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  • 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

  • 12 May 2021

    Staff leaving because of you? Managing pest control teams

    TRAINING | PPC103 MAY 2021 ‘Most people don’t quit their jobs; they quit their managers’ – why would that be? Often it’s because the manager has no training on how to manage. There’s a misplace.... More

  • 23 April 2021

    VIDEO: Trademarks for pest management companies

    In this video, guest speaker Tania Clark, Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, explains: What is a trade mark? Do you need to register your company or brand? What can be trade-marked? What’s the difference between a trade m.... More

  • 25 February 2021

    Google Local Service Ads

    BUSINESS | PPC102 MARCH 2021 Whether you’ve tried Google Ads or you’re new to pay-per-click or pay-per-lead advertising, it’s worth knowing about the new Google Local Services Ads and how they’ll change the way yo.... More

  • 25 February 2021

    Google My Business: Promote your pest control company for free

    BUSINESS | PPC102 MARCH 2021 My Business is a free tool from Google that can help customers find you and generate leads. How well do you know the tool, and how do you make sure it’s performing as well as possible? Which? Tr.... More

  • 19 February 2021

    UPDATED: Furloughing pest management workers and the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (JRS)

    Furlough is the HR word of the moment, and it’s causing some confusion among employers and employees alike. What is it and how does it work? Find out more about the Jobs Support Scheme here. (Article updated 19 Februar.... More

  • 13 January 2021

    Brexit: Post-transition readiness for businesses

    Following the end of the Brexit transition period, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has released advice for businesses on the new rules.  BPCA recommends every pest management company uses the Brexi.... More

  • 12 January 2021

    BPCA asks health secretary for pest professionals to get Covid-19 vaccine

    BPCA has written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to ask that pest professionals and other key workers are prioritised appropriately for the Covid-19 vaccine. Ian Andrew, Chief Exec of BPCA, said: "Pest profes.... More

  • 15 December 2020

    Sri Lankan-based Exterminators celebrate 22 years in pest control

    PRESS RELEASE BPCA Observer member The Exterminators are celebrating 22 years in business and 7 years providing 'carbon neutral' services.  The Exterminators began as a sole trader in 1998 and has&nb.... More

  • 26 November 2020

    What to do if you don’t win a pest management tender

    BUSINESS | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 Facing rejection can be tough, especially when you’ve put a lot of time and effort into bidding for a tender. Expert tender writer Robert Harris, of Harris Associates, provides tips on how to impro.... More

  • 26 November 2020

    Work Smarter with ServSuite (Sponsored)

    ADVERT | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 ServSuite™ is an enterprise, cloud-based software solution especially designed and developed for the Pest Control Industry. Trusted by companies of all sizes across the world, we have been providing.... More

  • 26 November 2020

    How can pest management companies prepare as the end of the Brexit transition period looms?

    BUSINESS | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 The UK has left the European Union, but much of what that means for pest control is not yet known. We currently sit in the transition period – where nothing feels different, but a deadline looms. M.... More

  • 26 November 2020

    INFOGRAPHIC: Covid-19 impact study: where are we now?

    BUSINESS | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 April feels like a long time ago now and much has happened since BPCA first launched our impact survey. We repeated the study to see how the sector is coping six months on, and 708 people responded. .... More

  • 26 November 2020

    The power of print for pest management companies

    BUSINESS | PPC101 DECEMBER 2020 We asked Andrew Pearce, from our print partner Synergy, to assess how he thinks print can promote your pest control company. Whether you’re reading this article in its print or online fo.... More

  • 03 November 2020

    Opportunity to support Church Farm pest control training centre

    Steve Havers, Church Farm's owner, is looking for a new tenant at the famous pest management training and product testing facility. In 2015, PelGar leased the site for a 5-year period and established a new suite of insectaries, test r.... More

  • 22 September 2020

    Are you ready for a Covid-19 Secure HSE inspection?

    With HSE and Local Authorities ramping up their inspection activity, it’s more important than ever that your pest management company is Covid-secure. Nothing about the pandemic has been easy for small business owners, especially.... More

  • 05 August 2020

    Should I sign that? Contracts and small print with BEB Consultancy

    In this guest blog, specialist contracts and legal services expert BEB Consultancy talk about how to approach written contracts, hidden terms and reading the small print. Thousands of contracts are entered into every day. The.... More

  • 04 August 2020

    How to start a pest management business - Get ready and plan

    BUSINESS | PPC100 August 2020 Kevin Higgins looks at what you should think about before leaving the day job and what you need to launch a successful pest management business.  Long-suffering BPCA Membership Manager, Kevi.... More

  • 03 August 2020

    Your first pest control employee: Two heads better than one?

    BUSINESS | PPC100 August 2020 Taking on your first employee is a landmark moment for any pest management business. It can bring in changes to procedures, policies and management style. We asked Which? Trusted Traders to find us so.... More

  • 03 August 2020

    Incentives for pest management professionals

     Business Feature | PPC100 August 2020 In this article, Paul Bates, Managing Director at Cleankill Pest Control, talks about motivating and inspiring staff using incentives, beyond giving a simple paycheck.  Y.... More

  • 03 June 2020

    Becoming pest ready: guidance for businesses reopening after Covid-19 lockdown

    As businesses prepare to reopen following lockdown, BPCA has produced a guidance document to help them determine whether they are pest-free, compliant and ready to serve the public.   One of the biggest threats that many clo.... More

  • 15 May 2020

    Tools for the Covid-19 secure pest management company

    BPCA has teamed up with print provider Stirland Paterson, to give our members access to Covid-19 health and safety back-to-work signage. The signage includes social distancing graphics, hygiene advice, and rules for keeping staff.... More