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"Originally there were three suppliers in the tender process but only one stood out. Axis Cleaning and Support Services' knowledge of the finer detail of our audit requirements was a particular advantage." Read the case study...

Guenther Bakeries

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About Guenther Bakeries

Guenther Bakeries

C. H. Guenther and Son, Guenther Bakeries UK’s parent company, is a family owned firm, with a history dating back to 1851.

Guenther Bakeries UK has two factories in the UK, one based in Manchester and the other in Oxfordshire, both delivering high-quality, grain-based products
to clients.

The Challenge

Guenther’s Manchester-based factory required specialised food hygiene, cleaning and laundry services and sought a company with extensive food health and safety expertise, as well as an excellent understanding of the industry’s exacting audit requirements. Guenther had previously sourced its cleaning and hygiene provision in house and Jim McDade, Head of Technical Services for Guenther says the company saw advantages in outsourcing: “We wanted to move forward at pace and ensure that we had the appropriate resources to utilise the most advanced infrastructures, methodology and technology.

“The bakery sector is a fast-moving, niche industry,” continues Jim. “And I felt the company could benefit from the experience of an external provider to help us stay ahead of customer expectations.”

All of Guenther’s existing and long-standing employees needed to be transferred over to the new company in order to increase efficiency and flexibility around production shutdown and cleaning windows.


“Originally there were three suppliers in the tender process, but only one stood out. Axis Cleaning and Support Services’ knowledge of the finer detail of our audit requirements was a particular advantage.”


The Solution

In its SLA with Guenther, Axis Cleaning and Support Services provides food hygiene expertise and cleaning services, including the cleaning of all equipment, machinery, conveyors, walls, ceilings and surfaces, as well as the management of the hygiene department and laundry services through Guenther’s internal laundry facilities. Responsibilities also include full food safety and regulatory compliance and provision of due diligence.

Jim says that Axis impressed him from the start with its grasp of what was required: “Originally there were three suppliers in the tender process, but only one stood out. Axis Cleaning and Support Services’ knowledge of the finer detail of our audit requirements – including the American Institute of Baking (AIB) food safety audits – was a particular advantage, as was the training, experience and day-to-day management expertise it could offer.”

Commenting on the transfer of Guenther employees to Axis Cleaning and Support Services under TUPE, Jim says: “The vision is that Axis will be able to better optimise current and additional personnel to fit around the business needs”.

Stuart Buswell, Managing Director of Axis Cleaning and Support Services says that Axis’ experience in the highly specialised food services industry is delivering real competitive advantage: “The industry is defined by the most exacting health and safety and hygiene regulations and we have the knowledge, experience and expertise to assist Guenther in furthering the efficiencies with which it ensures its compliance.”