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Berendsen plc
Public (LSE: BRSN)
Industry Textile rental service
Founded 1920
Headquarters London, UK
Key people
Iain Ferguson, Chairman
Peter Ventress, CEO
Revenue £1,038.6 million (2014)[1]
£137.2 million (2014)[1]
£89.9 million (2014)[1]

Berendsen plc (formerly The Davis Service Group Plc) is a leading British-based provider of textile maintenance services. It is headquartered in London and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index.


  • History 1
  • Operations 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The business was formed in 1920 as Godfrey Davis renting out automobiles. It was first listed on the London Stock Exchange in 1959. In 1987 it acquired Sunlight Services, a leading laundry business founded in 1900. In 1991 it sold most of its car dealerships (having already sold the car rental business) and the name was changed to Davis Service Group. In 1996 it acquired Spring Grove Services, another leading laundry business.[2] In 2002 it bought Sophus Berendsen, a leading Danish laundry business for £426m.[3] Then in 2007 it bought the textile service business of Germany's Permaclean.[4]

On 31 July 2009 the company appointed Peter Ventress Chief Executive Officer of Davis Service Group.[5] The business was renamed as Berendsen plc, effective 4 January 2011.[6]


The Berendsen Group is divided into three Business Lines:

  • Workwear
  • Facility (Mats, Washroom and Cleanroom)
  • Flat Linen (Hotels and Healthcare)

Berendsen is present in 15 countries throughout Europe: Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and United Kingdom.


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External links

  • Official site

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