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CH&Co selects Elis to supply and launder workwear and linen

Contract caterer, CH&Co, has appointed Elis an international multi-service provider, offering textile, hygiene and facility services solutions to supply and launder workwear and linen for over 300 sites in London and across the UK.

Elis is providing CH&Co with workwear and linen items on a cost-effective rental arrangement, which provides flexibility for staff changes.

Elis has supplied over 20,000 individual items, including chefs’ wear, front-of-house garments, kitchen linen, table linen, bed linen and event linen and is providing a nationwide laundry service. Its industrial laundries and delivery fleets are collecting, laundering, maintaining and returning the workwear and linen to the individual CH&Co sites.

Katie Deem of CH&Co said: “We chose to work with Elis because, in addition to supplying high quality workwear and a consistent nationwide laundry service, they were also very proactive in recommending ways in which they could provide increased business benefits and create quicker lead times. Elis helped us streamline our product range of chefs’ wear, front-of-house garments, table linen and kitchen linen from over 7,500 SKUs to around 1,000 and RFID tagging was applied to all items to improve stock and cost control.

“The switch-over from our existing provider was handled extremely efficiently, with timings to match their exit plan and 113 site installations completed during the first two months of the mobilisation plan, despite this being during the Covid pandemic. We were kept fully up to date with progress and any additional urgent requests were dealt with immediately. Elis really understands our business and were able to provide expert advice and adapt the plan to meet unexpected circumstances, such as when sites opened or closed due to changing pandemic restrictions.’

Craig Easton of Elis said: “CH&Co are one of the UK’s leading prestige contract caterers and this, together with their growth through the acquisition of Gather & Gather, means they are an exciting addition to our contract catering portfolio. CH&Co operate out of a large number of sites, and our UK spread of laundries, our own fleet of over 650 vehicles and the fact that we do not sub-contract any work, means we can meet national multi-site customer requirements.”

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