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Blogs from Lawrence Jones

Best Companies Secret Formula


It didn't always look like this at UKFast. UKFast is a culmination of ideas, a pastiche of discoveries from businesses and entrepreneurs across the globe.   We had quite a rocky start. Neither Gail or myself had a blue print or experience of what we really needed to do. I had a number of ideas from my short stint at Granada of what I didn't want to do; I'd worked there after they acquired my first very...

Manchester's Greatest Workplace


Wow. To be in the Sunday Times Best Company to Work For is a tremendous honour, to be named the number one workplace in Manchester and the fifth best workplace in the country is absolutely incredible. Travelling home from our family holiday last night, I got the news from the UKFast team – we were fifth! Our previous best position has been 25 and last year we were 32nd in the Small Companies list, so...

Entrepreneur: Five Ways to Reduce Stress


Setting up and running a business can be incredibly stressful. Managing time, having to be everything to everyone and juggling so many responsibilities is invariably going to take its toll. I’ve learned a few lessons over the years that help me remove stress from the equation these days. Of course, I am still learning, but here are the lessons I’ve learned so far.   Don’t take life too seriously. There is so much of life...

Question Time


What is the strangest question you’ve ever been asked in a job interview? The UKFast team were featured on BBC Breakfast this morning to discuss this very question. It is fascinating to hear that although everyone has a different answer, they’re all along the same theme: unusual questions that you can’t prepare for. Invariably these questions put people on the spot, but it’s not about catching someone out. You can never get a true picture...

No Phone Zone


Could you put down your phone and leave it for an hour? Would you be comfortable not having your phone out on the dinner table? A new study by a university in Hungary has shown that mobile phones are used as a substitute for real human interaction – in the same way that babies can be comforted by a blanket when they’re away from their parents. The participants in the study showed signs of stress...

Uber


I was shocked to read about a former Uber employee’s experience at the company – it certainly doesn’t set the greatest example for the technology industry when one of its fastest-growing names is hitting the headlines for all of the wrong reasons. Uber aside, I believe that the only way to stop sexism in the workplace is to have a balanced number of women and men right across all aspects of the business. This way...