Update on General Licences in England

Feral pigeon in a building

Defra requested information on the impact of revoking the General Licences from interested parties giving us just over a week to provide details. The British Pest Control Association (BPCA) have written to Defra on behalf of it’s members highlighting the importance of the General Licences and also the impact that their revocation is having on Public Health and Safety. Our industry awaits the outcome of this consultation.

Note: This only applies to our customers in England, the General Licences for other countries in the UK are still active. In Wales the licences can be found here but two of the most common General Licences used by our customers in Wales can be found at the bottom of this page. These are General Licences and as such, no application is required but clearly the criteria within the individual General Licence must be met.

Interim Measures

Whilst the General Licences have been revoked, it is possible to apply for individual licences to remove birds which are causing issues with public health and safety. The procedure for our customers is as follows:

  1. Contact Check Services Ltd to let us know you have a bird / birds in your building.
  2. Download the Licence application form (see bottom of page). Note that the .pdf can only be opened with the most up to date versions of Adobe Reader and a number of customers are having problems with this – in this situation download the Word version.
  3. The form must then be completed, confirming location, bird species and what non lethal methods of control have taken place or need to take place prior to any lethal control methods.
  4. The completed application must then be emailed to birds2019@naturalengland.org.uk copying in lewis@checkservices.co.uk
  5. You will receive an auto receipt confirming that Natural England have received your application.
  6. Attempts to remove the bird(s) using non lethal methods must be carried out by our customers prior to the application being submitted. Note that there is a significant backlog with Natural England so it is unlikely that you will get a quick response. Due to this backlog it may be necessary to carry out lethal control prior to the licence being granted by NE. However, this can only be done if all other non lethal methods to remove the bird have been carried out and all the criteria laid out in the application form has been met.
  7. On completion of the work, Natural England must be notified via birds2019@naturalengland.org.uk copying in lewis@checkservices.co.uk confirming the outcome.

We are doing all that we can to minimise the impact of these changes and will keep you up to date as soon as we get further information. If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact us via telephone 01189323755 or email admin@checkservices.co.uk

Natural England – Interim Licence applications

Natural Resources Wales – General Licences 2019 Birds

Christmas 2018 – Office Hours at Check Services

Christmas Cover at Check Services

Office opening hours this Christmas period are as follows:

Check Services Office Hours

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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Online systems upgrade

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

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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CEPA Certified

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

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