Managing quality in German contract cleaning

21st of January 2015
Managing quality in German contract cleaning

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh on quality certification in contract cleaning.

Public awarding authorities as well as private customers in Germany trust in quality assurance more and more. While some years ago the main requirement was that potential contracting companies were run by a master craftsman, customers today commonly rely on

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Street cleaning in France - an overview

21st of January 2015
Street cleaning in France - an overview

From France, ECJ reporter Christian Bouzols offers an insight into street cleaning and refuse collection in Paris.

They are to be seen every day in the streets of Paris, holding a broom or a water hose. Always dressed in green, the ‘éboueurs’ work all year round to keep the streets of the French capital clean. A visit to the

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European FM report predicts cleaning market of the future

20th of January 2015
European FM report predicts cleaning market of the future

Dutch reporter for ECJ Nico Lemmens of ISS Facility Services looks at the findings of a new European FM report.

During the last few decades multi or integrated facility services contracts have made their entry into European markets, although there are variations in different countries’ markets. It undoubtedly would have serious consequences

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Increase in French cleaning company failures

3rd of November 2014
Increase in French cleaning company failures

French reporter Christian Bouzols explains that the number of cleaning companies failing in the country has risen by 16 per cent since 2011, but that on the whole business is improving.

The number of cleaning companies failing in France has risen by 16 per cent in three years. That figure is indeed worrying but is a good reflection of

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The immigration question

31st of October 2014
The immigration question

ECJ’s UK correspondent on the immigration debate and how the cleaning industry is involved.

Here one of the main topics has been immigration. Some interesting views have been expressed by the movers and shakers in our industry. Let us be clear, controlled immigration is no bad thing but many of our troubles have arisen from the policy of

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Sicilian cleaning sector at risk

31st of October 2014
Sicilian cleaning sector at risk

Italian correspondent Anna Garbagna reports on difficult times in the Sicilian cleaning industry.

The difficulties that many sectors - and the cleaning sector in particular are experiencing are having strong repercussions in a number of Italian regions. This is particularly evident in Sicily, where hundreds of companies and about 50,000 workers

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