Despite the negative impact of COVID-19 on the entire world in so many ways, the professional trained pest management industry has continued to show its resilience in so many ways.
The trained professional pest management community continues to attract inward financial investment, and in these very uncertain times is seen as a safe haven for investors. If we have learnt anything in the last year, it’s that recent events have shown just how fragile many industries are and how events that are out of anyone’s control can render them completely impotent. I for one feel immensely proud that my chosen industry – one that to the outside world may seem very low tech and uninteresting – has bucked the trend of so many others and continued to thrive and help others in times of COVID-19.
SME’s are the backbone of the economy in all countries across Europe and ultimately will be the source of the financial recovery in terms of job creation and tax revenue for government. The trained professional pest management industry is and continues to be largely made up of SME’s, and now more than ever it is time to seize the opportunity and take advantage of the focus on the fundamental role of SME’s to our economies.
For the last three years we have been on a mission to gain the official recognition we deserve and need as an industry. Both here in Europe and in other parts of the world the new catch phrase post-pandemic is “build back better”. As we see the pest management industry grow, particularly due to the impacts of climate change, increased urbanisation, and the need for a more sustainable future, I want to see us further embrace this philosophy.
I once again wish to express again my sincere thanks not only to the CEPA membership at large, the BOD and leaders and members of the working groups and sponsors but also to the COR who have been extraordinarily generous in their loan of facilities and general support. I also want to take this opportunity to thank those MEP’s and any other people who have contributed to the progress of our overall mission of official recognition of our important sector.
I wish you all a healthy and successful 2021 and beyond.
President of CEPA