National Pest Awards 2023 - Small Company of the Year
Nominations for the Syngenta sponsored National Pest Awards 2023
Copley Pest Solutions
James Copley, a director of the business, started out as a sole trader in 2015, and started adding staff in 2017. He mainly focused on domestic work to begin with, building up a solid customer base. Today the business employs 15 staff, which includes 10 technicians.
Mr Copley said: “We have doubled the business every year. We now do a mixture of tenders for housing associations and we work with different industries, and still do domestic work. We also do big bird-proofing projects.”
He said that the business has really focused on reviews and has got more than 1,300 five-star Google reviews. “We got a lot of work from that,” he said. “People say that 1,300 people can’t be wrong.”
“I am humbled and honoured to be recognised at the National Pest Awards.”
Hinton Pest Control
Hinton Pest Control is a family-run company, comprising of a team of six and has been trading for 12 years, covering Worcestershire, South Warwickshire, the Cotswolds and North Gloucestershire.
The company directors are a husband-and-wife team, supported by their eldest daughter as office manager.
Company director Liz Davies said: “Our recruitment strategy is to employ local, unqualified individuals and train them within the role of a pest control technician to our standards, prior to their qualification in pest management.
“We look for people who are honest, have integrity, want to make a difference and have an interest in wildlife.”
Mrs Davies said her company standards are high.
“My experience of employing previously qualified people was an absolute disaster, compared to our training programme for new entrants,” she said. “I’m chuffed to bits that our little company has been recognised by the National Pest Awards.”
Integrum was founded in 2017 with two staff, and now employs a team of 13 and is advertising for more pest management professionals to join.
The company focuses on delivering domestic and commercial pest and bird management across the UK.
Director Peter Bowers-Davis said: “We’re lucky to be a supplier to Mitie, CBRE, OCS Group and the stuff we do at the airports.”
Mr Bowers-Davis said that the business is very pleased to be a finalist at this year’s National Pest Awards.
“It’s great news for us,” he said. “The team has worked really hard and has certainly had to fill the gaps that we haven’t been able to fill with recruitment, so they’re all going to come and have a lovely night out whatever happens.”