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  • 20 April 2023

    Introducing BPCA Quest: HR, Health and Safety, Tax and Legal advice service

    BPCA has partnered with Quest to provide BPCA members with comprehensive new benefits, available to access free of charge.  BPCA members now have unlimited access to: Four advice services (HR, Health and Safety, Tax and Legal) Th.... More

  • 21 February 2023

    The good, the bad and the ugly: my first year as a pest controller

    PPC110 | Your Association Jonathan Ely is the Director of Three Counties Pest Control, based in Devon, England. Jon set up Three Counties and joined BPCA membership in 2021. Here he talks about his experiences as a new pest control busines.... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Corporate social responsibility: what kind of impact can a pest management company create?

    BUSINESS | PPC109 October 2022 When we hear the phrase ‘corporate social responsibility’ we often think about mega organisations and their box-ticking; things that companies do to make themselves look good for a PR opportunity. .... More

  • 31 October 2022

    Owning a pest control business - when do you break-even?

    BUSINESS | PPC109 October 2022 Starting a new business can be a daunting and costly venture. We asked the owner of Blu Bookkeeping, Julie Holland micb, to give new business owners an overview of the importance of knowing initial business co.... More

  • 21 October 2022

    Cinven acquires Bayer Environmental Science

    PRESS RELEASE Bayer has completed the sale of its Environmental Science Professional business to the international private equity firm Cinven, after the two companies had entered into a corresponding agreement in March. The condi.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Rejecting misery: the importance of work-life balance

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 Hobbies and activities have been proven to be extremely beneficial for mental well-being, but why? BPCA member company Bayer Environmental Science has teamed up with the Campaign Against Living.... More

  • 07 September 2022

    Investing in health and wellbeing for pest management companies

    HEALTH AND SAFETY | PPC108 September 2022 In 2020 and 2021, 822,000 workers in the UK experienced work-related stress, depression or anxiety, according to a report by The Health and Safety Executive. With that in mind, how can employer.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    Meet the member: Social media success for pest companies

    MEET THE MEMBER | PPC108 September 2022 Kelly Farrant is the owner of Pest-Tech Ltd in Maidstone, Kent. From a career in the military to starting Pest-Tech eight years ago, Kelly’s business is going from strength-to-strength. He.... More

  • 06 September 2022

    Meet the member: Success and challenges as a franchising business

    YOUR ASSOCIATION | PPC108 September 2022 Sean Taylor talks about Pestforce, how the franchise business model works and the ups and downs of running a business. We've had quite a journey over the years, we’re proud to be par.... More

  • 08 August 2022

    Rokill Pest Control brand grows following new acquisitions

    PRESS RELEASE Following the Nurture Landscapes Group’s recent acquisition of BPCA member company Rokill Pest Control last November, the Group has acquired Alpha Pest Control in Stoke-on-Trent and Enserve Corporation Limited in Leeds. .... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Opinion: Who do you think you are?

    Opinion | PPC107 June 2022 Regular PPC writer Alex Wade from Wade Environmental is back – and this time he's talking through the opportunities licensing could bring. Listen to this article as an audio narration by the author .... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Am I covered? Making the diversification leap

    Business | PPC107 June 2022 Peter Knowles, Director at animal-related industries insurance broker Cliverton, looks at the opportunities of diversifying pest control services and the importance of managing the associated risks. To s.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Know your numbers: figuring out finances for your pest control business

    Business | PPC107 June 2022 If you’re serious about growing your pest control business, you will have to learn the basics of business finances. Reading and understanding a profit and loss report, and knowing where all your money.... More

  • 31 May 2022

    Inflation and pest control: Time to put up prices?

    Opinion | PPC107 June 2022 If you’ve looked at your energy bills or recently fueled the van, you’ll be uncomfortably aware of how much the basic costs of doing business are going up. BPCA Marketing and Communications Manage.... More

  • 17 May 2022

    New member benefit: Find funding and get bespoke support with FundOnion

    MEMBERSHIP FundOnion and BPCA have teamed up to help pest management companies secure funding for growth. is a leading commercial finance brokerage that helps UK small businesses identify available financing o.... More

  • 07 February 2022

    National Sickie Day: managing staff absence

    Article via Stallard Kane, BPCA Business Shield No, that doesn’t mean we can all call in sick, but National “Sickie” Day is usually marked on the first Monday in February – this year's being today, Monday 7 February..... More

  • 09 November 2021

    What's out there? Digital pest management reporting software

    TECHNICAL | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 Making the switch from paper reports to digital might feel daunting, but there are plenty of potential benefits.  We reached out to the pest control software marketplace to help you decide if the.... More

  • 09 November 2021

    Up, up and away! Seven ways to scale your pest control business

    BUSINESS | PPC105 NOVEMBER 2021 Our industry is full of ambitious small and medium-size businesses delivering fantastic quality, problem-solving pest control that protects public health. But when is the right time to scale up? Michael.... More

  • 20 October 2021

    BPCA commits to Planet Mark certification

    BPCA is furthering our sustainability commitment by becoming Planet Mark certified through measuring and reducing our carbon footprint. Planet Mark is an internationally recognised sustainability certification for every type.... More

  • 23 August 2021

    The BPCA Standard: what does it take to be a BPCA member?

    BUSINESS | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 Dee Ward-Thompson, BPCA’s Head of Technical and Membership, looks behind the BPCA logo to see what the ‘BPCA standard’ really is and why we think that BPCA membership is still the high.... More

  • 20 August 2021

    18 months on: essential pest management

    BUSINESS | PPC104 AUGUST 2021 On 13 April 2020, George Eustice, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), confirmed pest management was an essential sector during the Covid-19 pandemic. At the time o.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    So you want to fly hawks?

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Paul Wilson owns a small, family-run wildlife and pest control company: Independent Wildlife Management. He spoke to PPC about flying hawks as part of your pest management toolkit. Before you enter.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Are we there yet? Electric vehicles for pest management

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 From tax hikes to electric charging points, going electric is a complicated subject. It’s only a matter of time before most commercial vehicles on UK roads are electric vehicles (EVs). The question isn.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Sustainability certified with Planet Mark

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Planet Mark is a sustainability certification that supports any type of business wanting to help halt the climate crisis and improve society. PPC asked Planet Mark and its pest control company members to sha.... More

  • 12 May 2021

    Little and often sustainability

    BUSINESS | PPC103 MAY 2021 Lorraine Norton, BPCA’s Operations Manager, looks at the steps a small, office-based business can take to reduce its carbon footprint. Terms such as ‘business sustainability’ and.... More