It's been a crazy few weeks. We have been badly affected like all in the hospitality industry because of COVID-19, with one of the largest remaining manufacturing facilities in the UK, we haven't been producing our normal amount of work due to lack of demand. However we have made sure to keep our highly skilled workforce busy and are proud to say we've been able to help the NHS in recent weeks by producing medical scrubs for our wonderful health workers. With some Personal Protection Equipment in short supply due to this unprecedented crisis, we have been delighted to do our bit for our Health Service assist and are on hand to help in any way we can. Continue reading
A message to our customers
Given the current unprecedented international health crisis, we wanted to keep you updated with the latest situation at Richard Haworth Ltd. Like everyone, we have been busily gathering as much information as possible about the impact of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).
We had spent considerable time planning for the disruption, working with our supply chain to ensure as little disruption as possible. As things stand, we are operating a full service, with customer service, warehousing and deliveries all continuing to be fully operational.
The PwC Hotels Forecast 2019 doesn’t make for comfortable reading, with growth set to be adversely affected by economic uncertainty, depressed business demand and the sector being flooded with new rooms.
While last year showed strong trading, in 2018 slower economic growth has held things back, while up to five thousand new hotel rooms are potentially being launched in London alone, with another 4,300 set to open in the new year.
Over the last five years, the sector has already been expanded to the tune of approaching 40,000 rooms. Outside London, a similar number is set to launch over the remainder of this year and in 2019.
The 2018 summer heatwave has given the UK hotel sector a phenomenal boost over the past few weeks, as Brits have rushed to the seaside and popular countryside resorts to take utmost advantage of the hot weather. Hoteliers across the UK are thrilled to report that business is booming and hotel demand is significantly up on 2017 figures, according to a report from Expedia Group.
Hotels benefit from more guests through 2018
Research has shown that more than 50% of Brits plan a staycation summer for 2018 and this has been boosted incredibly by the sweltering temperatures through July. Continue reading
January 2018 - Manchester-based linen manufacturer and supplier - Richard Haworth - has recently been awarded the latest ISO 9001:2015 certification, the internationally recognized benchmark for quality within an organisation.
By achieving the ISO 9001 certification, Richard Haworth are able to demonstrate to customers and suppliers that the systems in place meet the high standards set out by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
To gain the ISO 9001 certification, the company demonstrated the dedication and commitment to meeting the needs of customers, operating efficient management processes and delivering consistent, good quality products and services. Continue reading
Hotel room hairdryers may be coated in more bacteria than the room’s toilet seats, a survey of nine locations has shown.
Kettles and light switches were also found to be unexpected offenders in the poor cleanliness league, the research showed. If these results can be generalised across the industry then there is an unacceptable risk of spreading colds or viruses that cause diarrhoea, one leading microbiologist explained.
With this in mind, visitors are advised to look for tell-tale signs of poor maintenance, such as clogged shower drains and dirty drinking glasses, and ask for extra cleaning or a room change as they prefer. Continue reading
High thread count fine yarn fabrics can be a challenge to efficiently launder and achieve an acceptable level of finish so creases and wrinkles do not put off guests. The following instructions will help you achieve the best results possible.
A minimum wash temperature of 60C should be used in the initial wash for new stock but higher temperatures ( upto 70C ) would be advantageous. This should ensure a good level of removal of any unwanted sizes and ensure a good level of cleanliness providing the process is working efficiently. Continue reading
During the cold winter days, or even in early spring when warm days contrast sharply with cooler nights, maintaining a comfortable temperature while sleeping can be difficult. At home, if you prefer to keep central heating costs to a minimum, the air temperature in your bedroom can drop suddenly, while in hotels achieving a consistent climate can be downright difficult. Both hot and cold temperatures have the effect of stimulating your body’s natural alarm clock, meaning that without the optimum temperature, you’re more likely to suffer a restless night.
Fortunately some simple remedies can help to give you a warmer, more comfortable night’s sleep Continue reading
In a nutshell, Airbnb is a new kind of accommodation available to travellers, and a great way to make money if you have spare space in your home. The website itself is home to an online community that connects hosts with users seeking short-term accommodation; whether it’s an apartment, room, or even just a spare bed. Airbnb manages the transactions and takes a small cut on both sides. Continue reading
You can’t underestimate the value of your bed, especially in helping you replenish your energy after a long day. However, whilst any bed can really serve this purpose, there are some truly exceptional beds out there, optimally designed to take your sleep experience to the next level. Combining a dazzling array of technology, fashion, art, design and luxury, here is our list of the top ten most expensive beds in the world. Continue reading