Brighouse Dry Cleaners was started in March 1993 by owner Martin Tordoff who saw a gap in the market for an independent dry cleaner in the town that he lived in when he was a boy. In that first week the business received 100 garments for cleaning, which at the time seemed like a daunting challenge.
Over time the business grew with a network of agents being established across Huddersfield and Halifax, who took dry cleaning in on our behalf. This network was further expanded into Leeds and Wakefield over the following years. Alongside this expansion relationships were established with flood and restoration companies such as Rainbow International and Service Master. Enabling us to restore garments ad soft furnishings for clients in their hour of need.
In 2010 Martin decided that larger premises were needed and after a long search and a substantial investment we opened our current premises at 13 Bethel Street Brighouse. These new larger premises allowed further expansion and with a new trading relationship established with Central England Co-Op, new collection points at Co-Ops in Sheffield, Chesterfield, Derby and Nottingham were opened.
A new idea in 2018 was to offer a salon towel cleaning service to hairdressers’, this service provides the salon with the ability to concentrate on clients hair whilst we take care of supply, collection and cleaning of their towels, at a fixed monthly cost, allowing them to budget more effectively.
Further close trading relationships with local businesses mean we regularly clean student accommodation curtains, retail garments on behalf of manufacturers and various items from care homes across the area.
During lockdown of March 202, even though we were closed for many months, further expansion was undertaken and we are now the go-to dry cleaners for 12 other dry cleaning businesses who no longer have the facilities to do the dry cleaning on their own premises.
Brighouse Dry Cleaners now clean over 3000 items per week, that initial week in March 1993 where we had 100 items seems like a distant memory!