Laundry & Cleaning Today is 30!

Laundry & Cleaning Today marks a marvellous 30 years

Do you remember what you were doing 30 years ago? We know that’s a tough one for some of our younger readers, but we’ll give the rest of you some helpful memory jogs. Back in 1992 HM the Queen celebrated her Ruby Jubilee; Bill Clinton was elected president of the US; the Conservatives, now led by John Major, won their fourth successive term; Nigel Mansell was the Formula One World Champion; Betty Boothroyd became the first woman Speaker of the House of Commons; and Alan Shearer’s move from Southampton to Blackburn for a fee of £3.6 million set an English football transfer record.

All very notable, but much closer to home there was a memorable event for the textile care industry – Laundry and Cleaning Today was launched! For those that can remember that far back – Laundry & Cleaning Today started out as an eight-page publication produced on newsprint with a single spot colour. It was published six times a year by a team of just two, father and daughter, in what was very much a ‘kitchen table’ business launch. That daughter – and now publisher – Tina Gleed recalls: “30 years ago we were in the grip of recession but had the foresight to launch Laundry & Cleaning Today – not easy with just myself and my dad handling almost every task to do with the production of the publication.

“From advertising sales, compiling editorial, writing content, hand delivery of the production files, collection in person of the tabloid papers (as they were then), setting up a production line in my kitchen folding, stuffing envelopes with the papers, sealing and hand sticking addresses and postage stamps, ready for collection by the post office van, we did the lot.”

Fast forward to 2022 and you’ll find a streamlined operation with a team of eight, plus outsourcing of the mailing. But the real sign of success over time is that Laundry & Cleaning Today has grown into a 28-32 pages publication, a full colour glossy tabloid, providing 10 issues a year to a wide-ranging audience spanning the whole textile care industry. That’s taken a lot of hard work and, most of all, commitment. Gleed suspects that “The laundry world is just about in my blood.”

As she explains, while still a young child she and her siblings spent many happy hours in the Clean laundry at Maidenhead, where her father worked. “We went everywhere, in the offices, on the laundry floor, chatting to the ladies doing the ironing and out into the warehouse to see the drivers. This was in the late 1960s, and of course wouldn’t be allowed now, but for us it was a special experience.” Gleed recalls that there was still involvement with Clean in her teenage years, earning vital spending money in both the drycleaning shop and cleaning the offices.

One of the early issues: October/ November 1996

She’s seen Laundry & Cleaning Today come a long way since that inaugural issue, but some things have more than stood the test of time. The objective then was to ‘to help the industry grow’ and it’s still true today. With her husband Mark joining the business in 2011, they began the CleanEx show, now preparing for its fifth event in 2022, and together launched the LADAs in 2015. This all adds to the forward thinking and proactive nature of the team.

Here at Laundry & Cleaning Today we cannot afford to stand still and are taking full advantage of new technology to keep us at the forefront of the industry. Gleed and the team are busy with plans to further improve our presence in social media and implementing updates to the paper, whilst maintaining the balance of news and features, providing a well-read publication that will capture a worldwide audience.

As Gleed says: “This has become a huge part of my life. Laundry & Cleaning Today has come a long way and will continue to grow. With the introduction of our sister publication, Housekeeping Today UK, we are covering just about every sector of our industry.” Asked about the 30th anniversary, Gleed concludes: “Our 30-year milestone is a special time for us, but equally important to you. Our main aim is to keep Laundry & Cleaning Today as lively and as informative as possible together with creating more interaction with our reader base.” Here’s to sharing the next 30 years with our very special family of businesses in the textile care industry – and that means all of you!

Jack Fowler launched Laundry & Cleaning Today with his daughter in January 1992

Laundry & Cleaning Today marks a marvellous 30 years

Do you remember what you were doing 30 years ago? We know that’s a tough one for some of our younger readers, but we’ll give the rest of you some helpful memory jogs. Back in 1992 HM the Queen celebrated her Ruby Jubilee; Bill Clinton was elected president of the US; the Conservatives, now led by John Major, won their fourth successive term; Nigel Mansell was the Formula One World Champion; Betty Boothroyd became the first woman Speaker of the House of Commons; and Alan Shearer’s move from Southampton to Blackburn for a fee of £3.6 million set an English football transfer record.

All very notable, but much closer to home there was a memorable event for the textile care industry – Laundry and Cleaning Today was launched! For those that can remember that far back – Laundry & Cleaning Today started out as an eight-page publication produced on newsprint with a single spot colour. It was published six times a year by a team of just two, father and daughter, in what was very much a ‘kitchen table’ business launch. That daughter – and now publisher – Tina Gleed recalls: “30 years ago we were in the grip of recession but had the foresight to launch Laundry & Cleaning Today – not easy with just myself and my dad handling almost every task to do with the production of the publication.

“From advertising sales, compiling editorial, writing content, hand delivery of the production files, collection in person of the tabloid papers (as they were then), setting up a production line in my kitchen folding, stuffing envelopes with the papers, sealing and hand sticking addresses and postage stamps, ready for collection by the post office van, we did the lot.”

Fast forward to 2022 and you’ll find a streamlined operation with a team of eight, plus outsourcing of the mailing. But the real sign of success over time is that Laundry & Cleaning Today has grown into a 28-32 pages publication, a full colour glossy tabloid, providing 10 issues a year to a wide-ranging audience spanning the whole textile care industry. That’s taken a lot of hard work and, most of all, commitment. Gleed suspects that “The laundry world is just about in my blood.”

As she explains, while still a young child she and her siblings spent many happy hours in the Clean laundry at Maidenhead, where her father worked. “We went everywhere, in the offices, on the laundry floor, chatting to the ladies doing the ironing and out into the warehouse to see the drivers. This was in the late 1960s, and of course wouldn’t be allowed now, but for us it was a special experience.” Gleed recalls that there was still involvement with Clean in her teenage years, earning vital spending money in both the drycleaning shop and cleaning the offices.

One of the early issues: October/ November 1996

She’s seen Laundry & Cleaning Today come a long way since that inaugural issue, but some things have more than stood the test of time. The objective then was to ‘to help the industry grow’ and it’s still true today. With her husband Mark joining the business in 2011, they began the CleanEx show, now preparing for its fifth event in 2022, and together launched the LADAs in 2015. This all adds to the forward thinking and proactive nature of the team.

Here at Laundry & Cleaning Today we cannot afford to stand still and are taking full advantage of new technology to keep us at the forefront of the industry. Gleed and the team are busy with plans to further improve our presence in social media and implementing updates to the paper, whilst maintaining the balance of news and features, providing a well-read publication that will capture a worldwide audience.

As Gleed says: “This has become a huge part of my life. Laundry & Cleaning Today has come a long way and will continue to grow. With the introduction of our sister publication, Housekeeping Today UK, we are covering just about every sector of our industry.” Asked about the 30th anniversary, Gleed concludes: “Our 30-year milestone is a special time for us, but equally important to you. Our main aim is to keep Laundry & Cleaning Today as lively and as informative as possible together with creating more interaction with our reader base.” Here’s to sharing the next 30 years with our very special family of businesses in the textile care industry – and that means all of you!

Jack Fowler launched Laundry & Cleaning Today with his daughter in January 1992

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