Rentokil Initial awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation 2020


Rentokil Initial plc is delighted to announce that it has been awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation for Lumnia, the world’s first commercial range of insect light traps that use LED lighting rather than traditional fluorescent tubes, reducing energy usage by up to 70%. 

For decades, the global pest control industry has used traditional fluorescent tubes to attract flying insects into control units which are highly energy inefficient, unattractive and use tubes which contain mercury, therefore requiring careful waste disposal.

Lumnia was developed by Rentokil after 4 years of R&D. The UK-based innovation team began to look for alternatives which would not only be more environmentally friendly, but also more effective, as an increasing number of customers (such as food processing and pharmaceutical companies) required zero tolerance to flying insects which could contaminate production.?Units are installed on walls within customers' premises such as production facilities, restaurants, food retailers and offices. A typical supermarket might have 10 units placed close to key areas such as food counters.

Lumnia is available in over 50 countries and to date has sold over 100,000 units. 

In addition to the energy and emissions reduction, another benefit of our LED technology is that the horizontal reach of UV light emitted from the LED bulbs is 80% greater than traditional fluorescent tubes. This gives Lumnia a greater range over which it is attractive to flies while using less power.

This year’s award builds upon earlier success in 2017 when the Rentokil Initial was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for International Trade, and in 2018, when the company was awarded The Queen’s Award for Enterprise for Innovation for its PestConnect digital pest control system.

Andy Ransom, CEO of Rentokil Initial plc, said:

“Innovation is a core part of Rentokil Initial’s DNA and underlines our credentials as the global leader in pest control.?We’re delighted to have again been honoured with The Queen’s Award, which is recognition for the hard work and commitment of our colleagues across the world.”

Protecting public health

Left unmanaged, a small fly problem has the potential to develop into a severe infestation in a matter of days. Flying insects such as fruit flies, drain flies and ever-present house flies can transmit a multitude of different pathogens, causing significant risk to health and consequent impact on a business's staff, customers and its bottom line.?It is a persistent problem across many countries and industries with:

  • 11% of businesses reporting flies as a leading cause of staff illness
  • 64% of businesses worrying over compensation claims caused by flies

Data source: 2015 survey of 1,000 decision makers in global businesses by the Centre for Economic Research.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise

Now in its 54th year, the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise are the most prestigious business awards in the country. A five-year Grant of Appointment is awarded to recipient companies.?


Notes to editors:

Rentokil Initial plc

Rentokil Initial is one of the largest business services companies in the world, operating in 81 countries. The Company offers route-based services including Pest Control, Hygiene and Workwear through teams of local experts.

Rentokil is the world’s leading commercial pest control company.

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Malcolm Padley,
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