Cleaning sector gathers in Berlin for CMS and WFBSC Congress

5th of September 2017
Cleaning sector gathers in Berlin for CMS and WFBSC Congress

The German capital Berlin is to host the 2017 Congress of the World Federation of Building Service Contractors (WFBSC) this September, alongside the CMS professional cleaning trade exhibition. The congress is being hosted by the German contract cleaning association BIV.

The theme of the programme, which takes place from September 18-20, is

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Working longer = more productive?

21st of July 2017
Working longer = more productive?

Long hours at the grindstone may turn our brains to mush but they can also leave us feeling all warm and virtuous and not a little sniffy about others who appear not to share our work ethic. But for all that, surveys show that we are labouring under an illusion if we believe we are necessarily any more productive, writes Hartley Milner.

The

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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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