Nature provides solutions

4th of July 2017
Nature provides solutions

Will cleaning still be necessary in the near future? Some of the people present at the VSR (Association of Cleaning Research) event on biomimicry at the end of 2016 in the Netherlands asked themselves the same question. Nature provides solutions which means that cleaning may no longer be entirely necessary. Jacco Vonhof, its chairman, writes for

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America is not so far from Italy...

4th of July 2017
America is not so far from Italy...

Italian correspondent Anna Garbagna reports on a seminar organised by Afidamp recently.

Expanding a market is always interesting and the USA is an area of great interest for every sector. The important factor is to know regulations, habits and trading priorities. So, to help cleaning companies to orient themselves, Afidamp organised the

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Current state of the German market

4th of July 2017
Current state of the German market

ECJ reporter Alexandra Lachner takes a look at current trends in the German cleaning sector.

The building services sector in Germany is developing steadily:  both the number of cleaning hours and sales figures are showing a slight increase and there are a rising number of employment contracts subject to social security contributions in both

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A glance at a French region...

3rd of July 2017
A glance at a French region...

Christian Bouzols, ECJ’s French correspondent, reports on the Rhônes-Alpes region cleaning sector, which accounts for around one-tenth of the total.

With a turnover of about €1.3 billion in 2015 and 53,500 employees, the cleaning companies of the Rhônes-Alpes region in southern France account for about a tenth of the

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Another summer of litter shaming?

3rd of July 2017
Another summer of litter shaming?

Should we rely on civil service employees to clean up after us? ECJ reporter Lotte Printz takes a look at summer littering in Denmark.

Summer is here. And hopefully temperatures and lots of sunny spells allow us to spend time outdoors, enjoying a can of beer by a stream of city lake or barbecuing in public parks. But who’s going to clean

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Apprenticeships - swept under the rug

30th of June 2017
Apprenticeships - swept under the rug

UK reporter Lynn Webster discusses apprenticeships in the professional cleaning sector.

With the Apprenticeship Levy having come into effect on April 6, any issues and wrinkles are probably still being dealt with. Introducing a whole new system of payment is difficult enough, and plans to maximise the impact of this 0.5 per cent self-investment

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