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The latest pest management business articles from Professional Pest Controller (PPC) magazine. Finance and company new. Pest control insight and analysis for UK business owners on everything from HR to new services, health, management and more. 

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  • 12 November 2019

    We build drive it?

    Business feature| PPC97 November 2019 Starting your own pest management business is - pardon the pun - a scary business. But there are ways of starting a business with the assurance of a more extensive support system to help. .... More

  • 23 August 2019

    Best practice or Balderdash?

    Best practice| PPC96 August 2019 You don’t need a contract for a wasps nest… or do you? While our tools and technology over the years have evolved and adapted, our practices haven’t necessarily changed at the sa.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    Selling your pest management services using the law

    Business feature| PPC96 August 2019 Paul Westgate, Managing Director of Sussex-based Westgate Pest Control and industry trainer with BPCA, has worked in urban pest management for nearly 20 years. Paul examines the positives t.... More

  • 22 August 2019

    Contract Sharing Network celebrates national contract

    Your association | PPC9 August 2019 The Contract Sharing Network (CSN) was officially launched at PestEx 2017 and since then has been limited to small groups of contracts and pigeon proofing jobs. In April 2019, a significant step.... More

  • 22 May 2019

    Should you finance your pest management vehicle fleet?

    Business feature | PPC95 May 2019 Leasing is rapidly becoming the go-to mobility choice for businesses running commercial vehicles. There are three key reasons why: cost, compliance and choice. We asked LeasePlan, a commercial veh.... More

  • 21 May 2019

    10 things you need to know about Clean Air Zones

    Business feature | PPC95 May 2019 Will your pest management business be affected by the new Clean Air Zones? A Clean Air Zone (CAZ) is an area where special measures are taken to improve air quality. Various local authorities.... More

  • 21 May 2019

    Daily van checks for every pest management professional

    Business feature | PPC95 May 2019 Faulty vehicles are the bane of every fleet operator. They can cost your business a lot of time and money while you wait for them to be fixed. In fact, the cost of having a vehicle off the road ca.... More

  • 21 May 2019

    Pest management in developing countries: A view from Ghana

    Your association | PPC95 May 2019 If you were at PestEx 2019 you’d have seen people representing pest management companies from around the world in attendance. There are a variety of standards internationally in pest managem.... More

  • 28 March 2019

    Unsung hero of pest management industry celebrated

    An 81-year old from Kent has been heralded the unsung hero of the pest management industry at national trade body awards. Ken Vigar, of Safeguard Pest Control and Environmental Services, was crowned the winner of the Unsung Hero of the Year.... More

  • 28 March 2019

    Industry figurehead receives Lifetime achievement award

    The pioneering work of a Surrey-based pest management expert was celebrated at a trade association event. Dr Jonathan Wade’s colleagues and friends attended the British Pest Management Awards - organised by UK trade body the .... More

  • 05 March 2019

    Credit control for professional pest management companies

    Business practice | PPC94 March 2019 Is this acceptable in a world where it’s easier to communicate with one and another than ever before? No, we don’t think so either. Peter Wallwork from the Credit Services Association in.... More

  • 05 March 2019

    Health and safety knowledge is power

    Health and safety | PPC94 March 2019 Health and safety can strike fear into the most competent of pest control business owners. Risk assessments, policies, and health surveillance can shrink our confidence into a puddle of uncertainty. .... More

  • 06 February 2019

    Health and safety at work summary statistics for Great Britain 2018 released by HSE

    The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released key statistics regarding ill health and injury relating to work in the UK. Key figures for Great Britain (2017/18) highlighted in the report include: 1.4 million working peop.... More

  • 07 December 2018

    Promotional photography tips for pest controllers

    Marketing | PPC93 December 2018 Photography leaves a lasting impression on current and potential clients, be it for a snappy piece of print, a team pic for your website, or just something for social media. Ken Davidson, the consultant de.... More

  • 06 December 2018

    INFOGRAPHIC: Understanding what the food sector wants from pest management

    Training | PPC93 December 2018 Bayer CropScience has teamed up with BRC to undertake a huge piece of research to help both the food and pest management sectors understand each other better. The initial findings of the research were.... More

  • 30 August 2018

    The value of family-run pest management companies

    Buisness practice | PPC92 September 2018 Family business is the most common form of business in the UK and the pest control sector seems to be no different. We asked Professor Claire Seaman from Queen Margaret Business School to inv.... More

  • 30 August 2018

    Pest control and keeping it in the family

    Buisness practice | PPC92 September 2018 Pest management companies are often run by families, with trade secrets and family values being carried down through the ages. We asked Rebecca Pozzitaubert of the Institute for Family Busine.... More

  • 30 August 2018

    Work-life balance for professional pest controllers

    Wellbeing | PPC92 September 2018 Time with your family makes you happier, healthier and more productive. PPC asked Chris Dudley, life coach and founder of The Coach Collective, to weigh in on the perennial balancing act between home.... More

  • 30 August 2018

    Health, safety and compliance considerations for family-run pest control businesses

    Legislation | PPC92 September 2018 Running a family business can sometimes mean that policies and procedures may be treated as being ‘flexible’. We invited Nathan Jones, Director and Head of Health and Safety at BPCA Business.... More

  • 30 August 2018

    HR considerations for family-run pest control businesses

    Legislation | PPC92 September 2018 Ben Crawford, Head of HR and Employment Law at BPCA BusinessShield, deliberates on family HR matters. We deal with all types of employment issues. However, the most difficult situations tend.... More

  • 10 May 2018

    Meet the member: Talking client-based growth with Dyno-Pest

    Business practice | PPC91 May 2018 In this issue’s Meet the Member we catch up with Ralph Izod, the Founder and Managing Director of longstanding BPCA member Dyno-Pest. A bit of background After studying chemistry.... More

  • 10 May 2018

    If you don’t look after your pest control customers, someone else will!

    Business practice | PPC91 May 2018 Martin Harvey heads up Harvey Environmental Services and sits on the BPCA Executive Board. His company was named as Pendle’s Most Outstanding Business and was shortlisted for an O2 business a.... More

  • 10 May 2018

    Bidding for pest control contract tenders

    Business practice | PPC91 May 2018 Following his recent visits to Regional Forums, Robert Harris, of Harris Associates, has sat down to put some of his ideas about pest control tendering on paper for PPC readers. Harris Associates i.... More

  • 10 May 2018

    Data driven customer relationship management for pest control companies

    Business practice | PPC91 May 2018 Michael Collins is Managing Consultant at Database Marketing Counsel providing database marketing and CRM consultancy. He turns his attention to the world of pest control to help us rethink how we.... More

  • 04 April 2018

    Regular tyre checks are "essential for vehicle safety"

    Drivers across the UK should be carrying out regular examinations and checks on their tyres in order to stay safe when taking to the roads, GEM Motoring Assist has warned. According to the road safety and recovery specialist, excessive wear a.... More