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Expansion helps firm win hospital contract

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 09, 2012

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A LAUNDRY company has won a £400,000-a-year contract to wash nearly 35,000 bed sheets, pillow cases, bath towels, patient gowns and scrub outfits a week belonging to Burton’s Queen’s Hospital.

Central Laundry, based off Wellington Road, beat off competition to secure the three-year deal to clean the hospital’s laundry and linen, starting on November 1.

The size of the contract has led to the creation of three new jobs at the firm, taking the workforce to 70.

Paul Mellor, head of procurement for Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Queen’s, said: “We are delighted to be working with Central Laundry on this contract.

“As a major local employer ourselves, we realise the importance of working with neighbouring companies and of supporting the area’s economy in this way.

“As well as securing jobs, we have negotiated a good deal for the trust.” He added: “In addition, this new contract means there will be a major impact on our environmental responsibility as our previous contract was with a company in Leicester.

“By having a supplier on our doorstep, it will considerably reduce our carbon footprint and transport costs.”

Central Laundry was established in 1988 and remains an independent familyowned business.

Partner Alastair McGuffie said: “A massive recent investment in new machinery has completely modernised Central Laundry’s production unit and created considerable spare capacity for extra pieces to be processed.

“Our expansion helps us to fulfil the growing requirements of existing customers and also enables us to accept new contracts which require our quality of service and product.

“Central Laundry has developed its site and equipment in order to provide a linen hire and laundry service to meet the latest NHS, Government and European specifications.

“With this in mind, we are extremely pleased to welcome Burton Hospitals to our list of delighted NHS customers.”

The contract will see the weekly laundering of 34,129 items, including 9,259 sheets, 4,901 pillow cases, 3,200 bath towels, 2,469 patient gowns and 2,980 scrubs trousers and tops.

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