French cleaning firms in crisis

3rd of July 2014
French cleaning firms in crisis

As French correspondent Christian Bouzols explains, over 600 of the country’s cleaning companies are officially in financial difficulty.

More than 600 cleaning companies in France were declared ‘en situation de défaillance’ (in a situation of default) in 2013 for not having honoured their payment obligations. The rate of

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More freedom for Danish cleaners

2nd of July 2014
More freedom for Danish cleaners

ECJ’s correspondent in Scandinavia, Petra Sjouwerman, gives us an update from Denmark. The municipality of Gladsaxe is the first in the country to achieve the new Nordic standard for cleaning, Insta 800. This has resulted in a significant improvement in cleaning quality, while employee motivation has also increased.

Are you striving for

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New market rules for Italian cleaning sector

1st of July 2014
New market rules for Italian cleaning sector

In Italy there are moves to improve regulation of public tenders, reports Anna Garbagna for ECJ.

AVCP, the public authority for surveillance of public contracts, has presented the Model for Tender Invitation for cleaning services aimed at regulation of tenders in the sector.

This  authority, as confirmed by ANIP (the national association of

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Improvement in UK cleaning standards?

27th of June 2014
Improvement in UK cleaning standards?

ECJ’S UK correspondent reports on the cleanliness situation in the National Health Service (NHS).

A shadow hung over the usual jollifications at ISSA/Interclean in Amsterdam following the totally unexpected death of Peter Holt, and although there was news of orders and success, it had a hollow ring this time.

We have had five weeks in a

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A new Dutch collective agreement

27th of June 2014
A new Dutch collective agreement

Nico Lemmens of ISS Facility Services in the Netherlands reports on negotiations for a new collective agreement.

Since last autumn the Dutch cleaning association OSB and the trades unions have been negotiating to reach agreement on a new collective labour agreement. The last one was agreed upon in April 2012, after a long period of dispute

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Cashflow challenges for German businesses

26th of June 2014
Cashflow challenges for German businesses

German reporter Thomas Schulte-Marxloh on the problems caused to small and medium sized businesses by late payment of invoices.

In Germany an invoice has to be paid within 30 days and, luckily, the vast majority of customers are paying on time. Some customers, however, seem to lack either payment behaviour or money. Public authorities seem to be

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