Snapshot of contract cleaning in Europe

17th of May 2011
Snapshot of contract cleaning in Europe

The European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI), the contract cleaning industry association representing the sector at EU level, has published its latest market data, relating to the year 2008. ECJ here features extracts from the report, which is now available.

This is the 17th time the European Federation of Cleaning Industries (EFCI) has

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School jobs threatened

17th of May 2011
School jobs threatened

Thousands of cleaning sector jobs are at risk in Italy, reports Anna Garbagna for ECJ.

From this coming July over 26,000 jobs in Italy will be under threat in the cleaning sector, not to mention the possible consequences for the level of hygiene, routine maintenance and safety in schools. This was reported in February during a joint press

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Support our trade show

17th of May 2011
Support our trade show

Following the recent Cleaning Show in Birmingham, ECJ's UK reporter asks what it tells us about the mood of the cleaning industry.

The Cleaning Show took place in Birmingham at the beginning of March. Were you there?

Over the years this biennial show, one of the biggest events in the industry has - with the support of the sector - 

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A time for change

17th of May 2011
A time for change

Marek Kowalski reports from Poland on its prospects for 2011.

Let me share some thoughts with you on the Polish cleaning industry in the first quarter of 2011 including  the prospects for the future.

2011 started with multiple projects of changes by the Polish parliament, which could have a noticeable impact on the cleaning industry. The

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Clean and green

17th of May 2011
Clean and green

Reporting from Sweden, Tom Crockford examines the credentials of the Scandic hotel group, which claims to be industry-leading in its sustainability policies.

I recall making a trip in the early 1990s to Umea in Northern Sweden to visit the Scandic Hotel there. The reason was Scandic had just embarked on a programme emphasising its commitment to

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Sixth largest employer

17th of May 2011
Sixth largest employer

Reporting from France, Christian Bouzols examines the cleaning sector's importance as an employer.

The growing practice of outsourcing has had a very favourable impact on the cleaning industry. Whereas in 1995 there were 10,000 cleaning firms in the country, that number has grown to over 20,000 today, according to the statistical institute INSEE.

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