Biz Extra

Published: July 2, 2020 | Updated: July 4, 2020

B.A. Baracus in the A-Team, bodyboarding, New Zealand, melon and spicy Thai red curry…

By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

He describes himself as a ‘beach bum’ at heart and also a total social butterfly, would like to get a better work-life balance, sees red at some accountancy firms and wants to be remembered for being a nice guy, funny man and someone who was sincere and cared about people.  

Chris Grubb, Virtual Finance Director of Bournemouth-based Inform Perform, takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Chris is also our first interviewee to tell us his answers via YouTube. See it  here.

Question: What is your favourite TV show?

Answer: You’re starting with a tough one there because I’ve got two children at home so have not been able to watch anything I’ve wanted to watch in about five years. Maybe, Have I Got News For You, if that’s even still on?

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: There’s got to be some comedy value to this one so, how about B.A. Baracus in the A-Team van? In fact, that should be my favourite TV programme too.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Working with different people each day. I’m a total social butterfly. I love working with different teams. I work in each office enough to know everyone quite well, but never so much that I get bored.

Q: And the worst…?

A: Oh wow. Careful what I say here. I genuinely do love my job. I guess the long hours I have to work some days. Especially in regards to managing my own business too. It would be nice to get a better work life mix, I’d say.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: I was really into bodyboarding in my teens, so probably some of the pro body boarders from the 90’s like Mike Stewart and Jay Reale.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: I actually lost my sense of smell for about three years, so my answer to this will probably come from a slightly different angle to most. When you lose your smell, you generally lose your sense of taste too. So a bit of a twist, but my favourite smell is probably either Thai or Indian curry, because it means I can taste it now, too!

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A: I know embarrassingly little about Dorset given that I grew up here. I’m a beach bum at heart so I think my favourite beach around here is Hengistbury by the beach huts. Although it’s a bit of a hard slog of a walk home at the end of the day.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Learning on the job. Gain your experience through new projects. And network. Look to pick up work through your connections. Don’t bother filling out job applications, it’s a waste of everyone’s time.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A: Very first tape would have been Michael Jackson: Bad, I think. It was sold out in the shops for weeks, and so we had to go on a waiting list at WH Smith.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Other than my children, I’m guessing. It’s got to be accounting firms that charge fixed fees for their services and every task remains somewhere between incomplete and bodge job, and it’s me that has to fix it for free inevitably. It doesn’t make me angry just always so disappointing to be a part of.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: I love music. I’m an Indie man at heart. I’m really into Alt-J at the moment or Radiohead back in the day.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Positive and optimistic. People will talk about being able to work with someone but for me it’s far more than that. I want to want to be around them and I look forward to them coming into work. And I think that’s the same for me and my clients. It’s imperative that people like me, and want to work with me.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Spicy red Thai curry or any Thai dish.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Melon, definitely. Or any fruit.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: Being able to cycle to work safely and having everything on your doorstep. I think my longest commute is probably 20 minutes.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: I would love to see sustainability put truly at the top of the agenda. Ahead of everything else. I’d love to see a lot more commonsense within policy and across industries and supply chains too. Rather than just to the benefit of the big corporates.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A: It’s got to be the accounting industry in general. There’s a lot of small accounting firms who believe delivering a newsletter once monthly is enough value for their clients.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: I would love to do a lot more travelling. I think New Zealand would be top of the list.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Other than the face of Dorset Biz News, certainly still in business I hope. I genuinely love what I do. I’ve come to realise that it’s the journey that makes me happiest. I would love to give more back to the business community, probably through business mentoring or perhaps sit on the board of a few charities or schools.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Probably the same as everyone. Being a nice guy and funny man, maybe. Someone who was sincere and cared about people. I think being remembered as a great business leader or entrepreneur would be quite far down the list.