Adam Tofts (Business manager) and Jennifer Clark (Commodity Risk Analyst) helped Papi’s Pickles with the development of their financial model.
Jennifer said: "In the first formal meeting, we discussed the ultimate vision for Papi’s Pickles ; we focused on the dream outcome for the business and how to get there. I learnt to listen carefully to the reasons behind creating the social enterprise and realised quickly that profit wasn’t always the key driver of their business activities. Empowering Sri Lankan and South Indian women was at the heart of Abi’s business idea so training and business skills for these women were important in any decision making."
“Overall I thoroughly enjoyed working with Papi’s Pickles and I’m sure this relationship will continue in the future as Abi decides to take on new projects or start new businesses! I encourage anyone who is deciding whether or not to become an advisor to join and just offer your honest opinion and guidance; sometimes that’s all the motivation required to turn a good business into a great one”.
Although the programme officially lasts for 6 months, many BP employees continue volunteering as they have formed strong connections with the enterprise and want to be involved in the enterprise going forward. It not only grows the enterprise, but it also grows BP’s employees. Volunteers have fed back to say that they have learning new perspectives, approaches and understanding smaller businesses better as some of the personal benefits, as well as growing their leadership, communication, coaching, project management, and technical skills.