Cleaning service companies - we must adapt

3rd of May 2012
Cleaning service companies - we must adapt

Writing exclusively for ECJ, Andreas Lill from the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) addresses the topic: ‘cleaning and building service companies must do more to adapt to clients’ changing needs in the face of economic difficulties’.

Cleaning service companies are increasingly forced to adapt to clients’

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Cloud computing - head in the clouds

2nd of May 2012
Cloud computing - head in the clouds

Cloud computing is a product of blue-sky thinking on a global scale that is fast revolutionising the way we run our businesses. But while the benefits of this new way of providing IT services are far from nebulous, Hartley Milner warns they need to be weighed against the risks that come with any innovation in its infancy.

Most of us will have had

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Customer priorities for cleaning chemicals

2nd of May 2012
Customer priorities for cleaning chemicals

Efficiency, cost-effectiveness, safety, sustainability… what do customers want most from their chemical solutions? Ann Laffeaty finds out.

There are so many professional cleaning products on the market today the customer is spoilt for choice. Some solutions are claimed to be completely safe and sustainable while others are marketed on

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Façade maintenance - vital first impressions

1st of May 2012
Façade maintenance - vital first impressions

Cleaning and maintaining the exteriors of buildings is an important way to improve company image. Dave Rogers, European sales manager for Unger Germany, explains how legislation, technological advances and customer needs are shaping this part of the cleaning sector.

First impressions count – it’s an accepted fact in all walks of life.

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Who's looking after our cleaners' health?

1st of May 2012
Who's looking after our cleaners' health?

The responsibility for the safety of cleaning workers is an extremely difficult question.  And one of the best things a manager responsible for cleaning staff can do is… go for a walk. This recommendation comes from the UK’s Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and according to 3M, a global supplier to the contract cleaning market,

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Challenging times ahead for the Netherlands

1st of May 2012

In the second of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of the Netherlands. With the help of industry experts we focus on the contract cleaning sector, training and the distribution of supplies.

The contract cleaning sector in the Netherlands is currently worth 4.3 billion euros and there are almost 8,000

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