Workwear specialist laundry Giltbrook Cleaners has won a three-year contract to supply and service uniforms for East Midlands bus operator Trent Barton.
The Ilkeston-based company is providing around 2,500 pieces of specialist clothing to Trent Barton employees working in seven depots across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and south Yorkshire.
The high visibility embroidered boiler suits, jackets, trousers and polo shirts are worn by the 185-strong team that services and maintains Trent Barton’s bus fleet in Langley Mill, Nottingham, Loughborough, Derby, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Buxton, Ashbourne and Sheffield.
To date, it is the largest contract in the public transport sector won by Giltbrook Cleaners, which has one of the most advanced specialist workwear laundries in Europe.
“We are very pleased to have secured the contract to supply and service workwear for Trent Barton,” said Chris Jackson, CEO at Giltbrook Cleaners. “Like us, they are a business committed to their local area and we are proud that we are playing a part in keeping their operation running smoothly by maintaining the uniforms of the team that keeps the buses on the roads.”
Trent Barton is one of the first customers of the Derbyshire commercial laundry to be able to take advantage of a tracking workwear system with developments in place to link through to the new customer portal on the Giltbrook company website, at www.giltbrookworkwear.co.uk. This will enable firms to log in and track garments through the wash cycle and have up-to-date management information at their finger tips on staff workwear uniforms.
“We are investing in the latest technology which means that at a moment’s notice, clients can check what stage any garment is at and gather all the necessary information,” said Chris Jackson. “The information is there, 24 hours a day. It represents a leap forward for us in terms of customer service.”
All the garments supplied to Trent Barton comply with EN471, an EU standard for high-visibility warning clothing, and feature the company’s embroidered logo and individual names of staff, giving a personal touch to their uniforms.
They are serviced at Giltbrook Cleaners’ unit at Mercian Close, Manners Industrial Estate, Ilkeston, which has a rainwater harvesting, water recycling and reusing system, a high-efficiency hot water generation boiler, and the latest garment conveyor systems and monitoring through barcode and high- frequency micro chip technology.
The unit also has specialist hygiene management systems.
Dick Woods, health and safety and facilities officer, at Trent Barton, said: “We’ve been delighted with Giltbrook Cleaners and the seamless way they have taken on the contract and worked with our staff. The quality of the garments, cleanliness and the aftercare service has made a big difference to our staff and feedback has been excellent.”
Giltbrook Cleaners is a family-run business, which has been operating for more than 60 years and employs 43 people. Its clients include companies working in a range of sectors such as food and drink, engineering, hospitality, pharmaceutical and transport.
It is a leading supplier in workwear rental and cleaning, dust mat and logo mat provision and cleaning, locker and washroom services.