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17th of May 2011
Support our trade show

Following the recent Cleaning Show in Birmingham, ECJ's UK reporter asks what it tells us about the mood of the cleaning industry.

The Cleaning Show took place in Birmingham at the beginning of March. Were you there?

Over the years this biennial show, one of the biggest events in the industry has - with the support of the sector - 

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A time for change

17th of May 2011
A time for change

Marek Kowalski reports from Poland on its prospects for 2011.

Let me share some thoughts with you on the Polish cleaning industry in the first quarter of 2011 including  the prospects for the future.

2011 started with multiple projects of changes by the Polish parliament, which could have a noticeable impact on the cleaning industry. The

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Clean and green

17th of May 2011
Clean and green

Reporting from Sweden, Tom Crockford examines the credentials of the Scandic hotel group, which claims to be industry-leading in its sustainability policies.

I recall making a trip in the early 1990s to Umea in Northern Sweden to visit the Scandic Hotel there. The reason was Scandic had just embarked on a programme emphasising its commitment to

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Sixth largest employer

17th of May 2011
Sixth largest employer

Reporting from France, Christian Bouzols examines the cleaning sector's importance as an employer.

The growing practice of outsourcing has had a very favourable impact on the cleaning industry. Whereas in 1995 there were 10,000 cleaning firms in the country, that number has grown to over 20,000 today, according to the statistical institute INSEE.

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More than just cleaning

17th of May 2011
More than just cleaning

Oleg Popov, director general for Cristanval cleaning company in Russia, explains how many businesses are now adding other services to their portfolio.

Cleaning in Russia is much more than cleaning. The list of services provided by an average cleaning company now usually grows longer year by year, and not only because of new cleaning services

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Only in it for the money?

17th of May 2011
Only in it for the money?

Even though contract cleaning employees in Germany received a pay rise at the beginning of this year, their trade union is now demanding another wage increase. Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports.

Since January this year the 900,000 employees in the contract cleaning business have been receiving higher wages – this was the beginning of my last

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