Lincolnshire firm cleans up with British Steel workwear and laundry contract

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 18 Oct 2017

British Steel has awarded a multi-million pound contract to supply thousands of its employees with their first sets of newly branded workwear to a Lincolnshire business.

The company has chosen Skegness-headquartered Micronclean to provide the specialist clothing for 4,500 employees at its sites throughout the UK and Ireland.

Implementation is a major logistical operation and a 25-strong team from Micronclean is currently undertaking the task of measuring up employees for their very first sets of workwear carrying the new British Steel name and logo.

Staff at British Steel who handle the laundry operations on site will also transfer to the team.

British Steel's deputy chief executive, Paul Martin, said: “The safety and comfort of our employees, many of whom work in extreme conditions, is of paramount importance to us. It’s vital, therefore, that we provide them with first class clothing that not only protects them but gives them the confidence to work in the environments they do.

“Anyone who has worked on a steelworks, or in a hazardous environment, will know how crucial the correct workwear is and throughout the tendering process safety and quality have been our priorities.

“We’re pleased to have awarded this contract to Micronclean and look forward to working with them as they measure for, supply and clean 20,000 pieces of new British Steel workwear.”

The long-term agreement will see Micronclean replace the current workwear with 2,000 coveralls, 9,000 jackets and 9,000 pairs of trousers. In addition, the company will also be responsible for the laundry operation, garment repairs and distribution.

The vast majority will be serviced at a site in Grantham. 

Mr Martin said: “Where possible we always try to work with local companies so we’re pleased to be working with another Lincolnshire business in Micronclean.

“I’m sure our employees will also be extremely proud to finally wear British Steel branded workwear. Since our launch last year the response to our brand has been incredibly positive, internally and externally, and I know our people are looking forward to receiving their new clothing.”

Micronclean is a family-run firm and employs more than 400 people across the UK, the majority of whom are based at sites in Skegness, Louth and Grantham. 

Robert Parker, Micronclean managing director, said: “We’re delighted to have been awarded this important contract and look forward to working in partnership with British Steel.

“We are currently in the process of measuring up around 4,500 employees and so far, we’ve had a fantastic response from the British Steel staff. They can’t wait to get their new British Steel branded workwear and it’s a source of immense pride that we’ve been asked to provide it.

“The logistics of the roll-out to over 4,500 staff on 51 sites are complex, with the specialist clothing being designed to meet individual needs and roles. The workwear itself must not only be capable offering long term protection in extreme environments by meeting the most stringent of safety requirements but must also be comfortable to wear. Our laundering service will ensure that the garments remain in good condition for their agreed lifetime and are returned to the correct lockers time after time without fail.”

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