Waiting for good news in the UK

29th of June 2012
Waiting for good news in the UK

The general sentiment in the cleaning industry of the UK is currently not a positive one, explains
ECJ's reporter there.

We still appear to be in the darkest of night and those 'points of light' appear to be no more than that. We can reflect on the reported words of President Johnson who, when boarding Airforce One, is alleged to have said: "Go

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Seasonal staff shortages in Russia

29th of June 2012
Seasonal staff shortages in Russia

Oleg Popov of cleaning company Cristanval in Russia explains why the country's cleaning companies must deal with a shortage of staff each spring, and what kind of people join the industry as professional cleaners.

In Russia, working in the cleaning industry is not prestigious, in fact it is just the opposite – it is very difficult to find

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Recruitment initiative in Sweden

29th of June 2012
Recruitment initiative in Sweden

Reporting from Sweden, our correspondent Petra Sjouwerman examines a new government proposal on recruiting people with disabilities.

The Swedish minister for labour Hillevi Engström from the Liberal-Conservative party has recently announced that she wants to encourage companies to hire people with disabilities.

According to recent research

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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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