What does it mean to be part of the Business against Poverty movement? Can membership make a tangible positive difference to your company, your team and your future?

In our latest member showcase interview, we speak with Rob Beale, Director of Rob Beale Limited, a Platinum Business against Poverty headline member. Rob tells us why he has been part of this purpose-driven business community for over a decade and counting, and also provides some sound advice for business owners facing challenging times.

 

Q: Can you tell us a little about your business – who are you, where you’re based and what you do?

 “Rob Beale Limited is based on the Wiltshire / Dorset border and specialises in two areas: septic tank and liquid waste emptying, and the provision of temporary facilities for event and private hire. The company was first set up in 1986 as an agricultural haulage business; over the years we have diversified our offering to establish a firm reputation for special waste handling. We employ 17 members of staff and have now supported thousands of customers – both individuals and commercial firms alike.”

 

Q: What does Rob Beale Limited do best?

 “We pride ourselves ourselves on the prompt and courteous service that we provide, and on always giving our customers a fast and personal response. Quality is the most important driver for us as a business; we’re a professional outfit with an experienced team that can provide support at scale and solve problems in the right way.”

 Q: What types of customers do you work with?

 “Our customers span all the way from Wiltshire and Somerset to Dorset and Hampshire. The majority of our customers on the septic tank side of the business are homeowners, while on the temporary facilities front, we are currently mainly supporting smaller building firms on construction sites across the region, providing portable toilets to workers as the construction sector continues to ramp up.”

Q: How long have you been a Business against Poverty member?

“We first joined Business against Poverty either 13 or 14 years ago; the years roll by so quickly. I originally made the easy decision to join after meeting Val [Huxley, CEO and co-founder] while as a member of the Entrepreneurs’ Circle; as soon as I met Val, her passion for alleviating poverty shone through and it was a natural fit for me. Her philosophy fitted with my Christian faith and how I run my business.”

 Q: Why did you choose to join the Business against Poverty movement?

 “I made the decision to join after being made aware of the conditions that so many are forced to live in around the world – yet it was going on a People against Poverty awareness trip to Romania alongside my wife that the reality of the situation really hit home to me. Experiencing the conditions, first-hand, of these communities, how little money and belongings they have, really impacted me.”

Q: What would you say are the biggest benefits of being part of this community?

“I’ve met some great people during my time as a Business against Poverty member; whenever we get together as a community, it’s always good to connect with like-minded people. I’ve enjoyed attending a few of Business against Poverty’s Gala events in the past too and they’re always a great celebration.”

 Q: Would you recommend Business against Poverty membership?

“Absolutely – for me, it’s the right thing to do as a business owner, if you can. People against Poverty directly supports so many people across many different countries, and Business against Poverty helps to make positive change possible.”

Q: Lastly, is there any advice that youd give to other businesses right now?

“As a business, we were hit hard by the first lockdown when public events and gatherings were cancelled, but we have weathered the storm and are focused on the future. My advice for any business owner right now is to plan sensibly for when growth will come; keep an eye on the overheads while also making sure you’re prepared and ready for the right opportunities when they come your way.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business against Poverty is an accredited membership community. Its members directly support the humanitarian work of People against Poverty – a registered, independent charity that aims to help alleviate poverty and suffering around the world. People against Poverty’s projects are designed to empower greater self-sufficiency, give new hope and build a more sustainable future. Join a movement for change today: businessagainstpoverty.com

Interview conducted by Business against Poverty trustee Ben Veal, Second Mountain Comms