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Buying Time
Feature: 5/9/2008

Jeff Banks? At the Hilton? Presenting awards handcrafted by Thomas 'BAFTA' Fattorini of London? At last, an award ceremony has arrived to celebrate the buyers of corporate clothing, workwear and PPE in style

Hilton Hotel


Once the supplier has filled out their section of the form it can be sent to the buyer to complete and return to Corporate Clothes Show LLP by 12th September.


A spectacular evening


Those shortlisted will be invited to attend the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on the evening of the1st April, as part of an enchanting black tiechampagne reception, three-course dinner and dance.During the course of the evening, which will besponsored by CORDURA® Fabric, 20 awards designed by Thomas Fattorini of London will bepresented, including three overall winners for each ofthe three categories of workwear, corporate clothingand PPE, as well as a number of runner-up trophies.


In addition, there will also be an overall winner who will scoop the Business Manager of the Year Award. Suppliers will also receive an award if their buyer wins.


It’s the chance to enjoy an unforgettable evening, winan award and support your colleagues, all in exchangefor setting aside five minutes to nominate your buyer.If that sounds good then Corporate Clothes Show LLP looks forward to welcoming you.


Business Managers AwardNothing less than a glamorous black tie dinner and dance hosted by a noted designer will do when it comes to recognising the importance of the buyer to the working garment industry. That's according to Yvette Ashby, joint managing director of Corporate Clothes Show LLP, which owns the Workwear and Corporate Clothing Show. She is the brains behind the Business Manager Awards, which will take place next April at the prestigious Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel, and its host will be none other than Clothes Show Live founder Jeff Banks.


And it's about time that an event came along that rewarded the buyers. After all, it's the buyers who constantly strive to find the very best garments for their wearers who play a vital role in helping the industry to evolve and innovate. Not only that, without them to procure the products and services of the manufacturers, distributors and suppliers, this multi-million pound industry would soon grind to a halt.


The role the buyers play in the lives of their wearers is also of prime importance. With half of the UK's workforce wearing some sort of uniform, the buyer has a responsibility to make sure that the garments they procure are long-lasting and that they look good and feel comfortable in them. After all, unhappy workers are never good for morale or boosting business productivity and, with this in mind, we could even perhaps go as far as saying that the buyers play a major role in a country’s economy - whether you‘re a cleaner, hairdresser, council worker, businessman, chef, electricity and water board staff member, beauty therapist, sales assistant, bank clerk, barrister or traffic warden, the decisions that a buyer makes on your behalf will affect your ability to carry out your job.

This takes on an even more serious note when it comes to the procurement of certified garments. Those charged with sourcing uniforms for the police, the military, firemen and those working in the chemical industries or any other hazardous field, are responsible for saving lives as well as endangering them.


Taking on the mantle of such a demanding job and the accountability that goes with it is therefore not a decision to be taken lightly, and those who do should be rewarded, according to Yvette. “Having been in the industry for 15 years, I have seen how hard the buyers work to bring functionality, design and innovation to their uniforms,” she says.“I felt it was time that they were recognised for their contribution to the industry as a whole and for helping it to grow.” Yvette came up with the idea for the Business Manager Awards 18 months ago and since then has been busy gathering feedback from business managers in the industry. “As the event is for them we felt it was very important that they were able to have a say in what questions should be included in the application form, the criteria and how the winners should be rewarded. Thanks to their help, we have what we believe is a comprehensive but easy to fill out nomination form.”


Be in it to win it


To be in with a chance of winning one of these prestigious awards, the business manager must be responsible for the procurement of corporateclothing, workwear or PPE and be nominated for oneof these three categories by their main supplier.The supplier can nominate the buyer who theybelieve has contributed the most towards the development and innovation of their uniform by filling out a nomination form.


To receive a form by post,email Hannah Johnson at Hannah@director-e.com or call +44 (0) 870 870 4578. Alternatively, the form can be downloaded from 4th August at www.workwearshow.co.uk

 “It’s time the buyers were recognised for their contribution to the industry”
Author: Catherine Christie
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