Case Study - Business expansion plans a good fit for the public sector

Based in Edinburgh, Forth Sector is a registered charity responsible for the operation of a group of thriving businesses, which includes St Jude’s Laundry and Edinburgh Embroidery Services (EES), delivering quality products and services to a wide range of customers. These businesses provide vital employment and training opportunities for people who face barriers to employment including mental health problems.


St Jude’s Laundry has been delivering a quality service for over 50 years to private and commercial customers across Edinburgh, the Lothians and Borders, earning a reputation for attention to detail.

 The bustling laundry is expertly run by staff operating large-capacity industrial washers, driers and ironers, processing large volumes of bedding, towels and table linen. The summer tourism season is one of the laundry’s busiest times and staff organise a special rota in order to keep up with demand and ensure an efficient daily service to its customers.

EES is a specialist fully-bespoke embroidered label producer, working with customers to help design and produce branded clothing and workwear.

With over 10 years of experience, the business has the experience and expertise to ensure that customers receive a full service with advice on design and choice of garment. Thanks to its multi-head, modern machine embroidery equipment it can handle large-scale orders quickly and efficiently.

Forth Sector believes that it has services, skills and quality which would benefit the Scottish public sector.
Mike Finlayson, chief executive of Forth Sector, explains “There are three main elements to Forth Sector’s offering which we believe the public sector could take advantage of – ultimately, we offer competitiveness and value-for-money, the nature of St Jude’s Laundry and EES is fundamentally geared towards quality because of their high level of hand finished products, therefore we are guaranteeing a quality service, and thirdly, by working with Forth Sector, organisation can deliver on community benefits and social values.

“Forth Sector is finalising a substantial business expansion which will allow us to handle much more in terms of capacity and we would welcome large volume orders.

“Presently, St Jude’s and EES deals mainly with the private sector, which chooses to do business with us – we would love to engage more widely with the public sector and help deliver all the associated benefits that come with working with supported businesses, helping secure the long-term future for people with physical and learning disabilities.”