Welcome to Pauls School & Work Wear aka Pauls Discount Clothing Store,
In 1975 Paul opened up as a small hardware store selling clothing, footwear, and household bits but after a short time was asked for school trousers and school jumpers, as time went on he found himself as a small local school uniform shop so started selling other colours and garments.
After moving over the road and eventually turning that into a double shop Paul hit the ground running in the 80s, local schools started recommending the shop and even gave permission for Paul to sell the logo, this was a new market and affected the summer holidays making it very busy in those 6 weeks – and so began the pattern.
Pauls wife Marlene and kids Sarah, Michael and Lisa would all help during the busy time making it a true family affair that the public really warmed to and invested in, creating a relationship that would see them through for years to come…
As the 90s came along it was Michael that took a real shine to the retail side of things and came in after school and at weekends, at 16 Michael fell out of school straight into DJ-ing and the family business and at this time the shop had around half a dozen schools that they supplied.
Just after the millennium the shop went under a huge face lift and was given an actual shop front – with windows and everything! It took us to the next level,but Michael had something up his sleeve….
This project was an idea to give back to the local schools and introduce FREE disco events to any school we supplied, using the events as promotion but at the same time putting funds back for equipment, stationary and in some cases the money was put towards refurbing parts of the school.
By 2010 Pauls had over doubled the amount of schools they were supplying and it turns out Michael was more than a pretty face and surprised Paul by breathing new life into the business back in 2012 introduced a basic self-built website showing off the schools as an ‘online catalog’ but two years later stepped it up with a full e-commerce site selling uniform and workwear which we ran for 5 years.
In 2014 the investments went further into embroidery machines, that turned out to be a market that had been sitting there waiting for us – within days of the machines being fully up and running our first customer purchased some Hi-Vis vests which we embroidered for the first time, it was very exciting and since then we have developed a fully working department run by Graham which sees businesses and schools thrive on. Our quick turnaround speaks for itself and with it now being accessible online takes us to that ‘next level’ of service.
The old site served its purpose but it was time for another change and after 2 years in production we’re so proud and excited to have this new site up & running, we’re hoping its fun, easy to use and does everything you need it to.
In 2019 we hope to be suppling around 40 schools including ones as far out as Brentwood.
If you are school then read more about it on the School Sign up page.
Over the years and alongside school uniform we have built up a large range of workwear and safety footwear, everything from Hi Vis clothing, work trousers, check shirts, bomber Jackets, harringtons and amazing range of boots from a cheap n cheerful £18.99 Chukka to our new Dewalt range.
In 2020 there are more exciting plans as we move forward so please like our Facebook page for updates and news.
Finally, after 45 years in business and with all that history behind us, if you are someone that has ever shopped with us in store or online then we’d like to take this opportunity to not only say a huge thank you but tell you that we would genuinely not be here without you.
In 2019 Michael and wife Linzi have had their first born, expect to be served by a 3 year old in a few years!
The Kindest of Regards,
Mike, Paul, Marlene & Family