customers will get exclusive access to 300 new cloud-based design templates that are designed to save time and inspire creativity. A free 15-day web-based trial of CorelDraw that includes these new features is available now. INDUSTRY NEWS 24 images APRIL2024 Sustainable sourcing of materials is the top way businesses can become more responsible, according to a recent survey[Credit: Image by Annette from Pixabay] Government aims to boost SME growth The government held the first meeting of the new Small Business Council at the end of February, bringing together SME (small and medium enterprise) leaders from across the country. The aim of the council is to provide a bespoke forum that allows the UK’s 5.5 million small businesses to have their voices represented within government. In addition, it has also refreshed the Help to Grow website to include a one-stop shop to support and advise small firms on how to grow and scale up. Business and trade secretary Kemi Badenoch said: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of our local communities and drive the UK’s economy, supporting jobs and wages across the country. “This new council will mean SMEs have a clear voice at the table and we can deliver on the key needs for business.” Small business minister Kevin Hollinrake has also launched the Lilac Review jointly with Small Business Britain, which is billed as a “major new independent review determined to tackle and overcome the inequality faced by disabled business owners”. Business and trade secretary Kemi Badenoch believes small businesses are the lifeblood of local communities [Credit: UK Parliament] Hybrid adds Tiger to showroom Mimaki’s exclusive UK and Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services, has installed the Japanese company’s fastest-ever dye sublimation printer in its recently refurbished show. The 1.8m-wide Tiger6001800TS is designed to handle large-scale textiles. It includes high-density four-colour dye sub inks in 10kg tanks that are Oeko-Tex-approved. The showroom, which is open five days a week, includes a wide range of Mimaki’s dye sublimation, direct-to-film and textile printers that can be used for training, sampling and demos. The impressive Tiger600-1800TS has been installed at the Hybrid Services showroom The latest update to CorelDraw Graphics Suite includes a set of brushes that replicate the look and feel of paint, pastels, and pencils Find our digital editions online:

© 2024 – Beechfield Brands Ltd. All Rights Reserved. W695 EarthAware® Organic Twill Shopper EarthAware. New from 26 images APRIL2024 INDUSTRY EVENT Promotion & Branding Show 2024: Preview The long-established Promotion & Branding show kicks off its 2024 series of events later month in Cheltenham. Event organiser Caroline Jones reveals why you should be there What is Promotion & Branding’s USP? The Promotion & Branding shows hosted by GS UK have been running in various formats throughout the UK for more than 15 years. The essence of the shows has always been to select the correct combination of exhibitors to ensure visitors can have direct contact with industry experts in their individual fields of expertise. This may be a garment distributor who has a knowledge of the brands available or a representative from an individual brand who can answer in-depth questions on their own specific products. The same is true of the various print and embroidery suppliers who exhibit – not only can visitors see numerous machines in action, but they can also spend time asking questions and gathering technical information relevant to their own specific application. Who is taking part in the 2024 shows? The numbers vary slightly across the six locations, but on average there will be at least 18+ companies represented at each show. Many of the established exhibitors that have supported the shows for many years will be returning; these are the companies that are directly responsible for the popularity and growth of the shows. New exhibitors for 2024 include Barudan, a long-established company in the UK textile market supplying a wide variety of industrial embroidery machines. Another new addition is Jerzees Europe, marking the extension of the esteemed Jerzees US legacy to European shores. The number of exhibitors at the shows ensures there is a broad range of products covering T-shirts, sweatshirts, workwear, outerwear, uniforms, headwear, bags, towels, soft toys, etc, alongside the companies that bring textile machinery. Which bit of the show are you most excited about? This year the shows are visiting three new venues at Cheltenham, Farnborough and Nottingham, so it’s quite exciting for the Promotion & Branding team and all the exhibitors to visit new locations and reach new businesses throughout the UK. We invest a lot of time and effort into encouraging people to come along and visit the shows and it’s always great to meet people face to face and introduce them to new garments, machinery and products that could help their businesses succeed. How will visiting one of your shows benefit our readers’ businesses? Visitors can talk to experts, see new products and gain an understanding of different applications, be it a garment, machine or consumable item. Knowing and understanding the various products and applications available ensures a company can grow, develop and plan a future business strategy, regardless of how small or large that company may be. Are any of the exhibitors offering demos or competitions? There will be demonstrations from GS UK on the Merlin Pro and Brother PR680W single-head embroidery machines, Barudan will also have its smallest 15 needle single-head (BEKTS1501CAII) and either its twin-head (BEKY-S1502CII) or four-head (BEKYS1504CII). Dye Sublimation Supplies will be bringing a range of heat presses and sublimation printers. There will be free giveaway bags and product samples from many of the suppliers at each event. GS UK will have show offers on its embroidery machines and a discount voucher on the Gunold range of embroidery consumables. DecoNetwork will also be offering a show prize to one lucky winner of a free one-time licence on its Premium package plus the first month for free, along with three free on-boarding sessions. What’s the best comment you’ve received from a decorator about the Promotion & Branding shows? Comments range from saying how informative the shows are, how nice it is to talk to people in a relaxed and calm atmosphere, and how nice it is to have it all happening so locally to them. After attending the Belfast show, one of the best comments from an attendee was how much money their business would be able to save after they had been introduced to the products of an alternative embroidery consumables supplier! Caroline Jones Attendees have the opportunity to ask the exhibitors questions and get all the technical information they need The Promotion & Branding shows will take place in Cheltenham (18 April), Farnborough (2 May), Manchester (16 May), Nottingham (12 September), Belfast (2 October) and Glasgow (24 October).

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INDUSTRY EVENT 28 images APRIL2024 At the end of February, printers and embroiderers headed to Birmingham NEC to this year’s Printwear & Promotion Live! exhibition, which was co-located for the first time with Sign & Digital UK. We spent an enjoyable two days walking the aisles and taking in the many new and newsworthy exhibits that were on display. Here’s a gallery of our show highlights The College Hoodie from Just Hoods by AWDis now comes in 90 colours, including four new shades: bright royal, soft red, citrus and seafoam. AWDis Brands had numerous product launches to appeal to visitors, with new styles from Just Cool including Cool Sliders, Just Ts showing its new Oversize 100 Long Sleeve T, and the new Pro Wicking Polo from Pro RTX generating a lot of interest. Printwear & Promotion Live! 2024: Review [L-R] Sarah Gibson, senior marketing executive at Henbury Brands, and brand manager Laura Glover, are seen here with SF Clothing’s new Unisex Sustainable Fashion Hoody. New from Tombo was the TL615, a double-layered short with a mobile phone pocket, while the cute Squidgy’s from Mumbles stole the show. Brand manager Sarah Whittaker is seen here holding theKnit Effect Stretch Midlayer and the Thermal Hybrid Jacket from Regatta Professional’s new E-Volv range. The brand also introduced a new colourway, mineral grey, which is used on the all-new Ascender and E-Volve collections. ve r New from Result Genuine Recycled, the Prism PU Waterproof Jacket with a limited edition rainbow zip was popular amongst visitors, said Eleanor Kingsford-Smith, brand ambassador for Result. New from Spiro Activewear were the Women’s Fitness Skort, Jacket and Dress. Sam Leigh, merchandiser at Beechfield Brands, holding Quadra’s new Waterproof Roll-Top. There was a huge selection of new products, from the Westford Mill Organic Cotton Mesh Sacks to the Simplicity collection from BagBase via the Mountain Peaks Pull-On Beanie from Beechfield. The Tiger Cotton collection from Neutral now includes the new Tiger Cotton Oversized T-Shirt. Getting close enough to the Stahls’ UK stand to see the new Hotronix ProPlace IQ wasn’t easy due to the level of interest in this new heat press technology that allows for perfect placement every time, explained executive managing director Martin Borley. With the first batch already sold out in the US, there is a waiting list in the UK.