Following the Workwear and Corporate Clothing Show earlier in the day [17 Apr] the industry's finest designers, manufacturers and end-users assembled for the first-ever Professional Clothing Awards at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry (right, top).

Yvette Ashby, managing director of event organisers Professional Clothing director-e, opened the awards by saying: "Without support from your staff and from the rest of the industry you will not be successful.

"We all need to work together, particularly in these tough [economic] times to be successful and continue to innovate across the sector from design to PPE to enable us to help save lives."

Entries were judged across three categories by a panel of experts including Dr Julie King from De Montfort University, Health & Safety Laboratory chief executive Eddie Morland and SATRA CEO Austin Simmons, whose company sponsored the PPE section.

There was success for emergency service sector companies early in the night with W.L. Gore and Associates licensed partner Hunter Apparel Solutions being highly commended in the Best Bespoke Workwear Uniform category which was won by St John Ambulance.

Later the focus was on developments in PPE workwear, which as event hosts 'Cad and Dandy' pointed out "can be the difference between life and death" for many firefighters and first responders.

Outdry Technology were awarded Best Contribution to PPE Production Efficiency for their waterproofing technology that significantly reduces the risk of 'trench foot' while Magnum Boots won Best Innovation in Safety Footwear (right, middle) for their designs which have been developed 'in the field' by emergency services personnel.

But the big winners were Latchways for their "revolutionary" Personal Rescue Device which allows people to conduct their own rescue immediately after a fall and were awarded PPE Innovation of the Year (right, bottom) and with it the opportunity to conduct further testing with SATRA in order to develop the product further - see it action here: 



Posted 18/04/2012 by