"Everyone agrees we should get support, but we still don't get anything," said David Stevens, CEO of the Textile Services Association (TSA), when regretting the way the government appears to be intended, " drying the laundry in the hospitality industry ".
“The restart grants are good news for the hospitality industry and other businesses,” said Stevens (pictured) – but not for commercial laundries. Once again, the laundries on which hospitality relies have been ignored by the government. Now the TSA, which represents commercial laundries in the UK, has written to BEIS (Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) for an explanation.
"We didn't get any lockdown grants, we didn't get any business tariff relief, we didn't get any VAT reduction," said Steven. "Now we don't get any restart grants either. It's like Groundhog Day, only much worse.
"We suffer, we need support and we don't get it while other companies do." It is so unfair."
Stevens notes that the commercial laundries that supply the hospitality industry have seen their business decline by 90% or more. We just need to know why we are being ignored, ”he said. Below you will find the text of the letter from TSA to MP Kwasi Kwarteng, State Secretary for Corporate, Energy and Industrial Strategy:
Dear Mr. Kwarteng,
I draw your attention to a statement that our members receive every time they ask their council for some form of interest relief or give assistance.
"I understand your position and frustration. However, your company does not fall into a qualifying category in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Energy and Industrial Strategy guidelines.”
This time it's the restart grants. Before that, it was the lockdown grants. And the VAT reduction. And relieves the business. Every time we are ignored and we don't get anything.
All councils agree that the hospitality laundries had to be closed. They all agree that we should get the grant. They all agree that it is unfair that we are not receiving support. But then they agreed that we should have been included in any financial assistance offered to other companies. But sympathy is all we get. There was no money, hospitality laundries are always left out.
Unless someone in BEIS is brave enough to accept that they did something wrong, the commercial laundry industry will not get the support it deserves and so desperately needs.
We were always rejected. We were hung up to dry.
So now we need an audience with a decision maker in BEIS so they can at least explain why we were selected without government help. Then I can let the industry know why we were excluded.
Without the hundreds of commercial laundries dedicated to hospitality and the 24,000 laundries they employ, British hospitality will not be able to operate on May 17th. Hotels, restaurants, sports facilities and many other businesses rely on commercial laundries.
How can you expect laundries to survive without support when other sectors have received billions in grants, VAT cuts and interest rate cuts?
Give us support. You're welcome. If not, at least give us an explanation.
The letter is signed by David Stevens.
The TSA is the trade association for the textile care service industry. The TSA represents commercial laundry and textile rental companies. Membership ranges from family-run businesses to large multinational companies. Visit www.tsa-uk.org for more information.