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15
Jun

One man and his fox

When a customer called us to help solve a mysterious smell that was beginning to seep through the house we didn’t anticipate quite such a challenging job.But the Cleankill team is never afraid of a challenge…
30
May

A trip to Dorset: Thomas Hardy, ice creams and ‘gull-poo shampoo’

A slightly different blog this month. I was going to write about the two days when we attended three business fairs and the Seahaven Business Awards, where we were named runner-up in two categories, but…
28
Apr

Expos and Awards

I have been looking through the promotional plans for May and it is definitely going to be a busy month with three business expos in two days. On 10th May we will again be at Kent Vision Live, taking place at…
15
Mar

The Gatwick Diamond Business Awards 2017

On the 16th March 2017, we will be crossing our fingers once again at the Gatwick Diamond Business Awards. This year we are lucky enough to be finalists in the category of ‘Green Business of the Year’ –…
14
Feb

SafeContractor Accreditation and Business Award Finalists

Last month I told you about the day the auditor from QMS International visited us and confirmed our compliance with the standards: ISO 9001 Quality Management and ISO 14001 Environmental Management. Since then…
23
Jan

The day the auditor came!

Cleankill has always prided itself on being a professional, efficient, friendly, environmentally aware pest control business. But the question has always been – how do we show our customers this?The answer is…
20
Dec

A pest controller’s life: cat versus professional

Last week, I told you about my journey from civil servant to director of a pest control company and, this week, I have a tale which touches on the private life of a pest controller.Before you worry, this is…
13
Dec

How I got into pest control: from Rentokil to Cleankill

I don’t remember the careers’ adviser at school suggesting forging out a satisfying career ridding places of mice and cockroaches - so I ended up in the Civil Service.In the late 1970s the Ministry of Defence…
28
Nov

Rats and flooding: putting your home at risk

When Hurricane Angus struck the UK last week, it certainly created a great deal of damage. Of course, some people were able to turn what could have been a disaster into something a little more pleasant, such…
25
Oct

'Taking part is important, but winning is nicer' – 2016 Croydon Business Excellence Awards.

Last year I wrote about how important it is to take part in business awards. In my blog, “It’s taking part that is important” The Croydon Business Excellence Awards 2015, I told you the tale of how we were…
22
Sep

Wasps In The Media

I was reading the BBC News website this morning, I had gone to read a story about the first confirmed case of an Asian Hornet in the UK, when my eye was drawn to the side-bar and a story entitled, “Why are…
9
Aug

Drones

Last week we were asked to identify a weird insect. At first glance they looked very strange - like a bean with a long tail - and in the bottom of a toilet bowl. Luckily, one of our team members, Mark, was…
18
Jul

MI6, Speed Boats, Team Building and Our Bi-annual Conference

Earlier in the year Cleankill held their bi-annual Conference, the setting was Brockenhurst, set deep within the New Forest and this year we got to celebrate 21 years in business.A momentous occasion for any…
6
Jul

Supercars, Super Charity and The Stig

A quick question: where can you find over 170 supercars in one place, on a mostly sunny day at the start of July? The answer: The Supercar Event at the Top Gear Testing Track, Dunsfold Aerodrome, Surrey.…
26
May

The May Bug or Common Cockchafer.

It has been a strange start to the year. As May slowly draws to a close, I have only just seen my first May bug. Once you have seen a flying May bug you won’t forget it; especially if one gets caught in your…
10
May

Birds of a feather...

Those of you who follow us on social media will know that over the last few weeks we have had quite a few encounters with birds.In the first case, I was called to a disused garage by a couple of concerned…
19
Apr

The importance of social responsibility

As a pest controller with over 35 years’ experience, I am pretty used to stepping into unknown environments. When you are called to a new job, you are never sure exactly what you are going to find and what…
1
Mar

Rash of Bed Bug Stories

Over the last few weeks you may have noticed there have been a number of terrible stories about bed bug infestations in the newspapers. Being the director of a pest control company, it is my misfortune to have…
22
Jan

Why doing business responsibly makes good sense for everyone

Cleankill as a company only has two assets – its staff and its customers, without these there is no business. Our responsibility is to train, encourage and support our staff in their work and in their welfare…
20
Jan

A worthwhile New Year's resolution

A New Year means, of course, the inevitable New Year’s resolution. We all start the New Year with the best of intentions and then watch as they slowly slip away. By the end of the year, most of us have…