Our history

Berendsen plc (previously called The Davis Group Plc) is a European textile service business with leading positions in the majority of the countries in which we operate.

Berendsen was formed following the acquisition of Sophus Berendsen in 2002, which had textile service operations under the Berendsen brand in Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Germany and Poland. These operations were combined with the existing Davis business which had very similar operations in the UK, Ireland and Germany, providing services under the Sunlight and Spring Grove brands. Both Berendsen and Davis were long-established business service companies with history dating back over a hundred years.

Historic dates

1854 - Sophus Berendsen is formed
1890 - First Sunlight laundry built
1900 - Sunlight Laundry officially formed as a company
1920 - Godfrey Davis plc formed
1928 - Sunlight Laundries limited listed on London stock exchange
1959 - Godfrey Davis plc listed on London stock exchange
1973 - Sophus Berendsen listed on Copenhagen stock exchange
1987 - Sunlight Services Group plc acquires Godfrey Davis plc by means of a reverse takeover
1991 - Company name changed to The Davis Service Group Plc
1995 - Acquisition of Spring Grove Services
2002 - Acquisition of Sophus Berendsen
2011 – Company name changed to Berendsen plc
2013 – Sunlight changed to Berendsen