PCIAW® SUMMIT 2024

19 - 20th November 2024 | The Vox Venue, Birmingham, UK

PCIAW® SUMMIT | PCIAW® AWARDS

PCIAW® Summit is the go-to educational event for the global professional clothing and textiles supply chain facilitating targeted networking opportunities for uniforms, workwear and PPE decision makers.

In 2024, the PCIAW® will offer the platform for interactive discussions on the most important subjects of the moment. The presentations will progress from 2023 event hosted in Portugal, which discussed the implications for the professional clothing industry if products are to comply with the upcoming EU ecodesign regulations.

The Professional Clothing Fashion Show

Corporate uniforms are increasingly blending design trends with luxury fashion brands, whilst workwear and PPE increasingly look to the sportswear market for inspiration.

The PCIAW® Summit & Awards events will both feature the finest professional clothing designs from leading brands from around the world in the Professional Clothing Fashion Show. It is an unmissable opportunity to showcase the true potential of uniform.

Aligning Industry Innovation
The PCIAW® Summit 2024 Timeline

19th November 2024
09:00AM - 05:40PM
PCIAW® Summit Day 1
The PCIAW® Summit, sponsored by the Workwear Uniform Group and The LYCRA® Company is the must-attend education and networking event for the uniform, workwear and PPE supply chains.

Expert speakers from around the world will educate on market trends, legislation affecting the professional clothing and textiles industries, alongside presentations informing on progress in the PCIAW® Round Tables, plus the brand new, interactive exhibitor workshops for 2024.
19th November 2024
09:00AM - 05:40PM
09:00 - 09:05AM
PCIAW® Chairman Opening Address
Ed Grigg, Chairman, PCIAW®

Welcoming delegates to the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2024 as the new Chairman for the international professional clothing association.
09:00 - 09:05AM
09:05 - 09:10AM
5 Minutes
PCIAW® CEO Opening Address
Yvette Ashby, CEO, PCIAW®

Opening the PCIAW® Summit 2024, focusing on innovation, networking and education for the professional clothing supply chains.
09:05 - 09:10AM
5 Minutes
09:10 - 09:15AM
5 Minutes
Premier Sponsor 2024 – Workwear Uniform Group
Andrew Richards, Managing Director, Direct Corporate Clothing

The Workwear Uniform Group is the Premier Sponsor of the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2024. The business is fulfilling its growth strategy with a £150-million investment into its state-of-the-art distribution centre in the Birmingham region, leveraging the latest robotics and automation technologies for world-beating service offerings in the professional clothing industry.
09:10 - 09:15AM
5 Minutes
09:15 - 09:20AM
5 Minutes
Key Sponsor 2024 – The LYCRA® Company
Speaker TBC

The LYCRA® Company is the Key Sponsor of the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2024. As the global leader in developing sustainable fibre and technology solutions for the apparel and personal care industries. Now, The LYCRA® Company is innovating into the professional clothing industry, with enhanced solutions for durability, comfort, sustainability and inclusivity.
09:15 - 09:20AM
5 Minutes
09:20 - 09:30AM
10 Minutes
The Host of the PCIAW® Summit
Charles Ross, Lecturer, Royal College of Art

PCIAW® is proud to welcome back Charles Ross to host the Summit, keeping delegates entertained and moderating the event, which is packed with expert speakers from around the world.
09:20 - 09:30AM
10 Minutes
09:30 - 09:50AM
20 Minutes
Keynote Speaker – The Global Supply Chain
Speaking on the state of global supply chains in a turbulent geopolitical world. Supply chains are still being disrupted from attacks in the Red Sea, whilst world trade begins to adapt to longer shipping routes and localised supply chains for resilience.
09:30 - 09:50AM
20 Minutes
09:50 - 10:25AM
35 Minutes
The Global Supply Chain for the Professional Clothing Industry
Following the keynote presentation, representatives from regional manufacturing destinations will discuss the real-world impact that geopolitics and geoeconomics is having on the professional clothing industry.
09:50 - 10:25AM
35 Minutes
10:25 - 10:55AM
30 Minutes
Networking Break
10:25 - 10:55AM
30 Minutes
11:00 - 11:35AM
35 Minutes
The Mega Election 2024: Political Dynamics, Regulatory Direction and Industry Activity
Representatives from the United Kingdom, European Union, the United States and the Asian region will discuss the results and impact on trade and regulatory policies, following the ‘mega election year’ which sees over 60 nations go to the ballot box, determining the direction of industrial and net zero strategies in the respective countries.
11:00 - 11:35AM
35 Minutes
11:35AM - 1:10PM
1 Hour 35 Minutes
PCIAW® Exhibitor Workshops
World-class solution providers in the professional clothing industry are hosting interactive workshops that offers educational guidance to overcome challenges from the industry through innovation. PCIAW® Exhibitor Workshops will cover the whole supply chain from fibre to garment across the uniform, workwear and PPE markets.
11:35AM - 1:10PM
1 Hour 35 Minutes
01:10 - 02:10PM
1 Hour 30 Minutes
Networking Lunch
01:10 - 02:10PM
1 Hour 30 Minutes
02:45PM - 03:10PM
25 Minutes
Professional Clothing Fashion Show
The PCIAW® Professional Clothing Fashion Show will showcase luxury corporate uniforms, trendsetting workwear and sportswear-inspired PPE. The catwalk will celebrate the most innovative and stylish designs that focus on durability, comfort, inclusivity and sustainability.
02:45PM - 03:10PM
25 Minutes
03:10 - 03:55PM
45 Minutes
Digitising Traceability: Leveraging Blockchain, Lifecycle Data and Tracking Technologies for Digital Product Passports’
Advanced technology solution providers share how to improve the traceability of products from raw material to final delivery and end-of-life path. Blockchain technology, 3D design, PLM and ERP suites can create verifiable information with cross-solution data sharing capabilities that will automate data processing for the Digital Product Passport, whilst RFID and NFC solutions track and trace the physical product through its lifecycle.
03:10 - 03:55PM
45 Minutes
03:55 - 04:30PM
35 Minutes
The Future of Sustainable Materials and Chemistries
Innovative product developers explore the emerging trends of bio-based materials and chemistries, as the professional clothing industry attempts to limit its use of petrochemicals and dependence on traditional cotton fibres that are vulnerable to changing climates. Experts will discuss the durability, sustainability and comfort factor for new age of alternative materials.
03:55 - 04:30PM
35 Minutes
04:30 - 05:05PM
25 Minutes
Weaving Smart Textiles into Professional Clothing
Conductive yarns and Internet of Things (IoT) garment solutions are set to be growing markets that offer significant potential to advance the functionality of professional clothing. Industry experts will discuss how the weaving smart textiles into uniform, workwear and PPE can unlock new levels of safety from health monitoring and risk detection to location positioning.
04:30 - 05:05PM
25 Minutes
05:05 - 05:25PM
20 Minutes
A Message from the PCIAW® Board of Directors
The non-executive Board of Directors envisage the next stage of PCIAW®’s journey and what the association should seek to accomplish to support the professional clothing industry. As the Board has undergone a rotation in 2024, with a new Chairman at the helm, it is time for PCIAW® to expand its reach and influence.
05:05 - 05:25PM
20 Minutes
20th November 2024
09:00AM - 01:45PM
PCIAW® Summit Day 2
The PCIAW® Summit, sponsored by the Workwear Uniform Group and The LYCRA® Company is the must-attend education and networking event for the uniform, workwear and PPE supply chains.

Expert speakers from around the world will educate on market trends, legislation affecting the professional clothing and textiles industries, alongside presentations informing on progress in the PCIAW® Round Tables, plus the brand new, interactive exhibitor workshops for 2024.
20th November 2024
09:00AM - 01:45PM
09:00 - 09:05AM
5 Minutes
PCIAW® Chairman Opening Address
Ed Grigg, Chairman, PCIAW®

Welcoming delegates back to the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards 2024 as the new Chairman for the international professional clothing association.
09:00 - 09:05AM
5 Minutes
09:05 - 09:10AM
5 Minutes
The Host of the PCIAW® Summit
Charles Ross, Lecturer, Royal College of Art

Charles Ross reopens the PCIAW® Summit, summarising the key themes from the first day and briefing what is to come next.
09:05 - 09:10AM
5 Minutes
09:10 - 09:45AM
35 Minutes
Defence Round Table
Rapidly evolving technologies in military applications are make current defence clothing solutions outdated, amongst a backdrop of an increasing number of conflicts. Contributing members from the PCIAW® Defence Clothing for Modern Threat Round Table will comment on the wide-ranging threats, new technologies and supply chain resilience, uncovered in the projects.
09:10 - 09:45AM
35 Minutes
09:45 - 10:20AM
35 Minutes
Fire Round Table
Firefighter PPE is designed to protect against a multitude of hazards; industry must balance the trade-offs between thermal and particulate protection, breathability and mobility. Members and partners from the PCIAW® Improving Firefighter Safety Round Table will address new scientific research and best practices, particularly considering the demands to transition away from PFAS chemistries.
09:45 - 10:20AM
35 Minutes
10:20 - 10:25AM
5 Minutes
Exhibitor Workshop Movement Time
10:20 - 10:25AM
5 Minutes
10:25 - 11:15AM
25 Minutes
Exhibitor Workshops
Leading companies in the professional clothing industry are conducting engaging workshops that provide valuable insights and innovative solutions to address industry challenges. The PCIAW® Exhibitor Workshops will encompass the entire supply chain from raw materials to managed service solutions for the uniform, workwear and PPE markets.
10:25 - 11:15AM
25 Minutes
11:15 - 11:20AM
5 Minutes
Refreshment Break
11:15 - 11:20AM
5 Minutes
11:25AM - 12:00PM
35 Minutes
Sustainability Round Table
Whilst professional clothing offers an opportunity to lead on the circular economy due to its B2B nature and distribution networks, protective clothing can be the last line of defence against potentially life-threatening hazards and safety must be the priority. Members who contributed to the PCIAW® Sustainable Textiles Regulations Round Table will outline a roadmap for the circular economy for technical fibres to set realistic expectations of what is achievable.
11:25AM - 12:00PM
35 Minutes
12:00 - 12:35PM
35 Minutes
Inclusivity Round Table
Employees in all walks of life go to work every day and many will be silently suffering from various conditions or impairments, particularly as the workforce ages. Trusted Members from the PCIAW® Designing Inclusive Professional Clothing will outline key protected characteristics by equality laws and how design teams can develop solutions that can be deployed throughout the workforce to improve comfort and a commercially viable strategy.
12:00 - 12:35PM
35 Minutes
12:35 - 1:10PM
35 Minutes
Footwear Round Table
The importance of high-quality footwear should not be underestimated whilst at work, as supportive shoes help maintain health and posture. Participating members from the PCIAW® Essential Footwear Innovation Round Table will present key findings, market trends and technologies to inform on business cases to prioritise sourcing quality products.
12:35 - 1:10PM
35 Minutes
01:10 - 01:45PM
35 Minutes
Uniform Buyers’ Network Road Show
Representatives of the Uniform Buyers’ Network (UBN) will outline some of the key thematic challenges and priorities of procurement teams that were discussed in the UBN breakout event, helping to provide the safe space for the buyers while educating industry on current needs.
01:10 - 01:45PM
35 Minutes

Event Timeline

18th November

UK factory tours showcasing British manufacturing capabilities

19th November

PCIAW® Summit, exhibition workshops & fashion show. 9am – 5pm.

20th November

PCIAW® Summit, exhibition workshops & fashion show. 9am – 2pm.

20th November

PCIAW® Awards ceremony. 6pm until late. Tickets sold separately.

Key Topics from 2023

Professional Clothing Market Growth Opportunities

EU Sustainable Textiles Policy Thinking

Implications of Ecodesign Regulations Panel

Digital Product Passport, Green Claims and Microfibre Pollution

Green Chemistry and Responsible Management

Skills and Training in the Textile Industry

Uniform Buyers Navigating Inclusivity and Diversity

Digitalising the Production of Professional Clothing

Textile Solutions Rescuing the Firefighters

Tactical Innovations in Defence Textiles

Prolonging the Protection of Healthcare Professionals

PCIAW® Summit 2023 Gallery