We sat down with Belron International to discuss their what life is like at their company, with questions focusing on TalentRocket’s “culture badges”
Can you tell us a bit more about your offices, what are they like?
When we moved to our Milton Park office 6 years ago it was a blank canvas, and our new working environment was designed by our employees – from the type of coffee we drink to the chairs that we sit in.
Milton Park is in a stunning setting and we respect the natural environment that our office sits in. Our grounds are home to a beehive, bird boxes and a bug hotel. We also have a vegetable garden that supplies our restaurant. We constantly seek to reduce our impact on the environment through recycling and energy conservation.
We have a 1km trim trail around our grounds and a bike shed for those choosing to cycle to work or as well as a fitness suite, table tennis and a range of activities from boot camp to pilates and meditation. Our restaurant, the Glasshouse, serves delicious and nutritious, locally sourced and freshly prepared food.
Our offices are a great place to have fun – from our summer street party for the Queen’s birthday to decorating the building for the Olympics or football World Cup!
How does Belron approach charitable giving?
We aim to do the right thing every day and to ensure we behave with integrity in everything that we do. This isn’t an initiative within Belron, it is what we believe in and aspire to. Whatever your skills, there’s a way for everyone to be involved.
We have a dedicated Giving Back team and last year raised over £21,000 for the White Lodge Centre, our charity partner (as voted by employees), which provides a range of activities and opportunities for disabled children, young people and adults, their families and carers. We don’t stop at fundraising – we also donate equipment and at times our employees help out with practical tasks such as gardening and painting.
Doing good has no limits at Belron – just a few examples include: giving full use of our conference suite and provided catering to the Surrey Wildlife Trust for its AGM; our IT team spent a team day on an environmental challenge, helping out the Wildlife Trust; all employees are entitled to a paid day off a year for volunteering; matched fundraising for employees undertaking a fundraising activity for a charity of their choice.
The Belron Group globally supports South African charity Afrika Tikkun and all Belron International employees are invited to take part in our annual triathlon event and family fun day in aid of Afrika Tikkun. Options include a half marathon, different triathlon distances, a 5k fun run and even a scootathlon for the kids. This fantastic and inspiring day brings colleagues closer together, gets the whole family involved and raises money for a great cause.
Can you tell us about your team culture?
Our working environment is truly collaborative. We have lots of areas for informal chats, both inside and outside. We all sit in open plan offices, including the CEO and directors, which means that we have great access to our leaders and encourages us to work in a really collaborative way.
Life at Belron is about more than just the nine to five. It’s about a community of people that enjoy what they do and the positive culture we’ve created. For instance, every summer we open the doors to our business, giving employees and their families the opportunity to enjoy a fun-packed day with colleagues at our annual Spirit of Belron Challenge event . It all helps to build a sense of unity that’s often overlooked by big businesses.
New employees are invited to join an informal lunch with Jo Steel, Head of People & Leadership. This is a really interactive session where Jo talks about Belron and the journey to transforming the business into being a purpose led organisation. This takes place within their first few months with us.
Tech is something that is very important to a lot of candidates, how do you approach technology at Belron International?
We have really embraced new ways of getting our people engaged with technology and the digitalisation of our business. This starts with personal technology, which we want people to use in a way that really works for them. We have a ‘Bring Your Own Device’ scheme that allows employees to choose their own phone, provider and contract while receiving an allowance from the company, while ‘Chose Your Own Device’ gives employees a choice of laptops or tablets in order to suit their own needs and preferences. We love gadgets, and every employee is offered a choice of Fitbits as part of our wellbeing programme. We try to make things easy and have Apple TV in most meeting rooms so you can airplay content from your Mac or iDevice. We have also introduced apps in support of our big employee events, to help with everything from sharing agendas and other information.
We take the challenge of finding new sources of innovation seriously, and recently held our first ever startup accelerator, Drive, to work with startup businesses that can supercharge the service we provide, and introduce new ways of improving our business.
We are driving real changes in the way we approach the delivery of our IT systems – we embraced the cloud 4 years ago, and have an AWS ‘Cloud Ninja’ leading our IT transformation team, we deliver most projects using the Kanban agile delivery approach, we are very active in supporting the business through prototyping of solutions mostly through our monthly hackathon programme. The challenge given to the IT team was to “always do things the new way we think will be better, rather than the old way we know will work but doesn’t help us learn”.
A huge thanks to Belron International for their honest and open responses. If you would like to work for them, or see more about their culture then follow them on TalentRocket here for job alerts and more.