Cleankill increases foothold in West Sussex

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Surrey-based Cleankill Pest Control is strengthening its operations in West Sussex and Hampshire with the acquisition of privately owned family company Des Bone Ltd.

Owners Ann and Richard Bone approached Cleankill when the couple decided to retire as they wanted to sell the business to a company with a similar ethos and working practices.

Mr Bone has worked in the pest control industry for around 40 years. His career included a spell at well-known, quality pest control company Boxhill and Headley, owned by Tony Harman, after which he launched his family business.

Des Bone Ltd is well established in West Sussex where the company looks after several high-profile heritage sites. Des Bone technician Deborah Boulton will join the Cleankill team, becoming the company’s first female technician. Mr Bone will stay on as technician consultant to ensure a smooth transition of work to Cleankill and to help develop the portfolio in the area.

Other steps to strengthen the service in West Sussex include the promotion of Cleankill technician Sam Boylett to surveyor for the area and the appointment of two new technicians to cover West Sussex, who have joined from a larger household name company.

Paul Bates, Cleankill’s managing director, said: “This significant investment in our operations covering the RH postcode and Hampshire area follows on from our purchase last year of TotalCare and completes another piece of the jigsaw in the area between Surrey and Bristol.

“As well as bringing in some excellent customers with general pest prevention contracts for things like rodents and insects, there is an exciting opportunity to introduce our excellent bird work services to these clients.

“In addition, we are delighted to welcome Deborah to the Cleankill family as well as two new experienced technicians. Sam was an excellent technician in the area and is looking forward to his new role as a surveyor.”

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