German BIV forum explores future of facility services

29th of October 2012
German BIV forum explores future of facility services

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports from Bonn on a forum about the future of facilities management.

In September the Federal Trade Guild Association (BIV) and the German magazine Rationell Reinigen set the stage for a forum in Bonn about the future of facility services. Although the convention mainly offered future prospects, it

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Poland's Museum of Soap and History of Filth offers journey to the past

26th of October 2012
Poland's Museum of Soap and History of Filth offers journey to the past

Polish reporter for ECJ Marek Kowalski brings news of a new museum opening.

In September the town of Bydgoszcz witnessed the opening of the first Museum of Soap and the History of Filth in Europe. In the first three weeks it had over 1,000 visitors while its web page scored 5,000 visits. The museum has been set up over two years. Its founders

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Innovative cleaning in Denmark's kindergartens

26th of October 2012
Innovative cleaning in Denmark's kindergartens

Our correspondent in Scandinavia Petra Sjouwerman reports on a Danish research project on innovative cleaning in day care centres.

Snot and saliva are part of daily life in nurseries and kindergartens. Bacteria and viruses have free rein in day care centres. The consequence: infectious diseases that spread amongst children, parents, staff and

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Dutch cleaning sector improves immigrant language skills

26th of October 2012
Dutch cleaning sector improves immigrant language skills

Many workers in the Dutch cleaning sector are immigrants and special attention is being given to improving their language skills – explains ECJ correspondent Nico Lemmens of ISS.

OSB Academie is the umbrella organisation for all activities concerning training, education and courses of the Dutch association of cleaning companies. There is a

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Russian winter brings cleaning challenges

26th of October 2012
Russian winter brings cleaning challenges

Since the middle ages, foreign travellers have been mesmerised by the Russian winter, explains Oleg Popov from Cristanval Cleaning.

An unusual and "ferociously cold" winter is regarded as the key factor in Napoleon's defeat in the Patriotic War of 1812. Regardless of the past, and surprising to many people around the world, temperatures ranging

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France has challenges to face

21st of September 2012
France has challenges to face

In the latest of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of France. With the help of Pierre Deschamps at French cleaning magazine Batiment Entretien we focus on the contract cleaning sector, its potential for growth and the structure of the market.

According to the French contract cleaning association FEP

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