The TSA’s roadshow goes for the hat trick in Burton-on-Trent

The Textile Services Association (TSA) will be hosting the last roadshow of the year at the Hilton at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Thursday 13 October.

The TSA London roadshow took place at One Kew Road in Richmond in July

The TSA’s roadshow events spread the word of the work it does for the laundry industry as well as providing a great networking opportunity. The first event took place in Glasgow in June while the second took place in July in London – on one of the hottest days of the year!

“The roadshow has been a great way to reach out and speak to both members and non-members who might not normally come to TSA events,” says Emma Andersson, the TSA’s director of finance and membership. “The challenges the industry is currently facing has meant there has been no lack of questions, and both sessions proved to be a great platform to hear more about the TSA and enjoy the keynote speakers.”

Keynote speakers included Scott Inglis, the commercial director of Fishers Services Ltd. He discussed the Scottish laundry industry and the importance of building networks with local tourism bodies. Meanwhile the London event was addressed by Joe Ricci, president and CEO of the American Textile Rental Service Association (TRSA) who compared the markets in the US and the UK and showed how his members have been encouraged to diversify into different market sectors to make their business models more robust.

“It’s been lovely to host these events, which are a great, informal way to engage the industry,” says David Stevens, CEO of the TSA. “We have several new members thanks to the tour, and the nice part is there was no hard sell, it just felt right.”

Martin Richards, laundry operations manager of Apex Hotels attended the Glasgow event and chose to join the TSA as a result of it. “The event held in Glasgow was very informative and relative to the future of the laundry industry, focusing on sustainability. It also highlighted the strength of what the membership value adds to its members and the extensive support it offers, which is why we decided to join the TSA.” The final event will feature a great line up of guest speakers. The industry keynote speaker for the evening, Julian Carr, chair of Regency Laundry will share his experience from a lifetime in the industry, having managed one of the major players in the market to now developing his own bespoke offer. As well as Carr there will be two additional guest speakers discussing the benefits of the Textile Care Operative Apprenticeship scheme, the TSA’s industry specific standard qualification. Rebecca Morgan, head of HR at Johnsons Hotel Linen and chair of the TSA’s Apprenticeship Trailblazer Group will talk about her advocacy for the scheme. Finally, Krzysztofa Grabowska, the first apprentice to complete the qualification will share a few words about her experience of the scheme and how it has helped her progress in her day-to-day job at Johnsons Hotel Linen.

The event starts at 6.30pm and visitors will be offered welcome drinks and a buffet alongside the speakers.

Attendance at the roadshow event is free, for both members and non-members of the TSA. Anyone wanting to go should register their interest by contacting the TSA.

The events have been a great, informal way to engage the industry


The third TSA roadshow takes place at Hilton at St George’s Park in Burton-on-Trent on Thursday 13 October

CLEAN has relaunched its Driver Academy in a bid to encourage more delivery drivers into the industry.

Professional drivers perform an essential role at CLEAN, delivering millions of pieces of linen and workwear annually to customers around the UK and with the business continuing to grow, the company is looking to increase its driver numbers from the current 205 it already employs.

However, with the UK currently facing a shortage of almost 50,000 HGV drivers caused by a 25 per cent drop in new driver license acquisitions, CLEAN has developed a plan to help boost numbers.

The CLEAN Driver Academy includes a full Induction process in van driving (B licence up to 3.5 tonnes MPW and no Driver CPC) and LGV driving (C1, C, CE over 3.5 tonnes MPW with a Driver CPC required).

The one-day Van Driver and LGV Driver training covers a wide number of areas, including speed awareness, vehicle checks, safe loading and load restraint, road craft, tachographs, manual handling, safe operation of tail lifts, and customer care. Assessments on certain areas will be held before participants sit a 50-question paper.

Papers for both courses require a 75 per cent pass rate, with successful candidates then considered for a delivery driver job with CLEAN.

As well as running the induction courses for new drivers, CLEAN runs a dedicated training programme to up-skill its current workforce. This includes Driver CPC training, regular Driver Assessments and driving style measurements from the vehicle telematics system, as well as post incident training.

In addition, CLEAN actively encourages employees in other departments, who express an interest in driving, to join the ‘Warehouse to Wheels’ project. This provides on the job training and assessments, along with access to the required driving test for the appropriate licence category. CLEAN has also taken a proactive approach in recruiting and mentoring newly qualified LGV drivers who may normally struggle to obtain employment.

Tim Bright, head of transport at CLEAN, said: “The impact of the driver shortage is affecting many businesses across the UK in an economy that is reliant on the movement of heavy goods. As CLEAN continues on its growth trajectory, we are more dedicated than ever to providing opportunities to both our existing and future employees that serve CLEAN and the UK transportation industry as a whole.

“Our plan is to not only eliminate many of the challenges and obstacles that have led to this shortage, such as the financial costs of becoming a HGV driver, but also provide high-quality training that will upskill our drivers to the benefit of the economy, as more qualified professionals strengthen the nation’s workforce.”

CLEAN previously ran its Drivers Academy in 2017.

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