Towards a better future

29th of June 2012
Towards a better future

Italian correspondent Anna Garbagna reports from the Forum Pulire in Milan.

The Forum Pulire – First National Congress of Integrated Services, which took place in Milan recently, was an opportunity to take stock of  the situation in the cleaning sector  and it was declared a great success.

Over 280 delegates attended the debates

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Fuel costs escalate

29th of June 2012
Fuel costs escalate

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports on how rising fuel costs are affecting cleaning businesses.

The German public is currently talking about the constantly increasing price of fuel and the ways of cutting respective costs. These costs do not only affect the man in the street but also the economy in general. All businesses in which

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Value of associations?

28th of June 2012
Value of associations?

Companies in the USA are increasingly questioning the value of association membership, explains ECJ correspondent Ron Segura.

Here in the United States, the issues impacting the majority of building service contractors (BSCs) can be overwhelming. Many are seeing the value of being a member of industry associations that provide them a voice and

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Agreement at last for Dutch cleaners

28th of June 2012
Agreement at last for Dutch cleaners

Nico Lemmens at ISS Facility Services, ECJ's reporter in the Netherlands, brings news after a new collective agreement. This comes after a long period of dispute between trades unions and employers.

In April, trades unions and employers in the Dutch cleaning sector have agreed in principle upon a new collective labour agreement for 2012 and 2013.

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Largest market in Europe

28th of June 2012
Largest market in Europe

In the latest of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of Germany. With the help of industry experts we focus on the contract cleaning sector, its potential for growth and the structure of the market. We also report on the latest statistics related to cleaning equipment manufacturers.

The commercial cleaning

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Challenging times ahead for the Netherlands

1st of May 2012

In the second of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of the Netherlands. With the help of industry experts we focus on the contract cleaning sector, training and the distribution of supplies.

The contract cleaning sector in the Netherlands is currently worth 4.3 billion euros and there are almost 8,000

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