MP’s visit gains insight into the commercial laundry industry

MP’s visit gains insight into the commercial laundry industry

Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough, gets to grips with feeding on his recent visit to CLEAN’s Slough site

To better understand the intricacies of local industry and engage with constituents, Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough, recently paid a visit to CLEAN’s Slough site. The visit shed light on the critical role of the laundry and textile services industry in supporting the local economy and the wider national economy as a significant employer. The factory’s management team, including site director Richard Page, CLEAN’s director of operations for hotel linen, John Newland, greeted the MP and provided a comprehensive tour of the facility.

Dhesi was impressed with the world-class laundry facility both in terms of its scale and energy efficiency. He also had a go at feeding sheets into an ironer before meeting and speaking to production team members and some of the 250 people who work at the factory.

One of the key takeaways from the visit was the emphasis on the factory’s role in job creation and economic stability within the community, along with the importance of the commercial laundry industry to several key sectors, including healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceutical and food. Moreover, discussions during the visit highlighted the critical role the government can play in supporting the textile services industry more widely through conducive policies and investments. Dhesi pledged to advocate for initiatives to foster growth and sustainability within sectors like laundry services, recognising their contribution to local communities and the broader national economy.

As the industry knows only too well, laundry services quietly underpin the UK economy and is a vital yet often overlooked sector. Every week, the laundry service washes over 53 million pieces of linen and clothing to provide the workforce with clean uniforms and ensure a comfortable night’s sleep outside the home.

Textile services sit behind practically every sector of the UK’s economy, creating revenue of £1.4bn, paying £550m in wages to employees, spending another £350m buying services and contributing over £200m in taxation to the exchequer.

Dhesi’s visit to CLEAN’s laundry facility in Slough provided valuable insights into the dynamics of modern industry. The visit showcased the resilience of the workforce and the symbiotic relationship between policymakers and constituents in gaining a greater understanding of CLEAN’s operation in Slough and the wider industry. Dhesi expressed interest in advising the sector and invited CLEAN’s management team to submit questions to government departments through him. He also expressed his intention to collaborate with the broader initiatives of the Textile Services Association to raise the industry’s profile at the government level and participate in cross-party action groups in Westminster.

 

After meeting with CLEAN’s management team, MP Tan Dhesi intends to raise the industry’s profile at government level

MP’s visit gains insight into the commercial laundry industry

Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough, gets to grips with feeding on his recent visit to CLEAN’s Slough site

To better understand the intricacies of local industry and engage with constituents, Tan Dhesi, MP for Slough, recently paid a visit to CLEAN’s Slough site. The visit shed light on the critical role of the laundry and textile services industry in supporting the local economy and the wider national economy as a significant employer. The factory’s management team, including site director Richard Page, CLEAN’s director of operations for hotel linen, John Newland, greeted the MP and provided a comprehensive tour of the facility.

Dhesi was impressed with the world-class laundry facility both in terms of its scale and energy efficiency. He also had a go at feeding sheets into an ironer before meeting and speaking to production team members and some of the 250 people who work at the factory.

One of the key takeaways from the visit was the emphasis on the factory’s role in job creation and economic stability within the community, along with the importance of the commercial laundry industry to several key sectors, including healthcare, hospitality, pharmaceutical and food. Moreover, discussions during the visit highlighted the critical role the government can play in supporting the textile services industry more widely through conducive policies and investments. Dhesi pledged to advocate for initiatives to foster growth and sustainability within sectors like laundry services, recognising their contribution to local communities and the broader national economy.

As the industry knows only too well, laundry services quietly underpin the UK economy and is a vital yet often overlooked sector. Every week, the laundry service washes over 53 million pieces of linen and clothing to provide the workforce with clean uniforms and ensure a comfortable night’s sleep outside the home.

Textile services sit behind practically every sector of the UK’s economy, creating revenue of £1.4bn, paying £550m in wages to employees, spending another £350m buying services and contributing over £200m in taxation to the exchequer.

Dhesi’s visit to CLEAN’s laundry facility in Slough provided valuable insights into the dynamics of modern industry. The visit showcased the resilience of the workforce and the symbiotic relationship between policymakers and constituents in gaining a greater understanding of CLEAN’s operation in Slough and the wider industry. Dhesi expressed interest in advising the sector and invited CLEAN’s management team to submit questions to government departments through him. He also expressed his intention to collaborate with the broader initiatives of the Textile Services Association to raise the industry’s profile at the government level and participate in cross-party action groups in Westminster.

 

After meeting with CLEAN’s management team, MP Tan Dhesi intends to raise the industry’s profile at government level

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