I was lucky enough to interview Michael Coates for the BeGlad Movement back in 2018. He is a lovely caring and pro-active guy who has set up his business on strong ethical values. He joined the military at the age of 16. After leaving the armed forces he went on to become a fire-fighter before setting up his own pest control business with his friend Des. To add to that repertoire he now hosts an award winning podcast called Declassified.
Michael was meant to be presenting at the recent Facebook for veterans event but couldn’t attend at the last minute due to a close family member falling ill. Family first, this is the kind of guy Michael is. Obviously I was gutted not to meet him in person but thrilled to see a copy of his book on every seat for the delegates to take home with them. A book I had been meaning to buy for a while.
I love this book because it gives, gives, gives. The start is all about being business savvy, defining the foundations of your business, the importance on interdependence and good leadership skills, all with a military twist. The second half is all about recognition and elimination of household pests. On the surface may seem odd as Michael and Des run a pest control business called Combat Pest. Surely they don’t want to put themselves out of business? No, but they do strongly believe that everyone should have the right to live in a pest free environment. They recognise that not everyone can afford to use pest control services and that council budgets are falling. With increased urbanisation and reduced rubbish collections etc the chances of infestations are on the rise, especially for those in social housing. By providing the information and structure necessary for the average person to be able to fend off the most common of pests themselves they hope to ease the rise of pest infestations in the neighbourhoods around us.
This book is packed with not only thought provoking information but solid, actionable and practical steps. It is tempting to give you a synopsis of each section but I really think you should buy the book and have a read yourself. You won’t be disappointed. There is a lot of sound advice, why interdependence is important, what lead Michael and Des to start the Combat Pest business, their ethos and values that underpin the success of their business. And at their very core, the primary unshakable mission, they want to help, both their customers and the people they work with, and they do this by employing veterans, reservists and family members of serving soldiers.
The biggest revelation for me when I first came across Michael via the Declassified podcast and his business, which I really want to draw your attention to, is the fact that small businesses can have a big impact on global issues. Through working with Buy 1 Give 1 Combat Pest Control are able to positively influence the lives of street children in Afghanistan. Each domestic job completed results in one day of education being gifted. Commercial projects contribute to the training of African pouched rats by APOPO to detect landmines and curb the injury rate to innocent people, especially children who are likely to set them off by accident when playing. Having set up in business to achieve a primary objective – to help other people, I think this has 100% been achieved.
To find out more please follow these links.
Combat Pest Control
Buy 1 Give 1
The BeGlad Movement
@PollyCharnley is a coach, mentor and NLP Practitioner. She is also the founder of the @BeGladMovement.