The original Killgerm Company Limited was established in Cleckheaton in the north of England in 1893 by a group of industrial chemists to
manufacture carbolic acid derivatives. Its original products were sheep dips and phenolic disinfectants for agricultural and public health uses.
Over the years, the range expanded to include antiseptics, insecticides and rodenticides.
In 1976, following a management buy-out, it moved to new premises in the neighbouring town of Ossett, where it has remained ever since.
The Killgerm Group is now one of Europe’s leading suppliers of public health pest control products with operating companies in the UK,
Benelux, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the United States.
The company is privately owned; the shareholders are all directors working within the various group companies. It employs presently some
150 persons in 8 countries.
The main company is the Killgerm Group Limited.
Its function is to provide:
Overall management of the Group
The Group Board consists of five executive directors. Apart from the Chairman, the other executive directors are responsible for finance, marketing and commercial divisions. Jonathan Peck, the Chairman, and Raymond Harrop, the Commercial
Director have worked together since 1971; Sabra Fearon, the Marketing Director, joined the Group in 1993; and Peter Kitson, the Finance Director, joined in 2006. Rupert Broome joined the Group in June 2012 as Group Managing Director.
In addition, there are two non-executive directors, one of whom is a former finance director and the other is the Company lawyer.
The Group Board, which controls all assets, is responsible for allocating the group’s resources to the various operating companies.
All financial and accountancy functions
Human resource and legal functions
Marketing and public relation services
The Group Marketing Department is responsible for all marketing and PR functions. It consists of a design and multi-media studio where
all group printed and multi-media matter are produced in-house by qualified graphic designers. The marketing department also carries out
assignments for a number of outside companies as Albatross Marketing.
Part of the marketing department function is the running of a telephone marketing team. The team not only keeps customers up-to-date with
information about all the products within the group, it also carries out market surveys to ensure that the group’s product ranges meet customer
requirements at all times.
IT and computing facilities. In any business which depends on a high IT
input, there is a need for strong in-house expertise.
The Group employs its own IT staff, who is responsible for developing
systems to better serve the group’s needs and those of its customers.