‘Kick-start’ for Belfast laundry business

Belfast laundry businesses, CN Hygiene and the Kit Cleaning Company, have celebrated a ‘kick-start’ return to business activity with the cleaning and preparation of the Northern Ireland Ladies Football team kits, who made history at Seaview last week.

Tuesday, 20th April 2021, 5:00 pm
Johnny, Coach at Northern Ireland Ladies Football Team is pictured with Nikki Sturgeoner, Kit Cleaning Company, Belfast

The family-run businesses, located in Belfast’s Townsend Street, have had to down-tools for almost 12-months as the majority of their work services both the hospitality and sports industries.

Both businesses, run by husband and wife-team, Nikki and Michael Sturgeoner, welcomed the win and indeed the Executive’s recent announcement of a return of hospitality.

Nikki, who runs the Kit Cleaning Company explained: “We are absolutely thrilled with this week’s win of the Northern Ireland’s Ladies Football Team. It has given us all a renewed sense of positivity and a real boost to our business.

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“To know we helped get the ladies ready for their victory gave us all a sense of pride.

“The past 12 months have been very tough for us as a family run business totally reliant on other sectors – both of whom have had to shut.

“The Kit Cleaning Company has contracts with sports teams at all levels across the country, and we rely on them playing their weekly match.”

“I am so thankful that this is now resuming and can’t wait to get back to work for what we hope will be a busy summer ahead.”

Michael Sturgeoner, who runs sister company, CN Hygiene, continued: “The majority of our business is to service the hospitality industry. We launder everything from bed linen, table clothes, napkins, aprons to dishcloths.

“To have this industry shut down for the guts of the year, means that we suffered the same blow.

“It has been extremely hard to survive, but I am grateful that we have, and we are ready for a bumper summer of staycations and eating out.

Michael concluded: “We fully welcome the Executive’s recent announcement as it allows us to plan ahead, get the staff back in place and start to make more plans for moving forward.”

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