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Chris Blake

Blake Geoservices Ltd
Dingwall,

Blake Geoservices is a small company which provides site investigation contracting services across Scotland. It was founded in 2006 by geologist, Chris Blake, from a base in Dingwall.

60-Second Interview

Who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
Like many young guys growing up, one of my biggest heroes was my dad. Apart from him, I was very keen on basketball so a big hero of mine was Michael Jordan, but I'm probably showing my age now by saying that!
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
It was the realisation that I could do the job I was doing, but for myself and form my own benefit. It wasn't a ground-breaking idea, but I was just in the right place at the right time.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
The first £10 I ever made was working as an Indian takeaway in Dingwall. I had a job in the kitchen peeling onions.
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
When I set up my business I was 24 and although I was confident in my own abilities, it was sometimes challenging convincing established clients that I knew what I was talking abut and had the skills and capabilities to do what was required in a professional manner.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
I have a network of people who support me through tough times. I have a very close family that work alongside me in shared premises. I've also got a series of business advisers, one of whom was appointed to me through the Prince's Trust when I was 24 and I'm still in regular contact with her.
What is it that gets you out of bed in the morning?
I have a four year old boy so it is normally him that gets me out of bed in the morning but working in the construction industry means that we tend to start early and finish early.
How do you define success?
I define success in business terms as generating profits; reinvesting profits back into the business; having good employees; and providing excellent customer relations.
Where do you see your business in 5 years' time?
I can see my business diversifying and expanding into other sectors and industries, such as digging bore holes for water supplies and quarrying or piling. However, on a personal level, I would also like to start up a new business and try something completely different.
If youo could give your 'teenage self' one piece of advice, what would it be?
I would advise my teenage self to spend less time in bed, get up early and grab life by the horns.
If you could have any one person on your business contact list, who would that person be and why?
I'm also a director of a company called WoodBlocX, which has Peter Jones from the BBC programme, Dragon's Den, as a director, so I like to think that with him onboard we've already got a pretty good business contact list.