The laundry and textile service industry, like many industries in Sweden, has been hit very hard by the prevailing situation as a result of the virus outbreak.

The Swedish Textile Service Association welcomes the Government, Center Party and Liberals' proposals for restructuring aid, which was presented on April 30. In Denmark, which has already introduced such a regulatory framework, it has been made clear that renting and leasing of textiles, which are often regulated in agreements with long binding periods, constitute fixed costs. It is also considered that costs for the washing itself that pertains to agreements with a binding period can be claimed as fixed costs.

This construction contributes to the survival of severely vulnerable companies, such as hotels and restaurants, which often have long contracts for renting / leasing / washing textiles, and at the same time means that existing agreements can be kept, which can give the laundry and textile service industry a certain respite. Industry neutrality, in terms of property types that are subject to rent, leasing and long-term agreements, is of great importance when designing conversion support.

The laundry and textile service industry's approximately 270 companies have an annual turnover of around SEK 5,5 billion and employ around 5 people. Our industry employs many young people and also newly arrived people and is thus a very important player in offering a first step into the labor market and as an integration engine.

The Swedish Textile Service Association requests that it be clarified

- that the restructuring aid includes fixed costs such as renting and leasing of textiles which are regulated in agreements with a binding period.
- that costs for the actual washing and textile services relating to contracts with a binding period can be invoked as fixed costs in the basis for conversion support.

On behalf of the Swedish Textile Service Association

Jan Kluge 

Tor-Björn Angin
Vice Chairman

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