PCIAW® Round Tables

Trusted Members of PCIAW® can join special interest round tables and drive progress in areas that are important to their businesses.


PCIAW® is empowering members to be a collective force for good in the professional clothing supply chain by creating a growing number of special interest working groups that will galvanize change in areas important to their businesses.

Join one of the working groups today or speak to the PCIAW® team to create a new initiative within the association and work alongside your fellow members.

Rapidly evolving technologies in military applications are making current defence clothing solutions become outdated, with a greater need than ever for PPE innovation.

It is the view of PCIAW® that military procurement must not underestimate the role of defence clothing in shielding against thermal imaging and infrared-detection technologies that are identifying soldiers on the ground.

People are the backbone of every business. Designing professional clothing to cater for specific needs can help to boost productivity and employee retention.

Employees in all walks of life go to work every day and may be silently suffering from various conditions or impairments, or due to natural biological processes such as the menopause. The quality of life of these employees can improved by a thought-out uniform design.

The importance of wearing high quality footwear should not be underestimated whilst at work, as supportive shoes help maintain health and posture.

Employees working in hotels or on construction sites spend the majority of the day on their feet and bad quality shoes can increase the risks of accidents – and can become more expensive if they need to be replaced more often.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) declared that firefighting as an occupation is carcinogenic. Protective clothing is the immediate line of defence.

Fire Chiefs must balance and prioritise the various requirements of protective clothing, from thermal and particulate protection to light weight mobility, whilst considering new elements from garment interface, female-fit PPE and chemistry applications.

Professional clothing functions to help keep people safe and comfortable at work; it can be challenging for procurement teams without specialised textile knowledge to keep up with textile innovation.

It is the view of PCIAW® that buyers motivated to operate responsibly due to ESG reporting will need to adapt their tenders to achieve a desirable and balanced outcome for sustainable alternatives that also meet their required technical specifications.

Professional clothing must future-proof as a sector and promote the uniform, workwear and PPE markets as an attractive career path for the next generation of talent.

It is the view of PCIAW® that the professional clothing industry must increase its awareness by collaborating with education providers to showcase the opportunities available and the urgent need companies must recruit more people.

The pandemic highlighted the problems in relying on single-use medical PPE. It is riskier in terms of security of supply, whilst adding significantly to textile pollution.

Procurement teams for healthcare organisations must consider its responsibility to ensure resilient PPE sourcing operations and the impact on net zero strategies. Shifting mindsets to consider total contract costs over unit costs will expand what’s possible.

Sustainable and circular textile regulations are going to mandate changes in the way textiles – including uniforms, workwear and PPE – are designed, made and recycled.

It is the view of PCIAW® that policy recommendations are being decided with a consideration of the fashion industry, and that the upcoming regulations are overlooking the impact that they will have on professional clothing.

The UK Manufacturers Round Table will represent the challenges and opportunities for companies manufacturing products in the textile and apparel supply chains.

Organised by established manufacturers of fabrics and professional clothing, the working group is designed to understand the UK’s manufacturing capacity to be able to represent its potential to collaboratively deliver on domestic public and private sector contracts and promote the benefits of onshore sourcing.