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Blogs from Lawrence Jones

Invested in Data


Theresa May is set to launch her industrial strategy during her first visit as PM to the North West later today and I couldn’t be happier that she’s chosen our region to lay out those plans. Why? Because Manchester and the North West are fast becoming the UK’s hub of technology and innovation. Whilst I’ve been on a mission for many years to ensure that Manchester is Britain’s answer to Silicon Valley, visits like this...

Brutal Honesty


How honest are you? It is an interesting question, isn’t it? With Donald Trump hitting the headlines less for his historic inauguration and more for his spinning of the truth, honesty is high on the agenda right now. We’ve discussed passion and humility, strength and tenacity as key leadership qualities and I think we take honesty as a given – don’t you? I believe in transparency, in sharing what’s happening in the business and plans...

Read All About It


Where do you get your news from? When we read the paper, we read stories that are selected and edited to compile pages of stories that we can trust to be well researched and truthful. The same applies to watching the news on TV; when we turn into the BBC for the ten o’clock news bulletin, we can expect to see a neutral representation of all the important things happening in the world right now....

Generation Why


Do you employ Millennials? Although I couldn’t personally attend yesterday’s North West Business Insider event in Manchester, which looked the value of Generation Y in the workplace, it is a topic that is very close to my heart. This generation, the oldest of whom turned 30 two years ago, make up by far the largest part of our team at UKFast. In fact, the average age in our offices is around 28. These younger people...

Hard Brexit


What did you think of the Prime Minister’s speech yesterday? I welcome the greater clarity that came from yesterday’s speech, as I’m sure every other business leader in the country does. I also fear we’re still looking at a long road ahead of us with Brexit negotiations likely to take another two years. I hope that, in the process of finding a Britain that works for us all, the tech industry will not be left...

Making It Count


Today, on what would have been The Greatest’s 75th birthday, I’m reminded of one my favourite Muhammad Ali quotes: “Don’t count the days, make the days count.” Once you have set yourself a goal, you need to spend time on working towards achieving it. Change will not come unless you set the wheels in motion. One thing I know for sure is that there is no point in sitting back and counting the days for...