Vax Commercial's growth within the cleaning industry has taken another positive step forward with the help of Coventry-based supplier to the trade, Astleys.
Vax Commercial installed a dedicated display area within Astleys' trade showrooms in December, helping to raise the profile of its carpet washers, vacuum cleaners and other specialist cleaning products with customers. Since starting its trading relationship with Astleys just over a year ago, Vax Commercial's sales through the supplier have grown rapidly.
Steve Wootton, UK sales manager for Astleys Cleaning and Hygiene Division, said: “Vax Commercial offers a wide range of commercial floorcare machines which provide solutions for some of our bigger customers in the care and education sectors. We are very happy with the support from Vax Commercial and look forward to working closely with the company throughout 2014 and beyond.”
Justin Pugh, account manager for Vax Commercial, said: “We've recently expanded our range of high performance, hassle-free cleaning appliances and detergents with new products that are ideally suited for maintaining the strict standards of hygiene in the healthcare, hospitality and education sectors. This means we can now offer partners such as Astleys a one-stop shop solution for a wide selection of their customers.”
Based in Coventry Business Park, Astleys first launched its specialist cleaning and hygiene division in 2010 and it has soon become one of the most successful parts of the business. Astleys relocated from its landmark building in Coventry city centre to a new-build headquarters in 2005 and its venture into the care sector has helped it trade successfully through the recession. According to David Astley, operations director, the healthcare sector contributes 30% to the overall turnover of the group, which employs more than 30 staff. “It has been a massive growth area for us in the last 18 months or so, during what has been a very difficult time for many sectors. There are very specific requirements in the care and hospitality sector in terms of the types of products which can be used to ensure hygiene standards. We have a highly experienced, specialist team whose vast knowledge of the products as well as the sector requirements has been vital in the new division growing so quickly.”
Picture shows: From left to right: Justin Pugh, Vax Commercial's account manager; Steve Wootton, Astleys UK sales manager; and Andrew Paylor, Vax Commercial's account manager.