Gijs Coppoolse

"The work I do is still great fun"

I started working for Bever Innovations on 1 September 1999. Before that, I worked for some time as a plumber in the construction industry. Working in this industry I soon realised that physically I would not be able to do this for the rest of my life. I started looking for another job, which I found at Bever Innovations. The atmosphere was immediately pleasant and the working conditions were good too. What appealed to me most, was the small and close-knit group of people. But also the common ambition to make Bever Innovations a big and innovative player.

As an engineer, I became responsible for automating the price signs at filling stations. In recent years, the (safety) regulations in this area have changed enormously. In addition, many new technologies and systems have been added to Bever's product portfolio, such as new LED canopy downlights and LED Screens. The organisation has also grown considerably. This demanded new employees, both in the field and in the sales- and development departments. I have seen Bever Innovations develop from a close-knit club of 6-8 people into an international player with over 50 workers, based all over the world. But also into a household name in the petrol retail market. I am delighted to have been able to contribute to that development.

When I started at Bever Innovations, I was 18 years old. I did not yet have a drivers’ license, and travelled every day by public transport from Schore (a village near Goes, ed.) to Zierikzee. I have since moved to Friesland, but I still drive my bus from one petrol station to the next. I am very pleased that I was able to continue working for Bever Innovations after I moved. I have been taking care of all maintenance in the northern provinces for about 10 years now. A win-win for the company and for me. I still really enjoy the work I do. As long as I stay healthy, I am more than happy to continue.