Cinet’s live-streamed GBPawards attracts more than 1500 viewers globally

9 November 2020

The Cinet Global Best Practices Awards 2020 Programme appeared to be a great success, said the organisers, with more than1500 textile care professionals taking part in a live streaming event from Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

The event spanned seven hours over 4-5 November during which time participants witnessed in real-time the international independent jury of bestow the Overall Awards in their individual categories to Oceanside Cleaners from the USA (Retail Textile Cleaning SME), Oxwash from the UK (Retail Textile Cleaning Big) and GCS - BIH 77 from France (Industrial Textile Services).

Oceanside Cleaners from the USA, pictured top left of the photo, right, carried off its award because of its supreme sustainability efforts, quality and services.

The UK’s Oxwash (pictured celebrating top right of the photo, right) prevailed because of its innovative business approach, sustainable concept and operational organisation.

GCS BIH77 from France won its category because of its outstanding focus on quality, CSR and sustainability.

The Innovation Award (SME) was received by WOSH from Spain, because of the manner in which new customer segments are approached with a focus on digitisation, marketing and communication

The Innovation Award (BIG) was granted to Mr Shoes Cleaning Tech Co from China, for developing an unique business model on a broad scale.

The Innovation Award ITS was received by Prawol Alicja Wolska Jerzy Wolski Sp.j. Warsaw from Poland, for continuous innovation on all business aspects.

The Sustainability Award (SME) was received by Country Club Cleaners  from USA, for their efforts in minimising their environmental footprint, all while maintaining profitability.

The Sustainability Award (BIG) was granted to Champion Cleaners from UAE, for setting a trend in sustainability in the region.

The Sustainability Award ITS was received by Coburger Handtuch + Matten – Services (CHMS) from Germany, for unique achievements in terms of sustainable operation.

The Life Time Award went to Masashi Shimenoki who heads up the Japan textile services association and Yep (Young Executive Professional) awards were granted to Blanc (France) and WAUWcloset (The Netherlands). Special CSR awards were presented to Amboseli Serena Safari Lodge (Serena Hotels Kenya) and GCS BIH 77 (France) for their efforts.

Cinet CEO Peter Wennekes welcomed viewers saying: “Indeed we live in difficult times for the global economy, and for almost all laundries and textile cleaners around the world, and it is not over yet. This will last for at least until the second part of 2021, many experts claim.

“But yes, we need to develop new plans and prepare for a better future. Because at Cinet we strongly believe in a fierce and strong recovery of the professional textile care industry. Based upon our vision, huge new opportunities will be out there offering a strong new market demand. However, it will require professional entrepreneurial skills to develop them. It all will be about, new ways of thinking, about new perspectives and new experiences."

With 120 official nominees, from 36 countries and 45 finalists the third edition of the GBPAP was attended by more than 1000 professionals worldwide. Over 1500 connections attended seven hours of streaming across the event which was streamed by Interclean, also taking place online from The Netherlands.

For this 2020 event, Cinet chose to focus on sustainability of the textile supply chain. “Globally,” said Wennekes, “textiles are the number two polluter after coal and chemicals. This is mainly because the world’s population is rapidly growing and some 85% of all textiles are rarely used and/or not sold, and/or thrown away as waste (fast fashion). Hence, the objective of this manifest is to develop an effective cooperation in the textiles supply chain with a better circularity and use  of higher quality textile materials. From ‘fast fashion to slow fashion’.”
The potential for further improvements in sustainability and circularity is immense, added Wennekes, pointing out that research shows that professional textile care is five times more sustainable performance over domestic cleaning.

Cinet has launched an International Sustainability Manifesto for the textile care industry to which an increasing number of organisations who seek better sustainability and want to enlarge the current PTC markets, are signing up to. Cinet welcomes further support of all who care for our planet.

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