Robinson Services maintains its position in the Top 50 Largest Employers in Northern Ireland.

For the second  year in a row Robinson Services has featured in The Belfast Telegraph top 50 largest employers in Northern Ireland. New business opportunities with Northern Ireland Electricity, Randox Laboratories and Belfast Metropolitan College has seen our position change from 34th to 33rd, representing a 9% increase in employee numbers. Whilst not measured by employee numbers, we have also enjoyed increased growth from within our laundry and hygiene businesses.

David Robinson, Managing Director of Robinson Services, commented;

With business growth on the island of Ireland at its lowest since 2013 and the number of businesses reporting to be in stability mode at its highest since 2011, we are naturally delighted that our turnover and employee numbers have both increased during the previous 12 months. Whilst conscious of the increasing pressure on the high street, the spectre of inflation and uncertainty around Brexit, it is reassuring to see that Robinson Services has been listed amongst the top 50 employers in Northern Ireland once again.

Robinson Services pick up British Security Industry Award for the Third Successive Year.

Congratulations to the security team at Foyleside Shopping Centre, who have been awarded the Regional British Security Team of the year for 2018. The British Security Awards celebrate the achievements made by security officers and teams throughout the UK, as well as acknowledging the career-long contributions made by long-serving industry stalwarts. Industry exemplars are recognised in the following categories: Security Personnel, Security Business, Apprentice Installer, Chairman’s Award and the SaferCash sponsored Bravery Award.

David Robinson Managing Director commented:

“The fact that we’ve been recognised as leaders in the security industry at a regional and national level shows just how far the company has come since we launched our security business in 2008. We are thrilled to have been recognised with such a prestigious award and the accolade cements our position as a leading provider within the security industry. I would like to congratulate and thank not only our team at Foyleside Shopping Centre but all Robinson Services security officers for the professional; diligent and secure service they provide on a daily basis.”

The Robinson Services Management team head to “ The Jungle”

On Tuesday 10 April, the Robinson Services management team packed their bags, closed down their laptops, switched off their phones, disabled all wi-fi connections and headed to Ireland’s largest outdoor activity centre.

The Jungle NI, located on the outskirts of Magherafelt was the setting for a team building day with a difference. The Jungle has a significant history of successfully facilitating unforgettable and highly effective corporate entertainment and teambuilding events. The Jungle’s mentally stimulating and physical challenge was just what the management team needed.

David Robinson Managing Director commented:

“The main priority of the event was to energise, motivate, inspire and engage our team of managers. The various teams worked together to discover new approaches to problem-solving, further develop new skills, and hopefully emerged a more efficient and effective workforce.”

Robinson Services Awarded Simon Community Cleaning Contract

It really wasn’t that simple, as Robinson Services are awarded the contract to provide cleaning services for The Northern Ireland Simon Community.

Robinson Services are delighted to announce the award of the contract to provide cleaning services to The Simon Community. The contract involves the provision of services to 21 sites throughout Northern Ireland. With the number of people sleeping rough on the increase it is important that Robinson Services can support organisations who are constantly striving for preventative solutions to this ever increasing social problem.

Stephen Wood Operations Director commented “This is a fantastic contract award and clearly demonstrates the confidence clients have in Robinson Services with our ability to provide services on a multi site basis.

Our strength throughout the province enables the business to manage services in any location within Northern Ireland and the addition of 21 Simon Community sites will act as a catalyst to help enhance our position.”



Robinson Services by Numbers – The Key Facts According To Bernard Bogues

It’s not surprising that as we all struggle to try and fit too much into too little time in our business lives that sometimes we can miss out on the key facts about a business. If the website is too text heavy or hard to navigate we may miss the important points – hopefully not ours !
So we thought we would task our Commercial Director Bernard Bogues with a challenge – tell the Robinson Services Story in numbers succinctly and we would post it on the website in our news section. Bernard as we all know loves a challenge and he took to the task with speed and gusto!
So here is Robinson Services by numbers according to Bernard Bogues and he assures us the figures are correct at the time of publication – March 2018.
  • Founded 1968
  • Over 1,700 Employees – largest indigenous, privately owned support services company in Ireland
  • Hygiene Division washes, delivers and manages over 20,000 mats per month
  • Working with 11 out of the Top 20 companies in Northern Ireland
  • Number 36 in the TOP 50 Northern Ireland employers in terms of people employed
  • Laundry Division processes over 3,000 tonnes of laundry per annum
  • 25,000 hours worked every week
  • Over 4,000 customers
  • 80,000 pieces of linen washed weekly
  • 1.4 million miles driven by our vehicles every year to service our customers
  • 6,000 litres of water used in our laundry every hour
  • 50 Staff based in head office
  • 500 Security Officers
  • Over 1,000,000 Toilet Rolls delivered to customers per annum !


Northern Cricket Union Bowled over with Three Year Sponsorship Deal with Robinson Services


The country’s biggest cricket league is to be sponsored by one of the country’s biggest employers. Robinson Services , one of Northern Ireland’s largest Support Services providers with its Head office in Antrim and other satellite offices in Belfast has announced it is lending its name to the Northern Cricket Union’s Premier and Senior Leagues in a sponsorship deal over the next three years. Robinson Service will also sponsor the awards to players who score a century, take six wickets or perform a hat trick.

It’s not surprising that Robinson Services have chosen to support the Northern Cricket Union. The four divisions of the company’s business which David Robinson , Managing Director at Robinson Services describes as ‘a winning batting order ’ – Cleaning, Hygiene, Security and Laundry – rely on the same qualities for success as in any team sport: commitment, passion, talent, and excellence.

David Robinson Managing Director,Robinson Services had this to say on the Sponsorship agreement:
“There are many parallels between Robinson Services and sport in relation to the people we work with. We both rely on experience and expertise to train staff and players to the highest standard, featuring the latest techniques and with trained staff offering support at all times.
Such dedicated training of our staff has produced a sports style work-rate for Robinson Services and delighted our top clients including  Forestside Shopping Centre, McDonalds, Tesco, Lisney Belfast and The National Trust. The company continues to go from strength to strength, and along with Alan Waite, Chairman Northern Cricket Union  we hope that our support for the Northern Cricket Union will yield a successful  3 year period  for both parties involved in the partnership.”
 Alan Waite, Chairman, Northern Cricket Union commented further :
“We would like to thank Robinson Services for their fantastic support and it it was David’s  love affair with cricket — he was once captain and a very capable wicket-keeper of the 3rd XI at Muckamore Cricket Club – his words not mine –  and is now a trustee of the Muckamore club —  that has led to today’s sponsorship deal for the Northern Cricket Union’s premier and senior leagues. We know as a company Robinson Services are keen to support community projects such as Antrim Festival in addition to sponsorship of many local sports teams . We are delighted with this sponsorship and we look forward to working with Robinson Services over the next three years.”

National Success for Robinson Services at the 2017 Loo of the Year Awards.

2017 has once again proven a very successful year for Robinson Services at the Loo of the Year Awards. On the back of our 11 platinum and 2 gold standard awards, we have enjoyed national recognition in a number of different categories. The annual Loo of the Year Awards competition, now in its 30th year has helped focus the spotlight on ‘away from home’ amenities. It is now considered as ‘the washroom standard’ and the Awards are supported by national tourism bodies throughout the UK.

At the annual ceremony held in Solihill on 7 December, Robinson Services were presented with the following category awards:

National Category Award for Ireland:
Best Visitor Attractions – Giants Causeway
Best Office Category – Centra House
Best Airport Category – George Best Belfast City Airport
Best Changing Place – Giants Causeway
Most Eco Friendly Facility – Giants Causeway

Stephen Wood Operations Director commented.” Once again our teams of dedicated, highly trained cleaning operatives have been recognised for their impeccable performance standards. Robinson Services are fully committed to ensure all public amenities we maintain are serviced to the highest standard. Whilst naturally delighted at the company recognition, we are under no illusion that these awards belong to our staff, for their ongoing efforts and commitment. I would like to personally thank everyone who has supported Robinson Services in what has been another very successful year at The Loo of the Year Awards. “

Lucky 13 For Robinson Services At The Loo Of The Year Awards 2017

Once again Robinson Services have had a very successful year at the Loo of The Year Awards 2017.
The team have improved on the 7 Platinum and 5 Gold awards achieved in 2016 to pick up 11 Platinum and 2 Gold awards in 2017. We have achieved the highest standard in various industries, that include retail, airports, large office space and visitor centres.


David Robinson commented “Cleanliness can be critical when it comes to protecting a business brand. It impacts customers’ experience and perceptions, affects their loyalty, and influences what they tell friends and family. That’s why it’s important our business consistently deliver a clean, fresh and healthy washroom environment. It is also critically important if we want our customers and visitors to maintain a healthy lifestyle, by limiting the risk of infections”
“Robinson Services maintain washrooms that are used by an estimated 30,000 people each day. We are proud of the standard we deliver and the training provided to achieve these awards on an annual basis. I want to thank the various teams throughout the province for delivering standards that are once again acknowledged within our own industry”

Congratulations to Our Five 2017 British Institute of Cleaning Science Finalists


Congratulations to the five Robinson Services employees that made it through to the final stages of the 2017 British Institute of Cleaning Services Awards. We were represented in three categories that included retail, education and office. The BICSc award ceremony took place in Belfast City Hall on Thursday 7 September and is one of the few ‘must-attend’ events in the cleaning and FM calendar. The event was well attended with BICSc CEO Stan Atkins and Belfast Lord Mayor Nuala McAllister in attendance who both reiterated the important contribution that professionally trained cleaning operatives provide to the economy and  the environment.


Sinead Sharpe HR Director commented.  “I am delighted to see so many cleaning operatives here in such an iconic building to receive recognition and their awards for what traditionally has been a low key industry. It is particularly pleasing for me to witness The Robinson Services employees once again receive awards for service excellence, as I am very conscious of the long hours of relentless training that takes place to ensure our employees  achieve the high standard stipulated by The British Institute of Cleaning Services.”

Congratulations to Eugene McReynolds, Laundry Operative at Robinson Services Laundry who was recently awarded the David Robinson Recognition Award

Congratulations to Eugene McReynolds who has been awarded the August 2017 David J Robinson award for outstanding contribution to the business.

Eugene is employed on the night shift in Robinson Services laundry.  Eugene recently identified and made safe two potential health and safety risks. Eugene’s diligence helped make safe what was a potentially a dangerous situation. Eugene was presented with a certificate and vouchers along with his award.

David Robinson Managing Director added:  “It’s a real pleasure to reward and acknowledge any Robinson Services employee. We had a fantastic list of employees shortlisted for this award and the senior team were left with a very difficult decision whilst selecting the overall winner. Eugene is a very worthy winner and we all appreciate his contribution on the night shift in the laundry.

Robinson Services are focused on delivering service excellence to our customers with the help of our most important assets – “our people”.  We have approximately 1500 employees who are out promoting our business and living the values on a daily basis.”