British Steel's new garment partner celebrates success as overall overhaul completes

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 8 Aug 2018

A major overhaul of British Steel workwear completed as the new company behind the supply picked up the Best New Entrant Award at the Scunthorpe giant’s Supplier Recognition Event, while the overall winner helped deliver a £1 million saving.

Lincolnshire-based Micronclean was awarded the multi-million pound contract late last year, and a four-month process involving 21,000 new garments for 4,000 employees based across 50 locations has now been completed.

It is now responsible for soiled garment collection, routine laundry operations, garment repairs and redistribution, and came up sparkling at the inaugural awards.

Robert Parker, managing director at Micronclean, said: “When we were awarded this major contract in October 2017, we were determined to build a successful partnership with British Steel. This award recognises the efforts that all of our staff have put in to understanding British Steel as a customer and working with them to start to develop a true partnership that benefits both parties.”

One of the largest privately-owned laundry companies in the UK, Micronclean has been owned by one family since 1929, tracing its heritage back to the Skegness Steam Laundry in 1883. It employs over 400 people and operates three laundry sites and two manufacturing cleanrooms in the county. While it is proud of its history, Mr Parker said the company’s passion is to be the first to develop new technological solutions that change the shape of the markets it serves, creating quality and efficiency for customers.

Paul Martin, British Steel’s deputy chief executive, said: “We’re delighted to be working with Micronclean, recognised by their success in our supplier recognition awards.

“The safety and comfort of our employees is of paramount importance to us and we’re extremely pleased with the standard of workwear and service Micronclean is delivering.”

Clockwise from top left; HFR Solutions, who won the Health & Safety Award; FUCHS Lubricants, who scooped Supplier of the Year as well as being awarded joint winners in the Collaboration category; Micronclean, who won the New Entrant category and Heraeus Electro-Nite, who scooped the Innovation Award and were also joint winners of the Collaboration Award.

A total of 40 suppliers attended, with Stoke-based FUCHS Lubricants winning Supplier of the Year.

It has improved availability and use of one of the site’s most important tools, delivering the seven-figure saving.

Chris Morris, regional manager in the industrial division at FUCHS, said: “It’s a great honour to have received two awards from British Steel – a company we’re extremely proud to work with.

“When we first took on the contract for supplying all lubricants, a lot of people said it couldn’t be done. We’ve not only proved them wrong but brought substantial cost savings with it too, and there’s still more I believe we can do. The warmth and depth of relationship we have with British Steel is a breath of fresh air – long may it continue.”

Other winners were Humberside Fire Service’s HFR Solutions for health and safety, with P&O Ferrymasters highly commended; Heraeus Electro-Nite UK Ltd for innovation, with it joining FUCHS in the collaboration category, in which TCS was highly commended.

Mr Martin and chief finance officer Gerald Reichmann shared priorities and plans for the coming months and years with those in attendance.

Lorraine Sawyer, procurement director, said: “We’re fortunate to work with many suppliers that are committed to delivering reliable and innovative solutions for us. We wanted to use the event to not only update them on our business performance and plans for the year ahead, but to also shine a spotlight on the suppliers that go the extra mile.”

Chas Goldring, British Steel’s continuous improvement manager told representatives at the event how we’re not only embedding continuous improvement to help drive business performance, but also how we can work with our them on projects and how they can get involved with some of our training.

The awards were the first supplier-specific recognition event held. Highly commended in the Supplier of the Year category were Harsco and Tennant Metallurgical Group.

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