|Wigan entrepreneur catches business bug and launches own pest control firm
A WIGAN man who caught the business bug after a long period out of work has started his own pest control firm.
Elliot Lowe launched Cavalry Pest Solutions earlier this year, helping domestic, commercial and rural clients across the area to rid their properties of pests such as rats, cockroaches, wasps, moles, foxes and beetles.
Elliot received start-up advice and support from business specialist Blue Orchid, through the Government’s NEA (New Enterprise Allowance) programme. With an NEA experienced mentor he has been able to learn about all aspects of launching a new business.
The 38-year-old said the idea for his business stemmed from a passion for working with animals – Elliot himself owns two lurcher dogs and four ferrets which he uses on pest control jobs where necessary.
Elliot – who completed the Level Two Award in Pest Management last year and is currently working towards the Level Two certificate - said: “Blue Orchid have played a vital role in giving me the support and assistance I needed to get my business off the ground. My mentor David Hardy educated me on business planning, banking, accessing funding and also the law – I have to thank them for helping to make my business dream a reality after 18 months of unemployment.”
In April Elliot was named Apprentice of the Year by Killgerm, one of the biggest brands in the UK pest control industry.
Elliot said: “Winning the award was a very proud moment, and I was delighted that the £3,000 prize included further training as well as brand new Killgerm pest control equipment.
“It has been a major boost to my new business to have support from one of the most prominent names in the industry and I hope to continue my own development. My aim is to get to the top of my profession and become an expert consultant for others in the industry.”
Cavalry Pest Solutions also received funding from Wigan Council through a ‘Gateway to Growth’ grant, which he used towards initial outgoings and start up equipment.
Elliot added: “I believe in a structure called ‘Integrated Pest Management’, which explores all avenues of treatment, using multiple control strategies if needed. Wherever possible we aim to create a solution that is pesticide-free, to minimise any environmental impact and reduce the risk to non-target species.”
For more information on Blue Orchid visit www.theblueorchid.co.uk
For more information on Cavalry Pest Solutions visit www.cavalrypestsolutions.com