Business against Poverty’s Member of the Month:

By Anita Jaynes on 2 March, 2016

Business against Poverty (BaP) is a local community of business people who care about the issues of poverty and ethical standards. They are taking action through their charity People against Poverty, based in Trowbridge.

Each month we profile one of their members to find out more about them, what motivates them and why they support BaP.

This month BaP interviewed Adrian Chase, chair of North West Wilts branch of the Federation of Small Businesses and owner of Paper Chase is a book keeping and retail consultancy service based in Chippenham.

What motivates you?

Throughout my life I have had roles that might appear completely diverse to others looking on, only one thing has never changed and that is the idea of helping people in the way they think. In the corporate world this resulted in being motivated to gain promotion and thus gain more influence. This worked well for me until the culture changed and I could no longer operate in my way. This motivated me to become self employed, some six years ago, and it was something I had to do.

You could probably say ‘having influence’ motivates me so this is why I am active within the FSB as a branch chair and a regional treasurer and involved with 4Networking. You see people do fascinate me in the way that they approach life and business and so when I network with others I am looking to help people that are already thinking about what really motivates them.

What is your business philosophy?

Quite often people will say to me “so you are a business coach then Adrian” my answer to them is always “What I actually do is coach people that happen to have a business.” For me it is always people first and business second. I see my job as helping my clients to be in a better position to help others. I am very honest with myself in terms of who I can help which means I choose who I work with. I am proud of what my clients achieve and when I work with people I impress upon them that they need to make themselves their number one priority and in that way will be in a brilliant position to be able to help others. What I actually do is ‘remove resistance’ for people that have put up their own ‘thought barriers’ which stops progress. For myself and clients I work with we always have a ‘get out clause’ which is good for the relationship and means we can always remain friends.

Who do you admire the most?

I admire people that strive to meet their human needs in such a way that it doesn’t damage other people along the way, in fact they bring people with them and in turn enhance their lives. I guess someone like Richard Branson would be someone I admire. I have always admired how Val and Bill Huxley operate Business against Poverty as they actually help people to help others which enhances all our lives. This is why I joined.

Could you offer some advice to anyone thinking about whether their business would benefit from joining Business against Poverty?

There are many reasons why people might join Business against Poverty. From a purely business point of view you can use the logo to show social responsibility and there are events organised throughout the year you may wish to attend. I have benefited from attending an NLP Foundation Course run by a top NLP trainer and practitioner Dr. Sally Vance which was made affordable for me and others. It might be you like the idea of being a part of a community by networking with other business people. For me it is all these things and then when you attend the AGM and hear from people that have benefited, now that’s a really strong emotional reason to join.

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