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Should You Upgrade to the HCS3? When’s the Right Time?

Are you polar focused on accuracy? Are you looking for something more compact? Maybe it’s time to consider an upgrade.  We understand that looking at a potential upgrade can be nerve-wracking as it usually involves dipping into your budget and learning a new piece of tech. Aside from this, it’s an exciting time for your […]

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HappyJapan HCS3: The Key Improvements From the HCS2

We understand how difficult it can be to decide what embroidery machine is needed to expand your production. We’re the UK’s largest supplier of compact, commercial, and industrial embroidery machines so rest assured, we know how to guide you in the right direction. Do you need the latest technology? Whether you’re looking to invest in […]

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HappyJapan HCS3: A Closer Look

No matter your working space, when you’re just starting out, you don’t want this to hold you back or limit your capabilities of growing an empire. Instead, you make use of the space you do have – you invest in time savers and space savers. Having the latest technology is great, but you want to […]


Choosing the Right Single-Head Machine For Your Business

When it comes to choosing the right single-head embroidery machine for your business, we understand that you might have a lot of questions that need answering. But that’s why we’re here, to help you make the right decision. A single-head embroidery machine can have lots of advantages and they bring true value to your business. […]

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Brother GTX Pro: How Does it Rank with the Competition?

To carry out DTG printing effectively, it’s massively important to have the right equipment in place. Otherwise, you’ll end up with poor results and the main benefits of DTG printing won’t be emphasised in underwhelming products. So, which machines are at the head of the industry? And how can they benefit your production line?  The […]

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Direct to Garment Printers: Worth the Investment?

DTG printing is an effective method to help propel your production line. However, are direct to garment printers worth the investment? Do you need a machine especially to carry out DTG printing jobs? Quite simply, if you want to achieve the best results possible, yes you do. And not any old machine either – businesses […]

DTG vs Screen Printing: A Comparison

When it comes to printing on garments, direct to garment (DTG) vs screen printing is an age-old battle. Which one is better? Which one is more suited to your product types? What’s better for your production output? There are a lot of questions around the matter – which sparks quite the debate.  As business owners […]

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5 Cool DTG Printing Ideas to Make Your Products Stand Out

Direct to garment (DTG) printing is a great method to enhance your overall production capacity. It’s a super useful printing method that when used right can bring your business many benefits. However, when used incorrectly, it could end up costing a lot more than it’s worth – especially where man-hours are concerned.  So, to make […]

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Which Direct to Garment Printer is Perfect For You?

Investing in a direct to garment (DTG) printer and other equipment that’s tailored to your individual needs and requirements is crucial. Otherwise, you may be left with an inadequate machine that fails to meet your customer demand and needing to further invest to rectify the problem. There are various factors that you must consider when […]

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The Importance of the Right Direct to Garment Printing Machine

An industry-leading direct to garment (DTG) printing machine is vital to the success of your business and the quality of your work. Think about it, if you’re aiming for high-quality results but you haven’t got the equipment to back it up, you’ll likely come up short. And who wants to purchase low-quality products? Nobody.  So, […]

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7 Advantages of Direct to Garment Printing

Direct to garment (DTG) printing is an effective production method that businesses can use to their advantage – providing that they use it correctly, of course. If you’re looking to create popping, vivid and detailed designs that stand out from the rest of the competition, DTG will definitely help you achieve this.  There are various […]

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Direct to Garment Printing: A Comprehensive Guide

Direct to garment (DTG) is a popular printing method that’s used for creating striking and detailed prints. It’s the ideal choice for vibrant designs that you want to stand out from the crowd. But what is it? How does it work? How much does it cost? And which products is it best suited to?  Along […]

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A Reflection on 2020 From all at Midwest!

It’s safe to say that 2020 hasn’t been plain sailing for anybody. With that in mind, a lot of people will be happy to see the back of such an abnormal year and will be looking to make 2021 their year – and we couldn’t agree more. We’re just grateful that we can take our […]

The Importance of Live Reporting for Your Operations

Live reporting is essential for monitoring the performance of your machinery and overall business. If you’re not analysing your performance, how do you know whether you’re performing at an optimum level or not? Quite simply, you don’t! If you’re not carrying out any analysis, it’s likely that you’re not reaching your full potential or improving. […]

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4 Reasons Why Your Industrial Embroidery Machine Needs WiFi Connectivity

You’ll start to notice that a lot of modern industrial embroidery machines are including WiFi connectivity as a standard offer. But why? Well, if your machine has this functionality, it can open up a world of new possibilities and benefits for your production line.  Don’t worry if you’re not sure about the ins and outs […]

Artificial Intelligence (AI): New Technology to Help Your Growing Embroidery Production Line

If your production line is going to lead the industry, you need to ensure that you’re implementing the most technologically advanced machinery. That way, you can continue to provide high-quality products and easily meet rising consumer demands. If you’re not using the latest technology, you run the risk of being left behind by your competitors. […]

Brother GTX Pro: An Industry-Leading Direct to Garment Printer

There’s a new kid on the block in the direct to garment printing market – and that’s the Brother GTX Pro. And not only is it the new kid but its top of the class! This machine is a huge player within the industry and is the most advanced printer of its kind.  This machine […]

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3 Perfect Industrial Embroidery Machines For Cap Embroidery

Cap embroidery is massively popular with embroidery businesses. After all, caps are an everyday clothing staple and aren’t likely to go out of fashion any time soon. Due to their versatility, they can be adapted to suit the tastes of different fashion senses and personal preferences.  As they’re always in fashion, it means that there’s […]

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Cap Embroidery: Which Machine Type Should I Use?

Cap embroidery is an area in which businesses can explore different styles and take advantage of the latest trends. They’re a staple in fashion and various other industries, so caps are a perfect product for businesses to incorporate into their repertoire.  Businesses must equip themselves properly to be able to carry out cap embroidery effectively […]

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5 Cool Cap Embroidery Business Ideas to “Peak” Your Interest

Baseball cap embroidery is a cool way to keep staple accessories looking sharp and help your products stand out from your competition. If there’s one way to put your spin on things, it’s embroidering unique designs across your product range to ensure that nobody else can replicate your style.  Plus, caps aren’t just a fashion […]

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Speed Comparison: HappyJapan vs Brother

When you have a superior product in the marketplace, it can be so frustrating when competitor brands miss-sell their product as equivalent to yours. Especially when there’s no evidence to support their claims. Business owners, marketers and salespeople reading this will understand all too well. Many manufacturers sell commercial machines masquerading as industrial to customers […]

Technologically Advanced Embroidery Machines: HappyJapan vs Our Competitors

Nothing is more frustrating than a piece of equipment that’s outdated. It’s behind the times. It’s not working as well as it should be. Older machines that are part of a modern production line only serve to slow down output, decrease efficiency and as a result, lose you revenue. Not only that, your business could […]

Wide-Area Industrial Embroidery Machines: HappyJapan vs Our Competitors

Let’s set the scene. Your embroidery business currently has several single-head or multi-head machines in the production line. You’re running a fairly simple manufacturing process, producing embroidered garments en masse, all with similar or uniform designs. It’s a reasonably profitable system. However, a new customer comes on board that wants much more detailed, custom designs […]

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Single-Head Industrial Embroidery Machines: HappyJapan vs Our Competitors

Whether you’re looking to purchase your first ever embroidery machine, or already have a single-head machine and want to expand your capacity, it’s important to do your research before investing. There are so many brands out there, making it increasingly difficult to make an informed decision based on the real hard facts and figures.  And […]

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What is the Customer Experience Like with Midwest?

Throughout the embroidery machine industry, Midwest is known as a leading brand. Why is that? Two reasons. Firstly, we are the sole UK stockists of HappyJapan machines; the highest quality embroidery machines in the world. Secondly, we provide industry leading customer service. At Midwest, we look after all of our customers. It doesn’t matter whether […]

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HappyJapan HFR-W1502-120: A Closer Look

Some of the most profitable and impressive designs achievable in embroidery tend to be the larger, much more detailed products. This can include rugs, banners, ponchos, throws and duvets. These are specialised products that require a more complex production process and equipment that is designed specifically for embroidering onto them. So, if you’re a manufacturing […]

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HappyJapan HCR3-1508: A Comprehensive Review

What’s the biggest priority for manufacturers in the modern manufacturing industry? Efficiency. This is especially important for fast-growing businesses that want to stay ahead of the competition and push forward with bigger and more lucrative projects from more prestigious companies.  Companies who are one step ahead of the game always focus on producing quality products […]

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HappyJapan HCU-1501: An In-Depth Overview

In the manufacturing sectors, perfecting your production line is key. It’s the lifeblood of your company; nothing works if your process and production aren’t on point. The question is, what is the key to keeping an airtight and streamlined manufacturing schedule? Equipment. Equipment and machinery. If you don’t ensure your machines are in top notch […]

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Sportswear Manufacturers – Your Embroidery Machine Guide

For sportswear manufacturers, choosing the right equipment is pivotal to the level of growth and success you experience. But how? Well, think about it, if you’re trying to operate efficiently and productively but your equipment can’t keep up with demand, there’s going to be a breakdown in your framework, isn’t there? It’s vitally important that […]

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Manufacturing Systems: Building An Efficient Process

In the world of manufacturing, there are a variety of systems to choose from, each with its perfect use case and set of advantages and disadvantages. Having the ideal manufacturing systems for your product range can yield a large list of benefits, such as maintaining the high quality of your goods, being more efficient in […]

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Building a Sport Fashion Brand: 7 Step Guide

Are you looking into starting your own sport fashion brand? Do you have some great new design ideas or an innovative new apparel concept? The time could be now for you to form that brand you’ve always dreamed of. But where do you start? How do you go about making it all happen? If you want […]

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What Fabric is Best for Sportswear – A Simple Guide

In modern times, the sportswear market is saturated with a vast range of clothing items for every type of sports activity and environment. It can therefore be natural to get overwhelmed when trying to choose what fabric is best for sportswear embroidery projects. While choosing custom sports clothing, the type of material should be one […]

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Embroidered Sportswear: What Machine Type Should You Use?

Embroidered sportswear is massively important to sports clubs. Not only is it the most common way that they differentiate themselves from other teams, but it’s also a chance for them to show off their proud history and heritage too. Personalised sportswear has many benefits for sports teams – both professional and grassroots levels.  But it […]

4 Instantly Recognisable Sportswear Logos

4 Instantly Recognisable Sportswear Logos

Sportswear logos are what set different brands apart. After all, if nothing was branded, how would you know which items belonged to which brand? Quite simply, you wouldn’t. There’s only so much that businesses can do to differentiate a pair of black sports leggings or basic gym t-shirts, isn’t there?  That’s why, as a sports […]

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Custom Sportswear: Why is it So Popular?

Custom sportswear has been a main feature for sports clubs for many years. But why is it so popular? Well, competitive sports often involve different teams playing against each other. So custom sportswear helps the players and supporters differentiate the sides, therefore, enhancing performance.  And that’s just at a very top level too. There are […]

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The Most Popular Industrial Embroidery Machine Manufacturers: A Comparison

When it comes to choosing the perfect industrial embroidery machine for your business, there are various options for you to choose from by many global brands. A lot of businesses tend to base their decisions on the brand name and the price of industrial embroidery machines, but is that a smart way to justify your […]

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How Much Do Industrial Embroidery Machines Cost?

When choosing an industrial embroidery machine, cost is a main factor that businesses consider. However, it shouldn’t be the only consideration. Companies need to bear in mind their output requirements, technical specifications and their premises before investing – to name a few.  As businesses are always on the lookout to keep costs as low as […]

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3 Best Industrial Embroidery Machines Perfect For Businesses of All Sizes

Embroidery machines are arguably a business’ most valuable asset. Without them, they have no products to market – and with no products, we’d wager a lot of money on your business not going very far. So, you need to choose the best industrial embroidery machine that is perfect for your business.  And we’re not just […]

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4 Perfect Industrial Embroidery Machines for Branded Sportswear

For businesses to create amazing branded sportswear, they need to have the right industrial embroidery machine that suits their requirements and needs. Otherwise, they’ll fail to meet their customers demands and they’ll be left to source their personalised sportswear elsewhere.  Quite often, sports clothing businesses stock a wide variety of garments for different sports. Therefore, […]

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The 3 Best Embroidery Machines for Sport Clothing Businesses

Industrial embroidery machines are an essential piece of equipment in the production process of sport clothing businesses. Personalised sportswear is important to sports clubs and poses many benefits, therefore, there’s a clear demand for sports embroidery and your business needs to prepare for the opportunity in front of them.  Intricate designs, pressing deadlines and large […]

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Sports Embroidery: Which Type of Machine Should You Use?

Sports embroidery is huge – period. But why has it remained so popular for all these years? From playing kits and tracksuits to accessories and merchandise, there’s such a large scope for products within the market. The wide target audience is one of the main driving factors behind businesses specialising in sports embroidery. To make […]

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4 Benefits of Personalised Sportswear

Personalised sportswear is a popular market for embroidery businesses and has been for many years. Sports teams need something that represents them both on and off the pitch, so there’s a wide variety of products that businesses can sell to appeal to various sports and teams.  Not only do they need to look professional but […]

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What Makes a Successful Sports Clothing Business?

Starting a clothing business can be a particularly daunting time – and that goes for any industry, for example, sports and fashion. You want your business to be as successful as possible, however, you’ll be up against a wide range of competitors within your market, including well-established global brands.  So, what makes a successful sports […]

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Embroidery for Fashion: Embroidery Machines vs Sewing Machines

Running a fashion business or owning a clothing line can be quite challenging – however, get it right and you’ll find that it’s definitely a rewarding industry to be involved in. The fashion industry is saturated with businesses trying to leave their mark on it, so, you need to find the perfect niche that will […]

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How to Start a Clothing Business: A Guide

Starting your own clothing and fashion business is an incredibly exciting opportunity. It’s a dream job of many to own a clothing line and rub shoulders with the big players in the industry – and you could potentially be living that dream. But before you get ahead of yourself, you need to know the best […]

Which Machines Work Best for Fashion Embroidery

There’s no denying that the global fashion industry is huge. So, on the surface, it can seem difficult for fashion businesses to stand out and get noticed within a saturated market. However, many brands opt to use fashion embroidery as a method of putting their unique stamp on things – and it’s easy to see […]

The 3 Best T-Shirt Embroidery Machines From Midwest

T-shirt embroidery is a popular route for a lot of businesses. Whether they’re startups or branching out into the t-shirt embroidery industry, these businesses need a t-shirt embroidery machine to maximise their potential. But choosing the right one can prove to be tricky.  When looking at which t-shirt embroidery machine is right for your business, […]

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Top 4 Fashion Startups Set To Grow in 2020

The fashion industry is arguably more competitive than ever. The continuous growth of the market can largely be blamed on a great number of fashion startups cropping up in the last few years, along with the mainstay of the typical brands you’d expect to see at the top of the game.  Fashion startups don’t just […]

7 Fashion Business Ideas To Inspire You In 2020

The modern fashion industry is ultra-competitive. Businesses around the world are all competing with one another to boast the best designs and make their stance on the fashion world. Competition doesn’t always have to be bad news though. Sure, some businesses see them as a threat but with plenty of ideas out there it leaves […]

5 Important Features of a Multi-Needle Embroidery Machine

When looking for a multi-needle embroidery machine, you need to make sure that it has all the key features to cope with your individual customer demands, as well as the scope for growth too. But what features are key? Well, this is completely dependent on your product range and the results you want to achieve […]

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Choosing Your Industrial Embroidery Machine: New or Used?

Buying an industrial embroidery machine that’s right for your business isn’t an easy decision. You need to make sure that the machine is suitable to meet the demands and needs of your customers. Plus, you need to make sure that your machine has the scope to be able to cope with the expansion of your […]

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5 Custom Uniforms Created with Embroidery Machines

Custom uniforms are often seen in workwear, school uniforms, sports teams and various other industries. But why? Well, there are many different benefits for these organisations to be wearing custom uniforms. Not only does it promote a strong brand but it also looks incredibly professional too – which is the impression that a lot of […]

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9 Products That Can Be Made with a Single Head Embroidery Machine

A single head embroidery machine is a great start for any home-based or small startup business. When starting out you don’t need a multi-head machine that’s built to run all day, as you’re unlikely to have the volume of orders and demand that justifies one.  Not only is a single head embroidery machine a good […]

How to Never Overpay for School Uniform Embroidery Again

School uniform embroidery can easily become pretty expensive if you’re not savvy when making purchases for it. Everybody wants to cut costs where they can and tighten their purse strings, don’t they? Well, there are various ways you can make great savings when sourcing your uniform.  Outsourcing your uniform from a third party supplier can […]

8 Amazing Christmas Ideas for Machine Embroiderers

Christmas is finally upon us. The festive season is perfect for spending quality time with loved ones and having an all-round good time. But the embroidery hustle never stops! Businesses and machine embroiderers will still find themselves with orders to complete and customers to keep happy.  As we prepare for all things Christmas, we’ve put […]

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7 Embroidery Tools Every Business Needs

If you don’t have the right embroidery tools, embroidery can prove to be tricky. And you want to make it as easy and seamless as possible, don’t you? Well, by having the right embroidery tools in place you can speed up your process, rectify your mistakes and even prevent them from happening at all.  We’ve […]

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Your School Business Plan: A Guide

A school business plan lays out the main aims and objectives of the school. Not just this, it also lays out the strategic ways in which your school is going to operate and succeed. It’s a crucial document that is fundamental to the overall growth and success of your organisation.  School business plans allow the […]

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Stunning Embroidery Designs: What Our Machines Can Achieve

Nailing the perfect embroidery designs is largely down to making sure that you have the right embroidery machine in place. If you don’t, you could end up with a design that you’re not happy with. And if you’re relying on the perfect design to show off your company’s branding, not only is it a costly […]

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Clothing Embroidery: Which Embroidery Machines Work Best?

Clothing embroidery is popular in many different industries. Whether it’s workwear, sportswear, school uniforms or even formalwear, embroidery is apparent everywhere. So, for businesses that specialise in clothing embroidery it’s vital they find the right embroidery machine. Choosing the wrong one could be detrimental to businesses, so you need to take time when deciding on […]

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How to Start a Clothing Manufacturing Company: A Guide

Starting your own clothing company is an exciting prospect. However, like entering into any other industry, it can be particularly daunting – especially if you’re not used to running your own business and are starting out for the first time on your own.  Clothes manufacturing is an extremely competitive market to emerge into, but if […]

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The Average Costs of Running a Small Business

The costs of running a small business is appealing to a lot of people. What’s not attractive about being your own boss and seeing your creation grow into a well-established brand? But before taking the plunge and starting up, there are various things that you must consider.  One of the main areas that you need […]


Typical Requirements and Challenges of a Uniform Embroidery Business

When setting up any business, you must be prepared to face and overcome the various challenges that will be thrown your way. And the uniform embroidery industry is no exception. No business is purely plain sailing, but the rewards you can reap from setting up a school uniform shop are second to none.  If you’re […]

Uniform Embroidery: What’s the Best Machine To Use?

School uniform embroidery is different from regular embroidery. Each school is likely to have its own badge or unique pattern, and creating these bespoke designs makes things much more challenging. This isn’t the only thing that makes uniform embroidery more testing than typical jobs.  So, to make the job as easy as possible, you’re going […]


Running a School Uniform Shop: A Guide

Uniforms are one of the only factors that the majority of schools in the country have in common. They’re instigated for various reasons – they promote unity, create a community and reduce bullying – to name a few.  School uniforms are currently more expensive than they’ve ever been. Which is leaving a gaping hole for […]


What is the Cost of an Embroidery Machine? A Simple Guide

Whether you’re buying your first industrial machine or upgrading to a larger one as your business grows, you need to consider the cost of an embroidery machine. And that doesn’t just mean the price point of the machine that you’re looking to invest in.  Sure, the machinery itself is one of the biggest costs but […]

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How Do Industrial Embroidery Machines Work?

Industrial embroidery machines are an embroidery company’s most valuable asset. Without them, they have no product. And that means no money or success. But you need to make sure that your business has the right one in place in order for you to be as successful as possible.  They come in all different sizes and […]

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Why Use Midwest for your Commercial Embroidery Needs?

From fashion to bed manufacturing, there are plenty of industries that rely on embroidery to enhance their products. Their embroidery services set them apart from the rest of the competition in their industry, so they need to be sure that they can rely on their suppliers.  And we’re not just talking materials and stitching. Without […]

The 7 Key Steps of a Procurement Process

Getting Started with Your Procurement Process A strong procurement process is key to the financial efficiency of any business. It aids in paying the right price for goods and services, minimises delivery times and helps you choose the best partners to work with your business.  How a procurement process looks is completely dependent on the […]

How To Start a Fashion Business – A Beginners Guide

In 2018, the fashion industry contributed a massive £32 billion to the UK economy. That figure alone shows the scale of competition that you’d be up against. But that’s definitely not something that should put you off.  If anything, that figure should spur you on further. The support that millions of fashion brands receive around […]

Thinking of Starting an Embroidery Business? Here’s our Guide

Embroidery is a hobby that’s forever growing in popularity around the world. And because of this, it’s no surprise that a lot of people are starting up their embroidery business. The industry is experiencing a significant boom period.  It’s never been easier to set up your own embroidery business. Whether you’re starting from the spare […]

10 Actionable Ideas for a Startup Printing Business

Over the past few years, the printing industry has been more popular than ever and has been going through a serious boom period. In fact, the industry is said to grow to a global value of £4.5 billion by 2023. That being said, due to the popularity and advancement in technology, it’s never been easier […]

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The 4 Best Commercial Embroidery Machines For Your Business

Choosing a commercial embroidery machine is one of the most important decisions within your business. So it shouldn’t be taken lightly. After all, they are by far the most important asset to your business. But which one is best suited to your company? These machines are designed in all different models and sizes to cope […]

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The 3 Benefits of Investing in a Used Industrial Embroidery Machine

A lot of businesses can be quick to turn their noses up at used embroidery machines. But why? Beats us. A common misconception with second-hand embroidery machines is that the former owner has had the best years out of them. However, these machines are built to last for a long time. So, you can be […]

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A Step by Step Guide to Writing Your Fashion Business Plan

Are you a fashion business looking to expand? Or, are you looking to grow organically from within but not sure on how to get started?? You need to have a plan. Considering all of the different factors that make up a successful business is crucial, but so too is ensuring you have a comprehensive and […]

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Upgrading to a Multi Head Embroidery Machine for Your Business

Upgrading to a Multi Head Embroidery Machine for Your Business Are you at production capacity with your current single head embroidery machines?  Is your single head machine now struggling to keep up with the increase in demand for your embroidery, fashion, education and sportswear industries and you’re considering an upgrade? 

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What is an Embroidery Machine? An Easy Beginners Guide

What is an embroidery machine and what do I need to know as a new business in the industry? By understanding your considerations as a beginner within the embroidery business you’re offering yourself the greatest chance of building a successful startup.

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Budget Management: SME vs Big Businesses

Budget management is crucial to the successful running of your projects whether you’re a startup SME or big business. Applying the right skills and tools will help you to achieve your planned outcomes.

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Buying a Digital Embroidery Machine: The Business Considerations

When purchasing a digital embroidery machine there are various business considerations your startup company should think about.

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Which is the Best Embroidery Machine for Me? – A Comparison

Perhaps you’ve just set up your business and you can’t decide which type of embroidery machine is right for your production requirements? We understand that knowing which machine you should choose and why is no small task.