In our latest blog post, Simon Ward, Group Sales Director, shares his experience of the Printwear and Promotion Live trade show after attending the 30th anniversary of the event recently.

2019 was Grahame Gardner’s fifth year exhibiting at the Printwear and Promotion Live tradeshow. It’s always a fantastic event and we look forward to it each year, as it gives us a chance to keep our finger on the pulse in terms of what’s happening in the workwear and uniform industry. It also provides a brilliant opportunity for us to showcase our newest products that we’ve been busy developing to a varied audience, and gather feedback from valued customers.

Printwear & Promotion Stand 2019 This year was the first time the popular event welcomed more than 6,200 visitors through the doors - a new record in the show’s history - and was packed with around 150 stands. It is the only exhibition in the UK solely dedicated to the garment decoration industry, with workshops, seminars, on-stand demonstrations, advice and a fashion show on offer.

We were delighted to feature in the fashion show again this year, especially as it gave us a platform in front of thousands of visitors.

The biggest challenge for us is that GFORCE and Grahame Gardner Ltd garments cover such a diverse range of industries - from sports and business, right through to NHS Trusts. The event presented a prime opportunity to display our varied product offering - from sophisticated salon wear to technical polo shirts – helping people from the UK and beyond get a first-hand look at the quality they can expect from us.

Printwear & Promotion 2019 ScrubsOur focus was spread evenly between the workwear and healthcare ranges from Grahame Gardner Ltd and the flexible sportswear products by GFORCE. We showcased cutting edge developments from each range to lead the display.

For GFORCE, this was our new UK stocked range which offers a great opportunity for sports clubs to create a unique, customised look, with bespoke playing tops that can be teamed with stock shorts and training wear.

On the Grahame Gardner side of the stand, our new Advance range was the feature.

This line combines our experience from the sportswear technologies used by GFORCE and migrates this across to workwear. The result is a line of dye sublimated tunics which enable businesses to add unlimited branding to them without additional costbranding to them. Ultimately, this gives them unrivalled flexibility and customisation when it comes to uniforms.

All in all, this year’s Printwear and Promotion Live show was a great success and a fantastic chance to demonstrate our experience and expertise to the industry.