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The Guild of Cleaners and Launderers has supported the LCN Awards since its inception back in 2016 and we are proud to partner with them again in 2020.

Last year, we were delighted to announce Ken Cupitt (pictured right), Chairman of Council & Examination Board at GCL, and Brian Pearce (pictured bottom right), Master of the College of Fellows at GCL, as judges of the LCN Awards.

The Guild was formed in 1949 by a group of ex-students who, having completed their studies wished to be kept informed about the industry it’s process and problems.

The Guild is a technical and professional society whose aim is to further knowledge and skill in all branches of the industry. The Guild is not a trade association and membership is for the individuals who are members in their own right.


An independent organisation, the Guild is administered by Honorary Officials elected from the various centres from around the country.

Our Aim / Mission

  • To promote the free exchange of technical knowledge for all individuals in our industry.

  • To keep all members up to date on issues they feel relevant through verbal exchange (i.e. lecture and seminars) and written reports in order that survival and progress is possible.

  • To develop links with other organisation’s in order to exchange information for mutual benefit of all within the industry.

  • To have Guild members as representatives on all relevant bodies in order that the opinion of members is voiced in all forums.

  • To maintain contact between individuals with similar aspirations and ideas.

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As well as being a winner in the UK, entrants in this year’s LCN Awards scheme could once again also go forward for selection into the CINET Global Best Practice Awards 2020 at Detergo in Frankfurt next year with flights and accommodation paid for.


For the third year running, CINET has teamed up with The LCN Awards scheme as the UK source for its own prestigious global awards which take place every two years at the major textile care show of the year.


Last year the final was held at EXPODetergo 2018 in Milan.

Elite Drycleaners (pictured right, with Kate Thornton), who won 'Best Customer Service - Drycleaner' and 'Best Independent Drycleaner' at the 2018 LCN Awards, came 12th place out of 150 dry and wet cleaners from across 40 countries in the 'Retail Textile Cleaning' category.

CINET set up this initiative in 2016 to profile Global PTC Business Models of Best Practices and next year will be the third time they have run these awards.

The Global Best Practices Awards Program concept is based on:

  • stimulating the implementation of best practice measures, service aspects, marketing and quality of the professional textile care industry

  • demonstrating PTC industry’s capabilities

  • providing a benchmark and platform for the new state of the art in modern professional textile care.

CINET was founded 35 years ago and has grown to become a global umbrella association with 100+ members (national associations, international suppliers, research institutes and individual companies). CINET aims to build a global network of experts, stimulate the implementation of innovation by exchanging information and profile the capabilities of the industry (a.o. with Global Awards).

To work on these goals CINET executes a yearly research agenda and offers an International Certification Program on best practices through step-by-step e-learning, workshops and on the job training. This leads to accredited (CERTEX®) or non-accredited (CERCLEAN®) certification with ISO and EN (hygiene) standards.

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