Bristol firm strikes gold with Olympic deal
ONE of Bristol's oldest and best known firms has won a major contract on the back of this summer's Olympic Games in London.
Bristol Uniforms, which was set up more the than 200 years ago, has been busy making 500 uniforms for the firefighters who are likely to be posted in London during this summer's Games.
The Staple Hill firm specialises in making uniforms and safety clothing for police, ambulance and emergency workers.
Bristol Uniforms sells to organisations in more than 100 countries but the Olympic contract is the most high profile in recent years.
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Teams of firefighters from across the country have been put on standby for the Games and are ready to be deployed in the capital at short notice.
A combination of the Queen's diamond jubilee celebrations, the Olympics and the Paralympics, is expected to see a surge of visitors to London over the summer months.
As a result, emergency services across the country have been reviewing their staffing and resource levels and 11 teams of firefighters of various sizes across the country have been assembled and trained and will be on call throughout the Olympics.
Some of the teams will come from the Home Counties – including Essex, Kent, Sussex, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire – as well as London itself, while others are from the Avon area along with Nottinghamshire, West Midlands, West Yorkshire and Greater Manchester.
The firm has been asked to supply the uniforms for the reserve outfit and has been busy in recent weeks working on the project.
The uniform involves the latest technology and is due to be delivered at the end of the month.
Philip Tasker, national sales manager at the firm, said: "Given the tight delivery schedules demanded, which in most cases was under ten weeks, we were only able to deliver the uniforms on time and guarantee delivery of the garments as a result of our production systems and manufacturing resources here in Bristol.
"Our policy of maintaining good fabric stock levels, both outer fabrics and moisture barriers, when combined with the in-built flexibility we have in controlling production schedules to respond to unexpected changes in demand, has enabled us to manufacture the bespoke garments within the limited lead time available. We expect to be shipping out the completed consignments from the middle of June onwards."
The firm was launched in 1801 and moved to its current site in Bristol just over 90 years later.
Much of the firm's early success was based around the British Empire.
The company sold its products to police forces across the globe, from India to South Africa.