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Where It All Began

Our story begins in 1998.

We began by buying a franchise in the School Uniform industry. With increasing market pressures, costs and consumer desire to purchase from supermarkets, we sought ways to improve cash flow by purchasing our own embroidery machine. This meant we didn’t need to outsource and pay for the embroidery and it reduced the need to hold larger volumes of stock. Further pressures and issues with the franchise, meant we were forced to close the original business in 2008 and this is where SpeedStitch was born. Being two weeks away from losing everything, including

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The Small Awards

One of the highlights of the last year for the team at SpeedStitch was the excitement of our small, family-run embroidery and print business being nominated for a small business award and ultimately winning The Legacy Award for Best Family Business at The Small Awards 2018.

Any small business will appreciate the worth of any form of recognition, be it word of mouth recommendations or a positive Google or Facebook tag. The value of the whole experience of the awards has been, for us, priceless.
The buzz that surrounded the nomination, and the invitation to the black-tie

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Giveaways!

Before joining the family business in 2016, I spent a year and a half planning our wedding. In the process, I followed so many social media pages boasting top tips and ideas for wedding planning and I signed up to so many updates on the latest products and services rocking the nuptials world. I unashamedly offered my email address to so many companies offering freebies and the potential to win fabulous prizes and I was constantly on the look-out for discounts and bargains. Weddings can be expensive after all! It worked in my favour too! Not sure whether it was the ‘luck o’ the Irish’

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Supporting Other Local Businesses

While the Christmas season is generally the busiest time of year for retailers, for the team here at SpeedStitch, we are just about recovering from our crazy Back2School season! The embroidery and print orders come through steadily throughout the year, but the need for school uniform reduces drastically to the occasional lost tie or two. This is when we place our pre-orders with our suppliers for the following year and work on the targets we make having reviewed our busy season.

Small Business Saturday UK falls on the first Saturday in December every year. The idea behind the

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The Apprentice 2017

Lord Sugar’s 70th Birthday gave us much to celebrate here at SpeedStitch.

On Wednesday 1st November, we had our 60 seconds of fame on Episode 5 of this years The Apprentice on BBC One. We’re not sure how our business was found or how we were chosen as Embroiderers for one of the teams, but we are certainly not complaining.
We got the call on the morning this episode was filmed and of course, excitement spread from the office down to the workshop and we were all intrigued as to how it would be done and whether, in the end, we would actually feature on the

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Leavers Hoodies 2018

It might seem a little premature moving from Back2School straight into talking about school leavers, but knowing the pressures students and teachers are under coming close to exam time and the end of summer term, we thought we’d try and alleviate some of that pressure by helping to tick the ever-popular Leavers Hoodies job off the list.

Given that our area of expertise is garment decoration and that we have been suppliers of School Uniform for almost 20 years, it is only natural that we would be able to offer much more than school uniform for our schools. Our aim is to deliver a

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Winter Workwear Wardrobe

Winter Workwear Wardrobes may be the last thing on our minds as we struggle to let go of the summer months, but with the darker evenings setting in and the notable drop in temperatures, now is a good time to get prepared for the long winter months ahead. We may have been able to get away with wearing polo shirts and jeans or lightweight shirts with trousers until now but the weather can change suddenly and we all need to be able to transition to that Winter Wardrobe very quickly.
SpeedStitch have a huge catalogue of clothing and accessories suitable for all climates and

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Behind the Scenes - Back2School 2017

As Back2School Season 2017 draws to a close, school uniform suppliers everywhere are making every effort to ensure any last-minute orders are fulfilled, that shelves and rails are sufficiently restocked and that plans are in place for a much-needed battery recharge in the not too distant future!

The 6-week summer break along with the month of September is the busiest time of year for suppliers like ourselves here at SpeedStitch. It can almost be likened to exam time for students – the long-term preparation, the last-minute stresses, the main event, the exhaustion afterwards and

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Back to School Important Information

It’s almost that time of year again where schools are winding down and parents are beginning to wonder how they will keep their children entertained for the 6 week summer break! Holidays are booked, summer camp places are filled and the last thing on parents’ minds is the first week in September when there is a sudden realisation that a certain PE kit didn’t return after Sports Day, that somebody has had a massive growth spurt in the holidays so their school trousers are now 2 inches too short or that a school blazer has been used one too many times as a goal post! Panic sets in, back to

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Ethical Policy

With an ever-increasing demand for transparency in terms of ethical policies from the global consumer, businesses are under intensifying pressure to ensure their overall business ethos conforms. One cannot simply assume ethical compliance; verification is necessary and it is widely expected that businesses produce and follow ethical policies.

The Team at SpeedStitch is committed to ethical compliance in terms of the general running of our business and in terms of the products we supply to our clients and customers. Being a supplier of school uniform and of thousands of other

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