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

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Expanding the Rentokil brand through acquisitions

As this book makes clear, acquisitions figure prominently in the history of Rentokil – playing a significant part in making the Rentokil brand what it is today by bringing great people, new customer relationships and new ideas into the company.

At the beginning of this decade, when the group still faced some difficult financial challenges and financial markets were effectively closed due to the global recession, acquisitions were understandably thin on the ground. However, as the benefits of a more focused strategy kicked in and the financial position improved, the M&A taps were turned back on. Nine acquisitions were made in 2012. The following year this rose to 16. And in 2014 £68m was spent ...

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