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The Pest Detectives: The Definitive Guide to Rentokil by Rob Gray

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From humble beginnings

To be sure, these were fairly humble beginnings. But Anker-Petersen had ambitious plans and expansion was very much on the cards. In 1928, he hired two salespeople and split responsibility for the north and south of the UK between them. Fellow Dane, Sophus Jensen, was given charge of the South (gaining extra support the following year when ex Royal Artillery sergeant-major Bill Tenniswood was brought in to focus on the vital area of East London, with its rat-infested Docklands and sprawl of small factories); Jim Wilkinson, the North and Scotland. The same year also saw the beginnings of a service business culture that generations later, though much evolved, remains integral to the way Rentokil does business today.

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