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The Perfect Job Interview


The New Year can be a time for change. That could mean new goals, a new style or even a career change. January is the peak time for career moves and job hunting. Perhaps that’s because when you’re setting your new year’s resolutions and goals, you’re inspired to want more. According to the Telegraph, the number of Brits looking for a new role jumped by 64% last January compared with the rest of the year....

Time Wasting


When you have a deadline, how do you approach it? Are you a planner who sets out what needs to happen step by step, scheduling it in? Or do you wait until the last moment and rush to get the job done on time? Have you ever found yourself with a looming deadline and instead you’re doing something significantly easier and more enjoyable instead? I watched an interesting TED Talk recently about procrastination that really...

Without a Word


Physiology starts with how you feel inside, this is then reflected in the way you hold yourself and the way that you communicate. If you’re hunched in a meeting looking down at your hands, you may come across nervous or disinterested. If your shoulders are back and your head is held high, you give off a considerably different impression. There’s a great deal that we give away without ever saying a word. Body language a...

Not-So-Blue Monday


Detox waters, fresh breakfasts, superfood salads and smoothies are all on the menu for the UKFast team this week. It’s the time of year again; the day when we’re all told to feel sad, Blue Monday. According to the Guardian, the day was coined by the psychologist Cliff Arnall in 2005 after a publicist at a British holiday company persuaded him to create a “scientific formula” to find out “the most depressing day of the...

Taking Time to Listen


The panel at one of the UKFast GDPR Webinars. One of the greatest strengths you can have is listening to others. Hearing what people have to say and taking their knowledge on board is so simple but it can give you the advantage as an entrepreneur. I remember years ago launching UKFast Round Tables with Jonathan, our Enterprise MD who was then leading the communications team for UKFast. We would invite experts from across the...

A Royal Visitor


HRH Prince Edward visits UKFast. Today we’ve been honoured to have HRH The Earl of Wessex visit UKFast. As part of a visit to Manchester Prince Edward spent a few hours touring the office and meeting a very excited UKFast team. It was extraordinary to see just how much time The Prince spent chatting with people and getting to know what they do in the business and beyond. It shows just how interested the Royal...

A Piece of the Pi


The UKFast Raspberry Pi cafe at Broadoak It’s a new year but the conversation remains around the skills gap. How can we equip young people with the skills they need for the future workplace? Figures released in July 2017 by the Learning and Work Institute show that the skills gap could cost the UK economy £90bn a year by 2024. It could also leave 4.2m highly skilled roles unfilled. But it is not just limited...

Doing Things Differently


One of the groups working through an exercise at the Tony Robbins Workshop at UKFast After our Breakthrough! The first week of January is the perfect time to share a podcast about motivation that I did late last year. Back in November, I flew motivation guru Tony Robbins’ team over to UKFast Campus to inspire the whole UKFast team. Tony has been a great source of inspiration over the years. He created the number one...

Full Speed


“I began to realise how important it was to be an enthusiast in life. If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Luke warm is no good.” Roald Dahl Passion is so incredibly important in business, and in anything you set out to achieve. There is nothing more frustrating to me than...

How to Set Goals


Goal setting is the single most important thing you can do when you return from any break. For most of us, today is the first day back in the office after the festive period and, if social media is to be believed, many of us have overindulged and need another break just to recover! With that in mind, it is all too easy to fall into the January blues and become demotivated. Despite the assumption...

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Saying Goodbye


If there is a secret to success, I think it’s fundamentally far simpler than some people would have you believe. Throughout my life there have been a number of events that I have seen as clear signals, each one hitting home to remind me just what is important. These lessons come when you least expect them but they are here to teach us invaluable things about ourselves, our future and how we go about shaping...

10 Tips For Blue Monday


Taking some time out with my dog Indie in one of my favourite places in Wales. Whether you believe it or not, tomorrow is now regarded as the day in the year that most people are at their lowest point. If you dig a bit deeper as one of the journalists in my communications team did, Blue Monday as it’s now known, was the brain child of a PR firm who invented the concept to...

FastForward


The planned extended auditorium at UKFast Campus. If there was a space in Manchester 19 years ago with rolling monthly contracts, access to TV and recording studios, an events space and telephone and reception services, it would have been paradise for Gail and I. Back then we were in the position of making the huge step from a home business to taking up space in an office in the city centre. The commitment of a...

How to Kickstart Your 2018


We’re a week into the new year, the Christmas decorations are down and the January sales are in full swing. So, are you feeling motivated for the year ahead or are you struggling to get motivated?  It’s a long month, it’s a long time until payday and whilst the festivities are all over, that doesn’t mean you have to give in to the blues.  Over the years I have stuck to a really simple plan. This year...

Moments That Matter


The team getting into the festive spirit! As the piano played and kids lined up to get their gift from Santa, it all became clear that these are the moments that matter in life and in business. Looking around the room, it is hard to believe that the mass of people are all a part of the UKFast Family. I still see us as this small group from the early days! Now there are hundreds...

If You Can Do, Teach!


Laura on court The best way to become an expert is to teach. In my early days I moved from being a salesman at UKFast to managing a sales team. I spent years selling and all too quickly I found myself in a completely different position. It was a huge transition and the greatest lesson I learned at that time is that success lies in preparation. Motivating a team and teaching them what I know forced...

Generation Game


Kickstarting the Tony Robbins Business Results workshop Walking through Green Park this morning with two future tech entrepreneurs, I asked them: “So, what is a business?” I got many answers back but eventually, after walking through the leaves and talking, we distilled the answers down to: “A business is something that solves people’s problems; something that creates a better environment for the people who work in it, its customers and the surrounding community.” I know...

Mind Your Own Business


I spotted on Twitter that it’s #InternationalMensDay. I also noticed it just so happens to be #WorldToiletDay today too. Beautifully timed, or someone somewhere is trying to send us men a subliminal message of “convenience.” It’s no laughing matter when you read that 76% of all suicides are men and 97% of workplace deaths are men. 70% of the homeless population are men. Suicide is the biggest killer of men under 35. Summer Jones Putting a...

Key Moments


In the blowing winds on the way to the top of Mount Snowdon. Every now and then you make a big mistake, this weekend was one such occasion.  Heading to Wales with Gail quite late into Saturday evening, we pulled into the petrol station a few miles from our house in Wales where the team were already waiting for us. Whilst Gail went in to get some provisions, I topped the car up with petrol....

Calling it a Day


When I first came to Manchester I stayed with a family for the first few months. They were family friends of ours and they had a son. He was a good friend.  The earliest memories I have of growing up are of playing with him, from as young as five years old. We had great fun! But, as we grew up and began to carve our own careers, inevitably we drifted apart and didn’t see...