Our Philosophy'It's the service that makes the difference'Our ExperienceThird generation family owned business building longstanding customer relationships across East AngliaOur GoalTo deliver Customer satisfaction from our service solutions first time, all of the time.
Our ValuesTeamwork, Respect & Integrity, WelfareOur ResilienceTwo processing sites; new plant & technology investment, contingency stockholding; robust maintenance; disaster recovery.Associations & AccreditationsTSA Members including Board Representation; ISO 9001
Camplings has a proud history as a family run laundry going back well over 100 years . The company was established as Dyers and French Cleaners about 1870 with premises in King Street, Gt Yarmouth. These premises were soon outgrown and at the turn of the 20th century, Camplings moved to purpose built laundry, with dye works, carpet cleaning and dry cleaning, in Southtown.
The laundry emphasis has changed continually with the requirements of the times. The trade until the 1950's was in family bundles and work from local hotels and boarding houses together with services to all the local hospitals. During the war much work was done for the armed forces. This sufficed in the short term but for the future the company embarked on entering the emerging market in workwear rental and Linen Hire. The workwear service was established in the early 1960's and the first linen hire customer obtained in November 1972. Both services rapidly expanded and today Camplings is predominantly a Linen and workwear rental operation, with a customer base covering all Norfolk and Suffolk.
The Camplings name originates from the original family who started the business. Mr Campling was a well known Yarmouth businessman with many interests in the Borough. He was a town councillor and for a period was elected Mayor. Following his death, the company was run by his executors until 1947, when it was purchased by John Kerrison, whose family had been established in Norfolk for many centuries. His son, Peter Kerrison, joined the business in 1958 who brought about the changes required to ensure the company's future as a leading linen supply company in East Anglia. On his retirement in 2004,control passed to the Turvill family, owners of The Swiss Laundry in Cambridge, a very successful and similar family run linen rental and dry cleaning enterprise covering the whole of East Anglia.
In January 2017, we were proud to unveil our new commercial laundry. Moving from our Southtown laundry, which had served us well for more than 100 years, to a new modern facility on the Harfreys Industrial Estate. Three years in development, and with an investment of £5 million, our new site is one of the most technically advanced and environmentally friendly laundry facilities in the UK, processing up to 500,000 pieces of linen every week.
At the official launch we were delighted to welcome ITV Anglia. Going behind the scenes, they filmed and broadcast this news piece about the latest chapter in the Camplings story.
Please take a few minutes to watch it. We're sure you'll be suprised by what you see.
Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of our buzzing, thriving commercial laundry business?
Our latest video takes you through the doors of our two sites, in Great Yarmouth and Cambridge, to give you an overview of what happens to the 500,000 pieces of laundry we collect, wash and deliver each and every week, for our customers across the hospitality, leisure, restaurant and tourism sectors.
Watch to learn more about the Swiss Camplings story, our heritage and values, and find out how we continue to deliver ‘the service that makes the difference’.
At the start of 2017, we were proud to officially launch our brand new £5 million commercial laundry, one of the most technically advanced and environmentally friendly laundry facilities in the UK.
At the official launch on Tuesday 24 January, we were joined by our business partners, the Mayor of Great Yarmouth and two of Norfolk’s best-known chefs, Roger Hickman and Richard Hughes, as we unveiled the new site to the media.
Increasing our capacity by 25%, our new site is capable of processing 500,000 items, such as napkins, towels and table cloths, every week, and boasts the latest technology to increase our efficiency. We have also taken big steps to invest in new, innovative ways to minimise our impact on the wider environment. Our aim is to reduce our water consumption by 40% and our total energy consumption by 30%.
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. After completing the transition, we’re now fully operational and have never been in a better place to take on new contracts or larger orders from existing clients.”
All 120 employees have transferred to the new factory, safeguarding jobs for the future. While a £150,000 grant from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership will fund the creation of 10 new jobs for local people.
Click here to view a 360 degree image of the new factory. And read more about our expansion below:
We moved to Camplings in 2014 and could not have been happier with the decision to move to you.
The quality and speed of your service is second to none. Your drivers are always first class and were not put off in anyway when we were having major refurbishments happening to the rear of the hotel where we store our laundry.
From your customer service to the linen you provide we cannot fault you, and would most defiantly recommend you to anyone looking to use you.
Kelly Dougal (GM - The Crown)10.03.16
Using Campling's has been a breath of fresh air after using a company that provided a consistent poor standard.
From my first meeting with Tim he was very clear about the products supplied, their standard protocols at the Factory and delivery.
From the time we swapped over my Housekeepers are so much calmer as the standard of stock has risen and the rejects are non existent now.
You may pay a little more than other companies but in my opinion standard is worth every penny and Tim is very helpful and personally inducts your housekeeping team on installation day making the whole process seem effortless.
Changing to Campling's will make a huge difference as it has to our team.
Having now worked with the Camplings team over the last 15 months, I would like to say I have found all members of the team in all the departments I have had to liaise with, extremely helpful, responsive and keen to help.
Deliveries have been on time, the quality good and where issues have been found a quick and easy solution has been organised. Tracy has worked with us as a new company to find the right levels of linens required, we have been supported when we have got it wrong and also helped out at last minute to rectify these mistakes. You have worked with us to ensure that the price is right and manageable and are always willing to discuss any matters that crop up at a moments’ notice.
Campling’s have been our Sole Laundry Partner since 2010; when after a considerable benchmarking exercise assessing them against 3 other Laundry Suppliers, we awarded them an initial 3 year contract. Since then we have found them to be an excellent trading partner, both in the exceptional quality of their products, but equally important their service delivery.
All In All we find Campling’s Laundry to be a Reliable & Flexible Trading Partner; one whose own visions & values match our own; consequently I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending them to any potential customer.
Dave Ramsden (Potters Leisure Ltd)
It is with great sadness that I am giving you three months written notice to terminate our contract. The reason for this has nothing to do with the service that you have provided, David and I are simply going to be moving on to pastures new.
Our final working day here will be Wednesday 13th May 2015.
I would like to have it put on file how happy we have been with the service provided by Camplings from Day One. You were incredibly helpful on our initial meeting and have always been on hand to answer any questions that I may have. The quality of the linen has been great and often gets commented on by our guests and the customer service that we receive from all of your staff members has been great.
We wish you all the very best for the future and hope that Camplings keeps going from strength to strength.
All the best,
India Clarke (The Crown, Market Hill, Framlingham)
We are green
Environment and social responsibilities statement
Camplings Linen and it's parent company The Swiss Laundry Ltd recognise the responsibilities and social duties it has to look after the environment, its staff, customers, neighbours and community.
We are committed to policies that minimise the adverse impact of our activities and aim to deliver on this promise in all parts of our operations. To ensure the effective implementation of this policy, we have given clear responsibilities and accountabilities to our executive directors against which they are measured.
What we're doing and what we've done?
We believe actions speak louder than words and so here is a summary of what we’ve done.
Laundries are heavy users of energy to heat water and iron linen. Modern equipment is energy efficient and we are committed to continue investing.
80% of machinery is less than 5 years old
We aim to replace our vehicles every 7 years and have been purchasing euro 4 classification ahead of the legal requirements.
We continually train our staff and employees
We maintain our buildings and surroundings with our own permanent staff
Our board is prepared to make long term decisions and will continue to consider the wider effect of business decisions
Our business is all about restoring linen to a reusable quality. It is our core activity and a philosophy we run throughout the organisation
Our washing machines recycle water
Our driers are designed to finish at the optimum moisture content level
Our packaging is constantly under review and excess is retained and re-cycled
We do not yet have our own water treatment plant, but we know about them and want one
We re-use heat energy and circulate exhaust energy back into our process
We carefully plan our distribution and monitor vehicle fuel economy
We have signed up to an energy monitoring scheme whereby we are judged on a programme of continuous improvement against a base year of 2008
We recognise that we have a lot more work to do
Staff Charitable activities
We are proud of the energy and enthusiasm our staff put into raising money for good causes
We support their activities and generally match fund their success from our profits
We offer full Linen Hire & Commercial Laundry Services to Service Industry partners.
ALL BATHROOM TOWELLING
RESTAURANT OR DINING TABLE LINEN
WORKWEAR GARMENTS, E.G. CHEFSWEAR
Camplings Linen has been serving Business customers from it's site in Great Yarmouth for over 100 years. Through a real attention to detail and a passion for delivering the best quality & service Camplings Linen has become a key supplier to many of the prestigious Hotels, Guest Houses, Holiday Parks & Restaurants across Norfolk & Suffolk.
For more detail about each of our Linen Hire & Laundry Services, click on the Service offer buttons.
To gain a full understanding of our Commercial Linen Hire Processing & scale we have produced a video from our operation in Great Yarmouth, why not watch our virtual tour by clicking here