Starting a Workwear and Safety Wear Store

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: October 2017
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Workwear and safety wear stores supply a range of work and safety clothing and footwear, such as overalls, high-visibility jackets and reinforced boots. Many also supply PPE (personal protective equipment), such as ear defenders and dust masks. Key customers include employers and self-employed workers in the construction, manufacturing, agricultural, security, healthcare, hair and beauty, and hospitality and catering industries, as well as consumers who buy workwear for hobbies such as gardening and DIY.

Workwear and safety stores typically trade from physical premises, and many trade online and by mail order. Some stores provide logo embroidery, either in-house or by sub-contracting the work to specialist embroidery services.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a workwear and safety wear store. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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