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Devon Laundry Expands with the Help of Armstrong Dealer Roy Greenslade

Devon Laundry Expands with the Help of Armstrong Dealer Roy Greenslade

Devon laundry Three Sheets to the Wind began life in founder Julie Bennett’s garage in 2008.  By the end of the year the business had outgrown this space so was moved to its own premises, and within two years Julie had to take on a second unit.  This year further expansion has meant another move, this time with the opportunity for it all to be under one roof, with space for further growth, in Kingsbridge.

Since she started the business Julie has had all her equipment supplied by Roy Greenslade, a commercial laundry specialist based in Dartmouth.  When this year’s move took place, all the machines from the two existing sites was transferred over to the new units, but more equipment was needed to service the growing business.  Roy Greenslade is a dealer for Armstrong Commercial Laundry Systems, and he supplied and installed three new large capacity machines supplied by Armstrong.   These are a Primus FS55 washer extractor which has a 55kg capacity, a Huebsch Giant Loadstar 54kg capacity tumble dryer and a Primus ironer with a 3200mm roller length and a 500mm roller diameter.

Much of the laundry’s business comes from holiday homes and letting agents plus some from caterers, b&bs, pubs and some private individuals.  It is a somewhat seasonal business but Julie explains, “the season has got longer and now the only quiet times are December pre-Christmas and February up towards Easter.  In the height of the season we employ around 30 people, but some of those are students who will leave to go back to college as things quieten down.  We work hard to meet clients’ needs on turnaround, mostly it’s one week but the arrival of increasing number of Airbnb properties has meant customers often require a quicker return.”

The laundry offers a linen hire service, and Julie says that around 50% of their customers now use this.  Each customer’s laundry is kept separate, so a range of machine sizes allows for this to be done economically.  A free collection and delivery service is provided.   On the hire side, in addition to bedding, towels etc Julie offers a range of baby equipment for holidaymakers including cots, pushchairs, stairgates and high chairs – very useful range for families travelling to Devon on holiday.

Julie is delighted with the new big machines have been put in this year, ‘they’re brilliant’ she told us.  In addition to supplying and installing new equipment, Roy Greenslade also handles all service and repair work for the laundry.

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What our clients say...

  • “Our machines have come from several suppliers – there is a big difference in the standards of support we receive and Armstrong gets 10 out of 10 – their service has been consistently excellent over several years and when you’re as busy as we are, that’s very important.”

    Jacqui Butler

  • “It’s important to get the right equipment for the job, too small and it won’t do it properly, too big and you are wasting money, energy and space. It is also important to deal with a company you trust to supply reliable equipment and give you the support you need. As expected, the installation went smoothly, we have never had the slightest problem and I know Armstrong will deal with it if we do.”

    Colin Farquharson, St Ermin’s Hotel

  • “Our relationship with Armstrong goes back a long way, and they continue to give us excellent service and extremely reliable equipment.”

    Suzy Brandwood, The Elms School

  • “On average the equipment is working 14 hours a day throughout the week.  The new dryers are brilliant, easy to use, efficient and reliable!”

    Wendy Clayton, Chepstow Nursing & Care Home

  • “The machines are kept very busy, work well and have been very reliable.”

    Fr Oliver, Douai Abbey

  • “That’s the thing with Armstrong, if you ask for service you get it – quickly.  We know we can rely on them which is really important as the speed and quality of the laundry is vital to the hotel.”

    James Suter, The Gliffae Country House Hotel

  • “As before I am delighted with the dryers, they are really efficient and reliable and the customers find them very easy to use.”

    Shaid Aziz, Bright Wash Launderette

  • “We’re delighted with the new dryer. We pride ourselves on a very personal level of care here, keeping up with the laundry and it all coming out looking good is an important aspect of this care and this machine has been excellent since it was installed.”

    Marilyn Collins, Oaklands Care Home