System Hygiene was established in 1984 and has successfully grown to become one of the UK's leading suppliers and distributors of washroom, cleaning, floor care, catering, work wear, maintenance and safety products.

Over thirty years of target achievement and considerable reinvestment demonstrates our attitude towards our mission - in the past, present and for the future.

Time Line


In August 1984 System Hygiene was established by current Managing Director Robin Huddleston, initially in a small 300 square metre unit at Richmond Industrial Estate in Accrington, Lancashire. In September of the same year, current General Manager, Paul Stebbings, was taken on as the first employee, as a YTS trainee.


After a couple of years of growth, requirements demanded a larger premises, so System Hygiene moved to a 1000 square metre unit at Huncoat Business Park, Huncoat, Lancashire.


Further growth, and the demand for additional space so the acquisition of the adjoining unit, now making the combined site size around 2000 square metres.


A new custom built premises was commissioned. The new site incorporated both offices and a large warehouse, and is still the current location at Altham Business Park, Altham, Lancashire. The 4500 square metre building comprises of 1500 square metres of office space and 3000 square metres of warehousing.


System Hygiene acquired Paper Disposables Ltd, a catering and paper disposables specialist based in Blackpool, Lancashire. The business was moved to join System Hygiene's current set-up in Altham, Lancashire.


Further growth and the demand increased for additional warehouse space. A large 4000 square metre extension was built onto the current warehouse, taking the capacity up to 7000 square metres. The extension also created a large rear yard, allowing state of the art unloading facilities, using purpose built areas for unloading and loading of vehicles.

2003 – June 2003

Saw the acquisition of Care Company Northwest Ltd, a continence and medical specialist, based in Blackpool, Lancashire, whose main clientele were residential and nursing homes. The business was moved to join System Hygiene's current set-up in Altham, Lancashire.


Significant investment within the e-marketing and web based sales sector, has seen the launch of the fully interactive System Hygiene website.


Major investment is planned from January with the introduction of a fully integrated sales support division. This division will provide a valuable link between our existing sales team and our customers. The aim is to raise levels of customer contact and customer care whilst improving the response time to sales related enquiries.


Our brand new fully interactive website went live. Taking all of the best points from our previous website and adding a whole host of new ones, driving forward our e-marketing division over the next few years.


Winner of The Apprenticeship Prize at the Hyndburn Business Awards. The Awards Ceremony was held at Accrington Town Hall, with more than 414 nominations received across the 16 categories.


With continued growth and strong commercial results, March saw the acquisition of Swiftkleen, a cleaning, nursing and catering products supplier based in Leyland. Swiftkleen's staff and operations transferred to System Hygiene's set-up in Altham. Together, more than 60 staff are now dedicated to ensuring exceptional customer service with traditional customers and online customers purchasing from our website and Amazon and eBay stores.