Economic crisis in Italy hinders potential for growth

31st of October 2012
Economic crisis in Italy hinders potential for growth

In the latest of our special country focus reports, ECJ takes a look at the cleaning sector of Italy. Giuseppe Gherardelli, general secretary of ANIP (National Association of Cleaning Companies) and UNIFERR (Union of Railway Cleaning Companies), offers his viewpoint on the contract cleaning sector. Both organisations are part of FISE, a member of

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Survey explores Italians' attitude to cleanliness

30th of October 2012
Survey explores Italians' attitude to cleanliness

Italian correspondent Anna Garbagna reports on a survey into people's attitudes towards cleanliness in daily life.

Italians are very fussy about cleanliness in daily life and they are careful with the type of products being used and their impact on the environment and health. These are just a few of the aspects highlighted by the survey carried

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US cleaning firms question value of trade shows

29th of October 2012
US cleaning firms question value of trade shows

Many companies are now questioning the value of attending trade exhibitions, explains US correspondent Ron Segura.

Here in the United States organisations have been deciding whether or not to attend the annual BSCAI/ISSA Convention in Chicago. For many companies the past year has been tough financially and to spend money on travel and lodging

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Lessons to be learned from Olympics?

29th of October 2012
Lessons to be learned from Olympics?

Latest news from the UK from ECJ's correspondent.

The captains and kings have departed from the magnificent Olympic and Paralympic Games. Thanks extended all round to everyone - the cleaners did not get much mention among all the praise but must have done a first class job.

The ‘Famous Victory' is now history but is intended to inspire a

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Journey of a French cleaning apprentice

29th of October 2012
Journey of a French cleaning apprentice

French reporter Christian Bouzols follows a cleaning student's progress.

For this young man who’s passionate about body building, life hasn’t always been easy. But perhaps that’s what’s given him the steely determination to succeed. At the end of his teens, when life choices had to be made, Romain opted for an

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German BIV forum explores future of facility services

29th of October 2012
German BIV forum explores future of facility services

German correspondent Thomas Schulte-Marxloh reports from Bonn on a forum about the future of facilities management.

In September the Federal Trade Guild Association (BIV) and the German magazine Rationell Reinigen set the stage for a forum in Bonn about the future of facility services. Although the convention mainly offered future prospects, it

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