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Dot was started in the early 1980’s by Richard Hewitt (Founder and Co-owner) and originally was set up as an agency for screen printing and embroidery. We quickly realised the importance and the control it gives you having a print warehouse and design facilities and our Nottingham base saw us through the next decade. Through the 80’s and 90’s a large proportion of the work that Dot took on was manufactured and screen printed or embroidered in the East Midlands and around the Nottingham area. The growth of giants in China and the Far East left most of the small businesses in England importing most of their garments. This has now begun to change and once again it is viable to design, make and brand products in the UK. If you require a bespoke item such as the Lily Allen bag, Richard is the man to talk to. Our mission statement is to grow this trade and at the same time support local small to medium suppliers and manufacturers.
The staff at Dot are all committed to producing quality work with an emphasis on hands on. The screen printing is done using traditional hand carrousels overseen by Head Printer David Padget. The cad cut work is all done in house, and artwork is created and prepared in our print work office by Max Hill. Max also oversees the in house production of promotional items. All of the embroidery is done using traditional multi-head embroidery machines. Any transfer work is done in house using the screen print technique and there are also other sublimation and ultra-graphic techniques available to us now which allow us to cater for the smaller or individual orders such as hen and stag nights. These are particularly useful when sample mock-ups are required, and can also be used for garment relabelling.
Dot soon realised that training and education was a vital part of running a successful team, and we are glad to have our apprentice screen printer Ben Hopewell serving his time with us. The staff in the print workshop is completed by Heli who provides the graft and man hours for the larger screen printing orders.
Have I forgotten someone? Oh yes Dot’s own Kojak Manager and Co-Owner James Lynch. James is dedicated to making sure that orders are correct and go out on time. Although not originally trained in the promotional clothing industry, the time that James has spent in the commercial environment previously makes him an asset to the team to source that unusual garment or product. Many of the promotional items that Dot provide would have started with a request that had landed on James’s desk.