We began as a small dry cleaning store in Melbourne. It was 1946.
Your're invited to travel back in time... to discover the Spotless story.
Our early days
1946: A single dry cleaning business opens in Fitzroy, Melbourne.
1957: The business incorporates as Spotless Pty Ltd.
1960: Our stores are expanding rapidly throughout Victoria and NSW.
1961: We become publicly listed on the Australian Stock Exchange. We have 450 retail outlets, 11 dry cleaning plants, one general laundry - and a shoe repair factory.
1967: Spotless employs 1,452 people. We operate 831 retail outlets. And 41 factories.
1968: We establish a Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise from the USA - as well as franchises for Red Barn and Crusty’s Hot Break Kitchens.
1970: We expand into NZ through Nationwide Food Service.
1971: Spotless buys a garment hanger supply business to meet the needs of clothing manufacturers and retailers.
1977: Spotless buys 50% of Ensign - Australia’s biggest workwear and linen rental firm.
1984: We diversify into food by purchasing Nationwide Food Services and O’Brien Catering.
1988: Spotless acquires Lomey Manufacturing - a plastics injection moulding company in North Carolina, USA.
1988: We win the fast food contract for World Expo, Brisbane.
1993: Spotless purchases Mustard Catering - a boutique caterer in WA.
1994: We diversify into grounds maintenance by acquiring Grass Australia.
1999: Spotless acquires Australian and NZ support services business, P&O. This acquisition adds property and facilities management, cleaning services and building and asset maintenance to our growing portfolio.
2000: Spotless has its first Olympics experience providing cleaning and housekeeping to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games.
2001: We acquire Victorian boutique caterer, EPICURE Catering.
2004: Spotless wins its first Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract with New South Wales schools.
2005: Spotless launches a multimillion dollar OHS program - safety@spotless.
2008: We acquire Alliance Catering in Victoria and NSW.
2010: Spotless is listed on the NZ Stock Exchange.
2010: We acquire CE Property Services – Cleanevent and CleanDomain.
2011: Spotless signs the Royal Adelaide Hospital PPP contract – the largest contract in our history to this date.
2012: Spotless purchased by private equity group, Pacific Equity Partners. Delists from both the Australian and New Zealand stock exchanges, and sells all international divisions.
2014: Spotless admitted to official list of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) under the code SPO.
2014: Spotless launches TechGuard Security brand in Australia.
2015: Spotless acquires Australia's leading air-conditioning and mechanical services provider, AE Smith.
2015: Spotless acquires Utility Services Group (USG).
Spotless now employs over 36,000 staff throughout Australia and NZ.