Laundry industry gains ‘conduit’ to government’

TSA welcomes cross-party and EETF support.

On 20th June the TSA held a cross party meeting at the Palace of Westminster with six MPs, five members of the Energy Efficiency Task Force (EETF) and representatives from the commercial laundry sector.  David Stevens, CEO of the TSA, hailed the meeting as a significant success, with MPs and the EETF responding to the needs of the industry and committing to move forward on key agenda items.  “We were delighted by how many MPs and members of the EETF attended our meeting. We explained the importance of laundries to hospitality, healthcare and UK Plc in supporting the UK economy,” he said.  “We also showed them the huge challenges our industry faces.  As a result, the MPs are real advocates for us.  We already have the next meeting booked in Westminster this month.” 

As well as discussing how we are a resilient industry and can be there to support the government, the next meeting will also look at how laundries can play an integral role in enhancing sustainability in health and social care through reusable PPE and workwear. 

Further meetings have also been set up with the EETF, with a view to seeing how government funding can help laundries reduce energy demand.  In fact, the task force has indicated it wants to use the industry as a case study for its net zero carbon and energy saving objectives of reducing UK energy demand from 2021 levels by 15% by 2030, and the next meeting will be at a laundry site.  

“The meeting on June 20th has given us conduits direct to government,” says Stevens.  “I’d like to thank the TSA’s lobbying group – which was only formed in March – for their hard work and to congratulate them on the success they have already achieved.” 

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ABS Laundry Business Solutions appoints new CEO and CCO

3 July 2023

ABS Laundry Business Solutions, a worldwide leading provider of Laundry ERP Software Services & Solutions, recently announced changes to its senior leadership team.

Gerard van de Donk, the current CCO for ABS, has been appointed as the new CEO. Gerard will succeed Anne de Boer, founder of ABS, who announced his intention to retire from ABS Laundry Business Solutions by the end of 2023.

Gerard has worked for 32 years at ABS Laundry Business Solutions in a variety of roles including strategy, leadership, marketing, and sales. Gerard was instrumental in enhancing profitability while placing a consistent focus on improving the customer experience by emphasizing best-in-class quality software and service. His laundry industry background and experience working throughout the ABS organization will help him lead the company into the future.

Gerard van de Donk: “My ambition lies in the continuation of expanding ABS Laundry Business Solutions to maximize our potential for our customers and organization worldwide. ABS Laundry Business Solutions consists of 175 team members that are all experts in their domain, with whom we focus on continuous investments in new technology and functionality, to support expanding the partnership with our customers and continued growth. Embracing the opportunities related to our Secure Cloud Hosting Services, advancing our SaaS offering and recognizing the strength of our dedicated team, this will be a solid basis for the organic growth of our company. We see great potential here and I am very excited and honored to give direction to realize these goals.”

Marien van Bezooijen has been appointed as the new Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of ABS Laundry Business Solutions.

Marien brings over 20 years of experience in IT services with executive roles at Managed Services & ERP Solution providers, including the Managing Director position at Gotli Labs during the last 5 years. Marien’s profound expertise in the IT sector combined with commercial talent and leadership will be essential for further developing the proposition and building a versatile worldwide sales organization at ABS Laundry Business Solutions.

Marien van Bezooijen: “This is a great time to be joining ABS Laundry Business Solutions. Our market is changing rapidly, and customers’ expectations are increasing. This presents huge potential and opportunities for innovative companies like ABS. Through several Sales and Management positions I have experienced the key drivers for a successful commercial strategy and execution. The stated ambition and high level of enthusiasm at ABS provide a strong foundation for realizing the growth ambition. I am convinced that ABS offers a winning team & proposition and I look forward to expanding and leading the commercial team to continue to grow ABS Laundry Business Solutions worldwide.”

We have full confidence that these organizational changes will contribute to the long-term stability and growth of ABS Laundry Business Solutions. As a member of the stock listed Vitec Software Group AB ( and the expertise of our teams, we look forward to a healthy continuation of our developments and services.

About ABS Laundry Business Solutions

ABS was founded in 1987 and is the global market leader in ERP software for the laundry industry. ABS focuses on industrial laundry and textile rental services. ABS serves over 650 laundry facilities across 5 continents, with more than 15,000 active system users, and more than 12,000 mobile app users. ABS has service and support locations in the Netherlands, United States, Romania, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and Japan.

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