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Specialist supplier to a range of commercial & institutional accommodation providers

Market Sectors

We Supply Every Sector

Including:- Education, Custodial, Immigration, Emergency Services, MOJ, Healthcare, Hospitality, Transportation, Marine, MOD, Offshore & Remote Sites

Our extensive Product Range has been designed for the institutional market with differing customer budgets and end user needs. This means we can provide assurance that our products are made to last (with textiles items) able to process with ease through either in house or commercial laundries.

Goods are available for immediate dispatch from our extensive stock holding or we can manufacture a bespoke product with our knowledgeable team guiding you every step of the way. After all, we have been doing just that since 1947!

Education - Universities, Colleges & Schools

Today’s University and College Campus has been transformed into a 24/7 year-round hospitality operation with very different product requirements for students during term time and conferencing at other times of the year.

Thomas Kneale is a leading supplier in the Education sector with an unrivalled reputation for promoting true value through correctly specified, competitively priced products backed by our commitment to achieving the highest service levels.

Thomas Kneale values our University, College, School and Student Accommodation customers and their associated professional Purchasing Consortia as close partners and appreciates their needs and budgets. From initial enquiry to delivery you will find Thomas Kneale a friendly and professional company.

Custodial & Immigration

The Custodial & Immigration Sectors have special requirements and performance specifications, relating to the use of Fire Retardant products. There are clear industry standards which must comply with the Ministry of Justice issued Directives for HM Prison and Detention Centres.

Thomas Kneale is highly experienced in manufacturing products compliant to BS 7175 Ignition Source 7 for Prisons and BS7175 Source 5 for Detention Centres, Immigration Removal Centres and Secure Training Centres as well as Asylum Seeker accommodation.

Additionally, highly specialist products such as anti-ligature blankets, pillows and clothing are manufactured and stocked as well as prison specification clothing including jogging bottoms with no side or front pockets, no drawstrings and Velcro footwear without laces.

Flame Retardant cell curtains are also manufactured incorporating Velcro header tape or tiny magnet hang fasteners to meet Health and Safety requirements.

Crucial to this sector is on time deliveries and unbroken supply. Thomas Kneale hold enough stock of all the above items to meet spikes in demand whether caused by laundry fire, unexpected surge in numbers or other unforeseen occurrence.

Emergency Services

Products for the Emergency Services Sector must be appropriately specified & fit for purpose as well as readily available against sudden critical need to ensure the Authority is not in breach of its legal responsibilities.

Thomas Kneale has a long-standing approved supplier status to Police, Fire & Rescue, and Ambulance Services throughout the UK, in addition to the RNLI and other specialised emergency response organisations. Our products are therefore specified to meet legal requirements and commercial and technical performance expectations.

Innovation, New Product Development & Supply Chain Management are areas of continual evolution within Thomas Kneale. We welcome every opportunity to engage with our Emergency Service Partners in developing fresh solutions to the challenges they face in sourcing suitable products.


Thomas Kneale is a specialist manufacturer of high performance textiles designed to meet the demanding criteria of the Healthcare Sector. We distribute to leading NHS Hospitals, large Private Healthcare Groups, Hospices, Secure Units and Ambulance Service Trusts.

Our comprehensive bedding range extends from standard to specialist. We maintain large stocks of core linen items suitable for industrial laundry processing and offer wipe clean, stich free and vapour permeable duvets and pillows engineered for effective infection control which offer the ultimate in patient comfort.

Flame Retardant products to appropriate BS Standard meet the needs of Mental Healthcare, Disturbed Patient and Secure Units.

We manufacture jacquard woven cotton Ambulance blankets incorporating Trust logo where Thomas Kneale designs bespoke products facilitating effective stock management and promoting efficient stock and cost controls.

Other essential Healthcare products available from Thomas Kneale include the comprehensive towel range, mattress and couch protectors, our in-house designed ranges of inherently Flame Retardant Curtains, nets and voiles, table linen and kitchen textiles.

Hospitality & Hostelling

For all types of accommodation your guests will expect comfortable quality bed and bath linens as well as warm and effective pillows and duvets.

Whether a deluxe 5 star or budget hotel, Conference Centre, Bed and Breakfast or Hostel, Holiday Park, Holiday Cottage or Caravan Park, Cruise Line or Boating Company, Thomas Kneale has the bed and bath linen solution for you. Our designs and specifications are designed to meet the performance needs of any of the above locations.

Our bed linen is available across a range of base fabrics from high thread count finest cotton percale, cotton rich satin stripe, 50/50 easy-care polycotton or something more basic.

In the bathroom our towels come in a wide range of colours all woven using ring spun cotton yarns for durability, absorbency and shrinkage control – they are generously sized.

Our shower curtains come in a choice of white and pastel shades or Satin Stripe in a wide range of sizes.

For caterers we stock all requirements in kitchen textiles, including wiper cloths, chefs whites, aprons etc.

We have a division which offers a full curtain supply and fitting service, where we can discuss your requirements, carry out onsite visits and use our highly skilled team of curtain fitters for installation.

Maritime & Transportation

The Maritime & Transportation sectors have very specific requirements and performance specifications, relating to the use of Fire Retardant products, given the confined spaces involved.

These are governed by relevant bodies/legislation such as The International Maritime Organisation for marine, European wide legislation for Railway Applications and National and International Laws for Air transportation.

Thomas Kneale is highly experienced in manufacturing products compliant to the applicable test standards, with the relevant certificates gained from UKAS approved laboratories.

While legally compliant products are an absolute must, we believe that this should not come at the expense of comfort to aid good quality sleep. As a result, our transportation products have been specifically designed and manufactured with both comfort and compliance in mind.

As requirements will be specific to the end user, we would encourage you to look through our general products pages and then contact us where our knowledgeable team will understand what you are looking for and advise accordingly.

Let's Discuss Your Requirements

Please call one of the team or drop us an email and we will be delighted to help.

We are here to guide you on our wide range of products, each of which have different specifications, colours, sizes and designs. You may know exactly what you are looking for, or may prefer us to listen to your aspirations and talk you through the items that we feel will be right for you.

While much of our product range is in regular, continuous production, we create bespoke options for our customers to ensure we can meet your complete satisfaction.

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