Laundry Cost Index: 2020/2021 FYQ3

Laundry Cost Index

Please see our latest published Laundry Cost Index for 2020/2021 FYQ3 below. FYQ3 constitutes data for October, November and December 2020 months as per the latest release of quarterly energy prices by BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy). Additionally, please note the previously used indexes for Textiles and Other Transport have been discontinued and replaced with new indexes due to recent methodology changes by the Office for National Statistics.

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Christeyns Staff Support Local Food Bank

8 January 2021

Staff at local hygiene chemicals manufacturer Christeyns UK helped support the Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank with donations over the festive period.

Throughout the month of December, staff at Christeyns donated over 570kg of food items for those in need across the Bradford district.  The initiative, organised by Donna Holt, from the Production Department, was well supported by employees from all areas of the business with Christeyns offering to fund-match the value of the donated items.

Bradford Metropolitan Food Bank is a small, registered charity, in operation since 2004.  Run entirely by volunteers, the charity receives donations of non-perishable foods from the community to give free of charge to organisations working with vulnerable people in need of food.

Donna, along with a team of staff helpers, delivered all the donated items to the Food Bank just prior to Christmas ready to be parceled up for distribution.

Juile Woodhurst, volunteer at the Food Bank commented: “Donations like these from the local community are so important in supporting those most vulnerable in our society.  We really appreciate the efforts and kindness from the staff at Christeyns in helping us build bridges across the community.”

Sunak Snub for Hospitality Supply Chain

TSA Fury as Laundries get Ready for Closures – Twelve months of hell for the hospitality laundry sector

Despite growing awareness of the hospitality supply chain, and its importance to any future recovery, the Chancellor still hasn’t included it in the support packages he has just announced.  It’s yet another snub for the laundry sector, says the TSA (Textile Services Association), which has been lobbying for support since March 2020.

“Come March 2021 the hospitality laundry sector will have been through twelve months of hell,” says David Stevens, CEO of the TSA.  “We’d normally be processing 24 million pieces of hotel linen a week.  Currently it’s less than 2 million.  Our industry is dying and we’re getting no support.  24,000 jobs and hundreds of SMEs are under threat.  I just don’t understand the government’s indifference.”

The TSA has been working with UK Hospitality and other supply chain organisations, such as the FEA (Foodservice Equipment Association), to try to get the government to understand the vital role the supply chain plays.  As Kate Nicholls OBE, CEO of UK Hospitality says, “Hotels can’t operate without laundries.”

Tony Danker, the Director-General of the CBI is also supportive of the critical role the supply chain plays.  “We will be urging the government to take further steps to provide the foundations for the all-important economic recovery, particularly those affected through supply chains,” he says.

The TSA is not asking for special treatment, just for the same level of help as other businesses are already getting.  That includes rates relief; amending the guidance to local authorities on discretionary grants, so that commercial laundries can be included; deferment of VAT until payback is viable; extending the terms of government loans until laundriescan afford to repay them; and making more loans available during expected bounce back.

“We’d be delighted if any government minister would come and visit some of our members to see for themselves the straits they are in,” says Stevens.  “This is deadly serious.  Closures are coming.  We have family businesses that have been operating successfully for over a hundred years that are about to go under.  They’ve already re-mortgaged their houses, they’ve nowhere else to go.

“Without support, many of our members will disappear, along with tens of thousands of jobs.”

If you wish to discuss the above or if you would like any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on  020 3151 5600 or at tsa@tsa-uk.org.

Industry Insights for Students from Christeyns

4 January 2021

Local hygiene chemicals manufacturer Christeyns UK has been giving some first hand advice and support to local students working on their City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma.

Commercial Director Justin Kerslake, along with Stacey King, Zach Adams and Lucy Duckworth have been helping a group of Aspire-igen students with a project that goes towards their Business qualifications.

Aspire-igen is a Yorkshire based social enterprise committed to changing lives for the better through learning and work.  The brief was to create a new fabric conditioner for the spa market and students were given the technical, marketing and forecasting aspects they needed to consider and include in their final presentations via online video conferencing.

The students then presented their new product ideas back to the team a couple of weeks later, with Managing Director Nick Garthwaite also on hand to see the results. 

The City & Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Business Support is for students aged from 16-19 years old and aimed at learners that are looking to start a career in a business support role, or students who want to improve their business knowledge and skills and progress to further learning.

Business Tutor Fozia Ahmed explains: “At Aspire-igen we are all about real life experiences, and welcome employer interactions.  Christeyns has been a longstanding supporter of our learners and we also work closely with the firm during Bradford Manufacturing Weeks.

“Intervention from actual companies is crucial in helping young people meet the skills needed for employment in local industries.”

Christeyns staff members and apprentices are actively involved in many school career events and learning projects across the district, highlighting the important role of the manufacturing industry and its future employment opportunities.

“Businesses like ours need to provide knowledge and support to the young people in our communities, inspiring future career paths and upcoming talent,” concludes Justin.

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