Happy Birthday Check Services

Check Services is 40 years old today.

Check Services celebrated this milestone with afternoon drinks, an evening meal and party for all staff and partners.

The event took place at the wonderful Hotel du Vin in Birmingham. A great afternoon and evening which moved between their Courtyard;  Krug room and then to the Pub du Vin in the basement. Everybody stayed over so we were all able to relax and enjoy an excellent day. There was a presentation on ‘The History of Check Services’ as well as a quiz followed by prizes and ‘thank you’ gifts.

Dave Banks (Director) is also celebrating the same milestone; 40 years ago he joined the company. Lewis Jenkins (Managing Director) presented Dave with a gift to thank him for his service over the last 40 years.

Other gifts included bouquets of flowers for Denise (Office Manager) and Margaret Jenkins (Director). Bottles of champagne, chocolates and other gifts were given to a number of staff as part of the presentation evening.

 

 

Check Services Ltd. – 40 Years of Service (Part IV)

The Early Years – Part IV – First Year Results

Turnover forecasts for the first year of trading were £56,000. A successful first year in fumigation meant that Check Fumigation and Pest Control Limited exceeded it’s forecasted turnover by more than 30%. This helped limit losses during the first year to £329 (forecast was a loss of £4,500).

Forecast and actual results.

Turnover for 1st Year of trading (actually 54 weeks)

More than 70% of our turnover in 1977/78 came from Fumigation work but pest control service contracts were being won:

New business, membership of BPCA and a Patent application filed

New business included food manufacturers such as Mars; ABF; Rank Hovis McDougall and also retailers such as Waitrose; J. Sainsbury; M&S and Boots the Chemist.

We gained membership of the BPCA in 1977 and will have been members for the 40 years since. Our membership number is 102 but most of the companies from 001 – 101 have come and gone.

Finally, we were involved in developing a product at a time when pest control products could be brought to market without investing millions of pounds. Our Patent was for a tunnel containing a wick impregnated with a Brodifacoum, a second generation anticoagulant. This was to become known as the Checkatube, a product that never really found it’s niche and became lost when development costs became prohibitive. (More about the Checkatube later).

Check Services- 40 Years of Service (Part III)

The Early Years Part III –  Staff and Transport

The First Annual Report was published in 1978 which gives an insight into the first year of trading.

Mistakes with both staffing and transport are shown in two extracts below:

Staffing levels in 1977 / 78

An initial option to purchase second vehicles proved costly.

Check Services Ltd – 40 years of service (Part II)

The Early Years – Part II – Business Outlook & Premises

Check Fumigation and Pest Control (as Check Services Limited was originally known) had identified 3 key business advantages within it’s First Annual Report:

3 business advantages taken from our First Annual Report (published 1978).

The monopoly within the industry (being discussed above) was Rentokil. It was felt that there were plenty of opportunities for a company that was capable of providing quality pest control services and understood the needs of the Food Industry.

161, Oxford Road, Reading

In March 1977 Check Fumigation and Pest Control Limited moved into it’s first premises: 161, Oxford Road, Reading. We initially leased the ground floor but eventually added the basement as well as the rear garages.  161, Oxford Road is now a Dental Practice.

Check Services Limited – 40 years in 2017

2017 will be a big year for Check Services as we celebrate our 40th Anniversary.

Over the coming weeks I plan to post photos and provide information looking back at the early years of the company. Our First Annual Report provides an insight into the company’s background and ethos.

Check Services Limited was originally called ‘Check Fumigation and Pest Control Limited’. It was incorporated on 15th February 1977 and began trading on 17th February 1977.

The First Annual Report sheds some light on the formation of the company.

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Business card for David Jenkins

David Jenkins was Technical Director of Protim Pest Control following a period working within the pest control section of British Rail.

Protim were bought by Rentokil at the beginning of 1977 and it was in the lead up to this ‘take over’ that David Jenkins took the decision to set up his own business; taking a number of staff from Protim Pest Control with him.

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Excerpt from our First Annual Report – Formation of Company

JAS Bowmans withdraws from Flour Milling market

JAS Bowman Mill at Ickleford and Whitley Bridge to close

Ickleford Mill was bought by the Bowman Family more than 100 years ago and has been milling flour since 1914. It is the end of an era for Bowmans Milling but the family name continues through Bowman Ingredients. The decision has now been made to concentrate on their Ingredients business and withdraw from the Milling Market altogether.

Photo by Richard Edwards click photo for link

Photo by Richard Edwards

The photo is of Ickleford Mill which will be closing completely. Whitworth Bros Ltd. have purchased the Flour Heat Treatment plant at Whitley Bridge. Further information is available on the Bowmans Ingredients news page.

Check Services Ltd have been carrying out pest control services at Ickleford Mill for more than 25 years and Whitley Bridge for more than 5 years. We have a long history of carrying out pest control services for the flour milling industry and we currently have contracts with many similar businesses.

Please contact us using the side tab if you would like to know more about our services or wish to have a survey of your site.

Marks and Spencer Code of Practice – Pest Prevention V3

In February this year Marks and Spencer (M&S) brought out Version 3 of their Codes of Practice for Pest Prevention. The only significant change is the scope of the CoP, earlier versions excluded pre-packed and basic produce, this has been removed with Version 3. The main content of the CoP all remains the same as Version 2.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for M&S and consequently they are working to the new Pest Prevention Guidance document. At Check Services Ltd we are naturally interested in the changes relating to the pest control to ensure we can provide a service that complies with all aspects of the Specification. When the various supplier Codes of Practice are updated,  it is vital that our service, reporting systems and all our field staff adapt quickly to comply with the standards.

Service

Our Premier Specification is designed around the various supermarket / supplier standards and we quickly adapt it as necessary for the M&S Code of Practice (Pest Prevention) as well as other specifications such as  Waitrose Pest Control Policy; BRC Global Standard for Food Safety; Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard; Soil Association Organic Standard etc.

Reporting Systems

Our reporting system is designed and structured to provide a comprehensive documentation of our service as part of an Integrated Pest Management for our customers. In addition to this, our reporting format provides information in a way that allows auditors to easily find all the information they require.

Pest control technician fixing an external monitoring point.

Field Staff

Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the M&S CoP, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with Version 3 (February 2016).

Please contact us using the side tab if you would like to know more about our services or wish to have a survey of your site.

New Rodenticide Labels will allow control of ‘Super Rats’

Following on from my post last month which discussed the imminent introduction of  Label Changes for Rodenticides; we have just received our first batch with the new labelling that uses the active ingredient Brodifacoum.

This will allow the control of rat infestations in areas where control has been almost impossible due to resistance issues. A genetic mutation which is particularly difficult to control is L120Q,  commonly known as the ‘Hampshire’ and ‘Berkshire’ resistances.

Following completion of the appropriate risk assessments we believe that we will be able to use these ‘new’ products to quickly gain control post harvest on a number of our rural customer’s sites . Check Services Ltd will be introducing procedures specifically for use of Brodifacoum around buildings, including more regular follow up visits and detailed inspections for carcasses. There is already an increased emphasis on managing the environment and this will need to continue as part of an Integrated Pest Management ( IPM ) system.

If you would like further information then please contact us using the tab on the right of the screen or using this link – Check Services Ltd

Follow this link for further information on The Current Status of Anticoagulant Resistance in Rats and Mice in the UK

 

Marks and Spencer Pest Prevention Code of Practice V2

In January this year Marks and Spencer (M&S) brought out Version 2 of their Codes of Practice for Pest Prevention. This CoP is for all Direct and Raw Material Suppliers except pre-packed and basic produce.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for M&S and consequently they are working to the new Pest Control Policy document. At Check Services Ltd we are naturally interested in the changes relating to the pest control section to ensure we can provide a service that complies with all aspects of the Policy. When the various supplier Codes of Practice are updated,  it is vital that our service, reporting systems and all our field staff adapt quickly to comply with the standards.

Service

Our Premier Specification is designed around the various supermarket / supplier standards and we quickly adapt it as necessary for the M&S Code of Practice (Pest Prevention) as well as other specifications such as  Waitrose Pest Control Policy; BRC Global Standard for Food Safety; Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard; Soil Association Organic Standard etc.

Reporting Systems

Our reporting system is designed and structured to provide a comprehensive documentation of our service as part of an Integrated Pest Management for our customers. In addition to this, our reporting format provides information in a way that allows auditors to easily find all the information they require.

DSC_0822Field Staff

Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the M&S CoP, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with Version 2 (January 2015).

Please contact us using the side tab if you would like to know more about our services or wish to have a survey of your site.

Waitrose Pest Control Policy Version 3

Last year Waitrose joined many of the other supermarkets by introducing their own supplier standards. The latest document relating to pest control, Waitrose Pest Control Policy V3, was introduced in January 2015 and became effective immediately following it’s issue.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for Waitrose and consequently they are working to the new Pest Control Policy document. At Check Services Ltd we are naturally interested in the changes relating to the pest control section to ensure we can provide a service that complies with all aspects of the Policy. When the various supplier Codes of Practice are updated,  it is vital that our service, reporting systems and all our field staff adapt quickly to comply with the standards.

Technical support and detailed inspectionsService – Our Premier Specification is designed around the various supermarket / supplier standards and we quickly adapt it as necessary for the Waitrose Pest Control Policy as well as other specifications such as M&S Code of Practice; BRC Global Standard for Food Safety; Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard; Soil Association Organic Standard etc.

 

Pest Control Report 5

Reporting Systems – Our reporting system is designed and structured to provide a comprehensive documentation of our service as part of an Integrated Pest Management for our customers. In addition to this, our reporting format provides information in a way that allows auditors to easily find all the information they require.

Field Staff – Due to the high percentage of our customers who work to the Waitrose Pest Control Policy, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with Policy Version 3.

Please contact us using the side tab if you would like to know more about our services or wish to have a survey of your site.