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Monday, January 27th, 2014
FHT clothing

Uniforms supplier Clothes2order has branched out with a deal to kit out thousands of complementary, beauty, spa and sports therapists nationwide.

The fast-growing e-commerce company, based at Trafford Park, Greater Manchester, has formed a partnership with the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) to become the sole supplier of branded work wear to its members across the UK and Ireland.

It is the first deal of its kind for Clothes2order, which expects to secure further similar arrangements with business associations as it seeks to continue its rapid growth.

The agreement covers more than 500 products, including t-shirts, polo shirts, sweatshirts, jogging bottoms, hoodies, tunics, jackets, tabards and aprons.

The FHT is the largest professional association for therapists in the UK and Ireland. Its members work in locations such as hospitals, care homes, spa retreats, salons and clinics.

Michael Conway, managing director of Clothes2order, said: “This partnership marks a new phase in our development.

“After creating over a million personalised uniforms, we are looking to fuel further growth by working directly with large associations whose members can benefit from our services.

“We aim to help companies and organisations create a great impression through the uniforms their members and staff wear, so it is a perfect fit for us to offer our services directly to a wide network.
“Being endorsed by leading organisations and associations such as the FHT reflects the years of hard work we have put in to build up our reputation for quality, speed and reliability.”

Clothes2order, which has 44 staff, prints and embroiders logos on to uniforms for more than 10,000 businesses and organisations, ranging from start-ups to multi-national companies, clubs and societies.
Melanie Prince, general manager of the FHT, which has its headquarters in Eastleigh, Hampshire, said: “We are delighted to partner with Clothes2order to bring a massive range of branded work wear to our members, allowing them to demonstrate their professionalism by displaying the FHT logo on their clothing.

“As our members can be working pitch side with sports people, in care homes, beauty salons or retreats, we are confident they will find high-quality work wear to suit them and the great customer service they give their own clients.”

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Saturday, July 27th, 2013
Kornit Storm

We have invested a further £100k in print machinary to expand our capacity to meet rapidly growing sales on Clothes2Order.com

Please see our latest press release for more details:

A surge in sales has prompted corporate uniforms supplier Clothes2Order to splash out a further £100,000 on equipment as staff numbers hit a record high.

The Trafford Park business has bought a new machine for printing logos on polo shirts, t-shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts.

Clothes2Order’s rapid growth has also led boss Michael Conway to accelerate his recruitment programme.
The firm had planned to take on 10 more employees over the course of the entire year, but it has recruited 13 staff since the start of June, increasing its workforce from 28 to 41.

Clothes2Order’s latest piece of kit, which weighs 1.3 tonnes and was delivered from the Middle East within two weeks of being ordered, will boost the firm’s digital printing capacity by 60 per cent.

It follows a 150 per cent year-on-year increase in overall sales during the first six months of 2013.
In June alone, orders were 174 per cent higher than in the same month last year.

The firm’s latest investment follows a £150,000 outlay on new printing and embroidery equipment earlier in the summer, and £100,000 to refresh the company’s website and brand identity and to upgrade its e-commerce operations.

Managing director Mr Conway said the company has seen growth nationwide and across all of the sectors it serves, including hospitality, IT, sports and leisure.

Key customer wins in the past month have included Deloitte, National Express and Best Western hotels.
Mr Conway said: “Demand has rocketed following the launch of our new branding and website, and has outstripped capacity even after the earlier investment of £150,000 in new machinery.

“This latest equipment is one of only five currently in use in the UK and is the best digital t-shirt printing machinery available. Its arrival ensures we will be able to maintain our speed and reliability of production as we look to continue to grow our market share.”

Clothes2Order supplies uniforms to more than 5,000 businesses, from start-ups to household names such as Google, Skype and eBay.

Customers also include retailers, hotels, pub and restaurant chains, tradesmen and IT and technology firms.

Clothes2Order is the fastest-growing part of Quayside Group, which also runs a wholesale division.

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Monday, May 27th, 2013
Michael Conway Clothes2order

Following our research into the soaring demand for supersize garments we were contacted by North West tonight. Here is the interview with our MD Michael Conway:

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Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Demand for supersize uniforms is soaring as Britain’s obesity crisis unfolds.

Orders for sizes XXL (50in) to XXXXXXL – to fit workers with a massive 63in chest on Clothes2Order.com – are rocketing.

The company’s range of shirts, hoodies and polo shirts previously went up to XXXXXL (59in chest) but has had to be increased to 6XL as the country’s workforce gets bigger and bigger.

Clothes2Order (Part of Quayside Clothing), which is based in Trafford Park, Greater Manchester, has analysed its sales patterns for the past five years and found that orders for XXL and above have risen by 733 per cent in that time.

Five years ago, the company had just 900 orders that contained supersize items, but the figure has risen to 7,500 in the past 12 months.

Sizes XXL and above now account for nearly seven per cent of the uniforms sold by the rapidly-growing online business, which supplies embroidered and personalised uniform shirts, hoodies and sweatshirts to retailers, hotels, pubs and restaurants, tradesmen, IT and technology firms.

Michael Conway, managing director of Clothes2Order, said: “In 2008, the biggest uniforms we supplied came in 5XL, or 59in, but we have had to increase that to 6XL.

“As a business, we have had to make sure we source and offer more items in 2XL and above than ever before, to cater for the growing demand. The sales increase in that category has easily outstripped growth in all other categories over the past five years.

“We often do embroidered polo shirts all the way up to a 63in chest these days. Orders in that size are increasingly common.
“It is not a feature of any one sector in particular, but across the board. We all know the UK economy is growing only slowly, but the workforce seems to be expanding rapidly – at least across the chest.”

*According to the latest statistics from the Health and Social Care Information Centre, 24 per cent of men and 26 per cent of women in England are classed as obese, meaning they have a body mass index of 30 or above. The figures have risen since 1993 from 13 per cent and 16 per cent respectively.

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Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Michael Conway, Embroidery Machine

Quayside Clothing was delighted to be featured in the Manchester Evening News, celebrating a growth funding package from Yorkshire Bank.

The six figure funding package will be invested in new print and embroidery machinery to help further improve speed and quality of production of clothing sold through Quayside’s custom uniforms website Clothes2Order.com. Managing Director, Michael Conway said:

“This investment will enable us to stay ahead of the rapidly-increasing demand for our uniform and event clothing service.

“We are embarking on an exciting period of growth with significant investment in our manufacturing capabilities, marketing and website development.

“We are determined to ensure our process offers easy ordering, expert customer service and fast delivery.”

Mark Preston, a business development partner at Yorkshire Bank in Manchester, said: “Quayside has a proven track record of sound financial management, quality products, and operational efficiency which sends out very positive signals regarding future growth.”

For press queries relating to this story please contact:

Simon Turner
Simon@quaysidegroup.com
0161 872 0677

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Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Multi colour printing is now available on the majority of garments on Clothes2order.com. Previsouly we could only offer single colour printing on polyester or poly cotton garments, but that has all changed with an investment in new printing technology.

We are now able to print logos or images in multi colour on the vast majority of our products, including personalised poly cotton polo shirts and  printed high visability workwear. The only items we don’t offer multi colour printing on now are those comprised of fleece material, where we would usually recommend embroidery anyway.

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Monday, April 4th, 2011

24 hour t shirt printing

We are delighted to announce 24 hour printing and embroidery is now available on our clothing personalisation website Clothes2Order.com.

We have developed our customisation processes to maximise speed and efficiency, allowing us to offer dispatch of personalised products in as little as 24 hours. In improving our speed capabilities we have also significantly reduced our average dispatch times on standard orders, 95% of which now go out in less than 7 working days.

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Monday, March 29th, 2010

Manchester-based Quayside Group Ltd, a leading online clothing supplier, has been shortlisted in the Online Business of the Year category of the prestigious Fast Growth Business Awards which celebrate the UK’s most successful businesses.

To make the final three, Quayside Group demonstrated exceptional growth over the previous year, made even more notable by the difficult economic climate.

Michael Conway, Managing Director of Quayside Group said, “I’m delighted that we are a finalist in the Online Business of the Year category of the Fast Growth Business Awards. It’s thanks to an excellent team that supports the company that we’ve got this far. The national recognition this delivers to Quayside is definitely their reward for exceptional levels of dedication and ingenuity at a time when the business environment has been tough and the economy has made it difficult for any organisation to thrive.”

Asked to explain the company’s success, he said, “Quayside Group focuses on swift delivery and offering a ‘Wow Service’ to customers. Setting the customer’s needs at the heart of the business has driven Quayside Group’s consistently high growth over the last four years, and we expect another year of rapid growth in 2010.” He also commented on the high calibre of the other finalists, “Being in such good company is a fantastic incentive to continue our growth and development.”

Quayside Group is a Manchester-based business selling garments for work-wear, promotions and events through market-leading websites that supply plain clothing (Polo-Shirts.co.uk) or personalised clothing (Clothes2order.com).

The Fast Growth Business Awards 2009 Online Business of the Year award winner was Seatwave; losing finalists including LOVEFiLM international. The 2010 award winners will be announced on 14 April

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

Quayside Clothing Ltd is delighted to announce it has been selected as a finalist for the Small to Medium Business of the year in the prestigious National Business Awards – North of England and Northern Ireland Regional Programme. Managing Director Michael Conway has also been nominated as Entrepreneur of the year.

Quayside supplies Clothing for Workwear, Promotions & Events – Fast. Quayside is a market leader in both online personalised clothing (www.clothes2order.com) and online wholesale clothing (www.Polo-Shirts.co.uk).

Over the last 3 years the business has been transformed from a declining business in a dying sector to a market leading online player. A Hitwise award in 2008 confirmed the status of the business as the leading online clothing wholesaler in the UK.
The National Business Awards Recognise the North of England’s most talented individuals and organisations, with the Small to Medium Business of the year award going to the company that can best demonstrate significant growth and innovation in its market sector, under-pinned by strong financial performance.

Quayside was selected through a clear demonstration of growth, leadership, customer focus, innovation and ethics. Other companies short listed for the National Business Awards include household names such as Marks and Spencer, QVC and Yorkshire Water. Quayside must now compete to win the award to be announced at the awards ceremony on July 9th.

Managing Director Michael Conway commented “We are absolutely delighted to have been selected as a finalist for such a high profile award. This recognises all the hard work that has been put in by the team at Quayside to make it a profitable and rapidly growing business; and to be listed amongst the top businesses in the North of England and Northern Ireland is a tremendous achievement”

For more information on the National Business Awards please visit www.nationalbusinessawards.co.uk/regionals/

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Monday, January 5th, 2009

Quayside Group’s customised clothing site Clothes2order has been re-branded and repackaged. The previous site has made way to a stylish new design and the most user friendly interface possible. The new site has been remodelled around customer feedback and as such it is now easier than ever to order personalised clothing.

The main changes include a new look that makes the site easier and more intuitive to navigate. The aesthetic changes are mirrored by an improvement in the speed of the website, with product navigation revamped to make it easier for customers to find the best products for the customisation they require. Searches are now refined by size, colour and brand. The order process has also been greatly simplified, making it easy to upload and apply customisations.

We’re proud to be a customer led business, so we’d like to say a big thank you to all our customers whose feedback has contributed to the new design.

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