Who are the Best Janitorial Distributors in London?

I recently did a presentation to a potential client. Ever enthusiastic I extolled the virtues of my business. The fantastic buying power that membership of the Jangro Group gives us and the willingness to pass those savings on to our clients. Products delivered next day, by our own customer service representatives (please note not drivers). A warehouse full of thousands of products, trade counter minutes from the West End and City. The amazing free Jangro App, the online training for cleaners at just 99p via the Jangro Learning Management System (LMS) and much more.

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check-listI recently did a presentation to a potential client. Ever enthusiastic I extolled the virtues of my business. The fantastic buying power that membership of the Jangro Group gives us and the willingness to pass those savings on to our clients. Products delivered next day, by our own customer service representatives (please note not drivers). A warehouse full of thousands of products, trade counter minutes from the West End and City. The amazing free Jangro App, the online training for cleaners at just 99p via the Jangro Learning Management System (LMS) and much more.

It all seemed to be going rather well, I was getting up a real head of steam and then the gentlemen concerned threw me completely with two questions. “Who are your competitors?” “Who are best Janitorial Suppliers in London?”

 

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Cover2013CoverApollo Janitorial Supplies Ltd

Address: 242-250 Wood St, London, E17 3NA
Web Site: www.apollojanitorialsupplies.co.uk
Premium Rate Telephone Number: No
Telephone: 020 8520 7102
Delivery: 48 Hours

ISO Accreditation: Not Known

Information from their web site:
We offer a comprehensive range of commercial and industrial cleaning products and services. We currently service over 900 clients and stock 2000+ products. We are presently supplying many Blue Chip Companies and numerous organisations that span across the Industrial, Commercial, Banking, Educational, Hotel and Leisure Centre Industries.

We have been successfully supplying our quality products for over 25 years and are the only remaining independent Janitorial Supplies Company in the UK. Our award winning storage and distribution centre is one of the largest in the South of England.

Gary's Notes:
A very well respected business with a long track record. Owned by the Apollo Group of Companies Ltd which also owns Contract Cleaning and Electrical Supply Businesses

bandc-one-lineB & C Supplies

Address: UNIT 1 BURNHAM WAY, KANGLEY BRIDGE ROAD, LONDON, SE26 5AG
Web Site: www.bandcsupplies.co.uk
Premium Rate Telephone Number: No
Telephone: 020 8776 5757
Delivery: Not Known
ISO Accreditation: Not Known

Information from their web site:
We are a major distributor of janitorial, cleaning & disposable paper products.
We supply Greater London, Kent, Surrey & Sussex.
All deliveries are by our own drivers. Delivery is free on orders over GBP 25.00

Gary's Notes:
The accounts indicate that the company is financially sound, but there is little other information available from the web site.

BunzlBunzl Cleaning & Hygiene Supplies

Address: Unit 9, Gemini Business Park, Hornet Way, Beckton, London, E6 7FF
Web Site: www.bunzlchs.com
Premium Rate Telephone Number: No
Telephone: 0207 055 1746
Delivery: Not Known
ISO Accreditation: ISO 14001

Information from their web site:
We operate from locations throughout the UK, providing national coverage that meets the requirements of all our customers. Our own fleet of distribution vehicles, supported by local customer care and field sales technical support, means we have the resources to support your business wherever you are.

Gary's Notes:
American owned and by far the biggest distributor in the UK with a big focus on large PLC’s. The company offers nationwide distribution through its network of over 20 branches.

CKC Consumables (formerly City & Kent Consumables)

Address: 31 Metro Centre,Kangley Bridge Road,Lower Sydenham, London SE26 5BW
Premium Rate Telephone Number: No
Telephone: 020 8659 3204
Delivery: 48 Hours

ISO Accreditation: ISO14001, ISO9001

Information from their web site:

Established in 1977, CK Consumables is a division of City + Kent Cleaning Limited t/a CK Group.
Initially established to service our Company’s Healthcare clients, this area of our business has seen steady growth in the sales of janitorial ancillaries, cleaning consumables, chemicals and cleaning machinery over the years.
 
Operating from our own South London warehouse we hold a wide range of competitively priced goods with free bulk delivery by our own fleet of vehicles to account holder clients premises or sites.

Gary's Notes:
A realativley new division of the CK Group, who own a large contracting cleaning business based at the same address. This companywould be ideal for someone looking for both consumables and contract cleaning.

 

Janitorial Supplies - Camberwell (also known as Alliance UK)
 
Address: Unit 13, Camberwell Trading Estate, 117-119 Demark Rd London SE5 9LB
Web Site: www.janitorialsupplies.co.uk
Premium Rate Telephone Number: YES
Telephone: 0870 3520600
Delivery: Not Known
ISO Accreditation: Not Known

Information from their web site:
The principle business sectors Janitorial Supplies operates in are Government – both national and local, Contractors, Distribution, Manufacturing and Transport. Amongst these markets are some of the biggest leading edge international companies with whom we have developed extremely successful partnerships.
Trade names and marks (other than Janitorial Supplies) are not always indications of the actual manufacturer of a particular product and may rather be indicative of general use systems and machines associated with such products.

Gary's Notes:
Our researchers had trouble finding the legal status of the business from the web site but the business shares an address with the very reputable Rainbow Cleaning Services, so this company would be ideal for those looking for both a Cleaning and Janitorial Supply Service www.rainbowcleaning.net. The business seems you use a number of websites with differing names, including Alliance, Rainbow and Arko

LCStitle2London Cleaning Supplies

Address: 246a Brownhill Road, Catford, London, SE6 1AU
Web Site: www.londoncleaningsupplies.co.uk
Premium Rate Telephone Number: No
Telephone: 020 8461 4304
Delivery: Aim for same day /next day delivery unless specified
ISO Accreditation: Not Known

Information from their web site:
Established in 1982, London Cleaning Supplies is a family business with shop and warehouse based in Catford, London. We are an independent distributor of a vast range of high quality cleaning materials and equipment for domestic, commercial and specialist applications.

As a specialist supplier we've built an enviable reputation for the standard of equipment, advice and service we offer which is reflected by the company's growth and in the type and variety of customers that we supply. So whether you are a domestic customer looking for a one-off purchase or a multi-site organisation, Pub, Club, Hotel, School, College, University, Hospital, we can help.

Gary's Notes:
A good well established family business which has been operating since 1982. The company operates out of an imposing double fronted shop in Catford South London.

Supplies HouseThe Supplies House Ltd

Address: 20–21 Interchange East Business Park, Grosvenor Way, London E5 9ND
Web Site: www.supplieshouse.co.uk
Premium Rate Telephone Number: YES
Telephone: 0844 561 4956
Delivery: Not Known
ISO Accreditation: Not Known

Information from their web site:
Our events experience includes providing supplies for concert venues such as the O2 centre; sports stadia like Wembley, Twickenham and The Emirates; and larger sports venues such as Silverstone and Aintree. We often work in partnership with other contractors at these events.

Gary's Notes:
A successful company with a good reputation for supplying large events.

thamesmead_358Thamesmead Business Services

Address: 14-16 Verney Road, Bermondsey, London, SE16 3DZ
Web Site: www.thamesmeadonline.co.uk
Premium Rate Telephone Number: No
Telephone: 020 7639 0348
Delivery: Not Known
ISO Accreditation: ISO 9002

Information from their web site:

Thamesmead is independently owned and was formed over 30 years ago as a source of supply for quality branded products at competitive prices with a fast and efficient delivery service. Our company purpose is to provide a quality supply of janitorial, washroom disposables, refuse sacks, cleaning chemicals and catering disposables to the London market. Thamesmead has built strong working relationships with all the top branded manufacturers. Over 1000 product lines.

Gary's Notes:
A large well established business, with a good reputation for supplying branded products and catering supplies, although not particularly strong on cleaning equipment.

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Sir Clive Woodward & Brad SugarsAt the recent 2013 EMEA Business Excellence Seminar in Portugal the key note speaker Sir Clive Woodward was talking about the England Rugby World Cup winning team of 2003. Sir Clive said “We prepared for every eventuality”. Clearly I was not prepared for questions about our competitors.

As someone who passionately believes in what we do and desperately wants to run the best supply company in the UK, I hadn't really thought much about the opposition. But they were two very legitimate questions and everything I have ever read about content/inbound marketing tells me that the most important thing you can do from a trust perspective, is honestly answer customers’ questions.

Determined to answer these questions comprehensively I went to the Yell web site and wrote a list of every London Janitorial Supply company displayed. I then chose the ones I considered to be the best and have listed their basic information in alphabetical order above, your comments and feedback on your experience would be most welcomed.

If you want to compare us and need more information about Janitorial Express, call us on 020 7700 3322

or email gary@janitorialexpress.co.uk

 

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For more information read: How the emergence of national buying groups is changing the balance of power in the UK Janitorial market.

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