About the awards

Celebrating all that is excellent in our industry, MEG Events Ltd in association with LCT  launched a series of new awards, in 2015, for the laundry and drycleaning industry titled ‘The LADAs’ these awards were open to all sectors within the textile care industry; individuals and companies alike.

The LADAs aim to recognise companies, individuals, services and products which stand out from the crowd, those bringing a new level of customer service and professionalism to the industry and helping it face the challenges of changing society and technology head-on.

All nominees were asked to show how they met the criteria for each award through a simple series of questions.

The first awards ceremony took place 22 April, 2015, at The Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, Reading, Berkshire.

The LADAs (Laundry And Drycleaning Awards) remain the first and best awards in the textile care industry. Just looking at the high standard of entries in the 2015 inaugural event shows the breadth of talent. The winners were fêted and warmly applauded by an audience of top level executives and their guests who enjoyed a superb luncheon followed by light-hearted entertainment!

The 2016 event built on the success of 2015, so much so that we changed the venue to accommodate the growing number of guests. And what a venue it was! Mercerdes-Benz World, Brooklands is a state-of-the-art building, located on the famous and historic Brooklands Racing Circuit in Weybridge, Surrey. It allowed our guests to get up close to some legendary Mercedes-Benz vehicles, beloved classics and Mercedes-Benz Formula 1TM cars. The decision to move the dinner to an evening function was warmly received throughout the industry.

You didn't have to be a petrol-head to enjoy it, though Brooklands was the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, home of Concorde and the site of many engineering and technological achievements throughout eight decades of the 20th century. With golf and spa opportunities available, alongside sponsors’ exhibits and networking opportunities, topped by a celebration of the best in our industry this was an event not to be missed.

LADA 2016 Winners (in presentation order)

Luke Chadwick (Christeyns) - Trainee/Apprentice of the Year

Mick Christian (Electrolux Professional) - Training & Education in the Workplace

Clean & Green - Best Newcomer to the Industry

Professional Plus (Ideal Manufacturing Ltd) - Best New Product

Electrolux Professional - Green Impact Award

Fishers - Most Innovative Company

Acorns of Lancashire  - Drycleaner of the Year      

CLEAN - Commercial Laundry of the Year

Goodman Sparks - Machinery Distributor of the Year

Paul Woolfenden - Lifetime Achievement Award

LADA Golf day report

"The LADAS golf day took place on 3 November at Silvermere golf club a stones’ throw from the main venue for the LADAs 2016.

"With superb conditions for a November day the fourball groups tee'd off with co-organiser Colin Hill leading the way with Tim Hobday and Peter Hallett.

"The second group to go were our sponsor Richard Yates of Linen Connect who kindly donated sleeves of balls and umbrellas to all players. Richard who plays off a handicap of two was to have his work cut out by Chris Lambourne who plays off nine, this was going to be very interesting for all us wannabe’s. Maurice Salvoni and Keith Devon made up this four ball.

"The next group of Joe Malloy, John Tindall, John Hickman and Richard Clarke quickly followed up.

"Andy Marsh from Marsh Project Solutions was joined by Daniel Booty and Mitchell Grossett from GW Commercial and Nick Carter from Laundryquip judging by the pre golf breakfast this looked like the rowdy group.

"Rounding off the tee offs was myself, Terry Whiter, Mike Burlow and Milan Webb.

"Considering most of us had not played this course before, with many holes being considerably narrow and the closing holes finishing over water, all players did not embarrass themselves.

"The golf took longer than it should but the general comment was “a great day see you next year.”

"Judging by the final places a real grudge match ensued between our two best players, Richard Yates and Chris Lambourne with both taking prizes for different challenges" says organiser Mark Gleed

Prizes were awarded as follows:

1st prize – Chris Lambourne

2nd prize – Richard Yates

3rd prize – Mike Burlow

Longest drive – Chris Lambourne

Nearest the pin – John Hickman

Nearest the pin in two – Richard Yates

Well done to our winners and thank you all who took part, we’ll see you next year!

LADA Awards Nomination Form for 2017

Unless otherwise stated, you can either enter yourself or nominate an individual or company. By entering the awards you agree to take part in surrounding publicity

The Lifetime contribution award, being the pinnacle of achievement will recognise the dedication, commitment and support given to our sector over a period of at least 30 years. 

A judging panel of respected industry professionals casting a very careful eye over the initial entries, they will have a challenging task to identify the top three entries for each category. The final selection will take place prior to the presentation ceremony. All finalists will be invited to the awards evening where the winners will be announced and presented with their accolade and certificate.

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