Croydon-based Cleankill has expanded its reach along the M4 corridor with the acquisition of Bristol-based Good Riddance Pest Control. The purchase was completed on 30 November 2018.
Good Riddance Pest Control was set up in 2002 by Howard Taffs. It provides commercial and domestic pest control services in and around Bristol, Bath and Weston-Super-Mare.
The deal came about following an approach to Cleankill by Howard when he decided the time was right to retire. He commented: “Within the industry, Cleankill is well-known as a company that looks after its staff and its customers. Like Good Riddance Pest Control, they believe in continuous staff development as a way to constantly improve and offer better customer service. They are the only English pest control company to have achieved the Investors in People Gold Standard and they regularly win awards for best employer, best customer service and best staff development and training. When I wanted to find a company that would look after my customers and staff, Cleankill was the obvious choice.”
Cleankill was founded in 1995 and provides professional pest control services to customers in London and the South East. Head office is in Croydon with a second office in Seaford, East Sussex.
Commenting on the acquisition, Cleankill’s managing director Paul Bates said: “We were delighted when Howard contacted us. The last few years have seen exceptional growth for Cleankill and this has driven our expansion along the M4 corridor. The call from Howard came at just the right time. We were highly impressed by the professionalism of Howard and his team and knew instantly this was a company we could work with.
“It was clear we shared a lot of the same philosophies when it came to customer service and attitudes to staff, the community and the environment. We look forward to continuing to provide our new clients in and around Bristol with the same exceptional service they are used to, only now as part of the Cleankill family.”
Good Riddance Pest Control will operate as a subsidiary of Cleankill (Environmental Services). All staff are being retained bringing the total number of employees at Cleankill to 39.
Cleankill MD, Paul Bates, left, toasts the deal with
Good Riddance founder, Howard Taffs