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Arron Harnden

It’s all just a green-wash guv!

Greenwash
Things are not always what they seem. Human beings are dishonest. Especially when you are buying products and services, and it becomes all about turning a profit. Being dishonest is a very basic survi...
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2017-The year of the protest T shirt.

2017-The year of the protest T shirt.
There has always been something to moan and protest about. Moaning is as old as the hills. I quite often moan and protest about emptying the dishwasher or the bullshit weather in the UK. Some moans ar...
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Our top 10 Gamer t shirts

Our top 10 Gamer t shirts
I am 44 years old. I am a first generation gamer. Amongst other things, I am a gameaholic. Home gaming with me really began in 1982 when my next door neighbour, Matty Haines, got a ZX spectrum and a m...
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Customer Focus – ULTRA TEE – A small Eco brand making headway into caring hearts.

Customer Focus – ULTRA TEE – A small Eco brand making headway into caring hearts.
Shirtworks has been providing advice, products and processes which align with the environmentally aware brand owner now for over 5 yrs. It is a small but growing market, it requires champions and advo...
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Andy Timmins

Hail the return of the Greaser

Hail the return of the Greaser
Customer Focus: The Bike Shed 'Identity' is an intrinsic human requirement. Without it, many of us are lost, uncertain of ourselves and left searching and unfulfilled. The vacuum left by this feeling ...
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The tour T-shirt; The ultimate souvenir

The tour T-shirt; The ultimate souvenir
If you are reading this, the chances are you are a serving soldier or share a general interest in the military. If you are neither, then please forgive some of the parlance, you will only understand i...
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Customer Focus/Product Development.

Customer Focus/Product Development.
SELKIE open water swimming.   Open water can be frightening. Slate grey craggy cliff faces plunging into a frothy tumult; angry swirls of murderous ocean can conjure a primeval fear where the dar...
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So, you want to start a clothing company?

So, you want to start a clothing company?
Each day, we process around 300 quotations for customers who are looking to buy clothing for a number of reasons. We have workwear customers, we have marketing or advertising agencies, we have clubs o...
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The A-Z of the sales and printing process

So you are thinking of buying printed or embroidered T-shirts. It is probably more complicated than you think.

 confused man

Almost everything in life is more complicated than you first give it credit. I regularly make this mistake when I first start thinking about a project and buying branded garments or printed T shirts is no exception.

There are easy print/embroidery jobs and quick decisions that can be made but there are also those jobs where every detail needs to be questioned. This detail is often overlooked by the customer when they begin the journey. A good sales person will guide the customer through these decisions where required but here are some key points to consider.

1    Your quote/the print company you chose

There are now plenty to choose from. Just Google T Shirt printing and you will be presented with those companies that Google has decided to rank organically or via pay per click on your search view; but which one is best for you?

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Great Places For University Trips Abroad

budapestSummer's coming, and exams will be over and done with. Have you started thinking about how you’ll enjoy your time off?

Whether you’re interested in brushing up on your language skills, working or volunteering somewhere exotic, or merely kicking back on an inexpensive, relaxing holiday on the beach, here are some of our picks for a great few months.

Budapest, Hungary

Known for its famous Sziget Festival a massively popular weeklong culture and music festival that takes place every August, Budapest is also home to a lively unique nightlife scene. In the past decade, the city has gained fame for its “ruin pubs”, bars that have sprung up in abandoned places and repurposed old Soviet architecture.

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8 Tips To Create A 'Homely' University House

Our Advice On How To Create A 'Homely' University House

b2ap3_thumbnail_uni-house---shirtworks.pngIf you’re a typical university student, your student accommodation consists of a bland, generic room furnished with the same bed and desk as everyone else in your building. The question then becomes, what can you do on a limited budget to add functionality and personalize your space?

Fortunately, you’ll find that a few simple touches can go a long way towards making your university space a little more homely. And when you feel more comfortable, those long hours of study will be easier to endure. Here are a few simple, inexpensive ways to add a little character to your space.

Invest in lighting

Good lighting can improve your study habits, and if you choose a stylish fixture it can also add interest to your room. You might want to raid a lamp from your parents’ attic for a personal remembrance, or visit a vintage shop for an antique look. If clean and modern is more your style, supermarket home-ware sections or Ikea offer interesting lighting choices that won’t break the bank.

b2ap3_thumbnail_beanbag.pngAdd extra seating

Add beanbags to the floor give a student room a funky vibe and provide extra seating for friends who drop by. You might also want to pick up inexpensive cushions online or in discount shops to add both decoration and extra seating. 

Include a little nostalgia

Especially for your first year away from home, a few nostalgic touches will help you adjust and keep you from feeling too homesick. A few carefully selected items from your old room at home can remind you of your loved ones.

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A History of the Oxford-Cambridge Varsity Rivalry

 

A Background on the Oxford & Cambridge Battle

The rivalry between England’s two most prestigious Universities has been raging for more than one hundred years and does not show any signs of stopping any time soon.The two Universities go head to head with each other in everything from academic rankings to sporting events, the most well-known being the varsity rugby match.

Rugby Varsity Match 

TwickenhamThe annual varsity rugby match between Oxford and Cambridge has been played every year since 1872. The varsity match is one of the world’s longest running sporting events and classed as the pinnacle of student and amateur rugby. The game to determine the holders of the varsity title was traditionally played on the second Tuesday of December at 2pm until 2007 when it was moved to a Thursday.

The day change however didn’t change the popularity of the match and it still continues to attract large audiences. Although Oxford and Cambridge are not professional rugby teams, they remain at the forefront of the development of the sport and continue to be a benchmark for the game due to their promotion of the traditional values and ideals.

After the most recent match in 2014, Cambridge University currently has the lead with 61 wins against Oxfords 58. The teams have tied a total of 14 times.

Oxbridge also play in varsity matches in a number of other sports including water polo, with the first ever match in recorded history being played between Oxford and Cambridge in 1891.

 

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The Plastic Bag Charge: Helping Wales Become Greener

How The Carrier Bag Charge Has Impacted The Environment

plastic bag chargesSince October 2011, retailers in Wales were forced to implement a charge of 5p on every carrier bag. This law included paper bags, as well as plastic carrier bags. The aim of this regulation was to change the habits of shoppers in Wales, in a bid to reduce the unnecessary consumption of carrier bags, and to encourage shoppers to re-use their existing bags.

There was some controversy surrounding this at the beginning, with critics arguing that it was unfair to force this extra charge on consumers. Critics of the law also argued that it would be impossible to enforce without extra funding to local authorities, and that they would need 100% cooperation with all retailers. However, despite the objections of some doubters, it seems that the scheme has been a resounding success.

Good Causes

As well as encouraging consumers to change their approach and to think proactively about the environment, the charges of carrier bags in Wales are channelled directly into charities such as RSPB and Keep Wales Tidy. According to an interview with The Guardian, John Griffiths - at the time, Welsh environment minister - said that the measures had raised over £800,000 for good causes that help the environment.

The fact that this law was not introduced as a traditional tax to boost government funds was seen as a major benefit, and arguably this fact has made it more acceptable for the general public.

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GreenEnergy: Team Building T-Shirts

When Greennergy.co.uk needed some t-shirts for a team building exercise held at Bredbury Hall Hotel and Country Club, they asked us to come up with the t-shirts.

They had 10 groups of 10 people all wanting a different colour shirt for their team, the obvious choice for the t-shirt was the Gildan GD01 and GD72 as comes in both men’s and ladies and has 21 colours to choose from.

Most of the groups wanted the same design for each individual group and then we added personal names and slogans to the backs of the shirts. Each of the groups had a different screen printed design on the front and individual names were applied on the back using our computer cut lettering system, making sure that the right sized shirt had the right name applied!

 

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Cheap T-Shirt Printing: The Best Value?

shirtworks oxford t-shirt printingHere at Shirtworks, potential clients will sometimes tell us that they’ve had a cheaper offer for their clothing printing. We know that price is an incredibly important factor when buying a product, and we also feel that value, customer service and quality rank just as high as the end price to our customer.

This is why we look at every like for like competitor’s quote and try to beat it. There are many considerations to be made when choosing a clothing printing company, which we have detailed below. It is important to note that price is not the only factor that should be considered when choosing a printing company; the cheapest option isn’t always the best option.

 

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Customer Spotlight: The Big Bang Restaurant

Restaurant Uniform Printing

Shirtworks like to grease the wheels for local businesses by featuring our customers and friends who are in business, in and around Oxfordshire. This month our spotlight focuses on the amazing Max Mason and his fabulous restaurant, The Big Bang.

The Big Bang Restaurant is one of Oxford's most renowned feasteries, and boasts a true gastronomic experience in the heart of the City. After a decade of successful bangers and mash, this charming and unique dining experience is celebrated by locals and tourists alike.

Originally located in Jericho, The Big Bang Restaurant moved to a central location at the Oxford Castle Quarter in late 2012, enabling eccentric proprietor Max Mason to produce an array of publicity stunts, including the widely celebrated 'Oxford Beach' that appeared inland over the summer months.

Max is almost as passionate about jazz music as he is with sausages, and invites artists and trios to perform on a weekly basis at the restaurant. Max plays the welcoming host to perfection and may even regale you with a tale or two from his Navy days - apparently they still keelhaul!

Bangin' Uniforms

Max has been a customer of Shirtworks since 2005 and was quick to realise that his staff needed to stand apart from the customers by wearing some sort of uniform.

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Salvage Recycled Clothing

100% Recycled Clothing by Salvage

salvage recycled clothingWe are proud to announce that we have expanded our range of custom sustainable and environmentally friendly clothing with 100% recycled T-Shirts, Sweatshirts and bags by Salvage.

Salvage’s unique production process creates a product that is both sustainable and high quality. Used plastic bottles are recycled, creating polyester, which is then combined with offcuts from organic cotton production that have been shredded and processed. The two materials are weaved in to a poly/cotton yarn that is knitted and woven to produce their clothing and accessories.

All Salvage clothing is Global Recycle Standard and Organic Blended Content Standard Certified.

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Shirtworks Now Supplying NUS Stores

nus-studentsWe’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded a contract to supply official National Union of Students affiliated shops with our printed and embroidered garments. Due to our established history of working with students, institutions, sports clubs, and societies, we’re very excited to receive this recognition from the NUS, and the team is looking forward to working with a number of NUS stores in Universities across the UK.

This development goes hand-in-hand with our commitment to taking ethical and environmental responsibilities seriously, with the NUS also placing huge emphasis on confronting environmental issues head-on. Our attitude and credentials served us well in gaining this contract, in particular our proud claim to be the world’s only printer and embroiderer to have formal accreditation from The Soil Association. This focus on environmental responsibilities is being reflected in the enquiries that we are receiving at Shirtworks, with more and more people asking us about our ethically sourced products. This highlights a wider interest in looking after our planet, and we see this shift in attitude as an extremely positive development.

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The Recovery of the Construction Industry & Impact on Workwear

A Recovering Industry?

b2ap3_thumbnail_customised-workwear.pngThe building trade is a dynamic and ever-changing industry. Recent years have been challenging for many construction firms, with the recession having a big impact on both large and small scale developments in the UK. The construction industry constitutes between 6 - 7% of the UK economy, so is one of the driving forces behind its success or failure.

Improvement

However, with the economic recovery apparently underway, we are beginning to see a welcome improvement in the fortunes of this sector in particular. The Financial Times has recently discovered that activity in the construction sector "rose at its fastest pace in six years" by August 2013, with 46% of Markit's industry report respondents expecting a rise in business over the coming year. Initiatives such as the Help to Buy scheme have boosted the trade and sped up recovery.

Moving forward, the government have introduced the Construction 2025 strategy, which sets out a vision for improving smart technologies and green construction within the sector, as well as more ethical and healthy supply chains. This is something that we are extremely interested in, considering our own accreditations and commitment to using ethically sourced products.

Due to a long-standing relationship with many companies in the construction industry, Shirtworks maintains a keen interest in the performance of this sector. The recovery of the industry has seen us receive an increasing amount of enquiries about our customised workwear, and this is a good signal that things are indeed improving.

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Infographic: Student Activities in 2013

Student Activities in 2013

With students now arriving at their Universities for the long-anticipated start of term, we thought that we'd put together an Infographic outlining some of the ways that students spend their time!

At Shirtworks we've always had a close association with Universities and with students. With thousands of young people involved with sport in Oxford and other University towns, we're often on call to provide customised kits to sports teams and University clubs.

We've taken some of the most interesting data from a recent NUS report to highlight some of the most popular extracurricular activities!

 

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