Sugdens attend the Professional Clothing Awards 2019.

To be part of the 10th year of the awards, amongst 300 guests in such prestigious surroundings as the Montcalm Marble Arch Hotel in London, was truly memorable for Sugdens of Wakefield.

Of course, they were also celebrating a milestone of their own, their 150th anniversary.

It was an equally great privilege to be presented with a cake, which was cut by Chairman, Richard Donner and Managing Director, John Donner and shared among the guests that evening.

In celebration of our 150th year, we were given the opportunity to play a special anniversary video to the gathered guests, which we had made to showcase not just our heritage but also the services that we offer today and the things we hope to achieve in the future.

The ceremony kicked off with the PCA Vision Awards, celebrating innovative student designs of stylish, functional professional clothing. Sugdens were delighted to see the up and coming talent in the field of workwear design.

With nominations for two awards, one for ‘Design of the Decade’ for their St John Ambulance Uniform and one for the Best Managed Contract (Major), they were hopeful of some success.

The St John Ambulance Uniform was an award winner back in 2012, and took its place in a line-up of other notable successes. If they were going to lose, they can’t be ashamed to lose out to Vivienne Westwood and her collaboration with Incorporatewear for the iconic Virgin Atlantic uniform.

They were very proud to gain the ‘Highly Commended’ award in the Best Managed Contract (Major) Category.

“150 years in business is all well and good, but this ‘Highly Commended’ award is one for the present Sugdens team to celebrate and shows us we’re still serving our customers well,” said Marketing Manager Richard Hopwood.

“This was awarded for the fully managed service we provide for St John Ambulance, as well as a few other clients. As well as the design work we put into the uniform, we fully manage every aspect of uniform provision on their behalf. This includes managing a secure order portal for all the St John Ambulance workforce and volunteers to order their uniforms, storage in our warehousing and efficient dispatch service.

“The service we provide touches a number of Sugdens staff, from Account Manager to Customer Service to the Warehouse team, so this is award is truly appreciated by all at Sugdens.

“It was a surprise and honour to also be presented with a very special award designed to commemorate our 150 years in the Textile Industry! The fantastic looking trophy now takes pride of place in our Reception area at Head Office.”

Managing Director John Donner addressed the guests, stating how proud he was of the company and excited for its future within the industry.