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

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Filling up at Felcourt

Harking back to a time when many surveyors operated out of Felcourt, there was still a petrol tank and pump on-site, delivering cheaper fuel than could be bought from filling stations. Whenever employees wanted fuel they were allocated a numbered tag which they took to the pump at lunchtime, where the directors’ chauffeur Bill Stone would fill up the car. A bill for the fuel would then appear in employees’ wage packets.

Prudent savings made here for company and employee alike would have been particularly welcome at the time of the 1973 oil crisis, which as well as leading to blackouts caused a rapid escalation in petrol prices. Rising energy prices were, however, helpful for Rentokil’s home insulation business. The company ...

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