Experts scoff at schools’ ban of toilet roll cores

10th of January 2017
Experts scoff at schools’ ban of toilet roll cores

Pupils of UK schools are being prevented from bringing in cardboard toilet roll cores due to fears that they could spread disease.

Teachers have alerted parents to the ban quoting alleged health and safety guidelines. However, government officials have denounced these as an "urban myth".

Parents at one nursery school in County Durham were told

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Spanish law voids Court of Auditors and Madrid Education cleaning tender competitions because of below-cost pricing

9th of January 2017
Spanish law voids Court of Auditors and Madrid Education cleaning tender competitions because of below-cost pricing

The courts in Spain have ruled that both the Board of Education of the Community of Madrid and the Court of Auditors rerun the public tender competitions for the award of the cleaning services in their respective buildings because they were put out to tender at less than cost.

The Professional Association of Cleaning Companies (Aspel) brought

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The robot vacuum cleaner that can be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa

6th of January 2017
The robot vacuum cleaner that can be controlled using Amazon’s Alexa

An automatic vacuum cleaner for people who like to bark out orders to their appliances has been presented to visitors at this year's CES technology show in Las Vegas.

Samsung's Powerbot VR7000 can be linked with Amazon's Echo Support technology to enable it to be activated via voice controls.

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker that features a

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Main reasons why employees are not engaged in their work and what you can do about it

5th of January 2017
Main reasons why employees are not engaged in their work and what you can do about it

The world is currently experiencing an employee engagement crisis and recent data suggests that only 13 per cent of employees worldwide are engaged in their work. But why are employees not engaged and what can facility managers do about it? Peter Ankerstjerne, ISS head of group marketing, writes his latest ECJ blog.

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ISS Netherlands joins partnership to strengthen integration and employment of refugees

4th of January 2017
ISS Netherlands joins partnership to strengthen integration and employment of refugees

ISS Netherlands has partnered with the Refugee Talent Hub - a non-profit effort led by ISS customer Accenture along with other corporations, public agencies, and NGOs - to support and accelerate the acceptance, integration, education and employment of refugees in the Netherlands.

The first traineeships and full positions at ISS were launched on

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Haniel and Rentokil Initial sign agreement to form European service company

30th of December 2016
Haniel and Rentokil Initial sign agreement to form European service company

Haniel and Rentokil Initial have signed an agreement to create a joint venture to create a European company for workwear, cleanroom and hygiene services.

After acquiring the continental European business from Rentokil Initial in the areas of hygiene, workwear and cleanroom services, Haniel will hold around 82 per cent of the shares, while

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