The LADAs 2018 took place at Mercedes-Benz World, Brooklands, Surrey, on Thursday 1 November 2018.

A night to remember

On the 1st of  November we celebrated the fourth annual Laundry & Drycleaning Awards – The LADAs - the original and leading industry awards that recognise individuals and companies for dedication within the textile care industry.

And what a night it was, receiving an enormous amount of positive feedback from guests attending the event.

This year, over 200 guests from across the industry including launderers, drycleaners, suppliers, hoteliers and associations joined us for the glittering ceremony. In our December issue we’ll be running a feature about the event, including a gallery of photos.

Once again, we held the awards at Mercedes-Benz World in Surrey, a venue that truly stands out from the crowd, very much like our award winners.

The evening was a great success with some very worthy winners. The final award for the evening The Lifetime Achievement was awarded to Richard Orford from Blue Dragon Laundry who has over 60 years in the industry and has always been a keen supporter of the industry Trade Associations and sat on a number of committees of the ABLC (now the TSA). He became Master of the Worshipful Company of Launders in 1997/98. 

Our congratulations to all the winners of the categories.

Best New Product – Fulton Boilers for VSRT

Best Newcomer – Laundra

Trainee/Apprentice – Michael Manktelow (Ideal Manufacturing)

Drycleaner/Wetcleaner of the Year – Elite Drycleaners

Green Impact award – The Laundry Efficiency Group

Most Innovative Company – Drystream

Machinery Distributor of the Year – Solent Laundry Solutions

SME Laundry of the Year – St Judes Laundry

Training & Education in the Workplace – Total Fabric Solutions

Commercial Laundry of the Year – PHS Besafe

Unsung Hero – Bob Ballantyne

Responsible Business Award – Goodman Sparks

Lifetime – Richard Orford

Watch the LADAs 2018 film

We would also like to say a big thank you to our sponsors for their tremendous support, Linen Connect, Tonrose, Girbau, HJ Weir, Electrolux, Cole & Wilson, Ecolab, SPOT Business Systems, Fox Energy

The charity raffle we hold at this event has become a firm fixture of the evening, and we’re delighted to announce that we raised £4,000 this year for Pancreatic Cancer UK. This is a charity we’ve supported every year since the LADAs started. Thank you to all the companies who donated gifts to this wonderful cause this year.

In total, since 2015 we’ve raised over £12,500 for this very worthy cause that supports those affected by pancreatic cancer and invests in research and lobbying for greater recognition of pancreatic cancer.

Look out for the feature in the next issue of Laundry & Cleaning Today and we’re already looking forward to next year.

If you would like to support this event for Thursday 7th November 2019 contact:

The new video and photo gallery for The LADAs 2018 is available now on our Facebook page.

Click here to view The LADAs 2018 photos.

 For all the photos from the night, take a look at our LADAs event gallery.

Nominations for The LADAs 2019 have now opened! 

Click here to nominate.

We look forward to seeing you at The LADAs 2019!

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