PCIAW launches unique uniform buyers’ network and events

Samantha Heilling is one of the organisers of the Uniform Buyers’ Network. She is a winner of several industry awards for her work to introduce and embed a new uniform in UK Border Force, with no previous experience in the industry

The Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW) has launched the industry’s first Uniform Buyers’ Network and events, with the aim of demystifying the tender process for buyers and suppliers.

The PCIAW Uniform Buyers’ Network has been developed by the buyers, for the buyers and will be run by the buyers.

Four events, held throughout the year will connect buyers through networking events, webinars, seminars and interactive discussions. These will be closed shop gatherings, in which only buyers will be invited to take part and debate on issues such as legislation, ISO standards and their meanings, tenders, sustainability, costing, sizing and how Brexit will affect the industry and much more.

The first Uniform Buyers’ event will be networking and lunch 10.30am to 2pm Tuesday, November 26 in Milton Keynes.

One of the organisers, Samantha Heilling, said: “The uniform industry is wide ranging and innovative, continuously changing and improving with new products and standards every year. For any one buyer – new or experienced – to keep abreast of the industry is hard and time consuming. Even experienced buyers will benefit from being part of a network which gives them access to news and updates, and an opportunity to learn from other suppliers.”

PCIAW CEO and founder, Yvette Ashby added: “In effect the network will offer support and inspiration in order to grow the knowledge and skills of all uniform buyers, new and experienced, as well as providing a buyers’ voice into the professional clothing industry.

“Our buyers, business managers and procurement managers are the heart and soul of our industry and the PCIAW strives to create as many business opportunities as possible that provide a safe environment for education and networking.”

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