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New research reveals high levels of public distrust in business

A major new nationwide public survey released today (17 March), highlights the extent of public distrust in business and the need for businesses to communicate better with the public to regain that trust. The nationally-representative survey of more than 2,000 ...

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New best practice guide ‘The Future of Cleaning’ is launched

Cleaning is essential both in the office and at home – that is the overwhelming message from new research commissioned by cleaning industry PR specialist, Ceris Burns International (CBI PR), who has launched a best practice guide on shaping the cleaning products ...

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Public-Private Partnerships: what the world can learn from Canada

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s) may have originated in the United Kingdom and developed in a number of other countries such as Australia, but no country has come close to Canada in perfecting the model, and it is something from which the ...

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Workplace ‘weightism’: Bosses less likely to recruit overweight staff

Up to nine out of ten managers with responsibility for recruiting staff wouldn’t hire a candidate who is obese, according to research. A recent survey by UK-based employment law consultancy Protecting.co.uk has revealed that bosses would rather employ the thinner ...

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Research predicts faster growth for security market

A new report by independent market research provider, Apex Insight, has revealed that despite a hesitant economic recovery, the outsourced security guarding services market is approaching £5 billion in size. According to the research, the industry is being shaped by a number ...

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Compass signs strategic partnership with University of Gastronomic Sciences

Global food and support services company, Compass Group PLC, has teamed up with the University of Gastronomic Sciences of Pollenzo in Italy, signing a new strategic partnership to share and develop best practice in the food industry. Under the exclusive agreement, ...

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Workers in messy offices ‘up to 72% less productive’

Offices that cut corners on cleaning, or allow employees to work in messy, disorganised surroundings are far less productive than clean, well-ordered offices, a review by a major national cleaning company has found. The national Contract Cleaning company says that ...

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Employers introduce initiatives to support older workers

New research from Group Risk Development (GRiD), the trade body for the group risk industry has revealed that more than a quarter of employers (27 per cent) have introduced flexible working initiatives to meet the needs of their older members ...

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The changing impact of today’s workplace environment

What are the secret ingredients for a great workplace? This is a question that many employers struggle to answer. PHS CEO, Gareth Rhys Williams, discusses the company’s recent research on wellbeing in the workplace It is becoming increasingly important that ...

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Employee wellbeing: a top driver for workplace strategy

The latest annual European Occupier Survey by global real estate advisor CBRE, has revealed that employee attraction, retention and productivity has replaced cost management as the most important driver for workplace strategy. The survey, now in its fifth year, highlights ...

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