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Paul Mulready, Marketing Manager at Northwood Hygiene Products Ltd tells us how their Leonardo brand of dispensers brought an air of style and sophistication to Lely UK Ltd when they were looking to liven up their washroom provisions.

When it’s your responsibility to maintain the facilities of a 6.2 acre site for one of the country’s leading privately owned agricultural machinery suppliers you need to know that the form and functionality of your washroom provision is to a standard that is not only above criticism, but one which is also capable of delivering a positive contribution to the business’ overall perception.

So when Mark Barr, Operations Facility Manager at St Neots-based Lely UK Ltd decided that it was time to reassess their washroom provision, the brief was to undertake a far-reaching review of the existing facilities and make recommendations that met the overall corporate objectives as well as the practical ones.

The review was carried out by Susan Dawks, Sales Manager at CCL Supplies, the Cambridge-based supplier of washroom and janitorial products and services. She found a not wholly untypical scene of a variety of differing dispensers with the consequent, rather messy feel to the facilities.

Experience has shown that the costs of maintaining facilities with differing types of dispenser can be significantly higher than a standardised presentation. Maintenance staff require less training when all the dispensers are the same, the number of keys each operative has to carry is reduced to a single unit which fits

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all the dispensers and time and time again it has been shown that well- presented washrooms are left cleaner and tidier. This results in not just a welcome, ‘feel good’ factor but it also significantly reduces maintenance inspection routines and the amount of actual cleaning time.

Lely UK was founded in 1968, and with more than 150 staff on-site together with an almost constant stream of visitors from all over the world, it meant that Susan had to take into account a number of other key factors including the fact that the installation needed not only to meet the expected washroom requirements but also to meet the additional hygiene standards of the outside catering providers who are almost permanently needed to sustain the needs of the flow of customers, suppliers and other visitors.

More than aware that hand hygiene is the essential first step in any effective hygiene regime, Susan recognised the fact that given the number of international visitors to the site is always high, there is a further particular need to ensure that washroom hygiene standards are both established and maintained to ensure as safe a site as possible. Her conclusion was that Leonardo Dispensing Solutions, with Versatwin and hands-free dispensing to the fore, would deliver both the aesthetic considerations and the

essential reliable functionality. After initial trials it became apparent that Leonardo more than met the standards required and the full fit was completed soon after.

After the installation, Mark said: “Lely is a very professional company, we are seen as the Rolls Royce of our sector and as a premium brand, we appreciate the need to maintain that image in every aspect of the site. Of course part of that responsibility is that we also want to make sure that we provide a safe and hygienic environment for both our employees and visitors alike.

“The Leonardo dispensers, with their smooth and elegant lines, look terrific and immediately create the desired look of effortless sophistication and quality. The fact that they are also designed to be easy to fit and maintain, and their single sheet presentation as well as larger capacity leads to a reduced inspection requirement, all combines to produce excellent cost in use figures, which is a further significant benefit.

“Since the installation of Leonardo

we have noticed that there seems to be much less waste and the whole environment appears to be much cleaner and the washrooms look great.”

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