2020 vision

15th of April 2020
2020 vision

As we start a new decade ECJ’s correspondent in the UK, Lynn Webster, looks ahead to the opportunities which could arise for the cleaning sector.

Is January the opportunity for positive thought or time to wallow in the gloomy post New Year blues? Despite the shadow of Brexit and some economic uncertainty, we are embarking on not only a new

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Update of cleaning skills in Italy

15th of April 2020
Update of cleaning skills in Italy

Anna Garbagna reports from Italy on a new training course taking place in Bergamo recently.

Bergamo was the setting for the inaugural session of the Course of Advanced Training in Cleaning Management, the meeting promoted by Fra.Mar, a company operating in the cleaning sector since 1970, in cooperation with the Università degli Studi di

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Cleaning products to be scrutinised

14th of April 2020
Cleaning products to be scrutinised

Scandinavian reporter Lotte Printz on a Swedish study mapping the use of and the health impacts of detergents and cleaning products.

Belgian research has indicated that cleaners are at a high risk of dying from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Other international studies have revealed that chemicals present in detergents and cleaning

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Cleaners’ minimum wage increases

14th of April 2020
Cleaners’ minimum wage increases

Katja Scholz brings latest news from Germany.

At the beginning of this year almost 700,000 employees in Germany’s largest trade employer enjoyed a further wage increase. On January 1 the third phase of the increase agreed by the contract cleaners’ association (BIV) and the trade union for construction industry workers BAU came into

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Tours and tides in Norway's cleaning sector

23rd of December 2019
Tours and tides in Norway's cleaning sector

Scandinavian correspondent Lotte Printz brings a report on current affairs in the Norwegian industry.

“Good leaders encourage humour, social activities and having a bit of fun at work.” So, the text reads next to a picture of a laughing monkey on a slide presented by Ann Kristin Reinskau from Ny Vy. She is giving tips on successful

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First impressions count

19th of December 2019
First impressions count

UK reporter Lynn Webster on how important first impressions are, and how cleaning plays a vital role.

There are many training programmes that emphasise the need to make that first impression count. We don’t get a second chance to make a good ‘first impression’ and interestingly according to one university study people make 11

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