Final thoughts from Tom Crockford

25th of November 2011

ECJ's Scandinavian reporter Tom Crockford writes his final column.

This is my final column as this magazine’s Scandinavian Correspondent. After over 12 years of commenting on the professional cleaning scene in this part of Europe, I have decided to retire. I do hope a replacement can be found soon.

Scandinavia has long been a pioneer of

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Hard times for French cleaning industry

25th of November 2011
Hard times for French cleaning industry

ECJ reporter in France, Christian Bouzols, looks at how the economic crisis is affecting the sector.

The 19,000 cleaning company chiefs in France are struggling not to shed too many jobs. During the past seven years, they have created 100,000 new jobs, none of them can't be outsourced abroad and nearly 80 per cent of them under open-ended

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Time to read?

25th of November 2011
Time to read?

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh explores the links between the cleaning sector, the media and literature.

At the beginning of November Germany celebrated the ‘Tag der Putzfrau’ or, even more ambitiously, the ‘Internationaler Tag der Putzfrau’ (international cleaning woman day) or

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Make a real contribution

26th of October 2011
Make a real contribution

ECJ's UK correspondent asks how the cleaning sector could be affected by recent social unrest.

Cheer up.” They said, “Things could be worse.” So I cheered up and they got worse.

That is how it may seem just now what with slow growth,  riots (which since the repeal of the Riot Act you cannot have; financial carnage and

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Afidamp presents Clean Green Awards

26th of October 2011
Afidamp presents Clean Green Awards

Italian reporter Anna Garbagna looks back at the presentation of the Clean Green Afidamp Awards.

Companies in every sector are tending more and more towards being ‘green’, or paying attention to ecology and sustainability. There are many awards which encourage this trend. The Clean Green Afidamp Award is the annual award for the

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Cleaner numbers decrease in Germany

26th of October 2011
Cleaner numbers decrease in Germany

Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reviews statistics revealed in Germany about the contract cleaning market – which show a significant decrease in the number of people employed.

The only statistics you can trust are those you falsified yourself." For many years Germans believed Winston Churchill shared his wisdom with us. However, after a closer look,

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