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Mr. Grenwell

David Grenwell

Sales Director, Shortridge Laundry

David Greenwell is sales director of Shortridge Laundry and Linen Hire, supplying many high-end hotels - Rockliffe Hall, The Samling and Stobo Castle, for example - along with hundreds of smaller hotels and guests houses across Northern Britain. Originally based near Keswick in Cumbria, North West Laundries was founded by David and Peter Hinckley in 1993. The company provided linen hire and laundry services to hotels and other local businesses throughout the Lakes. The rapid growth of the company meant a new, larger site was soon needed and the move to Lillyhall Industrial Estate was completed in 1996. By 2005 North West Laundries supplied businesses throughout Cumbria and the Borders. The acquisition of Shortridge enabled them to move into Scotland. In 2008 a depot was opened in Thirsk allowing the company to cover more of the North East and North Yorkshire, with further expansion in that region facilitated by the new Darlington depot. Investment in machinery has continued: in 2014, the company invested well over £1M in state-of-the-art laundry equipment, including washers, dryers, and ironers. Annual investment of over £750,000 in the best linen and towels from around the world helps to keep Shortridge's standards at the forefront of the industry. Last year, Mr. Greenwell commissioned a [short video][1] of the large Lillyhall laundry, for the benefit of those customers who are curious as to just how their linen is cared for.

Please visit https://www.shortridgelaundry.co.uk/ for more information.

Mr. Grenwell can be contacted at 01900 606696 or info@shortridge.co.uk

Coming up in March 2019...

Human Resources: An Era of Transition

Traditionally, the human resource department administers five key areas within a hotel operation - compliance, compensation and benefits, organizational dynamics, selection and retention, and training and development. However, HR professionals are also presently involved in culture-building activities, as well as implementing new employee on-boarding practices and engagement initiatives. As a result, HR professionals have been elevated to senior leadership status, creating value and profit within their organization. Still, they continue to face some intractable issues, including a shrinking talent pool and the need to recruit top-notch employees who are empowered to provide outstanding customer service. In order to attract top-tier talent, one option is to take advantage of recruitment opportunities offered through colleges and universities, especially if they have a hospitality major. This pool of prospective employees is likely to be better educated and more enthusiastic than walk-in hires. Also, once hired, there could be additional training and development opportunities that stem from an association with a college or university. Continuing education courses, business conferences, seminars and online instruction - all can be a valuable source of employee development opportunities. In addition to meeting recruitment demands in the present, HR professionals must also be forward-thinking, anticipating the skills that will be needed in the future to meet guest expectations. One such skill that is becoming increasingly valued is “resilience”, the ability to “go with the flow” and not become overwhelmed by the disruptive influences  of change and reinvention. In an era of transition—new technologies, expanding markets, consolidation of brands and businesses, and modifications in people's values and lifestyles - the capacity to remain flexible, nimble and resilient is a valuable skill to possess. The March Hotel Business Review will examine some of the strategies that HR professionals are employing to ensure that their hotel operations continue to thrive.