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The Guild of Cleaners and Launderers was formed in 1949 by a group of ex-students who, having completed their studies wished to be kept informed about the industry it’s process and problems.

The Guild is a technical and professional society whose aim is to further knowledge and skill in all branches of the industry. The Guild is not a trade association and membership is for the individuals who are members in their own right.

 

An independent organisation, the Guild is administered by Honorary Officials elected from the various centres from around the country.

Our Aim / Mission

  • To promote the free exchange of technical knowledge for all individuals in our industry.

  • To keep all members up to date on issues they feel relevant through verbal exchange (i.e. lecture and seminars) and written reports in order that survival and progress is possible.

  • To develop links with other organisation’s in order to exchange information for mutual benefit of all within the industry.

  • To have Guild members as representatives on all relevant bodies in order that the opinion of members is voiced in all forums.

  • To maintain contact between individuals with similar aspirations and ideas.

Trade Association Partners

The Textile Services Association (TSA) is the trade association for textile services professionals. Our membership ranges from large multi-site public companies to small family businesses. We protect, promote and educate the textile services industry.

Our membership includes commercial textile rental and laundry companies. Textile renters supply and maintain garments, linen and other products to the hotel & hospitality, healthcare and workwear markets.

TSA acts as a conduit between the industry and the government, representing members’ collective views to government agencies, regulatory bodies and the media. We help to monitor and develop standards, educate and train the workforce, and promote our industry’s services to target markets.

As a member-led organisation we enable free and open communication between our members, providing opportunities to meet and socialise and ensuring everyone’s views are heard. We keep our members informed about the developments in the industry and provide access to the latest health & safety information.

TSA cares about the environment and promotes sustainability and energy efficiency in all areas of the industry, from textile management to machine maintenance. We consult our members through working groups, forums and special interest groups to ensure we accurately represent the industry’s views.

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UK Fashion & Textile Association (UKFT) has assumed responsibility for the drycleaning membership and associated services from Textile Services Association (TSA).

UKFT is the most inclusive British network for fashion and textiles and by extending our reach into aftercare, we believe we can strengthen the relationship for all parties and maximise opportunities that exist.

UKFT is now managing the dry cleaning arbitration service www.drycleaningadvice.org, working closely with TSA on any outstanding cases and managing new cases in line with the Fair Compensation Guidelines.

 

The arbitration service means UKFT acts as a third party between UKFT members and the general public. In most cases, we find an amicable solution which is acceptable to both sides.

UKFT also maintains the Fair Compensation Guidelines, which ensures that all our members pay customers compensation in the same way when they are found to be at fault.

UKFT has taken over the Code of Practice, which has been developed in consultation with the Office of Fair Trading for domestic laundry and dry or wet cleaning services. The Code exists to provide security to the consumer that the service they are going to be of the highest quality. UKFT will be working with its members to raise the profile of the industry to the general public.

UKFT Project Manager Martin Jenkins is responsible for the day-to-day running of the membership and the main point of contact for any issues. Members can contact him by emailing martin.jenkins@ukft.org.

Closer links to retailers and brands

UKFT is committed to both maintaining and growing the drycleaning membership and associated services it offers to firms.

Early indications suggest the dry cleaning arbitration service in particular may benefit from a closer dialogue between retailers, manufacturers and dry cleaners to ensure that the best options are considered for all concerned.

This is an area UKFT, with its close links to all parts of the fashion supply chain, is looking to develop further in 2019.

Care labelling

UKFT is the UK representative for GINETEX care labelling symbols and also sits on a wide variety of BSI/ISO committees which impact on the whole dry cleaning sector.  This expertise and experience will be useful relating to technical bulletins and information on standards.

Lobbying

UKFT is a voice between government and industry. Following consultations, there is potential for greater lobbying with government on behalf of the drycleaning industry relating to issues including the use of solvents, plastics and the environment. As an example, UKFT has recently become involved in the Sustainability in Textile Care Committee, and will be actively engaged in dialogue on the Minimisation of Plastics in Textiles.

Skills and training

UKFT is Sector Skills Body for the Fashion and Textile industry, managing apprenticeship frameworks and ensuring that vocational skills are aligned to the needs of the industry. We have worked on the development of the Textile Care Operative apprenticeship standard (ready for delivery last year) and have experience in developing the new national occupational standards in the nations, which the SVQ in Textile Care Services and the Modern Apprenticeship are now based on. This work meant that there is a synergy and consistency of skills and training provision across the UK.

With the drycleaning membership now under UKFT’s membership, the association will be actively engaging with the dry and wet cleaning sector for the roll-out of the Textile Care Operative apprenticeship standard with both new and existing training providers in England. UKFT will be promoting the provision of this training with its provider into 2019 and beyond.

Additional activity

UKFT has started initial consultations with industry on additional activity and will be conducting a wider review of membership in the year ahead. To find out more, please contact martin.jenkins@ukft.org

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