The Nationwide Hygiene business was first registered in November 1986, in Newcastle upon Tyne, at the premises of A&J Beverage and, as the business expanded, it moved in 1993 to a stand-alone head office in South London. As steady national account sales growth continued, the head office increased office space three times before finally relocating in 2007, to Chesterfield in Derbyshire, where the company now employs 28 staff in support of a continually rising customer portfolio.
Throughout their 30 years, Nationwide has seen steady sales growth across a range of market sectors, taking the group to a £166m sales total for the end of 2015. This consistent growth was recently recognised by the London Stock Exchange, when Nationwide were acknowledged as one of the 1,000 UK SME Companies to Inspire Britain. The report and listing identifies the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small- and medium-sized businesses (SMEs). In order to be included in the list, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, whilst significantly outperforming their industry peers.
The 30th year has also seen Nationwide receive the Cleaning Products Company of the Year award from Building & Facilities News. A spokesman for Building & Facilities News said: “Nationwide Hygiene has the competency and expertise to satisfy the needs of large multi-national corporations as well as smaller, local companies. Its highly efficient and dependable services and products have been used extensively by facilities management companies, educational establishments and healthcare organisations throughout the UK and Ireland.”
In addition, Nationwide also picked up the internationally recognised ‘Commitment to Excellence’ award from Best Practice UK. A spokesman for Best Practice UK said: “Serving clients at international, national, regional and local levels is due to Nationwide’s well-established network of shareholder companies operating throughout the UK and Ireland (along with its European and US partners, INPACS and Network). One of its strengths is the brand’s capability to deliver its reputable services to clients of all sizes, from small, local companies to large, distinguished multi-nationals.”
In recent years, the Nationwide Hygiene Group has widened its commercial offering to include business supplies and catering product ranges, which have further enhanced the group’s ability to provide a full range of products to their customers.