On 18th June, at the Montcalm Luxury Hotel, London, PCIAW® launched its inaugural summit and, on the 19th, the prestigious PCA dinner.
Nearly four hundred people over 2 days were lucky enough to hear a vast range of speakers who gave talks on everything from sustainability and logistics to how to make footwear more comfortable!
We would like to thank all our incredible speakers and everyone who attended the awards the following evening.
The full list of speakers was as follows;
- César Araújo, Director of PCIAW®, President of ANIVEC and CEO of Calvelex, who gave the opening address.
- John Miln, Chairman of the PCIAW®, who explained the strength and reach of the PCIAW®.
- Adam Mansell, CEO of UKFT, who described the impact and effects of Brexit on the industry.
- Chris Murray CBE, Vice President Agility Logistics Defence and Government Services, Europe, who spoke about the challenges of logistics.
- Cyndi Rhoades, CEO of Worn Again Technologies, spoke about Sustainability.
- A panel of three speakers (Yvette Ashby, CEO of PCIAW®, Louise Johnson, Uniform Head for RBS Group and Samantha Heilling from the public sector) then discussed the tender process.
- Alan Murray CEO of BSIF then spoke about Health at work and how changes in EU legislation will impact this.
- Richard Collin, Head of European and National Policy, BSI, spoke about how Brexit will affect British Standards.
- Nathan Shipley, PPE Group Certification Manager BSI, spoke about BSI, PPE and Brexit.
- Jonathon Jones, Senior Analyst and Marketing Manager at Plimsoll discussed the trends shaping the future of the Professional Clothing Industry.
- Steve Zalkin, President of NAUMD, explained the future of the American Uniform and its influence on the UK and European markets.
- Karen Sparrow, Spaceline Apparel Manager for Virgin Galactic talked about the exciting collaboration between Virgin Galactic and UnderArmour and the apparel needed for commercial space flights.
- Lee Wilson, fitting and comfort specialist at SATRA, gave a talk about the importance of comfortable footwear.
- Hannes Priem, Product Development Manager from Sioen, spoke about protecting workers against the risk caused by an electric flashover.
- Dan Murray, Commercial Director of SEDEX, spoke on the importance of an ethical supply chain.
- Adam Mansell then returned to talk about what’s coming up at the UKFT and how buyers and suppliers of professional clothing will benefit.
- Leanne Howard, Sales Executive at Gerber Technology then spoke about the importance of obtaining the correct fit and offering the most practical sizing process for customers.That concluded the talks, each having been followed by a Q&A session that prompted many questions from the audience and led to some heated and very interesting debates. Of all the topics, sustainability, standards, EU legislation and Brexit’s impact on workwear, seemed to provoke the most interest and led to some extended discussions between speakers and audience. It was great to see the enthusiasm and passion with which these subjects were both presented and received.On Wednesday, June 19th, we celebrated ten years of the prestigious Professional Clothing Awards at the same venue. Hosted by TV’s Anton Du Beke and the chairman of the PCIAW®, John Miln.In those luxurious surroundings and, with over 300 guests gathered to help us, it was a party to remember.More than twenty major awards were handed out to skilled and innovative recipients. Those who were new to the industry and those who had spent almost their whole lives in it were also honoured.
The whole glittering evening was sponsored by YKK, Miliken/Westex, CORDURA and PDC BIG.
Before the awards ceremony began, Sugdens were presented with a superb birthday cake to mark their 150 years as industry leaders and, fortunately, everyone there got a slice.
The awards themselves began with the PCA VISION awards to the students who had submitted designs. The parade of models showcased all their great designs before the winners were presented with their certificates and thousand-pound cheques.
Watched by an enthralled audience, the rest of the major awards were then handed out culminating in the Design of the Decade. This particular award was inaugurated to celebrate the ten years of the PCA and to honour a design that has been particularly influential or memorable during the last decade.
It was eventually picked up by Incorporatewear who got it for their Virgin Atlantic uniforms, designed by Vivienne Westwood – truly a most striking and iconic design. We were also thrilled to see Jermyn Street Design receive the Highly Commended for their Eurostar uniform.
The guests then drank and danced the rest of the evening away and it was time to say goodbye for another year.
Ten years of the PCA’s have flown by. Here’s to many more. See you next year.
You can, of course, read more about both the events in the next issue of PCIAW® VOICE magazine.
Anyone who’d like to submit a whitepaper for the next summit please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org