Company Profile

A proud history and an exciting future

Our History 

The story of Bristol Uniforms began in 1801, when a small retail clothier, John Gardiner, set up a business in Union Street in Bristol.  By the 1850s his company, Wathen Gardiner, was exporting ready-made clothing to the West Indies and Australasia, and by 1899 it had moved to a brand new factory in Staple Hill: the same site for our factory today, although at the time it was a semi-rural greenfield area. 

In the 1930s the business took a new direction designing and manufacturing uniforms for the public and private sectors, supplying tunics for the Royal Air Force during WW2.  By the mid 1960s Bristol Uniforms was trading as a separate entity, developing new protective clothing for firefighters.  Since then, Bristol has remained at the forefront of the design and manufacture of specialist PPE for Emergency Services in the UK and internationally. 

Bristol Uniforms is part of the international BTQ Group.  Our sister companies include Topps Safety Apparel, Bristol Fire ApparelQuaker Safety Products in the USA and Bell Apparel in the UK. 

We’re immensely proud of our heritage, and have compiled a detailed summary of our history, available to download or read online:  History of Bristol Uniforms 1801 – 2017.



Our Mission 

Bristol Uniforms firmly believes in the power of innovation to drive growth, which is at the heart of the successful expansion achieved in recent years and is marked by a number of notable achievements. These have served to reinforce our position as one of the world’s leading PPE manufacturers for the emergency services. It is a position which we will continue to consolidate, robustly defend and is backed by a reputation we are proud to protect. Our resilience through challenging times has given customers and prospects alike the confidence to turn to us as a reliable and trustworthy supplier. 






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