Stockport-based workwear manufacturer Ballyclare has revealed details of a major new national framework agreement for the UK Fire and Rescue Service. The new 4-year deal will see Ballyclare provide a wide range of stationwear to numerous fire services who have already signed up to Lot 1 of the National Framework Agreement for the Provision of Workwear.
“We’re delighted to have won this new contract as it represents another significant step forward, both for our workwear offering and for our ongoing relationship with the UK’s fire and rescue sector,” explains Ballyclare’s Technical Sales Director, Simon Burnett-Boothroyd. “We have developed a range of garments that will satisfy the standardised needs of the fire and rescue service. This really highlights the benefits which customers gain when they sign up to the framework, as it offers them a simple method of procuring exactly what they need from a proven specialist supplier.”
The initial phase of the agreement will see Ballyclare supply some 120,000 items for various fire and rescue services. “The garments covered by the framework will be available to all fire and rescue authorities, as well as the Ministry of Defence and other blue-light emergency services within the United Kingdom,” adds Simon. “They will be supplied from the stocks held at our UK warehouse. Our support team is very experienced in meeting the needs of fire and rescue customers and understand the importance of providing a fast, efficient and reliable turnaround service.
“We will be supplying stationwear in a total of 82 different styles and colourways, and this will include polo shirts, cargo trousers, office wear, waterproof jackets, windproof jackets and sweatshirts. The range and diversity of garments that the sector requested are nothing new to us. We are experienced in providing specific female garments, maternity wear and religious requirements such as hijabs, so Ballyclare was a very natural fit for the national requirements. We’ll also be accommodating a very wide range of garment sizes, including unisex workwear in sizes from XS through to 6XL, and four trouser length variations, including an unhemmed option.”
Customers of the framework will also have access to a bespoke online ordering system which is designed to help them manage their stationwear requirements. Accessed via a standard web browser, and with no need for specialist software, the system gives customers easy access to 24/7 ordering and enquiries, plus accurate and real-time stock level reporting and other information which simplifies the task of managing stationwear.
Ballyclare has a long history as a supplier of both PPE and workwear to fire and rescue services, with its Xenon range of multi-layered and multifunctional PPE proving to be particularly popular with customers both in the UK and overseas.