Company history

40th Anniversary

2017 marks the 40th Anniversary of our company. Initially named ‘Check Fumigation and Pest Control Limited’, the company  was founded on 15th February 1977.

40 years on and Check Services continues to deliver high quality services to the Pharmaceutical, Food and Allied Industries.

The company focus was on commercial pest control whilst also making the most of its experience and background in fumigation. Within a few years it was becoming well established as a provider of reliable pest control services with good technical knowledge, particularly in the food industry.

Starting with a new name

On 31st December 1981 the company changed its name to Check Services Limited which became a holding company, whilst opening two other companies –  Check Fumigation Limited, carrying out fumigation and proofing work,  and  Check Pest Control (Reading) Limited, carrying out pest control services.

Next few years

Over the next few years the company continued to grow, both in turnover and reputation. In 1986 the company had outgrown 161, Oxford Road and it moved to its current premises in Theale. Unit 6 Chiltern Enterprise Centre was a larger building but also ideally placed just off Junction 12 of the M4.

Commercial pest control contracts became a larger part of the company’s portfolio as it  acquired more clients in the food industry , and continued to have excellent business retention. By 1996 the Check Services was turning over approximately £700,000 and providing services throughout much of southern England.

Sadly, David Jenkins, the company’s founder and owner died in 1997. His wife Margaret and son Lewis were already working within the company and with the help and support of all of the staff, the company was able to survive this significant blow.

Lewis Jenkins took over as Managing Director in 2000 and, with David Banks (Director), Rory Hope (Technical Director) and Margaret Jenkins (Director) making up the board, a stable platform for continued service improvement and growth was in place.

Check Services’ reputation as a supplier of technical based pest control services continues to grow and its customer base contains many well known brands and large, blue chip companies.

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Company Founder

The Company’s founder, David Jenkins, completed a degree in Zoology at Swansea University. After spending a brief period as a teacher he joined British Rail looking after the research element of the pest control team. He was instrumental in increasing the breadth of cover provided ‘in-house’ and this extended to the hotels which were owned by BR at the time.

In approximately 1972, David was offered a position as a Director at Protim Pest Control, a new ‘arm’ of Protim Ltd, who were looking to add pest control to their range of services. In 1976 Protim was sold to a larger pest control servicing company.

David Jenkins

David had been looking at the possibility of starting his own business but it was this change of employer that was the impetus he needed to set up his own pest control company. On 15th February 1977, Check Fumigation and Pest Control was founded, based at 161, Oxford Road in Reading. More information is provided in Company History.

As well as running Check Services Ltd, David was heavily involved in the British Pest Control Association (BPCA). He was instrumental in devising the first training manual and was heavily involved in setting up and running the early training courses for the BPCA.

David was married to Margaret in 1960 and they have three children, Karen, Wendy and Lewis, as well as seven grandchildren. Margaret has always been involved in the company and after a few years of part-time, Lewis joined Check Services in 1993.

Sadly, David Jenkins died in 1997 following a short battle with cancer. The company is still owned by the family.