Welcome to Southern Contracts, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of industrial laundry equipment, catering and commercial cleaning equipment for offshore, marine and onshore businesses, including but not limited to: Hotel and Leisure, Nursing Homes, Retirement homes, Local Authorities, NHS, Marinas, Holiday Parks.

Founded in 1964 to supply and maintain commercial special voltage floor care and commercial laundry equipment required by the shipping industry, we are a global supplier to the Marine and Off Shore Industries, with major customers including:

  • The Royal Navy
  • Carnival Cruises
  • Saga Shipping
  • Saga Cruises – Eco-friendly Lagoon® wet-cleaning system
  • Shell International Trading
  • Offshore Platforms

Southern Contracts has also expanded its business to become an established supplier of commercial washing machines to a range of industries located in the south of England that include leisure, nursing and care sectors. Today we supply our industrial laundry equipment to a wide range of public and private sector clients, including:

  • Industrial laundry equipment for Care Homes, Nursing Homes, Retirement Homes and Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Housing Associations
  • Schools
  • Local Authorities and the NHS

We pride ourselves on delivering the very best products and service to our customers. By stocking the leading manufacturers of commercial washing machines and industrial tumble dryers, cleaning and catering equipment, we offer independent and unbiased advice to ensure your purchase precisely meets your requirement and budget; our expert team of technical staff are on hand to ensure your business is supported through every aspect of your purchase, from initial advice on current government standards (i.e. infection control for commercial washing machines in care homes) covering all aspects of installation through to ongoing maintenance service and repair.

Southern Contract is Founded
Southern Contracts was formed by Norman Elphinstone Sr. in 1964 and is now in its third generation of family ownership.
Hotel and Care Sector
In 1969, the Company entered the Hotel and Care Sector market and since then has become well known for their expertise in supplying industrial laundry equipment, specifically commercial washing machines and industrial tumble dryers.

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Colten Care

“We have a very long standing relationship with Southern Contracts and have dealt with them for over 20 years, especially dealing directly with Barbara who provides us with a very professional service.

As a family run business ourselves, we understand the importance of true customer service to ensure that in turn, we are able to offer our clients the very best.

Southern Contracts look after all our laundry machines – over 45 in total – across our 21 privately owned care homes.  When new equipment is required, Southern Contracts install all new equipment with the minimum amount of fuss and are very, very efficient.  They carry out our gas safety tests and provide our gas safe certificates and are always very supportive. We strongly recommend them.”

Fergus Davitt

Hotel Service Manager


"Our experience in supplying to the marine and offshore industry is second to none and we pride ourselves on delivering an expert global service to every customer we have worked with, having developed a total understanding of the requirements and expectations of both commercial and navy marine sectors – not simply supplying equipment but the skills and expertise of a trained sales and service team

As a supplier of laundry, galley and floor cleaning equipment to Carnival (P&O) since 1964, we have a total grasp of the attention required after months at sea working at full capacity. Our engineers attend vessels for equipment overhaul whenever vessels in dry dock, ensuring that everything is audited and serviced to keep things literally shipshape.

Our ten year enabling contract with the Royal Navy, to supply and maintain the laundry and galley equipment, has required us to dedicate a member of staff who works to the Royal Navy’s computerised system, re-labelling part and model numbers with the NATO Stock Number (NSN), trains on-board maintainers and staff how to use/repair equipment and goods are delivered on time."