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

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In pursuit of BET

However, the next significant acquisition Thompson had in mind was considerably bigger than any company Rentokil had bought before. In fact, the target was far bigger than Rentokil itself. Roughly three times the size of Rentokil, business services company BET was a competitor across a number of markets.

Originally called British Electric Traction, BET could trace its roots back to the late 19th century and was once a major player in public transport. It was involved in the electrification of tramways in British city centres before moving into operating bus and tram services. After divesting itself of its public transport interests, BET transformed itself into a conglomerate made up of over 50 businesses spanning cleaning, ...

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