Camplings Linen has unveiled a new £5 million commercial laundry in Great Yarmouth.
Camplings, which offers linen hire and laundry services to hotels, restaurants and other businesses, has transformed a warehouse into one of the country’s most sophisticated laundries.
Increasing capacity by 25 per cent the business is now capable of processing 500,000 items, such as napkins, towels and table cloths, per week. The investment has been supported by a £140,000 grant from New Anglia LEP’s Growing Business Fund.
Laundries are inherently big users of water and energy. Camplings has taken big steps to invest in new, innovative ways to minimise the company’s impact on the wider environment. Drawing water from an on-site borehole, and recycling wherever possible, water consumption is expected to reduce by around 40% compared to the former site. Excess heat is also utilised, reducing total energy consumption by 30%.
A ‘cool chemistry’ system has also been adopted: a patented formula blending a cocktail of highly effective detergents which are cooled before being injected into the wash; will achieve consistently bright results, while washing at lower temperatures.
Richard Turvill, managing director of Camplings Linen said: “Three years in development and with an investment in excess of £5 million, we’re proud to unveil one of the most innovative, environmentally responsible and technically advanced facilities in the UK, and stake out our ambitions to become the most productive, quality laundry in Europe.”
All 120 staff, some who have worked for Camplings for 40 years or more, have transferred to the new factory, safeguarding jobs for the future.
Chris Starkie, Managing Director of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “We’re pleased to see this new laundry being officially opened. This is exactly the kind of project which our Growing Business Fund is there to support – the grant has helped Camplings to build a new facility, which will allow them to become more efficient and competitive and generate additional jobs.”