Businesses pay the price of theft

17th of January 2024
Businesses pay the price of theft

Hard-up Europeans are turning not only to food banks but also to food theft, triggering a shoplifting epidemic across much of the continent. And it is retail businesses and their legitimate customers who are paying the price, writes Hartley Milner.

TWO MIDDLE-AGED women wearing baggy ankle-length skirts enter a busy convenience store in north

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Skills make for a sustainable future

5th of January 2024
Skills make for a sustainable future

In the UK, Lynn Webster reports from an event focusing on business responsibilities in key areas.

With so much media traffic and business responsibilities around the economy, climate change and ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) specifically, these were the theme of the recent Cleaning & Support Services Association (CSSA) autumn

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General mood less positive

4th of January 2024
General mood less positive

ECJ’s Katja Scholz in Germany tells us about the autumn survey of the contract cleaning sector.

Hot off the press, the Federal Association of Contract Cleaners (BIV) presented the results of its current autumn business survey in October, showing the overall mood in the sector along with market forecasts and sales expectations. This survey

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Being equipped for the green transition

3rd of January 2024
Being equipped for the green transition

As cleaning firms strive to be more sustainable, they need training, writes Christian Bouzols in France.

In their journey towards ever better environmental practices, cleaning companies need to do more than just use ecologically certified products and green ways of working, all of which are already much used in the sector.

In answer to that

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A spirit of initiative brings success

2nd of January 2024
A spirit of initiative brings success

From Italy Anna Garbagna brings the inspiring story of cleaning industry legend Luigi Marfella.

His name is Luigi Marfella and he is the protagonist of a story worth telling. The son of a lady janitor who worked in a state school, he has always associated his passion for the cleaning world to his moments of childhood when, following his mother in

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