Welcome to The Guild of Cleaners & Launderers

Dry Cleaning Shop Front Competition

Which shop is the most attractive and invites customers in through its outward appearance

A competition decided by a panel looking through photographs sent in by members.

The one decided by the panel to be the most appealing an image for the dry cleaning business will win the prize. 

Send photographs now to the Guild secretariat at enquiries@gcl.org.uk

A decision will be made at the Guild's Conference in February in Nottingham 2015

The Guild Pushes Training. 

A series of Practical Dry Cleaning Skills Training Courses will be held in various regions of the UK. Watch out for further announcements.

Guild Conference in Nottingham, during February 2014. "Stepping into the Future"  was a tremendous success with almost 100 delegates attending. We are working on putting the highlights of the presentations from speakers into the members area. Available soon you will be able to access video content of the Conference papers on You Tube.  

LCT Cleanex Exhibition - April 27/28th 2014 - was also a success judging by the number of visitors. An added attraction this time was the inclusion of demonstrations on stain removal on the stand, which proved to be popular. Guild Officials attended to visitors selling text books and the advantages of Guild membership. The Secretariat has now the task of contacting the 27 visitors who expressed an interest in joining the Guild. We wish them a hearty welcome.

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Sunday Stain Removal Training Sessions are being organised please e-mail your interest to enquiries@gcl.org.uk. We need eight bookings, plus suitable premises in an area, to be viable. Taking bookings now for all areas of the UK. At present we are putting lists together for the North West, Scotland and South East of London. Northwest to be held at Fylde Coast Service Centre, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire

Both the previous sessions held in Chorley, Lancashire, in June, and Reigate, Surrey, in September, were highly successful and popular events.

 We are now looking forward to taking bookings for the next event.

A very successful Conference and Exhibition took place in Cumbernauld, near Glasgow, in September 2014. 

contact  enquiries@gcl.org.uk for details of forthcoming conferences in 2015

Out Now!

Amber Alerts. Monthly E Mails to members on problem garments to look out for, early trouble advice on fabrics and fibres, information to help. Pass on your e-mail address to secretariat at enquiries@gcl.org.uk for regular updates (only for members). To join the Guild telephone 01698 322 669

New Service - Monthly Guild E-Bulletins keeping you up to date with information help and advice -ask the Guild secretariat to put you on the e-mailing list enquiries@gcl.org.uk

Technical Bulletins - also recently introduced providing members with help and advice.

Check out this section of the site for the latest Guild updates and industry news

Regular meetings of Guild members in your area check out itineraries on the left hand column for details.

See Contacts page for information on Guild preferred training providers.

Online Ordering & Payments

You can now renew and apply for Guild membership and order publications on line, Click here to be directed to our secure on line ordering section

Guild Assist Membership "improving, and updating all the time" most of these benefits without any additional cost

  • All Current Membership Benefits
  • Customer Conciliation Service from prominent Guild professionals
  • Preferential Credit & Debit Card Rates
  • Unlimited Legal, Business, Employment, Tax, VAT & PAYE Advice through Bluefin Business Assist
  • Reduced Rate Industry Specific Industry Insurance through Bluefin Insurance
  • Email 'Amber Alerts' Notification of Problem  Garments
  • Monthly E-Bulletins - keeping you up to date with information

Visit the Membership Page for more details


For the past conference reviews please visit our conference page

Ask The Experts

Members of the Guild can now use the members area of the website and have access to our new Ask The Experts Section.

You can submit questions and ask advice on all aspects of your dry cleaning and laundry business.

We will post the questions and answers on the website so it build into a valuable information resource for you to access at any time.

Some of these questions and answers will also be used in another new service for members called 'Talking Point' where tips and tricks from experienced members can be shared within the Guild network of professionals who care about our industry and their business.

Login to the members area for more information


The Guild is now on Facebook. Click to view the Facebook Group.


The Guild also has a page on Linkedin for members to share views and comments "on line"

Conference Presentations

Speakers presentations that were given at the recent GCL &TSA conference are now available for view in the Presentation Archive in the members area.

Help Line for Members

We are pleased to advise that the expertise of Roger Cawood is now available to all Guild members. Roger is the Chief Examiner for Dry Cleaning and a Guild Preferred Training Provider, he is also a regular contributor to Laundry and Cleaning News with his column on 'Drycleaners Trade Secrets'. Login to the members area for contact details

Learning and Skills Council

The Q Star & Examinations pages give details of the Guild examinations and qualifications and also the Learning Aims Database reference numbers from the Learning Skills Council.

Solvent Emissions Directive


It is a requirement of new European regulations that persons using dry cleaning solvents be competent, qualified and permit holders. Click here for information on the Solvent Emissions Directive.

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