FM - driver for economic recovery in Italy

15th of May 2015
FM - driver for economic recovery in Italy

Anna Garbagna reports on the key role being played by the facilities management (FM) sector in Italy’s economic recovery.

The facilities management (FM) service sector (maintenance, cleaning, environmental services, energy, security, logistics), which is made up of thousands of small and medium sized companies and many large operators, is a

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Clean with a click

15th of May 2015
Clean with a click

ECJ German reporter Thomas Schulte-Marxloh looks at the rise of domestic cleaning businesses
offering services online.

The internet has already affected many businesses, not to mention our personal life; while new internet-based business models seem to rocket, traditional businesses like stores seem to fade away. Likewise, traditional consumers

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Labour market participation in the Netherlands

24th of March 2015
Labour market participation in the Netherlands

Nico Lemmens of ISS Facility Services reports on new Dutch laws affecting the cleaning sector.

On July 1 2014 the Dutch Senate agreed to the so called Participation Act. That same day a proposal for a Quota Act was sent to the Second Chamber, the legislative part of Dutch parliament. Both laws are about employing people with a so called

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Danish cleaners as European role models

23rd of March 2015
Danish cleaners as European role models

ECJ correspondent in Scandinavia Lotte Printz reports from Denmark where the cleaning staff of a regional hospital are to serve as role models for hospital cleaners in other European countries.

At least once a year the cleaning staff at the Regional Hospital of Randers, Denmark, put down mops and dusters to undergo supplementary training. The

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A look at the year ahead for the UK cleaning industry

20th of March 2015
A look at the year ahead for the UK cleaning industry

ECJ’s UK reporter looks ahead to important events this year, including the new London cleaning show.

This is the season for forecasting and fortunately few bother to review the results at year end, as most are wide of the mark. This being so we will not be stating any stone cold certainties but looking at some areas which might affect our

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2015 - a year of crisis for Russia?

20th of March 2015
2015 - a year of crisis for Russia?

This year is promising to be a very difficult year for Russia, a year of crisis says correspondent Oleg Popov of cleaning company Cristanval.

In 2014 the Russian economy faced heavy challenges and partially succumbed to the combined impact of sanctions and oil price drop. Starting in February 2014 through to February 2015 the euro exchange rate

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