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

03 February 2006
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 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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