Abbey Glen is an industrial laundry and has been providing laundry services to Center Parcs since the first village opened in 1987. The business was founded more than 100 years ago and remains a family business to this day, employing up to 200 people at their Sheffield factory.
They currently launder around 50,000 items each week for Center Parcs Whinfell Forest, including towels and bedding.
Hopwells is a food wholesaler with depots around the country, including headquarters in Nottingham. The business was founded in 1975 and remains family-run, employing around 240 people. They began supplying food products to Center Parcs in 2009.
JM Electrical Services began working with Center Parcs after attending a recruitment event held in Flitwick in 2014, prior to Center Parcs Woburn Forest opening.
The Milton Ernest-based business, which employs seven people, oversees the electrical installation and maintenance works at the village, including lighting, power supplies, fibre optic repairs, air conditioning and refrigeration repairs, crossing works, alarm maintenance and the annual Christmas works. They work on the village on a monthly basis.
“I had previously been on holiday at Center Parcs’ villages and we were keen to work with this new, very local, village. Along with the financial security that regular work brings, we’ve had the opportunity to work on different projects, which has enabled us to develop and improve our methods. This has benefitted not only our other customers but has also helped our engineers’ professional development.” Clare White, Accounts
Based in Drumlish, County Longford, Mulleadys Waste & Recycling is located just over 20 miles from Center Parcs Longford Forest. The company, which employs 90 people, has been supplying Center Parcs since before the village even opened – they supplied on-site services to the construction main contractor and were selected to continue providing waste collection from the village’s opening in 2019.
Mulleadys make weekly collections of general waste, dry recyclables, food waste, and glass, as well as emptying skips and compactors. They also provide road-sweeping, power-washing, and streetlight and bin washing services.
“Other possible commercial customers look upon our service agreement with Center Parcs as credible which, therefore, enhances their level of trust to use our services too.” Niall Mulleady, Managing Director
Penrith-based Sissons Decorators were recommended to Center Parcs when the business purchased the Whinfell Forest village in 2001. They have provided all aspects of decorative services to the village, including lodge refurbishment programmes, for more than 20 years.
As a result of the partnership, Sissons Decorators have been able to offer secure positions for more than 20 tradespeople, all of whom live within 20 miles of Center Parcs Whinfell Forest. They also offer annual apprenticeships to school leavers, providing opportunities for young people to learn valuable skills in their local community.
“Having high quality, regular, year-round work helps us to plan well ahead with confidence. The work is pressured and time sensitive, and this has given us a wealth of experience in planning which has benefitted other clients as well.” Ade Sisson, Director