Peter Higgs, founder and managing director of PGH Beegone, tells us about this unique pest control and live bee removal business
What sets PGH Beegone apart?
With PGH Beegone, you get two brands in one: PGH Pest Control & Prevention and Beegone Live Bee Removal.
No other pest control franchise out there at the moment offers franchisees the chance to make a real difference to the environment by actually saving honeybees. Not only does this make PGH Beegone a genuinely unique proposition, but it also provides unrivalled earning potential in this niche market.
What’s your background?
At age 18 I enrolled on The Prince’s Trust Enterprise programme, which gave me the business knowledge I needed to form my first company, PGH Pest Control & Prevention, in 2008.
Shortly after, I started Beegone Live Bee Removal after realising the importance of honeybees and the serious problems occurring in the UK as a result of them being killed. We were the only live bee removal service in the UK at that time.
The highlight of my career so far has got to be showing honeybees saved by us to HRH, The Queen in 2016, closely followed by hitting £1m turnover in 2019.
Why have the businesses been so successful?
Due to the way we go about problem solving - we take a holistic approach by including proofing work to prevent the issue from recurring. This provides our 8,400 customers with a long-term solution and value for money.
Customer service is at the heart of everything we do and we’re consistently highly rated on Trustpilot and Checkatrade. We offer the widest range of services in the industry, quick response times, a 24-hour call centre and professional, friendly and knowledgeable technicians.
The pest control and live bee removal industries have shown themselves to be both COVID and recession-proof.
What does a franchisee get for their investment?
Franchisees will be granted access to their own exclusive territory and given an extensive guide to running their business.
We will support them on every step of their journey by providing intensive initial training, access to high-tech systems, invaluable industry expertise, a dedicated Support Centre point of contact, first-class marketing and ongoing training and development - including direct mentoring from myself and free business coaching for their first year.
How will your franchisees be rewarded?
Our franchisees have the potential to earn beyond their wildest dreams due to the inclusion of the live bee removal business, which is extremely specialist and therefore attracts a far higher price tag. The fact that the two brands are included in one also offers unprecedented cross-selling and upselling opportunities while on site.
What are you looking for in a franchisee?
We’re looking for people who enjoy working outdoors and problem-solving, are passionate about wildlife conservation and relish the thought of making a difference.
Customer focus is fundamental, along with natural sales ability. Being business-minded, results-focused and having the drive to succeed is also important.
Our ideal franchisees are able to absorb procedures and systems with ease, are disciplined and have a can-do attitude.
At a glance PGH Beegone
Core businesses - 2008. Franchise - 2020
£43,000-£73,000 (depending on franchise model)
Minimum required capital:
Expected revenue after 2 years:
Caroline Szeremeta, email@example.com, 01483 387414