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Rentokil’s laundry shut-down may leave clients high and dry

Hotels and restaurants in the UK could be left without laundry services following Rentokil Initial’s decision to close its loss-making linen and workwear division.


Rentokil is shutting the division on 30 April after failing to find a buyer, potentially leaving hundreds of companies without uniforms or table linen.


The company has an estimated £25m of the £400m UK hospitality workwear and laundry sector, and competitors have warned they will not be able to meet demand.


David Stevens, chairman of the Brilliant Laundry Group, said: “Operators must act quickly if they are affected. We will be able to ramp up capacity, but we can’t, as an industry, absorb this much extra capacity in such a short time.”


Existing Rentokil clients should call the  company on 0800 408 1001 or go to www.rentokil-initial.com to make arrangements.


Where companies hire uniforms from Rentokil as well, the company has agreed to transfer workwear garments to the new laundry provider.


By Chris Druce


 


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