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What we can do for you
Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has been supplying the Attractions, Holiday Park, Zoos and Theme Park market with bespoke uniform, workwear, branded retail and promotional merchandise for almost three decades.

A fully managed ‘one stop shop’ service meets the needs of every client. An optional digital e-commerce platform provides the perfect ordering solution especially for large, multi-departmental organisations looking to take the headache out of ordering and delivery.

With the option of ‘off the shelf’, bespoke, custom made or sourced products, the experienced team manage seasonal uniform requirements, fulfilling embroidery and print requirements in-house.

With clients throughout the UK and Europe, TMD can also hold stock to facilitate faster lead times.

TMD are members of BALPPA, IAAPA, Experience UK and AIP.

Taylor Made Designs launched in 1993. The company is owned and managed by brothers, Ed and James Taylor

Key products and services
• Consult and collaborate approach to uniform management

• Large range of ‘off the shelf’ workwear to suit every need and budget

• Network of carefully selected factories to facilitate bespoke custom manufacture

• Huge selection of customisable retail and promotional merchandise

• Competitively priced, own label ‘Leisure Essentials’ range, that can be customised and dispatched quickly and efficiently

• Network of international supply partners to ensure TMD continues to provide access to all the latest fabric and design innovations

• Quality embroidery and printing applied by a team of in-house specialists

• Online ordering system that enables orders to be placed by users at multiple sites

• Streamlined overseas distribution

• Stock and fulfilment facilities
case study: Taylor Made Designs Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Raising of The Mary Rose
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the recovery of the Mary Rose warship from the bed of the Solent, where she sank in 1545.

Following one of the most complex and expensive maritime salvage projects in history, the warship of the Tudor navy, serving under King Henry VIII, was finally recovered and laid to rest at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the ship’s restored remains are visited by thousands of tourists every year.

As part of a wider partnership with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Taylor Made Designs is proud to supply all the uniform needs of the 200 strong staff team and volunteers who manage the attraction and the award-winning museum built in 2013 to house recovered artifacts and tell the remarkable story of the ships journey to its final resting place.

James Taylor, Managing Director, Taylor Made Designs, says: “The Mary Rose represents an incredible part of our British history. It’s hard to believe 40 years have passed since it was recovered from the seabed off the south coast of England, a feat I remember witnessing on the news as a youngster. At Taylor Made Designs, are all incredibly proud to be able to play a very small part in supporting the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in its quest to enable as many people as possible to visit the 473-year-old shipwreck and immerse themselves in the history and life of such an incredible artefact.

Dominic Jones, CEO of the Mary Rose Trust - the charitable organisation responsible for the Mary Rose and the development of the museum, says: “Taylor Made Designs consistently ensures all our staff and volunteers are kitted out in the custom-branded technical garments they need to go about their business. Ordering and deliveries are managed through an online portal, making it incredibly easy to manage stock and make sure everyone gets the garments they need, when they need them. I look forward to working with James and the team as we now head towards the 50th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose!”
Taylor Made Designs video gallery:
Plans for the next 12 months
To continue to manufacture and supply quality workwear and merchandise that meets the evolving need of the market. Investment in new technologies and digitalisation remains a focus to ensure TMD optimises efficiencies and deliver a frictionless experience for our clients.

Recently TMD launched its end of use textile recycling programme, reducing the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfill and reducing carbon emission.

Moving forwards, TMD will continue to explore sustainable & ethical practices that protect the business and the planet.
Key personnel
Ed Taylor, Managing Director
Key customers
Merlin Entertainments
The Mary Rose Trust
Haven Holidays
Hobbledown Heath
Crealy Theme Park & Resort Park
The Zoological Society of East Anglia
Africa Alive Zoological Reserve
Testimonial
“Taylor Made Designs consistently ensures all our staff and volunteers are kitted out in the custom-branded technical garments they need to go about their business. Ordering and deliveries are managed through an online portal, making it incredibly easy to manage stock and make sure everyone gets the garments they need, when they need them. I look forward to working with James and the team as we now head towards the 50th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose!”
– Dominic Jones, CEO of the Mary Rose Trust
updates & press releases
23 May 2024
Taylor Made Designs shares latest environmental impact report
As part of Taylor Made Design’s (TMD’s) ongoing commitment to its ‘carefully responsible’ sustainability vision, the company has introduced an end of use textile recycling program.

The last report by textile disposal and recycling program partner, Avena, shows , in the first quarter of 2024 approximately 1,200 kg of materials recalled from clients were collected from the TMD offices, sorted, securely shredded down and, where practical to do so, recycled.

When textiles are disposed of via landfill or incineration a side effect is the release of harmful carbon dioxide gases into the environment. By disposing of garments responsibly using this deconstruction and recycling process, a total of 500.345kg of CO2 has been saved from entering our atmosphere.

Ed Taylor, Managing Director, TMD, says: “We are fully committed to the idea of a circular economy where manufacturing materials are recycled rather than dumped as landfill and introduced our ‘end of life’ textile recycling program to provide a secure and sustainable disposal solution for clients. Right now, every second a lorry load of textile waste enters landfill. As an environmentally aware company we are doing our bit to reduce this and it is encouraging to see the positive impact our end of use textiles recycling process is already having on the world around us. TMD already conforms to ISO 9001, the globally recognised standard for quality management and we are in the process of working towards ISO 14001, the internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems (EMS). Achieving this standard is really important to us. In today’s world where climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion are affecting the health and sustainability of our planet, company’s like TMD have a significant role to play. The way we structure our processes, dispose of our waste and seek out supply partners with the same sustainability ambitions as ourselves, all contribute to the environmental impact we have on the planet. Working towards ISO 14001 provides a structured approach that guides our practices not only towards regulatory compliance but also towards environmental improvement, whilst also highlighting our environmental commitment to stakeholders, clients and potential clients around the world. We are absolutely committed to meeting this standard.”

In addition to its textile recycling process, TMD also selects partners who share the company’s ‘carefully responsible’ vision, working with a range of suppliers who have strong sustainability ethics.

Ed continues: “Our clients are becoming more and more ethically aware. Right now, it costs more to provide sustainable, ethically sourced workwear because of the costs involved in the manufacture and supply processes. To help clients manage their move to a more sustainable future we provide a full support and consultancy service. Working with clients, we devise strategies that switches-out selected products for more sustainable alternatives in planned and budgeted phases, at a pace that suits both finances and ambitions. The road to a sustainable future is a marathon, not a sprint and we support those willing to make the journey, every step of the way.”
20 May 2024
Sustainable hydration – protecting the world, one sip at a time
In a drive to support healthy hydration habits, Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has launched a range of drinks bottles, including the new eco-friendly Ocean Bottle, to provide always-at-hand hydration solutions that are good for the planet as well as the individual.

For every Ocean Bottle sold, the manufacturer funds the collection of 11.4kg of ocean-bound plastic, the equivalent to 1,000 plastic bottles. This is helping to tackle the increasing environmental problems associated with the release of plastic into our oceans and improves the livelihoods in coastal communities. The bottle itself is entirely carbon neutral, manufactured largely from recycled stainless steel, with the ability to keep drinks hot or cold for up to 8 hours. It is also fully customisable.

James Taylor, MD at TMD, says: “Stainless steel drinks bottles provide a more sustainable alternative to plastic bottles. They also perform better in terms of their ability to keep drinks hot or cold for longer making the whole drinking experience more pleasurable. At TMD we take our environmental responsibility very seriously and are actively encouraging our customers to make purchasing choices based on the environmental impact. We love these Ocean Bottles because they align to our ambition to create a more sustainable future.”

In addition to the Ocean Bottles, TMD provides a range of alternative customisable drinks bottles to suit every need and budget.

James continues: “Hydration is so important to health. According to the Eatwell Guide referenced on the NHS website, we should all be aiming to drink between 6-8 glasses of fluid – preferably water, per day. Having a stylish drinks bottle at hand makes it super easy to always have access to fluids and to ensure dehydration does not become a problem.”

For more information about the full range of customisable drinks bottled supplied by TMD, plus many other merchandise products, visit: taylormadedesigns.co.uk
07 May 2024
TMD announces new Leisure Essentials line up
n response to the growing popularity of its own-brand range of leisure wear and merchandise, Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has added a host of new products to its Leisure Essentials range.

Designed and created for the people that wear it, the Leisure Essentials range launched last year to answer a growing demand from leisure operators for affordable, customisable team wear that exudes comfort, durability and style.

“We have been blown away by the success of our new line.” explains MD James Taylor, Founder and MD at TMD. When we launched Leisure Essentials, we stocked a limited range of garments. Over time, as demand has grown, we have extended the range which now includes lifeguard uniforms, a ¼ zip sports sweat top, shorts and track pants, all available in a range of colours and all customisable to create bespoke, workwear that unites a team under a collective brand.

“Leisure Essentials garments are designed in-house by TMD’s team of leisure experts and this is evident in the finer details of the product. Fabrics are carefully selected with comfort and resilience in mind. For example, our life guard uniforms are all moisture wicking to accommodate the humidity of a pool hall and our sports shorts incorporate a carabiner key hook on the belt to ensure keys are always at hand.”

The Leisure Essentials range is designed to meet the everyday needs of those who wear it whilst providing operators with quick and reliable access to stock.

James continues: “Our warehouse facility in the UK holds significant volume of all Leisure Essential items, meaning our supply chain is unaffected by continuing import challenges. We can also add custom-embroidery via our team of expert in-house machinists meaning orders can be dispatched within just a few days of order receipt. Knowing that we can turnaround orders in a matter of days negates the need for operators to store reserve stock on site where space is often a challenge. We also offer a no-minimum order policy so operators can order as little or as much stock as they need at any given time.”

To find out more about the Leisure Essentials range visit taylormadedesigns.co.uk
14 Mar 2024
ALVA Welcomes TMD as Corporate Partner
Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has officially pledged its support to hundreds of the UK’s most popular museums, galleries, palaces, castles, cathedrals, zoos, historic houses, heritage sites, gardens and leisure attractions, via a Corporate Partnership with the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).

TMD’s Managing Director, James Taylor, says: “Through this new association with ALVA we will extend our reach, inviting many more attraction-based organisations to access our extensive, fully customisable workwear collection and range of merchandise - perfect for stocking giftshops and goodie bags.”

TMD has been supporting the Attractions industry for many years, with an impressive client portfolio that already includes some of the most iconic organisations in the business, some of which are ALVA members, such as Merlin Entertainments, Warner Bros Studio Tour, Southport Pleasureland, Brighton Palace Pier, Hobbledown Heath Adventure Park and The Mary Rose Trust.

James adds: “ALVA members represent more than 2,200 tourist sites, hosting over 119 million domestic and overseas visitors every year. This represents around 28 per cent of annual attraction visits in the UK. By formalising our relationship with ALVA, we are confirming our continued support to an industry that, according to Visit England, contributes around £106 billion to the UK economy (GDP). We look forward to playing our part in the industry’s continued growth and prosperity.”

Speaking about TMD joining as Corporate Partner, Bernard Donoghue, Director, ALVA, says: “We are delighted to welcome TMD into our fold as our exclusive workwear and merchandise partner. Through our carefully selected Corporate Partners we continue to give members access to added-value opportunities. This is exactly what TMD brings to the party.”

For more information about Taylor Made Designs, visit:  www.tmd1993.com. For more information about ALVA, visit: alva.org.uk
14 Nov 2023
Taylor Made Designs sets up in Holland and Poland to deliver direct to clients in mainland Europe
Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has for 30 years been based out of the South Coast, UK. Delivering uniform, workwear and branded merchandise to a significant base of loyal clients in the Superyacht, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors, and in more recent years, an expansion into the Cruise Line Sector.

‘Let’s face it, Brexit, and coming out of the European Union, has not been good for UK based businesses wanting to export into Europe,’ says Ed Taylor, Managing Director.

With an increasing requirement to supply new and existing clients across Europe, TMD has now set up Fiscal Representation in Holland, together with warehousing and logistical facilities in Berlicum, Holland and additional production capabilities in Lodz, close to Warsaw, Poland.

The move represents a significant opportunity for TMD to be able to provide its uniform management and consultancy services, supplying and manufacturing branded and unbranded uniform, workwear, gifts, and event giveaways to all sectors globally.

“Delivering into Europe, either via our 3LP partners in Berlicum, Netherlands or directly through our additional production facility in Lodz, Poland will remove unwanted stresses and paperwork for our clients – as though we were physically based in mainland Europe, having EU VAT status, which we now have. This move allows us to deliver directly to our clients, without duties, and providing our client has a valid EU VAT number, without VAT also. A simple, smooth transition through Europe, Of course, we will also continue to deliver under T1 status and hold stock for our clients where necessary.”

Mr Taylor continues, ‘We recognise that most of our client base is here in the UK, however, especially since the pandemic, a lot of our international clients have called for us to set up a more streamlined European distribution process to facilitate multiple European requirements. We have our eye on other 3PL facilities across the EU including France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

“It has been important for TMD to make this move in order to build on existing relationships and develop future partnerships with clients and operators.”

For further information, reach out to TMD by emailing [email protected] or +44 1202 473311.
12 Sep 2023
Blu Leisure makes a splash with new swimwear range made from recycled ocean plastics
This month, Blu Leisure launches Eco Blu its new, sustainable swimwear range created from recycled ocean plastics.

“Every year, an estimated 33 billion pounds of plastic is entering our oceans. This is having a devastating effect on marine life, causing the unnecessary deaths of millions of seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine animals every year,” explains Vicki Peck, Blu Leisure Managing Director.

“By repurposing plastic bottles and other plastic waste recovered from the ocean into high quality products, in this case swimwear, we are creating a value for a material that otherwise threatens to cause irreversible damage to the marine ecosystem. At Blu Leisure we take our environmental responsibility very seriously. The launch of Eco Blu is part of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and achieving net zero by 2030.”

Eco Blu is available now to any leisure operator keen to improve the sustainability of their swim retail offer. Garments are available for men and women, in a range of sizes.

Vicki adds: “In addition to the sustainability credentials, each garment is produced to the highest possible standard and has chlorine resistant properties which guard against wear and tear and optimise the product’s lifespan.

“Our strategy is to start the collection small, growing it slowly and responsibly to ensure we never over produce, thus safeguarding against the creation of excessive, avoidable waste, a huge problem in the global clothing industry.”

The lifespan of a fabric is not only determined by the way it is designed and manufactured but also by the way it is worn, washed and dried. Every Eco Blu item is accompanied by labelling that gives clear instructions on product care that supports longevity, again helping to reduce the amount of waste.

For more information about Eco Blu, visit: bluleisure.co.uk/products-and-services/eco-blu/. Or you can contact the Blu Leisure team on 01908 582525 for more details.
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19 May 2023
Taylor Made Designs has developed a range of generic and custom-branded grip socks, perfect for use in trampoline parks and indoor play areas.
09 Mar 2023
Last year, Taylor Made Designs launched its end of use textile recycling programme. Between January 1, and September 30, 1753Kg of  end of use textile materials, was collected from the TMD office, sorted, securely shredded and recycled. 
Taylor Made Designs
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 473311
Ed Taylor, Managing Director
 
Taylor Made Designs video gallery:
Key personnel
Ed Taylor, Managing Director
Key customers
Merlin Entertainments
The Mary Rose Trust
Haven Holidays
Hobbledown Heath
Crealy Theme Park & Resort Park
The Zoological Society of East Anglia
Africa Alive Zoological Reserve
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What we can do for you
Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has been supplying the Attractions, Holiday Park, Zoos and Theme Park market with bespoke uniform, workwear, branded retail and promotional merchandise for almost three decades.

A fully managed ‘one stop shop’ service meets the needs of every client. An optional digital e-commerce platform provides the perfect ordering solution especially for large, multi-departmental organisations looking to take the headache out of ordering and delivery.

With the option of ‘off the shelf’, bespoke, custom made or sourced products, the experienced team manage seasonal uniform requirements, fulfilling embroidery and print requirements in-house.

With clients throughout the UK and Europe, TMD can also hold stock to facilitate faster lead times.

TMD are members of BALPPA, IAAPA, Experience UK and AIP.

Taylor Made Designs launched in 1993. The company is owned and managed by brothers, Ed and James Taylor

Key products and services
• Consult and collaborate approach to uniform management

• Large range of ‘off the shelf’ workwear to suit every need and budget

• Network of carefully selected factories to facilitate bespoke custom manufacture

• Huge selection of customisable retail and promotional merchandise

• Competitively priced, own label ‘Leisure Essentials’ range, that can be customised and dispatched quickly and efficiently

• Network of international supply partners to ensure TMD continues to provide access to all the latest fabric and design innovations

• Quality embroidery and printing applied by a team of in-house specialists

• Online ordering system that enables orders to be placed by users at multiple sites

• Streamlined overseas distribution

• Stock and fulfilment facilities
case study: Taylor Made Designs Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Raising of The Mary Rose
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the recovery of the Mary Rose warship from the bed of the Solent, where she sank in 1545.

Following one of the most complex and expensive maritime salvage projects in history, the warship of the Tudor navy, serving under King Henry VIII, was finally recovered and laid to rest at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where the ship’s restored remains are visited by thousands of tourists every year.

As part of a wider partnership with Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Taylor Made Designs is proud to supply all the uniform needs of the 200 strong staff team and volunteers who manage the attraction and the award-winning museum built in 2013 to house recovered artifacts and tell the remarkable story of the ships journey to its final resting place.

James Taylor, Managing Director, Taylor Made Designs, says: “The Mary Rose represents an incredible part of our British history. It’s hard to believe 40 years have passed since it was recovered from the seabed off the south coast of England, a feat I remember witnessing on the news as a youngster. At Taylor Made Designs, are all incredibly proud to be able to play a very small part in supporting the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard in its quest to enable as many people as possible to visit the 473-year-old shipwreck and immerse themselves in the history and life of such an incredible artefact.

Dominic Jones, CEO of the Mary Rose Trust - the charitable organisation responsible for the Mary Rose and the development of the museum, says: “Taylor Made Designs consistently ensures all our staff and volunteers are kitted out in the custom-branded technical garments they need to go about their business. Ordering and deliveries are managed through an online portal, making it incredibly easy to manage stock and make sure everyone gets the garments they need, when they need them. I look forward to working with James and the team as we now head towards the 50th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose!”
Taylor Made Designs video gallery:
Plans for the next 12 months
To continue to manufacture and supply quality workwear and merchandise that meets the evolving need of the market. Investment in new technologies and digitalisation remains a focus to ensure TMD optimises efficiencies and deliver a frictionless experience for our clients.

Recently TMD launched its end of use textile recycling programme, reducing the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfill and reducing carbon emission.

Moving forwards, TMD will continue to explore sustainable & ethical practices that protect the business and the planet.
Key personnel
Ed Taylor, Managing Director
Key customers
Merlin Entertainments
The Mary Rose Trust
Haven Holidays
Hobbledown Heath
Crealy Theme Park & Resort Park
The Zoological Society of East Anglia
Africa Alive Zoological Reserve
Testimonial
“Taylor Made Designs consistently ensures all our staff and volunteers are kitted out in the custom-branded technical garments they need to go about their business. Ordering and deliveries are managed through an online portal, making it incredibly easy to manage stock and make sure everyone gets the garments they need, when they need them. I look forward to working with James and the team as we now head towards the 50th anniversary of the raising of the Mary Rose!”
– Dominic Jones, CEO of the Mary Rose Trust
updates & press releases
23 May 2024
Taylor Made Designs shares latest environmental impact report
As part of Taylor Made Design’s (TMD’s) ongoing commitment to its ‘carefully responsible’ sustainability vision, the company has introduced an end of use textile recycling program.

The last report by textile disposal and recycling program partner, Avena, shows , in the first quarter of 2024 approximately 1,200 kg of materials recalled from clients were collected from the TMD offices, sorted, securely shredded down and, where practical to do so, recycled.

When textiles are disposed of via landfill or incineration a side effect is the release of harmful carbon dioxide gases into the environment. By disposing of garments responsibly using this deconstruction and recycling process, a total of 500.345kg of CO2 has been saved from entering our atmosphere.

Ed Taylor, Managing Director, TMD, says: “We are fully committed to the idea of a circular economy where manufacturing materials are recycled rather than dumped as landfill and introduced our ‘end of life’ textile recycling program to provide a secure and sustainable disposal solution for clients. Right now, every second a lorry load of textile waste enters landfill. As an environmentally aware company we are doing our bit to reduce this and it is encouraging to see the positive impact our end of use textiles recycling process is already having on the world around us. TMD already conforms to ISO 9001, the globally recognised standard for quality management and we are in the process of working towards ISO 14001, the internationally recognised standard for environmental management systems (EMS). Achieving this standard is really important to us. In today’s world where climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion are affecting the health and sustainability of our planet, company’s like TMD have a significant role to play. The way we structure our processes, dispose of our waste and seek out supply partners with the same sustainability ambitions as ourselves, all contribute to the environmental impact we have on the planet. Working towards ISO 14001 provides a structured approach that guides our practices not only towards regulatory compliance but also towards environmental improvement, whilst also highlighting our environmental commitment to stakeholders, clients and potential clients around the world. We are absolutely committed to meeting this standard.”

In addition to its textile recycling process, TMD also selects partners who share the company’s ‘carefully responsible’ vision, working with a range of suppliers who have strong sustainability ethics.

Ed continues: “Our clients are becoming more and more ethically aware. Right now, it costs more to provide sustainable, ethically sourced workwear because of the costs involved in the manufacture and supply processes. To help clients manage their move to a more sustainable future we provide a full support and consultancy service. Working with clients, we devise strategies that switches-out selected products for more sustainable alternatives in planned and budgeted phases, at a pace that suits both finances and ambitions. The road to a sustainable future is a marathon, not a sprint and we support those willing to make the journey, every step of the way.”
20 May 2024
Sustainable hydration – protecting the world, one sip at a time
In a drive to support healthy hydration habits, Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has launched a range of drinks bottles, including the new eco-friendly Ocean Bottle, to provide always-at-hand hydration solutions that are good for the planet as well as the individual.

For every Ocean Bottle sold, the manufacturer funds the collection of 11.4kg of ocean-bound plastic, the equivalent to 1,000 plastic bottles. This is helping to tackle the increasing environmental problems associated with the release of plastic into our oceans and improves the livelihoods in coastal communities. The bottle itself is entirely carbon neutral, manufactured largely from recycled stainless steel, with the ability to keep drinks hot or cold for up to 8 hours. It is also fully customisable.

James Taylor, MD at TMD, says: “Stainless steel drinks bottles provide a more sustainable alternative to plastic bottles. They also perform better in terms of their ability to keep drinks hot or cold for longer making the whole drinking experience more pleasurable. At TMD we take our environmental responsibility very seriously and are actively encouraging our customers to make purchasing choices based on the environmental impact. We love these Ocean Bottles because they align to our ambition to create a more sustainable future.”

In addition to the Ocean Bottles, TMD provides a range of alternative customisable drinks bottles to suit every need and budget.

James continues: “Hydration is so important to health. According to the Eatwell Guide referenced on the NHS website, we should all be aiming to drink between 6-8 glasses of fluid – preferably water, per day. Having a stylish drinks bottle at hand makes it super easy to always have access to fluids and to ensure dehydration does not become a problem.”

For more information about the full range of customisable drinks bottled supplied by TMD, plus many other merchandise products, visit: taylormadedesigns.co.uk
07 May 2024
TMD announces new Leisure Essentials line up
n response to the growing popularity of its own-brand range of leisure wear and merchandise, Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has added a host of new products to its Leisure Essentials range.

Designed and created for the people that wear it, the Leisure Essentials range launched last year to answer a growing demand from leisure operators for affordable, customisable team wear that exudes comfort, durability and style.

“We have been blown away by the success of our new line.” explains MD James Taylor, Founder and MD at TMD. When we launched Leisure Essentials, we stocked a limited range of garments. Over time, as demand has grown, we have extended the range which now includes lifeguard uniforms, a ¼ zip sports sweat top, shorts and track pants, all available in a range of colours and all customisable to create bespoke, workwear that unites a team under a collective brand.

“Leisure Essentials garments are designed in-house by TMD’s team of leisure experts and this is evident in the finer details of the product. Fabrics are carefully selected with comfort and resilience in mind. For example, our life guard uniforms are all moisture wicking to accommodate the humidity of a pool hall and our sports shorts incorporate a carabiner key hook on the belt to ensure keys are always at hand.”

The Leisure Essentials range is designed to meet the everyday needs of those who wear it whilst providing operators with quick and reliable access to stock.

James continues: “Our warehouse facility in the UK holds significant volume of all Leisure Essential items, meaning our supply chain is unaffected by continuing import challenges. We can also add custom-embroidery via our team of expert in-house machinists meaning orders can be dispatched within just a few days of order receipt. Knowing that we can turnaround orders in a matter of days negates the need for operators to store reserve stock on site where space is often a challenge. We also offer a no-minimum order policy so operators can order as little or as much stock as they need at any given time.”

To find out more about the Leisure Essentials range visit taylormadedesigns.co.uk
14 Mar 2024
ALVA Welcomes TMD as Corporate Partner
Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has officially pledged its support to hundreds of the UK’s most popular museums, galleries, palaces, castles, cathedrals, zoos, historic houses, heritage sites, gardens and leisure attractions, via a Corporate Partnership with the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions (ALVA).

TMD’s Managing Director, James Taylor, says: “Through this new association with ALVA we will extend our reach, inviting many more attraction-based organisations to access our extensive, fully customisable workwear collection and range of merchandise - perfect for stocking giftshops and goodie bags.”

TMD has been supporting the Attractions industry for many years, with an impressive client portfolio that already includes some of the most iconic organisations in the business, some of which are ALVA members, such as Merlin Entertainments, Warner Bros Studio Tour, Southport Pleasureland, Brighton Palace Pier, Hobbledown Heath Adventure Park and The Mary Rose Trust.

James adds: “ALVA members represent more than 2,200 tourist sites, hosting over 119 million domestic and overseas visitors every year. This represents around 28 per cent of annual attraction visits in the UK. By formalising our relationship with ALVA, we are confirming our continued support to an industry that, according to Visit England, contributes around £106 billion to the UK economy (GDP). We look forward to playing our part in the industry’s continued growth and prosperity.”

Speaking about TMD joining as Corporate Partner, Bernard Donoghue, Director, ALVA, says: “We are delighted to welcome TMD into our fold as our exclusive workwear and merchandise partner. Through our carefully selected Corporate Partners we continue to give members access to added-value opportunities. This is exactly what TMD brings to the party.”

For more information about Taylor Made Designs, visit:  www.tmd1993.com. For more information about ALVA, visit: alva.org.uk
14 Nov 2023
Taylor Made Designs sets up in Holland and Poland to deliver direct to clients in mainland Europe
Taylor Made Designs (TMD) has for 30 years been based out of the South Coast, UK. Delivering uniform, workwear and branded merchandise to a significant base of loyal clients in the Superyacht, Hospitality and Leisure Sectors, and in more recent years, an expansion into the Cruise Line Sector.

‘Let’s face it, Brexit, and coming out of the European Union, has not been good for UK based businesses wanting to export into Europe,’ says Ed Taylor, Managing Director.

With an increasing requirement to supply new and existing clients across Europe, TMD has now set up Fiscal Representation in Holland, together with warehousing and logistical facilities in Berlicum, Holland and additional production capabilities in Lodz, close to Warsaw, Poland.

The move represents a significant opportunity for TMD to be able to provide its uniform management and consultancy services, supplying and manufacturing branded and unbranded uniform, workwear, gifts, and event giveaways to all sectors globally.

“Delivering into Europe, either via our 3LP partners in Berlicum, Netherlands or directly through our additional production facility in Lodz, Poland will remove unwanted stresses and paperwork for our clients – as though we were physically based in mainland Europe, having EU VAT status, which we now have. This move allows us to deliver directly to our clients, without duties, and providing our client has a valid EU VAT number, without VAT also. A simple, smooth transition through Europe, Of course, we will also continue to deliver under T1 status and hold stock for our clients where necessary.”

Mr Taylor continues, ‘We recognise that most of our client base is here in the UK, however, especially since the pandemic, a lot of our international clients have called for us to set up a more streamlined European distribution process to facilitate multiple European requirements. We have our eye on other 3PL facilities across the EU including France, Germany, Spain and Italy.

“It has been important for TMD to make this move in order to build on existing relationships and develop future partnerships with clients and operators.”

For further information, reach out to TMD by emailing [email protected] or +44 1202 473311.
12 Sep 2023
Blu Leisure makes a splash with new swimwear range made from recycled ocean plastics
This month, Blu Leisure launches Eco Blu its new, sustainable swimwear range created from recycled ocean plastics.

“Every year, an estimated 33 billion pounds of plastic is entering our oceans. This is having a devastating effect on marine life, causing the unnecessary deaths of millions of seabirds and hundreds of thousands of marine animals every year,” explains Vicki Peck, Blu Leisure Managing Director.

“By repurposing plastic bottles and other plastic waste recovered from the ocean into high quality products, in this case swimwear, we are creating a value for a material that otherwise threatens to cause irreversible damage to the marine ecosystem. At Blu Leisure we take our environmental responsibility very seriously. The launch of Eco Blu is part of our commitment to reducing our environmental impact and achieving net zero by 2030.”

Eco Blu is available now to any leisure operator keen to improve the sustainability of their swim retail offer. Garments are available for men and women, in a range of sizes.

Vicki adds: “In addition to the sustainability credentials, each garment is produced to the highest possible standard and has chlorine resistant properties which guard against wear and tear and optimise the product’s lifespan.

“Our strategy is to start the collection small, growing it slowly and responsibly to ensure we never over produce, thus safeguarding against the creation of excessive, avoidable waste, a huge problem in the global clothing industry.”

The lifespan of a fabric is not only determined by the way it is designed and manufactured but also by the way it is worn, washed and dried. Every Eco Blu item is accompanied by labelling that gives clear instructions on product care that supports longevity, again helping to reduce the amount of waste.

For more information about Eco Blu, visit: bluleisure.co.uk/products-and-services/eco-blu/. Or you can contact the Blu Leisure team on 01908 582525 for more details.
Taylor Made Designs: news from attractionsmanagement.com
19 May 2023
Taylor Made Designs has developed a range of generic and custom-branded grip socks, perfect for use in trampoline parks and indoor play areas.
09 Mar 2023
Last year, Taylor Made Designs launched its end of use textile recycling programme. Between January 1, and September 30, 1753Kg of  end of use textile materials, was collected from the TMD office, sorted, securely shredded and recycled. 
Taylor Made Designs
Tel: +44 (0) 1202 473311
Ed Taylor, Managing Director
 


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