Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award
Rentokil Initial has been honoured with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognising the #7 Best Places to Work in 2018.
The Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Rentokil Pest Control is awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, recognising the business’s outstanding achievement in global trade.
Acquisition of Wise Property Care
Another exciting acquisition with Scottish based Wise Property Care joining our expanding property services businesses.
Acquisition of Peter Cox
Peter Cox joined the RI Family strengthening our presence within the commercial property services sector.
One of the biggest Google users
Apps, Hangouts and G+ social media have become embedded within the company, boosting productivity and efficiency. Virtual communities are used to share knowledge, sales leads and best practice.
Rentokil launched its first global 24-hour Pestaurant event, with pop-up stands serving edible insects to 20,000 people in 12 cities from Washington to Sydney.
CleanVision wins Award
Initial Cleanroom’s CleanVision garment saw off tough competition from other German, Portuguese, Austrian and British companies to be awarded Cleanroom Technology’s Cleanroom Award for 2014.
‘City of Adelaide’ is prepared for her final voyage
The ‘City of Adelaide’, a clipper ship built in 1864 had lain on the banks of the River Clyde in Scotland. An international ‘Bring her Home’ campaign was launched in Adelaide and in late 2013 the ship bearing the City’s name began its voyage home. Before the ship could move, however, Rentokil experts were called in to undertake bird proofing and specialist cleaning and disinfection to ensure the ship met with strict Australian import regulations.
Ambius is born
Rentokil Tropical Plants was renamed Ambius and began to expand its service offering to include ambient scenting and corporate artwork.
Chelsea Flower Show
Rentokil Tropical Plants won their first gold medal at Britain’s most celebrated horticultural events, the Chelsea Flower Show. They went on to win many more gold and silver gilt awards at the Hampton Court Flower show and BBC Gardeners’ World Live events.
Rentokil Initial is created
Rentokil made its largest acquisition to date, BET (British Electric Traction) and the Initial brand passed to Rentokil.
BET acquired Initial
In the early 80s BET increased its stake in Initial to 40%, and in 1985 BET acquired the remaining 60%. This allowed it to merge Initial with Advance Service's laundry operations while retaining the Initial brand name.
Rentokil secured a pest control contract for the newly-built NatWest Tower in the City of London – at that time it was Britain’s tallest building.
Listed on the London Stock Exchange
Rentokil Group Ltd was listed on the London Stock Exchange with one of the largest new issues of shares the City had seen. In the same year, it established the basis of a hygiene division with the purchase of Rashbrooke Chemical Company and in 1970 acquired Thames Services for £1million.
Rentokil was awarded a contract to repel birds at Buckingham Palace and pest control at the newly opened Post Office Tower (BT Tower).
On 1 January 1962 all the UK trading companies became divisions of Rentokil Laboratories Ltd, shortened to Rentokil Limited.
Combining our expertise
By the mid 1950s, the synergies between British Ratin and Rentokil Ltd had become obvious and British Ratin acquired Rentokil Ltd and its service arm, Woodworm and Dry Rot Control Ltd.
Dr Hickin, Entomologist
Dr Norman Hickin joined Rentokil Limited as an entomologist. He started a servicing section which became Woodworm and Dry Rot Control Ltd in 1952.
Ratin Buys Chelsea
Demand for pest control services began extending beyond rodent control to insect control. British Ratin made its first acquisition, Chelsea Insecticides Ltd.
The Initial Towel Supply Company floated on the stock market and during the 1930s BET (British Electric Traction) acquired a small stake in Initial.
Rentokil is born
The company was registered in 1925 as Rentokil Limited due to trade name objections preventing the name 'Entokill'.
Harold Maxwell-Lefroy started supplying bottles of woodworm fluid from a small factory in Hatton Garden, which he called 'Ento-kill fluids – an amalgam of the Greek work 'entomon' meaning insect and the English word 'kill'.
Westminster Hall Deathwatch Beetle
Harold Maxwell-Lefroy, Professor of Entomology at Imperial College London, was asked to study ways of exterminating the beetles in Westminster Hall and in time began receiving regular orders.
Danish pharmacist, Georg Neumann of Aalborg discovered a strain of bacteria lethal to rats and mice, which became known commercially as Ratin. The first London sales office opened in 1906.
Initialled Towels Introduced
Mr A. P. Bigelow introduced a towel rental service to businesses in London. Each towel was marked with the customer's initials, which ensured that customers only received their own towels, leading to the name, 'Initial Towel Supply Company'.