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Our history

Lixall, originally known as SweepoDust, was formed on 21st December 1911 by two directors, Frank Battersby and William James Ringer, both from Southport. In addition to the founding directors, the company also had an additional two share holders, Clare Jane Ringer and Joseph Leadbetter.

In the early days, Lixall manufactured a product called Sweepodust, a mixture of sand, sawdust and disinfectant which was scattered on the floor prior to sweeping, sold mainly to factories as a cleaning product.

Around 1942, the business was owned by Mr and Mrs Dawson.

Mr Frank Kessler was a refugee who had escaped from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia and moved to England. Mr Kessler was walking through Southport when Mr Dawson, noticing his Czechoslovakian uniform, stopped to offer him a lift.

During the car journey, Mr Dawson explained how he was not interested in the business his wife had inherited and that the business was not really going anywhere. Mr Dawson then invited Mr Kessler to come and work in the business and run it for them.

Frank Kessler worked very hard on the business and started to manufacture other products such as detergents and disinfectants and added other products to the range such as brushes and dusters.

As the product range expanded, Mr Kessler took on more staff and salesmen and turned the company into a thriving profitable business.

In the early 1950s, Mr Dawson decided to sell the business and offered Mr Kessler first refusal. Frank Kessler, along with 3 other investors (Samuel Lipkin, Myer Lister and Marcus Malies), purchased the business in March 1954. Mr Kessler subsequently bought out the other 3 shareholders to become the sole owner in November 1957.

In 1965, Frank’s son Harry joined the business and following his fathers short illness, inherited the business in 1966.

In 1969 the company changed its name to Lixall Products Ltd and in 1973 acquired Highfield Cleansing products of Westhoughton, near Wigan.

During the 1970s, Lixall stopped manufacturing their own products, instead pursuing a direction of utilising their contacts in the janitorial business to get other manufacturers to produce products for them under the Lixall name. Lixall transformed from a manufacturing company to one of purely wholesaling. In order to facilitate this change, in 1977, Lixall moved from Southport and bought a larger, 50,000 square foot premises at Mayflower Works in Formby for £50,000.

In April 1982, Lixall acquired Hygenco Ltd of Blackburn and after continuing to grow the business successfully, Harry Kessler sold Lixall in 1984 to George Baird of The Broadway Group.

The following period proved challenging for the company with economic pressures reflecting poorly on previously excellent trading results and as a consequence, the company again changed hands with the current owners acquiring Lixall in September 2002.

The new owners combined the operations of Lixall with Cleanall and both divisions moved to their new purpose built buildings in Leyland in 2003.

Operating since 1967 and providing commercial cleaning services throughout the UK, Cleanall Services has built its reputation as a leading cleaning business by forging long-term partnerships with its customers to deliver dynamic, cost-effective solutions to their building requirements.

Cleanall has built its business through an honest approach and a true spirit of partnership with its customers.

As the business has evolved and grown, they have developed new and innovative ways of working, focused on providing dynamic solutions for client’s cleaning and facilities management needs.

Now that Lixall and Cleanall are under strong stewardship, the company has gone from strength to strength in recent years and is looking forward to the next 100 years of successful trading from their Lancashire base.

 

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