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Uniform Buyer’s Network match-makes for workwear buyers and suppliers

A new Match Making service for buyers and suppliers within workwear, corporate wear, PPE and accessories launches today aimed at forging transparency and reliability and driving forward sustainability within the global garment sector.

The Uniform Buyers Network (UBN) identified many sustainability challenges faced by key players within this rapidly evolving global business sector and have generated solutions to enable buyers and suppliers to work together collaboratively to utilise the latest advances in garment science and technology.

Yvette Ashby, CEO of the Professional Clothing Industry Association (PCIAW) commented on this new free-to- join service: “Developing creditable partnerships in the industry is key to enabling the efficient sourcing of sustainable, recyclable, resource-efficient uniforms with accuracy and consistency of global sizing and design.”

Whitney Cathcart, co-founder and CSO, 3DLOOK said: “We’ve had the honour and pleasure of working with the amazing proactive team at PCIAW for over a year and we couldn’t be happier with the results. The team’s strong network, consistent industry news updates, and solid reputation helped 3DLOOK to connect with the key players of the uniform market, as well as create buzz while working on several thought

leadership pieces. We believe that PCIAW’s new Match Making platform has the potential to completely transform current workwear procurement policies, promote sustainability, forge trust and transparency within the industry. As PCIAW’s Trusted Member, 3DLOOK is very excited about this continual initiative and looks forward to its launch”.

PCIAW is partnered with Business in the Community (BITC) to drive forward sustainable clothing procurement policies with the industry. Peter Belk, director, BITC, comments: “The match making platform is the ideal place to trial and implement the Sustainable Procurement Principles developed by BITC and PCIAW in consultation with buyers and suppliers from across the sector.”

One of the core benefits to this new initiative will see financial and business evaluation specialists Plimsoll Published Ltd providing financial and market data reports on suppliers before they are matched to buyers. This will save time for buyers researching the market for compatible business partners and aims to help forge trust and transparency quickly between both parties.

 Find out more here and find the application form uniform-buyers-network/

Brewer & Bunney milks dairy market laundry niche

A Cornish business boosted turnover by £75,000 in just a month - by adding one extra page to its website. Redruth-based commercial laundry specialist Brewer & Bunney wanted to reach out to more dairy farms, as it can help make the milking process more sustainable and profitable. And online Bristol-based web design and marketing company GWS Media updated the site to make the niche services accessed more easily.


Brewer & Bunney business development manager Dan Lloyd, pictured, said: “We know who our customers are - and this targeted approach means they can find us more easily. We can trace half of new business leads to our online presence, which has been created by the team at GWS Media.”  Check out the website here https:// your-business/dairy-farms/

June 2021 | LCN 5

I really don’t want to get too enthusuastic as we have been there before, only to be knocked back again but I do feel positive vibes zizzing around. If all goes well by the time this issue releases, hotels will be open and the season of the summer staycation will be well underway. This means huge pressure off for our hospitality laundries which have beeen through such a devastating time.

Keeping those vibes stoked we have a cover story on the positive aspects of getting back to work from teo giants of textile care - the TSA and Johnson Service Group.

With the general return to normal work across all sectors, we take a timely look at laundering unifiorms, for which we extend grateful thanks to Christeyns for allowing us to use their research. This article, if you need a rationale for saying all uniforms are best washed by professionals and not at home, is convincing!

Segueing smoothly on to the next item, we back up that feature with a laundry and wetcleaning chemicals special. OPl dryers are the subject of our monthly equipment special report and we take a look at new developments there. Richard Neale of LCT Worldwide addresses odourless finsihing and Roger Cawood fits out a High Street retail business with essential machinery. What Went Wrong explains how to avoid chemical damage.

Kathy Bowry Editor

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