Supermarkets slash uniform prices as East Lancs schools cut costs

Supermarkets slash uniform prices as East Lancs schools cut costs

Supermarkets slash uniform prices as East Lancs schools cut costs

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Education reporter

SUPERMARKETS are slashing school uniform prices as local schools cut costs by joining a local co-operative.

Parents in East Lancashire have more choice than ever before with generic school uniform items being used in supermarket wars.

Now even uniforms with logos are available for less with schools joining the community initiative Mums the Word.

The Blackburn not-for-profit group offers both re-wear and new school uniforms.

Items at their Darwen Street shop even include local school logos after three primary schools, Darwen St James, Lower Darwen St James and Our Lady of Perpetual Succour in Blackburn gave permission.

It could see logo’d school uniforms provided to parents wholesale for at least a third cheaper.

It comes after budget supermarket Aldi made the headlines by providing an entire back to school outfit for £4 with other supermarkets offering generic primary-style uniforms in the £5 to £7 range for two polo shirts, a sweater and a pair of trousers or skirt.

However traditional suppliers have been hailed as providing better quality.

In an independent survey High Street Testing found Clitheroe firm Trutex outperformed four anonymous supermarket brands with uniforms “less likely to shrink, tear or stretch”. Caroline Fotios at Mum’s the Word said sometimes parents are happy to sacrifice quality for the sake of newness for that first day.

She said: “A lot of parents really want that brand new uniform for the first day. After that they are happy to replace it with rewear items but it depends on the parent. Some of our parents are focused on cost, others believe in rewear for environmental reasons.

“Generic items can be cheap – it’s the items with logos where parents really see the costs mount. Some schools have given us permission to use logos and we are keen to work with more.”

Matthew Easter, managing director of Trutex, said: “A uniform needs to be able to stand up to the rigours of everyday school life. It’s easy to be tempted to buy the cheap clothes in supermarkets. These tests show it’s a false economy.”

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6:00pm Tue 12 Aug 14

darwenTower says...

First thing to be slashed will be the conditions of the workers who produce these cheap uniforms.
First thing to be slashed will be the conditions of the workers who produce these cheap uniforms. darwenTower
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10:12pm Tue 12 Aug 14

Graham Hartley says...

darwenTower wrote:
First thing to be slashed will be the conditions of the workers who produce these cheap uniforms.
The workers who make the expensive uniforms are unlikely to be in a much better position.
[quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: First thing to be slashed will be the conditions of the workers who produce these cheap uniforms.[/p][/quote]The workers who make the expensive uniforms are unlikely to be in a much better position. Graham Hartley
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12:54am Wed 13 Aug 14

Ladysadie says...

Does anyone know if mums the word accept outgrown school uniforms with local school logos? If so, do I just take it to Darwen Street in Blackburn?
Does anyone know if mums the word accept outgrown school uniforms with local school logos? If so, do I just take it to Darwen Street in Blackburn? Ladysadie
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1:43pm Wed 13 Aug 14

darwenTower says...

Graham Hartley wrote:
darwenTower wrote:
First thing to be slashed will be the conditions of the workers who produce these cheap uniforms.
The workers who make the expensive uniforms are unlikely to be in a much better position.
Who knows?

If you pay the right money for something though, you're not complicit.

Whereas if you are paying a pittance, you know it's been made in some crumbling third world sweatshop.
[quote][p][bold]Graham Hartley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darwenTower[/bold] wrote: First thing to be slashed will be the conditions of the workers who produce these cheap uniforms.[/p][/quote]The workers who make the expensive uniforms are unlikely to be in a much better position.[/p][/quote]Who knows? If you pay the right money for something though, you're not complicit. Whereas if you are paying a pittance, you know it's been made in some crumbling third world sweatshop. darwenTower
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