Sugdens were thrilled to supply paramedic students at De Montfort University (DMU) with uniforms late last year. We first had contact with DMU at the Emergency Services Show in 2018 when the University were in the process of setting up two new paramedic courses. The Associate Ambulance Practice DipHE and Paramedicine BSc were set up in response to the need for more qualified professionals and both courses were due to launch the following September.
During the first stages of communication with the University we outlined essential requirements and discussed what they were looking for. DMU needed a uniform for their students that would allow them to be instantly recognisable when training and undertaking practical assignments on the field. It was important for the students to be easily distinguished from other emergency services staff at the scene of an accident.
As the project was completely new, we had to start from scratch. It was important that we could offer products that fell in line with DMU’s needs but we were also able to supply without minimum restrictions. We initially worked with our embroidery and badges department to develop designs for the garments – a particularly important step to ensure students were easily identifiable. Following this, we began working on the wide range of products, perfecting designs and ensuring they met the brief.
Soon, we had a range to showcase and the Sugdens team travelled to Leicester to meet with DMU. The team proudly presented the collection and received great feedback. The items included: wicking polo shirts, cargo trousers, bespoke red leather belt, safety boots, hi-vis softshell, hi-vis lightweight jacket, holdall, helmet, safety glasses, magnetic badge, sliders for epaulettes and inserts for hi-vis. Following the successful meeting, we were thrilled when our first orders were placed.
In November 2019, a year after the initial contact at the Emergency Services Show, we delivered our first order to 40 students. The Sugdens team are proud to continue working with De Montfort and are now preparing for this year’s roll outs.