4 12, 2017

Are you being hit by unfair price increases?

2018-06-01T15:54:04+00:00

When you sign a contract with a supplier you expect that the price you’ve agreed to be the price you continue paying for throughout the life of the contract. But, we’re increasingly hearing about washroom services suppliers who are cleaning up by using dirty tactics to get people to sign up with them. Rolling contracts with variations in how and when the contract will be automatically renewed means businesses are often finding they are being charged much more than they had initially agreed to. “This is something we’re hearing about more and more from people enquiring about washroom services,” said [...]

Are you being hit by unfair price increases?2018-06-01T15:54:04+00:00
1 11, 2017

Why should pest controllers be DBS checked?

2018-06-01T15:54:20+00:00

The thought of pests and vermin being seen in schools and nurseries would send most parents and their children into a panic. But with kitchens, food stores, dining halls and bins – containing both food waste and baby’s nappies – providing ideal conditions for unwelcome visitors, it’s essential schools and nurseries have pest control measures in place. The National Union of Teachers advises schools to have policies on pest control which cover stopping pests getting into buildings, looking for evidence of the presence of pests, putting adequate cleaning measures in place and giving a member of staff responsibility for pest [...]

Why should pest controllers be DBS checked?2018-06-01T15:54:20+00:00
1 11, 2017

Fagan & Whalley achieves highest BRC grading

2018-06-01T15:54:34+00:00

Fagan & Whalley Ltd, a modern logistics provider offering a first-class service with the highest quality equipment, is celebrating receiving an AA grading in its recent BRC Storage and Distribution audit. The company, which is celebrating its 90th year in business in 2017, opened a new 92,000 square foot distribution warehouse at Burnley Bridge Business Park in August this year to accommodate the growing demand for its services. Being part of the food supply chain, it is essential it holds the British Retail Consortium global standard accreditation and so they called on the services of Harvey Environmental Services to ensure [...]

Fagan & Whalley achieves highest BRC grading2018-06-01T15:54:34+00:00
1 11, 2017

Bem Brasil praised for appointing Harvey

2018-06-01T15:54:48+00:00

News that food hygiene inspectors are visiting a new client in the hospitality industry would have some pest control experts dreading the results, but for the team here at Harvey Environmental Services, it led to some very high praise. Giovanni Testoni, Head of Operations at Bem Brasil had worked with Harvey Environmental Services in his previous roles at restaurants in the North West and got back in touch when he joined the Brazilian restaurant chain with concerns about their current pest control team. “I have known Martin and his team for about 10 years and know that they are the [...]

Bem Brasil praised for appointing Harvey2018-06-01T15:54:48+00:00
15 09, 2017

The value of long service

2018-06-01T15:55:17+00:00

As a business owner, low staff turnover should be very important to you, but how often do you ask your suppliers about their staff turnover rate? The answer is probably not very often, but it should be a key consideration for you when choosing new suppliers to work with because low turnover means stability and the ability to build strong relationships. We regularly receive positive feedback from clients on the fact they are visited by the same technicians time after time, enabling them to build a personal relationship with them and trust that they understand their business and its needs. [...]

The value of long service2018-06-01T15:55:17+00:00
21 08, 2017

Counting the cost of cheap service

2018-06-01T15:55:34+00:00

Businesses working in the food production and manufacturing industries rely on accreditations from organisations such as the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and American Institute of Bakeries (AIB) to secure contracts for their goods. Pest control is one of several key areas of assessment for companies who want to achieve these standards, and they need to be reaccredited with them each year. We work with a number of businesses who need these national and international standards in order to win new contracts for their services. But, many businesses undervalue the importance of working with a professional pest control team to ensure [...]

Counting the cost of cheap service2018-06-01T15:55:34+00:00
1 08, 2017

Industry seal of approval

2018-06-01T15:56:16+00:00

We are celebrating a successful reaccreditation of a nationwide pest control standard. We became the first company in Lancashire and only the 17th in the UK, to receive the EN16636 standard in 2016. The European Standard for Pest Management Services was designed to acts as a demonstration of credentials and a benchmark of quality throughout Europe. “The EN16636 Standard is a mark of quality, so we were delighted to be one of the first to receive it,” said Martin Harvey, managing director of Harvey Environmental Services and former president of the British Pest Control Association. “Previously we had secured ISO [...]

Industry seal of approval2018-06-01T15:56:16+00:00
17 07, 2017

Flying ants stop play

2018-06-01T15:56:29+00:00

Some of the world’s best tennis players recently found their games at Wimbledon interrupted by flying ants, as our warm summer led to an earlier than normal flying ant day. Flying ant day is when male and female ants sprout wings and venture out of their nests on a “nuptial flight”, seeking ants from other colonies to mate with. This is an important phase in the reproduction of ant species. During the first week of the Wimbledon tournament, players were distracted by the flying insects with American Sam Querrey, the No 24 seed, dropping a set as the insects plagued [...]

Flying ants stop play2018-06-01T15:56:29+00:00
17 07, 2017

Bring back the bee

2018-06-01T15:56:46+00:00

Anglesey Council’s pest control team hit the headlines for the wrong reasons recently after they thought they were responding to a wasp infestation, but ended up wiping out 1,500 Welsh black honey bees. Even without costly mistakes like this, bees are in danger of disappearing from our environment. Farming practices continue to disturb natural habitats and the honey bee is under attack from the varroa mite. A national “Don’t Step on a Bee Day” and Burt’s Bees’ “Bring Back the Bee” campaign are positive steps in the fight to save the UK’s bee population, but with 25% of all bee [...]

Bring back the bee2018-06-01T15:56:46+00:00
29 06, 2017

The hygiene scene   

2018-06-01T15:56:58+00:00

Pest control is a necessity for businesses operating in the pest control industry, and shouldn’t be viewed as a grudge purchase. With diners increasingly looking at food standards hygiene ratings before choosing to eat and drink somewhere, it’s not just reactive day-to-day cleaning that staff need to keep on top of. Strict cleaning regimes, before, during and after service, should be combined with a pest control plan to ensure venues meet food safety legislation and customers’ expectations. We recently spoke to Pub & Bar magazine about the importance of pest control measures for businesses in the hospitality industry. Martin Harvey [...]

The hygiene scene   2018-06-01T15:56:58+00:00