It's celebration time here at All Shorts as we toast a fabulously new deal with another prep school, this time, based in North Hampton. This is a hugely successful start to the year for us as a company, one full of opportunities and exciting developments.
If you would like us to supply your school, why not ask about opening a trade account today.
Or chat to us about our "Cash For Schools" programme in which we pay commission directly to your school for every item of uniform we sell for you.
Please feel free to contact us via our website, or by emailing email@example.com
We very much look forward to assisting you.
As of Sunday 7 January 2018, All Shorts Limited cut all its trade associations with Ebay. The news comes in the wake of the company’s initial announcement made in June last year to close its Ebay shop.
Originally, All Shorts decided the shop would close in August 2017. However, following a meeting in the summer, the board agreed that the shop remain open until the end of the year.
All Shorts Limited’s Managing Director, Alistaire Anderson, said: “At that time, Ebay were introducing several changes to its Cassini search engine algorithms and shop subscriptions.” Reasoning: Unsure how these changes would affect us, we decided to give Ebay the benefit of the doubt and subsequently took the decision to extend our shop subscription for a further six months.
“Six months down the line, however, it transpired, these changes turned out to be more counter-productive for us as a company, than a triumph.” Adding: “We concluded Ebay was not the most lucrative option for our line of business, with visitor traffic and buyer engagement at unprecedentedly low levels.” Admitting: “we would be best channelling our energy and savings in other avenues. Hence, the decision was taken shortly before Christmas that our Ebay Shop subscription terminate on 7 January 2018.”
He added: “This latest move will most definitely afford us more time to concentrate on our highly successful online retail enterprise and Ecommerce platforms for our corporate customers as a champion of scholastic and occasion wear for boys 3 - 13 years.”
Although empty – and in accordance with Ebay trading policy, All Shorts Ebay shop will remain open until 1 February 2018 to ensure any outstanding transactions made within the last 30 days complete successfully.
“With all existing stock safely transferred to our online store, means existing Ebay customers looking to purchase merchandise from us, should now visit www.allshortsuk.co.uk where you will find more products, more ways to pay, free delivery for all our UK customers and highly competitive postage rates for international consumers.”
Yet, it wasn’t all doom and gloom. “During our two year Tenure on Ebay, we had much to celebrate,” conceded Mr Anderson; “initially going from basic seller level to Ebay top rated in the space of 12 months, coupled with an unwavering 100% customer feedback portfolio and a less than 1% returns record.”
“To this end, we would very much like to thank all our Ebay customers for their business and loyalty over the past twelve months and trust you will accept our invitation to remain aboard our company’s chariot as we openly embrace the next exciting phase of our journey full of energising new opportunities and even brighter prospects.”
Thank you for your valued support these past twelve months and for helping to make this a truly remarkable first year for All Shorts post the company's incorporation in December 2016.
2017 saw the launch of our Ecommerce retail site offering secure online shopping and a whole host of scholastic and occasion wear for boys three to thirteen years.
Two highly successful photo shoots certainly have brought all these products to life, adding character and colour across a wide range of clothing styles in our online shop and associated company promotional literature. Our heart-felt thanks to all those superb child models and their parents. It was a pleasure working with you.
2017 also found us securing trading deals with four new major UK industry suppliers and three manufacturers dedicated to delivering outstanding quality service to everyone; thus ensuring more product availability and security for all our - corporate and retail customers.
We are proud to have achieved significant pathways into various scholastic sectors including independent and special needs schools.
We are already working on new designs for wheelchair friendly aprons and looking at increasing our adaptive clothing range.
2018 will find us building on our current basket of services with the implementation of new Ecommerce portals for all our corporate clients. including:
* personalised online member areas complete with fully integrated shop facilities offering 24 7 ordering
* a wholesale market place for re-sellers - and much more.
Irrespective of any trade agreement with Europe post Brexit, All Shorts shall continue to maintain its commitment to its "Made in Britain" programme. To this end, we remain in regular talks with our developers to ensure this crucial element of our business remains one of our fundamental key objectives.
We would like to thank you for Your incredible feedback and warm welcomes daily across social media and look forward to working with you in 2018.
Your chance to turn a celebration into a truly remarkable occasion!
They say the greatest gift is experience. In which case, now is your chance!
All Shorts Limited is giving you the chance to win afternoon tea for four persons at the internationally acclaimed Bettys of Yorkshire.
From now until 1 March 2018, everyone who shops with All Shorts Limited will automatically be entered into our free prize draw.
It’s the perfect Afternoon Tea experience; a truly English institution, singularly stylish and devilishly delicious. It is called Lady Betty Afternoon Tea. It may just be the secret of happiness.
Choose from the Imperial room, Harrogate, or the Belmont Room, York, before taking the time to soak up their uniquely historic atmosphere.
Includes champagne for extra fizz!
Don’t forget to tell a friend
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Did you know over 50% of transactions happen on a mobile device or tablet. This is why we have now added Apple and Android Pay to our store In an effort to help you check out faster the next time you shop with us.
These digital wallet platforms allow you to store credit card information securely on your compatible devices so when you are ready to buy, it only takes a moment to purchase.
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Protect for Less With Our School Aprons Now At Wholesale Prices
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Open a trade account and enjoy 15% off your initial order plus aprons at wholesale prices.
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We can even add your school logo and integrate your school colours accordingly, adapt and supply disabled-friendly aprons. In fact, we can offer you a comprehensive package specifically tailored to your needs.
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Since January 2017, Google Chrome has flagged all HTTP websites with password or credit card fields as “not secure” and the “https” as “Secure.”
As of October 2017, Google Chrome is showing the “not secure” warning when any kind of data is entered into a HTTP page, and when a HTTP page is visited in incognito mode.
Starting soon, Google Chrome will mark all HTTP pages with the “not secure” warning.
We here at All Shorts Limited take your online security seriously. This is why you will always see “https” and the padlock sign across all our site, a clear indication that SSL, (Secure Sockets Layer, the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser), ), is enabled, meaning you can really shop with confidence!
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This week saw the launch of the All Shorts Customer Reward Scheme.
The Customer Reward Scheme is our way of saying 'thank you' to you for shopping with All Shorts Limited.
The Way It Works
Starting this week, every one who shops with us is automatically rewarded with our customer reward coupon.
You will receive your Reward Coupon in with your Order Confirmation email post your next purchase.
This Reward coupon entitles you to 5% off all future merchandise bought through our online retail shop.
To redeam your discount, simply entre the coupon code that we have sent you at checkout and quickly watch the pennies take care of the pounds.
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Your initial reaction might probably be ‘Why, up of course; it’s how I always wore them as a boy.’
If only today’s reality was that simple. Sadly, children from polite society are constantly under attack from less privileged circles bent on deriding them for their elitist views and traditions. Such influence must obviously make it increasingly difficult for them to submit to those in authority, particularly their parents. Endeavouring to do their best by their children, these parents are struggling to maintain their standards and expectations. It must be disheartening when occasionally their efforts are met with disappointment and – in some cases – unpleasantness, with their offspring insisting they dress up like their favourite TV idols or chavs from the neighbouring estate, rather than complying with their conservative rules.
What do you do? Firstly, stick to your guns. It is no use you insisting on a rule one minute, only for you to deviate from it days later - or when the going gets tough. Better that your son recognises your unwavering values, than for him to suffer confusion over your indecisiveness.
Yet, the last thing you want is for him to rebel because of your incessant nagging.
I mean, you may encourage him to keep his socks pulled up, even going as far as providing him with garters to prevent them from falling down. Yet, please remember that children love to push the boundaries, which is why –
Irrespective of the laws governing your son’s dress code – you will often find them bunched around his ankles the moment he enters those school gates in the morning, or leaves the house to visit a friend. It is their way of adopting an identity or succumbing to peer-pressure, as in the case of the much-loved fictional character, Just William.
Nevertheless, in William’s case, his parents were continuously banging on about his sloppy attire which in turn culminated in a negative rather than a positive outcome. The more they insisted that he wore them neatly pulled up and turned over, the more he rebelled and did the opposite.
Just a gentle reminder here and there will suffice. In this way, you will have at least planted a standard and expectation in his mind for him to aim for and provided he understands the clear reasons behind it; exactly why we adopted the motto: ‘dress smart, think smart!”
Here, the emphasis is on the psychology behind the reason, namely, how we dress can affect the way we behave.
Personally, as somebody once remarked, the time to worry is when you discover your son’s long socks about his ankles at the school gate when you call to collect him at the end of the day. It would certainly cause me to question the school’s attitude towards uniform and their general expectations of their pupils.
The time of year may also be a contributing factor. While a number of prep schools today boast both a summer and winter uniform, with long socks for the colder months and ankle socks for the warmer seasons, not all schools follow this rule. I know of at least a handful which has just the one uniform with knee socks worn throughout the year - irrespective of the weather.
You could understand it if your child is complaining of feeling too hot and is compromising by pushing down his socks to ward off the offending heat. In situations like these, it may be worth you approaching the school and asking for a uniform review to include ankle socks during the summer as your son is saying he is too hot.
Furthermore, even before contacting the school, you may want to solicit the opinions of other parents. You may find that you’re not alone. In this way, you could then present a united front which may have more of an impact than if you approached it on your own.
However, if it is the case that your son’s appearance seems unnecessarily careless at the end of the school day because of a lack of in-house discipline, then it is time for more decisive action.
In any event, I’d love to hear your suggestions and thoughts on the subject.
Meanwhile, thank you for reading.
Besides being a practical garment one wears to safeguard one's clothes against stains, spills and in certain cases, permanent damage, an apron serves to mark the start and end of a given activity; something one puts on at the outset and discards at the finish.
This is of particular importance in a child's case. They quickly learn to associate a craft or cooking session with the wearing of an apron provided the habit is introduced at the start, irrespective of whether they understand its true significance initially. The wearing of an apron is something which they come to put on as a matter of routine, just as one would do a coat when it is raining. All those other reasons as to why this is necessary will become evident as they develop cognitively.
In this - and subsequent guides - we'll explore the many styles of aprons available on the market and their respective fabrics, I.e.: PVC, Cotton, polyester, etc, as well as their individual fabric characteristics such as tare strength, durability, flammability and waterproofing, since these all play a vital role in the decision-making process.
Creating the right Experience
It may seem like a simple task, but how we introduce our child to their first apron could have either a negative or positive outcome.
part of the decision-making process requires you knowing your child's likes and dislikes. What is his or her favourite colour, for example? Is there a particular fictional character they follow and admire? If so, then maybe choosing their first apron on this basis will undoubtedly culminate in creating the right experience for your child. Rather than shying away from the apron, they will be keen to wear it.
Children with aspergers tendencies or with inclinations towards claustrophobia may react unfavourably to wearing an apron, particularly if it restricts them in any way. EG.: feels too tight, or they cannot discard independently whenever the need arises.
Hence, it is imperative we approach wisely. A wrong step - however meaningful - could lead to your child taking a dislike to the apron and - worse still - to its associated activity in turn. Why the activity? Because he or she will undoubtedly have come to recognise the connections between the task and its related clothing - the apron in this case.
Aprons with shorter halter straps often prove problematic since they constrict about the face in the donning process as you attempt to place it over their heads which can invariably cause he or she to panic.
Studies indicate that bad experiences in early infancy often turn out to be the most memorable and thus hardest to rectify - depending on the circumstances and level of the trauma.
However, for the purposes of this and all other subsequent guides, I would much rather we focused on the positive steps by showing you how to derive the maximum benefits from choosing your age-related apron for your child, through to introducing them to it for the first time.
Choosing the right Apron
With so many aprons on the market today, choosing the right one for your child can often be overwhelmingly difficult to say the least. Needless to say, buying the right apron may perhaps require a little process of elimination, starting with the age of your child to the type of activities for which the apron would ultimately be required.
Assuming your child is of walking age and approaching three years old, it is probably to his or her advantage if you introduced them to a simple straight-forward tabard in either PVC or cotton drill, before graduating to the bib variety with side ties.
Firstly, tabards - because of their very nature - protect both back and front. All depending on the activities - painting, cooking, or colouring, we would strongly advocate the PVC. Not only is the PVC more durable than the polycotton, but it requires incredibly low maintenance; a quick wipe down with a damp cloth at the finish is all that is required.
In addition, it is much easier to place over your child's head since the openings tend to be much wider than your conventional halter strap.
The other selling feature of these tabards is their side fastenings.
Both our polycotton and PVC tabards come complete with durable plastic spring fasteners, deliberately set at the right angle and thus enabling your child to fasten and unfasten them independently.
In the following guide, I'll introduce you to the cross-over tie apron and talk a little more about some of the important fabric compositions.
Meanwhile, thank you for reading and please feel free to leave a comment below.