Growing uniform supplier Tibard poised for next size up
Its growth is being driven by major contract wins and increased repeat business with existing clients.
The family-owned business headquartered in Dukinfield, started in 1979 by chairman John Shonfeld, expects to recruit around 20 staff over the next two years and is seeking additional space to accommodate growth.
Tibard currently produces 10,000 items of clothing a week for chefs, front-of-house and kitchen staff.
Its client base includes 1,500 restaurants, among them major chains such as Pizza Express, Wagamama and Yo! Sushi, as well as hotels, nightclubs, cafés and delicatessens.
Tibard has won contracts in the Middle East and Scandinavia for bespoke hospitality uniforms. “We see lots of scope to expand our overseas presence given the favourable currency climate,” said commercial director Rick Shonfield, the founder’s son.
“Adding space and staff is essential as we continue to grow the business and reduce order lead times. We currently occupy 22,000 sq ft but we need between 30,000 and 40,000 sq ft. We are literally bursting at the seams.”
Tibard currently employs 110 staff in Dukinfield and a further 40 at its laundry in Ashton-under-Lyne, where it cleans chefs’ wear, table linen, napkins and other items for hotels and restaurants.
It also operates through a network of more than 30 independent laundries around the country.
Internet ordering currently accounts for six per cent of overall revenues and Tibard aims to grow this to 25% by the end of 2018. An online portal called Cloud Stores was launched in 2016 to make ordering simpler and more efficient.
A team at accountants and business advisers HURST is assisting Tibard with its growth strategy.
HURST partner Simon Brownbill said: “We are delighted to be working with Tibard’s owners and management team to help develop and implement their plans while also providing a full range of accountancy services.
“Tibard is a well-run, family-owned business which is constantly aiming to innovate and expand, and can look to the future with confidence.”
PICTURE: Tibard directors (back, from left) John Shonfeld, Denise Shacklady, Rick Shonfeld and Anne Redfern with (front) Ian Mitchell