BRAINFOOD: Look after the pennies - Tightening the belt

It's no longer rare for a company to spend big bucks on redesigning staff uniforms. Alitalia chose Armani, British Airways opted for Julien Macdonald, and Air France invited Christian Lacroix to produce its latest collection.

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Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

Attitudes used to be more down-to-earth. Take the case of a Network South East employee's cost-cutting measure at the height of '80s fashion excess.

John Suman worked as a senior railwayman in Dartford, Kent. Like all railwaymen, he was issued each year with two pairs of uniform trousers and a belt.

He noticed that the trousers wore out more quickly than the belt and suggested replacing the belt every two years instead of annually. His idea saved Network South East £10,500 a year and earned him an award of £1,050. How times have changed - though the trains still run late.

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