Suit up for success
Plumbfix expands workwear range to include over 2,000 options online
Leading trade supplier, Plumbfix has expanded its workwear collection to now include more than 2, 000 choices online.
Recent research has shown that tradespeople are busier than ever* and with full work pipelines ensuring lots of business growth opportunities, many installers report that maintaining a professional image is increasingly important.
Plumbfix, and its umbrella organisation Screwfix, have seen significant growth in the volume of workwear purchased via the website as professional tradespeople seek convenience as well as quality and choice. In light of these factors, the supplier’s online workwear range has been extended to meet the changing needs of the trade.
Style on site
Plumbfix’s new range responds to an increase in demand for more high-end workwear options, as many plumbers say they’re looking to combine style and functionality. To accommodate this, Plumbfix introduced new brands to its online range to offer the fashion creds they are after. Clothing and footwear from brands such as Puma Safety, JCB and Lee Cooper are perfect examples of how style on site is just as important as functionality and comfort.
For professional plumbers looking to replicate their favourite labels while at work, the JCB and Lee Cooper workwear lines offer footwear, trousers, shorts and glove options, helping the trade to keep up with high street trends while on the job.
Specialist work calls for specialist workwear and a recent uplift in sales of welding tools has led to an increased demand for safetywear lines. In response to this, Plumbfix has extended its offering of items, including high-vis jackets and flame retardant clothing. The Dickies Flame Retardant Coverall offers maximum protection against heat and flames, with an extended collar for additional neck/throat protection. The lightweight suit also has a generous action back for ease of movement. For facial protection when welding, the Impax Automatic Welding Helmet gives installers instant eye protection whilst providing a clear view that instantly changes shade or filter when the arc is struck. The helmet also comes with an adjustable headband providing a comfortable, non-slip fit while leaving the user’s hands completely free for working.
Mark Brooks, workwear buyer for Plumbfix, commented: “The increase in online sales for workwear shows how plumbers are choosing how and when they shop. To respond to this increase, we’ve significantly extended our online range, offering greater choice where the trade is seeking it.
“We understand how important it is for tradespeople to get hold of their goods as quickly as possible, so for this reason Plumbfix offers a Click & Collect Service, allowing goods to be ordered online or over the phone and picked-up from one of over 426 Plumbfix counters located in Screwfix stores nationwide, just five minutes later. With more than 74% of Click & Collect orders being placed via mobile or tablet on the move, we know this option helps those shopping via our website to save even more time so they can get back on the job.
“It looks like 2016 is going to be a busy year for professional plumbers and we know how vital it is that they are safely protected while maintaining a professional image. For this reason, Plumbfix’s workwear range will continue to expand and evolve to support our trade customers doing a great job day in day out.”
Qualified plumbers can browse 1,000s of products online as well as in the latest Plumbfix catalogue which can be picked up from one of the 426 Plumbfix counters located in Screwfix stores nationwide. To find your local Plumbfix store visit www.screwfix.com or get in touch on 03330 112 999 to find out more.
*Trade Pulse is a monthly index by Plumbfix’s umbrella organisation, Screwfix, which surveys more than 500 UK tradespeople, including qualified plumbers, and tracks work levels and optimism among the trade