Starwood Hotels and Resort

The Berendsen UK Ltd and Starwood Hotels & Resorts successful partnership has lifted the consistency and quality of the guest experience.

Meeting the needs of a large hotel group.

Starwood Hotels and Resort

Starwood Hotels and Resort was looking to find a supplier that could provide equal good quality and live up to their brand requirements across all their hotels and resorts.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, Inc. is one of the world's largest hotel companies. It owns, operates, franchises and manages hotels, resorts, spas, residences, and vacation ownership properties all over the world, employing over 145,000 people.

Brand requirements across a group of hotels

In the UK, the objective for Starwood Hotels & Resorts was to work with a laundry service provider that could supply a quality product and service, and meet its brand needs at the same time. They needed a supplier that was large enough to have capacity for contingency across multi-site operations in the event of emergencies.

Knowing that Berendsen UK Ltd serves a wide variety of hotels, Starwood's team was at first unsure whether the company would be able to meet its brand aspirations. However, Starwood decided to contact Berendsen UK Ltd to see what they could offer in this respect.

"We needed a partner who recognised our hotels' needs and could provide consistent quality, service and value whilst having the passion to ‘get it right'. Working closely together, Berendsen UK Ltd and Starwood Hotels & Resorts have delivered a successful partnership which has lifted the consistency and quality of the guest experience" says Angela Tomlinson, Director of Purchasing at Starwood Hotels & Resorts.

A working partnership

The two organisations worked closely together, with the first objective being to understand each other's businesses better. Building on this foundation, close involvement from the experienced teams on both sides has delivered workable, sustainable business solutions tailored for each hotel in accordance with Starwood Hotels & Resorts' brand standards. This has delivered high levels of satisfaction, lifting the consistency and quality of every Starwood's guest experience.

 "Key to this success has been an open, honest and consistent approach to developing practical solutions, taking into account the effects each partner's actions have on the other's operation. We have regular meetings with the teams to continue to develop our relationship. We are flexible whilst realistic. We share our best practices with the objective of developing the critical supply chain and partnership approach which delivers a successful outcome for both parties" says Angela Tomlinson.

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