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Barker enters specialist hospitality market

Dorset based Barker, one of the largest domestic laundry’s in the UK and a leading drycleaner, has entered the commercial laundry market, with a specialist offering to boutique hotels and Airbnb’s across the Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) region and the New Forest. The business’s expansion in the sector comes after significant investment, some 18 months ago, of nearly £1m in new plant and machinery. This led to significantly increased efficiencies, as well as achieving sustainability goals within the business.

Significant investment in plant and machinery 18 months ago has meant that Barker has the capacity and capability to expand

MD Matthew Barker advised: “The extensive refit led to increased capacity and capability of some 50 per cent and 20 per cent more working space, achieved through a clever redesign of the workflow and repositioning of plant and machinery.

“Branching out into the commercial hospitality sector feels like very natural and organic growth for the business and we are so pleased that over the last two years our revenue and margin has grown significantly with further exciting growth in the pipeline this year. “Even in just the first quarter of 2024, our revenue in the hospitality sector has grown by over 10 per cent. There is much positivity being felt.

“Various closures and amalgamations of larger industrial laundries over recent times have left many of their clients in the hospitality sector desperate for good quality laundry services. New business opportunities have become available to us, and we are well prepared to service them. “We have a great team across the whole business which includes four retail shops in Dorset and we are proud to service so many fantastic clients across Greater London and southern England, with a weekly collection and delivery laundry service.”

Barker MD, Matthew Barker, says that branching out into the commercial laundry sector is a natural and organic way to grow their Dorset-based business
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