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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

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.

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.

TFMS Version 6 – Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard V6

Tesco’s latest Food Manufacturing Standard (Version 6) is available from the Tesco Technical Library (TTL) and certification audits are already working against TFMS V6.

Many of our customers are part of the supply chain for Tesco and consequently they are working to the new TFMS 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 TFMS. 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.

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

Trending of pest activityReporting 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 Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with TFMS.

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.

BRC Global Standards Issue 7

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has produced the BRC Global Standards for Food Safety. Compliance with this document is a requirement for many Food Manufacturers, particularly if the business supplies any of the supermarket chains in the United Kingdom (UK).

The latest version of this standard is BRC Issue 7 was released in January 2015 but is being audited against from 1st July 2015. This leaves less than 2 months before all systems must be in place. – A .pdf copy can be downloaded by registering at the BRC Bookshop .

The vast majority of our customers are audited against BRC standards and as such it is vital that our service, reporting systems and all our field staff comply with the standards.

Service – Our Premier Specification is based on complying with BRC Global Standard for Food Safety as well as other specifications such as M&S Code of Practice; Tesco Food Manufacturing Standard (TFMS); Waitrose Pest Control Policy; Soil Association Organic Standard etc.

A good reporting system is important in commercial pest control

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 BRC Global Standard, all of our staff understand and are trained to carry out pest control in food production environments and part of this includes complying with BRC standards.

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.

Pest control jobs under threat from feral cats

Could the days of the pest control technician numbered as feral cats are put to work controlling rodent infestations in the US.

Feral cats: environmental scourge or the way to end chemical pesticide use? | Vital Signs | The Guardian.