Today is the day – and tomorrow for the big event – as Textile Services Association (TSA) members meet up tonight for an informal dinner followed by the conference proper tomorrow. It will be the first time TSA and its membership has been able to meet in person since 2019 after a hiatus of 24 months. Taking place at the Ardencote Hotel and Spa, Warwickshire, 28-29 September, there will be plenty of catching up to do and a conference agenda that offers an exceptionally bold, strong and insightful programme, according to TSA CEO David Stevens.
The conference is live, in person and promises to be bold, insightful and strong as well as offering a welcome opportunity to finally catch up with people in the industry.
With its Diversity and Inclusion campaign very much in mind, the TSA has secured an outstanding speaker for the keynote address. Nigel Owens MBE, pictured,is widely regarded as Rugby Union’s best-ever referee. He was also the first openly gay man to come out in professional rugby. He’ll talk about diversity, equality and mental health and his presentation is not to be missed.
Do you need advice on the subject of negotiation? Whether with employees, business partners or customers, for people in the know Suzanne Williams QPM is the go-to choice. The former Scotland Yard detective has worked with governments at the highest level in cases of kidnap and abduction. She’ll bring all her experience and expertise to explore the themes of listening effectively and how to get the best outcomes out of business situations.
Olivia Flattery’s presentation covers HR, keeping compliant and getting the most out of your team. She’ll also give conference an update on the latest HR trends and regulations, as well as talking about her role with the TSA, providing members with HR support.
Sustainability is a key challenge for the textile industry and Matt Hanrahan, CEO of Reskinned Resources, will outline plans to provide a 100% solution to textile recycling. Reskinned has been working with the TSA to develop the circular textile economy, using innovative recycling processes.
Adding to the conference mix is a variety of shorter, informative presentations covering subjects as diverse as textile industry knowledge networks and public relations. There will also be a panel discussion covering Covid.
The main conference is on Wednesday 29 September. On Tuesday 28th the TSA will host the industry dinner including entertainment, with a debut gig for the industry band ‘Mark Stains and the Rejects.’
For more information and to book spaces, visit the events section at tsa-uk.org. Places are limited so early booking is strongly recommended. Costs are £80 for the conference only and £120 for the conference and dinner. For accommodation contact the Ardencote Hotel direct. TSA has secured a room rate of £90.
The TSA is the trade association for the textile care services industry. The TSA represents commercial laundry and textile rental businesses. Membership ranges from family-run operations through to large, multi-national companies. Visit www.tsa-uk.org for more information.