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PestEx 2017

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The Premier Pest Control Event you cannot afford to miss!

PestEx is the largest UK trade exhibition and conference for the pest control industry. Hosted every two years by the British Pest Control Association and held in London, this established and leading industry event remains the choice for visitors and exhibitors alike.

When: Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 March 2017
Where: Excel Centre, London
Times: Wednesday 9am - 5pm, Thursday 9am - 4pm

PestEx 2017 Seminar and Technical Programme

PestEx 2017 had a Seminar and Technical programme that is unrivalled by any other event in the UK. The event brought together the whole sector to share and learn from each other and make a stronger, safer pest control industry.

As PestEx is for UK, European and International pest control technicians, managers and company owners, we designed a Seminar and Technical Programme to reflect this and give a better understanding of how to improve business and develop technical skills.

Wednesday 22 March 2017

Business Theatre

10.00 - 10.45

Retention vs recruitment - The costs and key factors to an engaged and productive workforce

Many people have heard about how a more engaged workforce leads to higher productivity and how it is so important to recruit the right employees. During this presentation, Barry will look at:

  • How to create an effective recruitment process
  • Finding the best employees
  • The importance of employee engagement
  • The barriers to an engaged team
  • Five ideas that can be implemented today!

Barry Nicol, Employee Engagement & Business Development Consultant, Stallard Kane

11.00 - 12.00

Making the most of your BPCA Membership: A practical workshop

We'll be packing the technical seminar room with BPCA staff members so you can ask questions and get the practical advice you need to maximise the value of your membership. We'll have staff available from the training, events, marketing, technical and membership teams, so between them they'll be able to give you practical advice for growing your business and getting the very most out of your membership benefits.

Presented by the BPCA Staff Team

12.15 - 13.15

Pest control in the foodservice industry - a necessary evil or an essential service?

This session will consist of a piece of research taken within the foodservice industry looking at perceptions of the pest control sector, what drives purchase decisions for pest control services and how those vary in the different areas of foodservice (profit sector = restaurants, pubs and hotels; cost sector = public sector and contract catering).

The research has been conducted by Dewberry Redpoint Ltd, a leading media and business information company in the foodservice industry. A panel of experts from both the foodservice and pest control industries will then discuss the results of the research and answer questions from visitors.

Presented by Andrew Archer, Managing Director, Dewberry Redpoint Ltd

13.30 - 14.30

Moving to the next step; taking on your first employee

As a business grows, it reaches a point when another pair of hands becomes vital. Adding someone to the payroll can be a daunting task, and there are many pitfalls to catch out the first-time boss. "Becoming an employer is not a decision to be taken likely, and a sound plan of action is essential" says Phil.

Phil explores a number of employment issues and shares what he has learned running his own small business, Countrywide Pest Management. He also gives an insight as to how being a BPCA Member helped enable this progress.

Why not pose your small business employment questions directly with Phil and BPCA's advisers Stallard Kane at the end of the session?

Phil Halpin, Chairman of the BPCA Servicing Committee

14.45 - 15.30

Adding Value to your Pest Control Contracts

It's economic madness NOT to add value to your existing portfolio rather than expend resources constantly searching for new business. In this session, we will explore the possibilities for increasing value on your contracts whilst maintaining your cost base.

Interested? Come along and join the discussion - you're bound to leave with some new ideas!

Kevin Higgins, Membership Manager, BPCA

15.45 - 16.45

Customer Complaints: A Bug in your business?

In business it's impossible to please all the people all of the time however in the age of social media it's more vital than ever to be able to prevent, respond and resolve complaints effectively to avoid damage to the reputation of your business. This session looks at complaints and the need for Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) for B2C businesses.

David Quinton, Head Assessor for Which? Trusted Trader

Alexandra Dobocan, Head of Communications & PR, Dispute Resolutions Ombudsman

Technical Theatre

10.00 - 11.00

Biting the Bait

Matt Davies provides a current and topical update on technical matters relevant to the pest control industry, with a European slant. He will deliver a selection of bite-size talks, to reflect the hottest topics in pest control today.

Dr Matthew Davies, Divisional Technical Advisor, Killgerm Chemicals

11.15 - 12.15

Tailoring your Pest Control for a Farming Environment

Animal production, regardless of its type, is constantly challenged by numerous pests impacting not only the performance of the animals, but even the health of the farm workers. They can also be a huge nuisance to the neighborhood.

The dominant pests on all kind of farms are normally houseflies and rodents. Both are proven vectors of several diseases. In addition, flies bother the animals directly and rodents have a negative impact on the animal feed.

The presentation will discuss strategies to control these and other common farm pests.

Dr Kai Sievert, Technical Manager, Syngenta Crop Protection

12.30 - 14.00

An Overview of Bed Bug Treatment in the US: Using Science to Create Progressive Protocols

For the past 15 years, bed bugs have been aggressively spreading across the United States and forced the research community to quickly find answers on how to control them properly. In that time, both academia and the pest control industry has made ground-breaking findings on how to slow their spread and control them properly.

This session will provide an overview of the important scientific findings in the past 15 years and how those findings have been used to create effective and efficient bed bug treatment protocols that can be applied across the world.

Jeff White, Bed Bug Central (USA)

14.15 - 15.15

Pest Control & Food Allergy

Allergic reactions to food are on the increase and EU-wide legislation has, since 2004, required food production operations to declare a defined list of allergenic ingredients on their ingredients lists. This legislation was extended in 2014 to cover all food businesses. There's not an immediate link to pest control - or is there?

As part of your routine activities you will be visiting a variety of customers whether domestic, commercial, industrial or food-related and your very presence presents a risk of cross-contact between seemingly unconnected businesses presenting a potential risk to consumers.

In this presentation Peter Littleton will review the area of food allergy and seek to quantify this risk and present management strategies to minimise the risks.

Peter Littleton, Technical Director, Klenzan/Allergy Action

15.30 - 16.30

Insecticides - the future of stewardship

The registration and re-registration of insecticide products in the future is undoubtedly going to become more challenging, and may require tougher stewardship regimes for public health sector pesticides, much like with rodenticides. Bayer's Richard Moseley talks about where we are now, what the future may hold and discusses how the industry can get prepared.

Richard Moseley, Technical Manager, Bayer CropScience Ltd

Thursday 23 March 2017

Business Theatre

10.00 - 10.45

Attracting Spiders - Improving Your Search Ranking through SEO

Pest control customers aren't looking you up in the Yellow Pages any more - they're frantically Googling you from their phone after they find mice in the pantry. And it's the search engine web crawlers (AKA 'spiders') that help them find you.

In this talk, Rose Judson explains how search engines rank you, why it matters, and a few simple things you can do to boost your visibility.

Rose Judson, Independent SEO & Online Marketing Professional

11.00 - 11.45

The Field Biologist; More than a technician in a tie

The depth and detail of auditing within the food and allied industry sectors has significantly increased over recent years. This has placed an ever increasing demand on pest control service providers, particularly within the Field Biologist role. These extra demands have made the Field Biologist role an even more critical component of successful pest control service provision. Despite this, the Biologist role is still not fully understood or utilised by many in the industry.

Paul Westgate, an experienced independent Field Biologist and Technical Account Manager will outline 10 core skills that help make a great Field Biologist, why they are so important for the client and the many benefits they can bring for service businesses.

Paul Westgate, Managing Director, Westgate Pest Control

12.00 - 13.15

BREXIT - The impact on the UK Pest Management Sector

A panel discussion exploring the likely impact on the UK and wider European pest management sector of the decision for the UK to leave the European Union. Taking in the regulatory, legislative and economic changes this massive policy shift has set in train, our panel will set out their views of what Brexit means for our industry. This session will bring together opinions on Brexit's impact on trade, employment, agriculture, environment, transport, public health, the devolved legislatures and consumer policy.

Featuring Julie Girling MEP

13.30 - 14.15

Contract Sharing Network (CSN) launch; is this the game changer?

Developed in parallel with our new website, BPCA's Contract Sharing Network (CSN) enables improved member-to-member search through an enhanced members area, and an ability for companies to anonymously post adverts to the CSN permission based pages so potential sub-contractors can signal their interest.

In addition, by joining the network BPCA members will be able to influence the commercial search used by clients who are looking for organisations as they will be able to more confidently facilitate national coverage. The network is open to all BPCA members who agree to operate by the all important CSN Code of Conduct.

Ben Massey, Marketing Manager, BPCA

14.30 - 15.30

The benefits and implementation of British Standard EN16636 - CEPA Certified

This workshop will enable business owners and those involved in the delivery of pest management services to gather an understanding of the benefits and process of independent auditing and third party certification for the pest management industry.

The interactive workshop will provide an opportunity to discuss the requirements of the standard in practical terms and provides an opportunity for any questions to be answered by representatives of Bureau Veritas, CEPA and BPCA.

Natalie Bungay, Technical/Field Officer, BPCA

Jessica Morgan, CEPA Product Manager (UK & Ireland), Bureau Veritas

Technical Theatre

10.00 - 11.00

Urban Gulls - Keeping within the Law

The numbers of gulls nesting on roofs in town and cities has been steadily increasing since it was first recorded over 70 years ago. While many people regard them with affection, others are concerned about gulls' increasing presence in urban areas.

This seminar will discuss ways in which we can deal with the conflicts that exist between nesting gulls and humans, including the requirements of the law, and effective deterrent methods for situations where gulls may be causing problems.

Jess Chappell, Nature Policy Officer, RSPB

11.15 - 12.15

Revolutionising Fox Snaring

Over the last ten years, detailed scientific research by GWCT has revolutionised the use of fox snares. Better hardware, and improved understanding of snare setting techniques has resulted in a very target specific approach that more than meets the Agreement on International Humane Trapping Standards. This in turn has lead to the adoption by government of industry sponsored codes of practice throughout the UK.

As a snare user himself, Mike Swan of GWCT will explain the new snares and how to use them.

Dr Mike Swan, Head of Education, The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust

12.30 - 13.30

An Introduction to Laser Technology for Bird Control & Case Studies

Bird Control Group has dedicated years of research to develop the ultimate laser beam for humanely, yet effectively controlling unwanted pest birds. This was accomplished by applying a combination of highly precise optics, filtering and light frequencies. The result is exceptional performance in bird repelling. Meet Steinar Henskes, founder and CEO and hear for yourself how the ultimate laser beam is transforming bird control practices in urban, agricultural and aerospace applications. Steinar will be talking about the technology behind the products as well as giving detailed case studies.

By Steinar Henskes - CEO - Bird Control Group

13.45 - 14.45

Invasive Species - Should we run or fight?

Invasive species are estimated to cost the UK economy around £1.7 billion per year. They are also a very dynamic problem, with the Tiger Mosquito and the Yellow-Footed Hornet having gained a toehold in the UK for the first time in 2016. There is scope for the UK pest control industry to strengthen its links with this sector and provide both expertise and a valuable service, protecting industry, agriculture and public health. This seminar explores the issues and opportunities that invasive species present to pest controllers, and identifies some key species that will likely form the pest problems of tomorrow.

Clive Boase, Pest Management Consultancy

15.00 - 15.45

The UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime - A Progress Report

Work has been done by people from more than thirty organisations, and the UK Rodenticide Stewardship Regime is underway. A new framework for the supply of professional rodenticides is in place requiring proof of competence at point of sale.

Criteria are established for how competence is defined, both through conventional training programmes and by membership of approved farm assurance schemes. CRRU UK has provided a progress report to the HSE-led Government Oversight Group and received feedback on it.

The talk will explain what has been achieved, what remains to be done in the coming years and how the success or failure of the scheme will be measured.

Dr Alan Buckle, Chairman, CRRU UK



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