Salisbury based laundry business celebrates a decade

SLS celebrate their 10 year anniversary as a commercial laundry

The team at Salisbury Linen Services gather to celebrate 10 years in business

Celebrating their 10 year anniversary as a commercial laundry, Salisbury Linen Services (SLS) hosted a luncheon in the heart of Salisbury Hospital.

Guests, including the breadth of SLS staff, were welcomed with an impressive selection of delicious buffet food and a much deserved break from their daily work. Following on from many introductions from attendees across the industry, managing director Kevin Newton kicked off the speeches with a heartfelt thank you to every member of the team, showcasing their success in the colossal amount of linen coming in and out of their doors, well in excess of 20 million items per year. The growth over the past 10 years has seen Salisbury Linen Services produce an average of 650,000 pieces per week having previously produced 85,000 pieces.

Newton went on to honour the service of individual members of staff who collectively had over 126 years with Salisbury Linen, starting when Salisbury Linen was an SME laundry. Each were presented with an award as a thank you for their dedication and ongoing hard work. This echoed Salisbury Linen’s high level of staff retention with an average of 96 per cent per annum. The speeches ended with company chairman Mike Hawker thanking the staff before they returned to their workstations.

Attached directly to the hospital, all guests were offered the opportunity to tour the laundry and understand the day-to-day operations required to run this successful plant. Packed with machinery – SLS have invested a staggering £2.5m. It was incredible to see how crucial their services are to the NHS, servicing approximately 7,000 NHS beds per year. Operations manager Anthony Proctor, also known as Skip, explained the cycle of each piece of linen – with each piece being pushed through a large tunnel washer and being compressed before moving onto the drying process, this all managed by environmentally friendly laundry technology. Proctor also shared that the heavily soiled (red bag) linen was not man handled but in fact put through a separate washer whilst still in its bag. The bag would disintegrate whilst being washed. The Laundry & Cleaning Today team were engrossed, watching the staff, in which over 75 per cent are NVQ level 2 qualified in laundry operations, feed the finishing machines with a final result of beautifully folded linen.

In 2017, SLS acquired another site – the Eastbourne NHS Laundry Facility. Both now service numerous NHS hospitals and other smaller laundries. Operating within the NHS Acute Hospital Market, it was explained that the laundry needed a range of accreditations and contingency agreements in place. Thinking back to Covid, you can imagine how strict their regime must have been to ensure the NHS workers had clean, disinfected uniforms and linen. Both sites are accredited with EN 14065 and ISO9001.

Laundry & Cleaning Today would like to thank Salisbury Linen Services for the invitation to their celebration and we wish them further success for the coming years

Long serving members of the team were recognised and honoured as part of the anniversary celebrations

SLS celebrate their 10 year anniversary as a commercial laundry

The team at Salisbury Linen Services gather to celebrate 10 years in business

Celebrating their 10 year anniversary as a commercial laundry, Salisbury Linen Services (SLS) hosted a luncheon in the heart of Salisbury Hospital.

Guests, including the breadth of SLS staff, were welcomed with an impressive selection of delicious buffet food and a much deserved break from their daily work. Following on from many introductions from attendees across the industry, managing director Kevin Newton kicked off the speeches with a heartfelt thank you to every member of the team, showcasing their success in the colossal amount of linen coming in and out of their doors, well in excess of 20 million items per year. The growth over the past 10 years has seen Salisbury Linen Services produce an average of 650,000 pieces per week having previously produced 85,000 pieces.

Newton went on to honour the service of individual members of staff who collectively had over 126 years with Salisbury Linen, starting when Salisbury Linen was an SME laundry. Each were presented with an award as a thank you for their dedication and ongoing hard work. This echoed Salisbury Linen’s high level of staff retention with an average of 96 per cent per annum. The speeches ended with company chairman Mike Hawker thanking the staff before they returned to their workstations.

Attached directly to the hospital, all guests were offered the opportunity to tour the laundry and understand the day-to-day operations required to run this successful plant. Packed with machinery – SLS have invested a staggering £2.5m. It was incredible to see how crucial their services are to the NHS, servicing approximately 7,000 NHS beds per year. Operations manager Anthony Proctor, also known as Skip, explained the cycle of each piece of linen – with each piece being pushed through a large tunnel washer and being compressed before moving onto the drying process, this all managed by environmentally friendly laundry technology. Proctor also shared that the heavily soiled (red bag) linen was not man handled but in fact put through a separate washer whilst still in its bag. The bag would disintegrate whilst being washed. The Laundry & Cleaning Today team were engrossed, watching the staff, in which over 75 per cent are NVQ level 2 qualified in laundry operations, feed the finishing machines with a final result of beautifully folded linen.

In 2017, SLS acquired another site – the Eastbourne NHS Laundry Facility. Both now service numerous NHS hospitals and other smaller laundries. Operating within the NHS Acute Hospital Market, it was explained that the laundry needed a range of accreditations and contingency agreements in place. Thinking back to Covid, you can imagine how strict their regime must have been to ensure the NHS workers had clean, disinfected uniforms and linen. Both sites are accredited with EN 14065 and ISO9001.

Laundry & Cleaning Today would like to thank Salisbury Linen Services for the invitation to their celebration and we wish them further success for the coming years

Long serving members of the team were recognised and honoured as part of the anniversary celebrations

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