20th April by Lawrence Jones
Are high street stores past their shelf-life? Another high street giant has this week announced bad news. Debenhams reported an 85% slump in profits. The downturn follows the news that a stream of retailers are closing their doors and cutting jobs including Toys R Us and Maplin, whilst New Look and CarpetRight have announced store closures.
So what’s going wrong? Are we just not shopping on the high street anymore?
When you look at this...
19th April by Lawrence Jones
Meetings on the mountain!
There are very few things that are equal in life, but there is one thing that we all share: time. It’s our most valuable asset, yet all too often we are careless about how we spend it.
Interestingly, this week Elon Musk called for people to walk out of meetings to improve productivity at Tesla. Car production at the firm has famously been slower than expected and the leaked email from...
18th April by Lawrence Jones
Some of UKFast’s apprentices with one of our former school teachers, Arlene.
What is the most important ingredient of success?
It’s simple – helping the next generation to grow. You and your business cannot have a legacy if there is no one to continue the work you’re doing to change the world.
So hearing that some employers are exploiting apprenticeships by delivering programmes with limited skills and duties like pot-washing is incredibly concerning.
17th April by Lawrence Jones
Claire completing the marathon – image from @manchestermarathon on Twitter.
I remember writing about health and technology earlier in the year for a column in Business Cloud magazine. In it I mentioned one of my favourite innovations: the ReWalk robotic exoskeleton device and a remarkable woman using it for real good.
Ultimately, the device enables people with paralysis to walk again. The innovation enabled Claire Lomas MBE to become the first person to complete the...
13th April by Lawrence Jones
What does it take to be an entrepreneur? What’s the secret of success? How do you make a million?
I must receive hundreds of messages via social media each week asking these questions and more. That’s why I write these posts, in the hope of answering some of your questions and helping you on your journey.
Having spent 30 years in business, I have learned some truly valuable lessons. And, honestly, I’ve made some mistakes...
12th April by Lawrence Jones
Media interviews at UKFast.
When did clicks become more important than the news story itself?
Reading through the headlines today or scrolling through social media, it is hard to see one positive story. Instead articles are sensationalised to the point of completely changing the actual story itself. Where is the line drawn between sensationalised content and fake news?
Surely when we’re in a so-called ‘Post Truth Era’ it is common sense that the traditional media...
11th April by Lawrence Jones
Mark Zuckerberg has been speaking to Congress this week in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
When did we let the ‘big four’ tech companies take over so much of our world?
When you reach out to friends, do you use Facebook? If you need something delivered quickly, do you use Amazon? When you need to know the answer to that question at the back of your mind, do you Google it? And, are...
10th April by Lawrence Jones
Indulging my creative side in the studio at UKFast.
So, you’re about to go into that big presentation. You’re prepped. Your slides are ready. The adrenaline is flowing. You’re ready.
Then you walk into the room and deliver a presentation you’re proud of.
How do you react to feedback? To criticism?
As a creative, these situations can leave you feeling vulnerable. You’re presenting your work to the world and that work, regardless of what it actually is,...
5th April by Lawrence Jones
Time out building snowmen with the family.
I often talk about the importance of taking a break and how important this is for mental health and, ultimately, success. But, do you ever grant yourself that time?
There’s a common misconception in the business arena that you have to work every hour of the day to be successful. Whilst you absolutely have to put in an extraordinary amount of work and make sacrifices, especially in the...
2nd April by Lawrence Jones
I was interested to read that China has imposed tariffs of up to 25% on 128 US imports, like pork and wine, following American President Donald Trump’s move to raise duties on foreign steel and aluminium imports.
This is a trade war where the Chinese have more to lose. Look at the graph at the bottom of the linked article. This means if both countries squeeze each other with tax increases, it directly inhibits people...