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28 March 2019

British Pest Management Award 2019 winners announced at PestEx

The pest management show hosted the second ever British Pest Management Awards (BPMAs) last week, announcing the 2019 winners.

Held in the Technical theatre of PestEx, in the London ExCeL on 20 March 2019 the awards ceremony was hosted by television ecologist, Mike Dilger.

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The British Pest Management Awards were created to celebrate excellence in pest management and recognise the invaluable contribution companies and individuals can make to our sector.

With more entries than before, and an impressive shortlist of entrants from across the UK, the industry-led judging panel had their work cut out for them picking this year’s winners. 

Chair of the BPMA Judging panel, Kevin Higgins, presented three awards

The panel judged entrants based on a strict criterion and the evidence provided in the applications.

Nine winners and two highly-commended awards were presented to companies and individuals from around the UK.

Community Initiative of the Year award 2019

Contego

Innovation of the Year award 2019

NBC Environmental

Team of the Year award 2019

Lancaster City Council, Unbugged

Unsung Hero award 2019

Ken Vigar, Safeguard Pest Control and Environmental Services Limited

Highly commended: Paul Bates, Cleankill Pest Control.

Young Technician of the Year award 2019

George Rickwood, Rokill Pest Control Services

Local Authority of the Year award 2019

Lancaster City Council Unbugged

Highly commended: Manchester City Council Pest Control Service

Sole Trader of the Year award 2019

Phil Martin, PGM & Sons Pest Control

Small Company of the Year award 2019

Abate

Company of the Year award 2019

Cleankill Pest Control

Lifetime Achievement award 2019

Dr Jonathan Wade

Dr Wade getting his award from television ecologist, Mike Dilger

Phil Halpin, BPCA President, said:

“Congratulations to all my colleagues who picked up an award at the BPMA ceremony.

“The judging panel assures me that the quality of candidates was very high, so display your awards proudly.

“Taking the time to celebrate each other’s achievements helps show the world the important role we all play in protecting public health and safety”.

2019 judging panel

A special thank you to our cross-industry judging panel, who help make the awards possible.

  • Kevin Higgins, chair, representing BPCA
  • Anne Godfrey, representing NPAP CIEH
  • Steve Hallam, representing NPTA
  • Frances McKim, representing Pest Magazine
  • Henry Mott, representing CEPA.

Afterparty celebrations

The celebrations didn’t end after the awards were handed out.

Hundreds of award-winners, shortlisted companies, PestEx exhibitors and visitors descended on the Giant Robot on Canary Wharf for our first ever Afterparty.

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The eccentric venue featured three themed bars, and four street-vendor style eateries.

The live cover band and a generous allocation of drinks tokens helped get people dancing and singing along.

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Ian Andrew, BPCA Chief Exec, said:

“Everyone deserved to have a drink and a dance to unwind after a busy day at PestEx, and celebrate the achievements of the award-winners. 

“It was a fun, noisy evening, full of delicious food and good drinks – about as far away from a formal dinner as you can get.

“Maybe next time we’ll look at doing a formal sit-down dinner, but I’d be surprised if this was the last BPCA Afterparty”.

 

WHAT NEXT?

It’s not been decided yet whether we’ll be having a 2020 British Pest Management Awards or if the award will return in with PestEx in 2021.

If you have a view or simply want to register your interest, contact awards@bpca.org.uk.

Source: Online

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