PGH Beegone Franchising Limited, the unique pest control and live bee removal franchise, is off to an impressive start by recruiting its first franchisee within six weeks of launching. David Hasler, of Ely, Cambridgeshire, did a soft launch of PGH Beegone Bury St Edmunds on 26th April and has just completed his first independent job.
New to the franchise market on 27th December last year, PGH Beegone is a business concept like no other due to the fact that it incorporates two established brands – one of which is an industry that has never been franchised in the UK before. The core business brands, PGH Pest Control & Prevention and Beegone Live Bee Removal were started 14 years ago with help from the Prince’s Trust which was founded by HRH The Queen and is overseen by President, HRH The Prince of Wales.
Bee preservation has been a hot topic in the media of late and the environmental focus of this franchise opportunity, which saves honeybees and rehomes them, has generated a vast amount of interest from people from all walks of life.
Franchisee David, formally a sample courier for the Environment Agency, said: “I’m so excited to start running my business. The approach of the whole team at PGH Beegone has been extremely professional and supportive, they made me feel comfortable straight away and I know this is a fantastic opportunity.
“Before I even joined, franchise owner Peter Higgs specifically arranged for me to shadow him at two live bee removal surveys, instead of sending his surveyor, so he could show me how it worked. I also attended an actual live bee removal job which came up in my area just before I enquired about the franchise, for which Peter gave me a discount on my franchise fees.
“In my third week of franchise training my first independent lead come through which the Support Centre handled for me – from explaining the process to the client to booking it in on our database. When I visited the site, the customer was so impressed by our approach that he cancelled the other company that was due out to quote a few days later. Peter said during my training that professionalism and speed is the key – winning this contract definitely demonstrated that.
“This first job trading as PGH Beegone Bury St Edmunds was a three stage rodent treatment, rodent proofing (to stop rodents coming back in), clearance of contaminated loft insulation which is a health hazard to the owners and other contractors, and re-insulation of the loft – all for the same client in Aldham. I’ve got a few more leads to follow up as well, just had one come through for live bee removal at a university in Cambridge.”
Peter Higgs, Founder and MD of PGH Beegone, commented: “I’m elated that people are seeing the value in our proposition including the untapped industry potential and can’t wait to get David fully established in his market, earning at capacity and serving the community, he’s a great guy who is a valued franchisee.”