Wild Thang look back on the challenges and successes since the first lockdown, so we have chosen 12 pictures along with a small description that sum up our company journey over the past 12 months and create a snap shot of highs and lows timeline.
It has without doubt been the most challenging year in our company’s history but we were determined from the very start to make sure it was not going to define us as a team or company, and that we at Wild Thang would not only survive, but thrive.
We are incredibly proud as a company and as a team that we continued to try and make a difference in our community both personally and as a business. Our NHS awareness and fundraising campaign was our highlight and really gave us something positive to focus on with the belief as a team that we could all make a difference to not only Wild Thang but also making sure those NHS heroes knew they would never walk alone.
A big thank you also has to go to the clients that have continued to require our services, placing their faith in Wild Thang to continue to deliver, and of course our team who have adapted and thrived with the back drop of the challenges and impact the pandemic has had both at home and in our work place. We appreciate every challenge you have all over come.
With infection rates falling and the vaccine rollout having a real impact hopefully we can look forward to the future with new hope, confidence and ambition that a return to normality is on the horizon.
Now that our world class development is virtually complete we have never been in a better position to deliver World Class branded clothing, merchandise and print to our amazing clients across the UK and beyond, we can’t wait to give you the official tour. Even though we know there will be continued challenges the sky really is the limit, we truly believe we can make 2021 the start of a new positive era at Wild Thang, and make it our best year ever.
1) Lock Down Begins For Wild Thang.
23rd March and our company lockdown begins, no-one could imagine that the pandemic would still be impacting our lives 12 months on. While our sales like everyone else’s fall off a cliff edge we focus on making sure we create a robust continuity plan that will protect our team and the community. We have never worked as hard to put all the new procedures in place to make sure we survived and thrived as a company.
2) Team Wild Thang Social Distancing T-Shirts sent out to our Amazing Team.
While our sales, studio staff and part of our production staff are working from home we still wanted to make sure we kept in touch with our amazing team so what better way than to send them a t-shirt, which we produced in house of course.
3) NHS T-shirt Initiative launched.
We launch our T-shirt Campaign to let them NHS heroes know they will never walk alone whilst also promoting social distancing. For every t-shirt purchased we will donate 50% to NHS Charities OR a t-shirt to an NHS hero in their fight against the virus. The reaction to the campaign is fantastic and we feel really proud as a team we are making a difference.
4) Further ISO success For Wild Thang.
Even though we have been working remotely because of corona virus that was never going to stop Wild Thang from making improvements, even in incredibly challenging circumstances. We are immensely proud as a team to announce the award of ISO 27001, which now creates a trio of ISO standard certifications at Wild Thang.
5) NHS T-shirt Campaign completed and reported.
We were incredibly proud of what we achieved as a team at Wild Thang to try and make a difference and received orders from across the UK and Internationally, plus a few celebs purchased and were happy to get involved in our campaign. We were happy to report that we sold over 370 t-shirt’s and dispatched from WT HQ. The feedback, social interaction and encouragement was immense, but the highlight was from Ellie Orton, CEO of NHS Charities Together who commented “Well done for all the support you are giving to NHS charities, this is amazing. Thank you so much for sharing with us, we really appreciate it. Thank you so much for your support to NHSCT and our members. I love the videos and selfies they are great.”
6) Liverpool FC finally lift The Premier League trophy after a 30 year wait.
While we have been a branding partner with LFC for many years this this was an incredibly special moment to say that Wild Thang have branded the first team’s kits and accessories for the Champions of England.
7) Wild Thangs world class development is getting closer.
Even with the impact of the pandemic our building contractors are flying towards the final external phases which includes full cladding to our west wall, and importantly the window knock through which will give natural light into our production space. We are getting excited to show prospect clients, suppliers and partners the finished build! The sky is the limit.
8) Wild Thang creates a little bit of history.
It was a special moment to visit the Museum of Liverpool and see the new exhibition which documents the effect Covid-19 has had on our region with our NHS campaign T-shirts featured, and the positive impact that companies and individuals have had. Curator Kay Jones and the team have done a wonderful job putting it together, it was so nice to see our own NHS awareness t-shirts and other merchandise we have produced form part of this important curation.
9) Salford Red Devils compete in the Challenge Cup Final.
Wild Thang are incredibly proud of the club and honored to be their Official Merchandise and branding partner, along with Kappa, supplying the highest quality kit. Salford Red Devils unfortunately lose out by the narrowest of margins at Wembley.
10) We lost a true friend and mentor coach, John Haynes.
John became an integral part of our company family helping Wild Thang and all our employees to learn to fly with the eagles over many years. We will never forget the positive impact he had on us all as individuals and as a company. John had unwavering commitment over the past four decades to raise aspiration and confidence in each individual that has been mentored by him and The International Coaching Academy. John was rightfully posthumously awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool & will always be in our hearts and minds.
11) Wild Thang invest over £120k in new state of the art DTG branding machinery.
This will dramatically increase our in house DTG print capacity and prepare us for future growth. As a company and country it’s been a tough year, but we have a dynamic mindset that won’t allow us to standstill, but push forward to be the best we can be and this will add to our world class branding offer.
12) Wild Thangs long awaited Practical Completion is agreed for our new World Class development!
Whilst like many companies sales may have been reduced in 2020, it has not reduced our optimism and determination to make 2021 the start of a new era and our most successful ever. It’s due to our teams commitment that our development is now completed which places us in our strongest position ever to deliver one world class solution and as always we are here to help with expert advice to solve any branded clothing, merchandise and print puzzle. Four years in the making and we can’t wait to give you an official tour, when it’s safe to do so in 2021, and get you all involved in the official showcase launch later in the year.
If you need some expert advice on some World Class Branded Clothing, Merchandise or Print to help with your 2021 bounce back please don't hesitate to get in touch.