A message from our CEO

“Since we began trading in 1974, our core values have undoubtedly been the foundation of our success and have always remained unchanged. For generations, our business has adopted a policy of caring for our customers, our people and our buildings and assets, as we continuously strive to provide a streamlined service with innovative products that are tailored to suit our customers’ needs. As a team, we work hard to reach our mission and maintain our position as the UK’s biggest and most trusted textile services provider. I am confident that our business will continue to grow and prosper for many more years to come.” – Peter Egan

• We have a large geographical reach and are never more than 50 miles from our customers
• We process over 1.3 million garments each week
• We employ over 2,250 people
• We have a fleet of 370 vehicles
• We have around 4x more service employees than sales
• We have over 37,500 customers
• We are always investing in new technologies to provide the best service possible
• We work hard to reduce our CO2 emissions, energy consumption and our carbon footprint

Our Story

1970's

In 1973 the Johnson Group bought the Apparelmaster Ltd licence from the USA and in 1974 Apparelmaster Ltd started trading under the Johnson Group, where it remained for 33 years.

1980's

Over the next few years, we acquired a number of new businesses and rocketed from zero to the fourth largest workwear company in the UK.

1990's

The group restructured in 1995 to form two distinctive divisions covering the two aspects of the core business, Johnson Cleaners UK Ltd and Apparelmaster UK Ltd. Shortly after, the Johnson Group rebranded as Johnson Service Group to be better recognised for supplying a service to the industry. Following this rebrand, Apparelmaster Ltd was changed to Johnson Apparelmaster to fit within the Johnsons Service Group. 

2000's

Entering the new millennium, Johnsons Apparelmaster acquired a number of new businesses which brought with them additional processing plants and infrastructure, increasing our share of the UK Textile Services market.

By 2007 we had relocated our Head Office to Fulwood in Preston where we remain today. We also celebrated being the first workwear company in the UK to have employees achieve a Level 2 Laundry Operatives NVQ.

In 2010 we introduced our online portal for our customers, which helps with billing, tracking and repairs. 

2019

Over the years we have made a significant investment in technology, infrastructure, training, people and machinery, which in turn has placed us number one in the UK for workwear and workplace solutions.

2019 marked the year we officially re-branded from Johnsons Apparelmaster to Johnsons Workwear.

Our Impact

We understand the importance of operating in an ethical and sustainable way, whilst managing our environmental and social impacts. We are always striving to find new and innovative ways in which we can help the greater community.

Our plants operate both local and national CSR initiatives that are chosen by them. Some of these include donating towels to animal sanctuaries, providing help for young carers, sponsoring local football teams, helping with school projects, reducing plastics on site and fundraising for charities such as Great Ormond Street and Cancer Research UK.