Major expansion in Yate for uniform company

October 03 2017

PROTECTIVE clothing company Bristol Uniforms has taken on new premises in Yate and will be recruiting more staff as part of a significant business expansion.

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PROTECTIVE clothing company Bristol Uniforms has taken on new premises in Yate and will be recruiting more staff as part of a significant business expansion.

The company designs and manufactures clothing for firefighters, supplying fire and rescue services in the UK and in more than 110 other countries.

It has recently been awarded a major new contract to supply clothing and equipment for a centralised system open to all UK fire and rescue services.

Coupled with increased demand from overseas, it has prompted general expansion across all areas of the business.

Its new 40,000 sq ft premises will be in Waverley Road on the Beeches Industrial Estate, close to the company’s international distribution centre on the Stover Trading Estate.

A total of 30 staff will be based at the premises, which will house two new automatic cutting machines, as well as existing machines transferred from its Staple Hill headquarters.

Meanwhile, the firm is also looking for more skilled sewing machinists to work in its existing production and repair centre at its HQ.

Ian Mitchell, the joint managing director, said: “Demand for our highly-specialised garments continues to grow and many more fire and rescue services are now accessing our cleaning and repair services. 

“We’re really pleased to have the extra space at Waverley Road as by transferring our lay planning and cutting department, we will also be able to expand our production sewing line and Western Service Centre capability in Staple Hill.”

The company was founded in Bristol in 1801 and also supplies specialist personal protective equipment for other emergency services, including the police and ambulance service. It currently employs more than100 people.