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   DATE: 29 January 2003   AUTHOR: Barrie Sheard
     
 

Who would have thought that when we first moved into our official office at Huntingdon House in March 1999 that we would have already needed to expand? Yes, after only 3 years and nine months we had grown to such an extent that to service our ever-growing number of members we needed more space. A decision was made early in 2002 to find suitable offices offering more scope, more room and a place the members would be proud of.

After a couple of near misses with other properties we finally found what we now officially call NPTA House in the lovely small village of Kinoulton in Nottinghamshire, which is situated at the western end of the beautiful Belvoir Valley which runs in an easterly direction towards Grantham. We took possession and moved in on Friday 6th December.

In addition, the workload itself had expanded and despite the dedication to this task by Julie Gillies our office administrator we have now employed another member of staff Mrs Margaret Coleyshaw who attends the office during the week. Details of our new address and contact details are given at the end of this column.

PEST TECH 2002 IS NOW HISTORY
As predicted last year's event (our TENTH one) on Wednesday 13th November was a sell out as far as exhibitors were concerned with a final total of fifty-one different exhibitors and one thousand plus delegates. Several new exhibitors were given a very warm welcome and from calls received and also a few letters and e-mails the visitors said they had had a great day. For the full details and many photographs of the day look no further than the January 2003 edition of "Today's Technician".

We were particularly pleased how a great many of the exhibitors answered our call and put on special competitions from "identify the poo", to "who in the Pest Control Industry was the well known photo of", "how many feral pigeons were in the picture", a dart's competition using an electronic scoring board, rifle shooting user laser sights on make-believe feral pigeons and our own competition "from which postal area did our three latest new members come from?" All were well supported throughout the day and many prizes were won. A great success we believe.

One cannot end PEST TECH 2002 without a big vote of thanks to PCN for organising the PCN Dinner in the evening.

ORLANDO PROTOCOL
The Orlando Protocol has received publicity in many journals since its launch at the National Pest Management Association's (NPMA) annual pest conference and exhibition in the USA in October 2002. This as you know is a charter for World-Wide Professional Environmental Pest Management. The opportunity was taken at PEST TECH 2002 for the NPTA to sign the protocol and this was done by Paul Burton, our Chairman. Arrangements can be made through our Association for any of our business members to sign it and receive a numbered Certificate in recognition of their signing up. It should be understood that the four regional world pest management associations who are overseeing this signing are CEPA for the European area, NPMA for the Americas, COPLAG and FAOPMA for the Far East area of the world.

SCOTLAND TRAINING DAY NEARLY HERE!
We are again travelling north and over the border again to Perth on Wednesday 26th March. Same excellent venue as the last two years, namely the St. Johnstone Football Stadium and we shall be issuing invitations in the next week obviously to all our Scotland members but also to each and every local authority in Scotland. In addition it is an open day for the Scotland Pest Control Industry so non-members are particularly welcome. Doors open at 9.30 a.m. for registration and a hot drink and the training day starts promptly at 10 o'clock.

Please reserve your place and also your three course luncheon by ringing Dougie McKenna, our Scotland representative of Border Pest Control in the Peebles area, on 01721 722035.

NPTA NATIONAL RODENT SURVEY REPORT 2002
Suffice to say here that the report was originally published in the second week of December 2002 and by a quirk we cannot explain, was resurrected on Wednesday 22nd January 2003 by the media. An amazing amount of interest was shown and many live local radio broadcasts and interviews to the newspapers (national and local) were given. Whilst some newspapers set the scene by using widely inaccurate headlines we do believe looking at the report as a whole it certainly did nothing but good for the whole of the Industry. Creating a much higher profile and repeating the importance of good preventative pro-active rodent control cannot do us any harm! Hopefully, in the next few months questions may be asked in the various Parliaments and National Assemblies.

NEW CONTACT DETAILS

Our new address is as follows:
NPTA House,
Hall Lane,
Kinoulton,
Nottinghamshire
NG12 3EF.

Telephone 01949 81133
Fax 01949 823905.

Our E.mail address remains as officenpta@aol.com . However, please remember leave us with a name and address or a reply e-mail address so we can reply!

For far more information visit our ever-changing Website by typing in www.npta.org.uk Here you can download your own copy of the National Rodent Survey 2002 mentioned above.

Column written by J. Barrie Sheard - NPTA's Promotion Officer.

   
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