Better deal for UK workers?

9th of March 2012
Better deal for UK workers?

This edition sees the start of a new series of articles focusing on the major economies of Europe. The first of these is the UK – with an overview of the economy and its particular challenges and a look at how that impacts the professional cleaning sector. Andrew Large at the British Cleaning Council talks exclusively to ECJ.

The cleaning

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The art of ecodesign

6th of March 2012
The art of ecodesign

Ecodesign is the development of environmentally products, ie, minimising a product's environmental impact at the design stage, for its entire life cycle. Eco-efficiency expert Dr Udo Hermenau of e-hoch-3 writes exclusively for ECJ about the challenges presented by true ecodesign, and how it can be incorporated into every company's culture. The

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Businesses in need of cash

28th of November 2011
Businesses in need of cash

The banks stand accused of starving SMEs of the finance they need for their own futures and to help get Europe back on its feet. Hartley Milner explores how the money-supply crisis is impacting on smaller businesses and what is being done to help them. 

Europe is looking to rally its vast army of small to medium size enterprises in the

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Late payment implementation

28th of November 2011

EU member states are to be asked to pursue early transposition into national law of the late payments directive, scheduled initially for 2013. European Commission vice-president Antonio Tajani made the announcement recently.

Delays in payments have long been an issue of concern for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), especially since

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Chidichimo encourages excellence in service delivery

28th of November 2011
Chidichimo encourages excellence in service delivery

In the last of his exclusive series of articles for ECJ, Pedro Chidichimo of Diversey writes about the importance of service quality and customer satisfaction as components of measurable profit for a company. He advocates the development of a service quality model for facility management/service contractor companies, based on five simple

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The future is small business, says think tank

28th of November 2011
The future is small business, says think tank

Policymakers should prepare for a future in which big manufacturing business no longer exists and has been replaced by a string of ‘micro-multinational' SMEs, according to a policy brief from an influential European think tank.

The brief by the Lisbon Council claims the 20th century logic that required large foreign talent pools to achieve

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