With the end of the year looming, at Keela we have been looking back at what has happened this year; with new products, lots of shows and work on plans for 2015 it’s been a busy year!

The Gathering 2014

This year Keela were proud Platinum Sponsors of the UK & Irish Mountain Rescue Conference 2014 – The Gathering. The conference takes place every two years and is open to Mountain Rescue Teams from across the country. With a packed timetable including a series of outdoor workshops run by the likes of legendary Scottish climber Dave Macleod, the Keela Team had a great (but exhausting) time.

With the next conference set to be hosted by Scottish Teams, we’re looking forward to another great conference already!

SCAP – Sustainable Clothing Action Plan
In April Keela became the first clothing manufacturer in Scotland to sign up to the Sustainable Clothing Action Plan (SCAP), a programme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland to reduce the environmental impact of the clothing and textile industry.

Our commitment means we are looking to achieve;
• 15% reduction in carbon footprint;
• 15% reduction in water footprint;
• 15% reduction in waste to landfill; and
• 3.5% reduction in waste arising over the whole product life-cycle.

With SCAP’s support we have recently completed documenting our baseline levels for the water, carbon and waste impacts of our garments; and now we’re hard at work planning our next steps for 2015, to make sure we stay on track for our yearly reductions.

Products – New Releases & Updates
With our focus on innovation and quality garments, we’ve released some great new products during 2014. In addition we have released some updates for existing garments to make sure our products can continue to push the boundaries.

New Releases
Sherpa Jacket – Released this year the Sherpa has become a fast hit with extreme mountaineers and hillwalkers alike.
Storm & Saxon Jackets – The men’s Storm and ladies’ Saxon are ultra light and designed to be ideal for cyclists and runners.
Ladies Coyote & Men's Condor Jacket– Released at the start of the year, these jackets are lightweight, wind resistant and breathable; the perfect multi-active jackets.
Stashaway Jacket - The Stashaway was designed to be ultra-light, making it perfect for when space is at a premium
Belay Pro & Ladies Belay Pro – Updated in May this year, the updated Men’s Belay jacket now has a two-way zip with neck baffle and scooped back; while the Ladies Belay has been given a complete refit with new materials.
Men's & Ladies Prosport – The men’s Prosport has benefitted from an improved fit, while the Ladies’ has been given a longer body length; both have also been given some attractive new colours.

And stay tuned during 2015 for an exciting new product ranges that are in the works, including new Primaloft products, kids items and an exciting British range!

2014 Show Summary
The Keela Team have been busy travelling all around Europe from ISPO in Germany to MRT 'The Gathering' in Aviemore. Below are a few of our favourite photos from this years events.

Sam and Angela from the Keela Team delighted to be rescued at MR 'The Gathering'
Our stand at The Cycle Show 2014, lots of hi-vis options!
Our view of the climbing walls at ROKS Edinburgh, we weren't brave enough to to try any!

We had a great time at the shows this year, and we look forward to hopefully seeing you next year!

Some Extras
The Keela Team have also spent time this year undertaking some charity events.
We worked with Britain on Foot to create a spectacular night-time sound and light show at the Enchanted Forest. Multiple charities attended including; Bums Off Seats, Gotta Be Active Girls and a group supported by the North East Fife Detached Youth Work Team.

For the last six years Keela has been kitting out groups of youngsters from Chernobyl that come to visit Scotland. Organised by the Fife Link of Chernobyl Children’s Life Line (CCLL), the trip sees 10-12 kids visit the region for four weeks. The children stay with families throughout Fife and enjoy a full programme of outings and activities so they can enjoy fresh air, uncontaminated food, fun, love and attention, as well as being given dental and eye check ups.