British Retail Consortium V8 Draft document
Check Services have provided feedback to British Retail Consortium (BRC) on their draft document , we have focused on Section 4.14 – Pest Control.
There are not too many amendments to the pest control section of this draft document. Most amendments involve tidying up terminology although there are a few changes which may have some impact on service.
Probably the biggest change relates to birds and their roosting points. There would appear to be a change of emphasis from ‘proofing if there is an issue’, to showing by risk assessment that there is NOT an issue. This may result in more of our customers having to proof areas of their sites against birds roosting.
There are also changes to the requirements for trending and analysis. There are no specific details so I suspect that this will become clearer via guidance notes or following onsite audits.
Obviously this is still a draft document and even if this becomes the final document there will still be areas which will need further guidance notes and / or be open to auditor interpretation.
Further details will be provided as we are updated.
Check Services Ltd have been looking for an effective online system for many years. We have been continually looking but we had not found a system that could deliver the detailed reporting systems which we offer our customers.
We are currently trialling a system which we hope will be effective, easy to use and meet the requirement of our customers. The software is a bespoke system from Service Tracker, a company with a background in IT systems and pest control.
We are still in the trial phase for the main customer reporting system but will be going live with the service support software in early 2018.
We will keep you up to date with progress.
Christmas Cover at Check Services
Office opening hours this Christmas period are as follows:
Outside office hours the normal procedures apply:-
To place calls please refer to the ‘Key Contacts’ sheet in the report folder for details. Please leave a full message on our answer machine and the details are forwarded to the ‘on call’ member of staff who will respond.
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Check Services Ltd are CEPA Certified, conforming to EN 16636.
Check Services Ltd have been CEPA Certified since July 2016.
We have just had our first interim audit which we have passed.
The standard, EN 16636, specifies the requirements, recommendations and basic competences under which pest management service companies must operate to meet the needs of their customers, be they private companies, public authorities or the general public. It has been developed by The Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) in collaboration with the European Standards Institute (CEN).
The benefits of being CEPA Certified® :
- As the first common standard for pest management operators, certification to EN 16636 demonstrates the professional credentials of an organisation against a European benchmark for pest management
- Achieve 3rd Party independent verification
- Contribute to standardising the public health and food safety industry with verification to an internationally recognised, professional standard
- Build supply chain confidence and enhance your competitive benefit with this recognised mark of quality
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Excerpt from our First Annual Report – Formation of Company
Rats chew through expanding foam to access wall cavity.
Some materials are good for proofing against rodents and some provide a temporary seal at best.
This photo shows a large gap around cables which had been sealed using expanding foam. This may be an effective insulation but it will not prevent rodents from accessing the wall cavity and potentially other areas of the building. This was the case here where rats were able to gain access into several areas of the building once inside the wall cavity.
We had been informed that wire mesh had been inserted around the cabling prior to the expanding foam being used, but this proved to be incorrect, leaving the site vulnerable to rodent ingress. Treatments followed to remove the rats from the building, the expanding foam was cut out and the brickwork was then sealed up properly.
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