CleanEx 2018: What a Success!

22nd and 23rd April welcomed many names within laundry and dry cleaning world to Ascot Racecourse for the fourth LCT CleanEx trade show.

Gillian Farrar, TSA's current Head of Membership and Communications, provides her insight to being an exhibitor at the show:

"This is my third LCT CleanEx and every year it has grown bigger - the sign of good things to come! We were lucky this year as we only had an exhibition stand and some pop-up banners to install so our stand setup took 90 minutes on Saturday 21st April. Chatting with other exhibitors, some had been there for days with large pieces of equipment and machinery to set up and air compressors to install to keep the machinery running throughout the show. The commitment of resources and time to showcase their latest offerings just shows the desire for the trade show in the UK.

CleanEx opened on Sunday 22nd at 9:30 am and from the moment the doors opened there were visitors buzzing around. For our stand, we found the Sunday brought new businesses and prospective members we hadn't met before. We were able to discuss our upcoming free retail workshop in June and talk about the benefits of membership. One resounding hurrah was that the trade show coffee was decent Lavazza coffee, sponsored by Electrolux, a saviour on long networking days.

Monday for the TSA stand was more focussed on having catch-up conversations with existing members and touching base with old industry friends. A great opportunity to have in a relaxed setting with an underlying ripple of excitement as people discover the latest trend or innovation.

From walking around the show myself and observing the other stands, the busiest stands were those with machinery, interactive exhibits, hospitality areas and - perhaps most importantly *and a great tip for 2020* - food on offer!! From cupcakes to hot dogs, the most popular stands definitely knew how to welcome their visitors!

LCT were running Speakers Corner sessions at one of the stands with inspirational speakers imparting their wisdom. I didn't get chance to see any of the speakers as our stand was so busy but the Corner sounded like a great complementary addition to the show.

The main feel of the event was an industry full of passion for what it does and for delivering service well, and this passion stretches up and down the supply chain. Without the supplier innovators in play to help make the laundries and drycleaners new products to improve their productivity and service quality, the textile service providers wouldn't be able to improve. It's this symbiotic relationship that allows the industry to excel and there is no better place to witness this than at a trade exhibition.

For me, personally, it was a great opportunity to see the friendly faces of the industry again and have a chance to say some goodbyes before I move on to pastures new next month (more info. coming soon). As a firm believer in this great industry, it was a difficult decision to make a change and catching up with industry friends over the show brought a sense of melancholy. However, this industry is a fabulous, proud group of people that will continue to grow from strength to strength and I will cetainly keep in touch to see developments continue.

A hearty well done must be said to the organisers - Tina and Mark Gleed - and the full LCT/MEG Events team for delivering yet another excellent trade show for the UK industry. We look forward to seeing where it goes in 2020!"

 

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