The Textile Services Association (TSA) has joined the British Cleaning Council (BCC) as an associate member, ensuring a louder voice for the sector.
The TSA represents commercial laundries in several sectors and textile rental businesses serving the hotel and hospitality, healthcare and workwear markets. The sector contributes £1.3b in gross added value and supports some 28,000 jobs in the UK economy.
The TSA has become the 22nd member of the BCC. BCC chair Paul Thrupp said: "I am delighted that the TSA has joined the BCC and I very warmly welcome them.
"Working together with the TSA makes the BCC and the whole cleaning and hygiene sector that much stronger. It is important that the cleaning and hygiene sector pulls together to present a unified front if we are to make our collective voice heard as loudly as possible."
TSA chief executive David Stevens added: "We are delighted to join the BCC and work collectively with so many like-minded organisations. We have so many harmonised agenda points and I think the collective power of the BCC can really help drive these topics to some of the key decision makers in government.
"I see real benefits for our membership and improved momentum on some of our key project areas such as training, linen recycling and energy efficiency incentives, including the climate change agreement."