The Welsh capital city of Cardiff (the fastest growing capital city in Europe, fact fans!), is home to Swn Festival. It’s an amazing city-wide festival where over the course of a few days every year you trot between many events, discovering incredible new and established acts from a wide array of genres. This year we caught everything doomrock to dubstep, and punk to psych.
Good idea! But whether you are getting them for your company, for a weekend away with friends, or as promo giveaways, it definitely pays to spend a few minutes reviewing these questions before ordering custom t-shirts and spending your cash.
Here’s a few things to consider. Hopefully they will save you both time AND money.
Regular readers will know about Ramp For Good, our project to give away free (or very heavily discounted) charity t-shirts to organisations making the world a better place.
The recipients of June’s donation are Eat Or Heat, a brilliant food bank based in London. With the number of people in the UK needing to turn to food banks now at a record high, the work they do is increasingly important. Eat Or Heat is there to support them as they struggle to pay bills AND feed their families. In other words, you shouldn’t have to make a choice. “Life shouldn’t be eat or heat”.
They accept tinned and long-life foods, as well as sanitary products, and use them to create food parcels for the vulnerable in the community.
You may remember that we recently launched Ramp For Good, our project to support organisations doing great work in their communities. By providing free or heavily subsidised t-shirts we hope to help improve their ability to be visible, raise funds, or promote themselves.
Early last week we were in the final stages of organising our next shipment of t-shirts to an organisation making the world a better place. Suddenly we got a message out of the blue from a small group of people in Manchester. They were organising a 24hr marathon of back to back matches. Their cause was to raise funds for the victims of the awful murders of people at the Ariana Grande concert in their city. They needed Manchester Marathon Match t-shirts for the volunteers who would be helping them run the event.
T-shirts are an incredible tool for spreading a message of good charity causes, creating team unity, and rewarding volunteers. They are hugely visible, cheap, and reusable many, many times. They’re ideal for both marketing AND team-building.
With this in mind, we want to make it clear that Ramp cares about more than just helping you order t-shirts. We love music, fairness, friends, democracy and equality. And that’s why we want to use our business to help people doing good.
So, starting in March, we’re launching a new project for good charity causes.
Every month we’ll give away a bunch of free high-quality, screenprinted t-shirts to a project, charity, or organisation that is making the world a better place.
And each month we’ll write about this organisation, and follow the story of those t-shirts – where they went, who wore them, and how they benefited the project that received them. And then we’ll ask that project to nominate the next month’s recipients so that the t-shirt love is spread wider and wider.
So, you’ve been tasked with organising the t-shirts.
Team t-shirts might be needed for a charity fun run, a team-building away-day, or for a conference. Or you might have come up with a great idea for a cheeky slogan that you think people might buy from you in their thousands, or you might be a band on tour.
Now you have to do the hard part. Firstly, you’ll need to contact printers to get a quote. This can be a time consuming process itself, and I’ll address this in a later post — it’s why we’ve built the fastest, smartest t-shirt ordering website in the world. But one of the main questions you’ll definitely be asked, and often the most difficult to answer is