22nd September by Lawrence Jones
We have so much technology at our fingertips that it can feel impossible to disconnect. Think about it, how many hours this week have you spent in front a screen?
A journalist recently asked me if I ever just sit in front of the TV and bingewatch a series. I spent so much time looking at my phone or laptop, I can’t think of anything worse than getting home and staring at another screen!
21st September by Lawrence Jones
UKFast Campus – Manchester’s best workplace – has become a landmark in the city!
I am often asked why we commit so much time and energy to creating the unique workplace that we have at our UKFast Campus.
To traditional business minds, having a gym, crèche, steam room, two-storey slide, sleeping pods and the like makes no sense. To us, it makes perfect sense.
We’ve committed to designing an environment that’s not 100% office space....
20th September by Lawrence Jones
Today kickstarts a season of events from UKFast, all dedicated to eCommerce.
With today’s Manchester-based eCommerce Live, we launch into our latest drive to bring the eCommerce community together. In an era when it is so easy to communicate across the globe, often we forget to communicate with the people on our very doorstep.
I built the auditorium at UKFast Campus for this very reason – to bring people together. Since then we’ve held more...
19th September by Lawrence Jones
Aaron and I chatting with Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham about digital skills and shaping the future of Manchester’s young people.
You will often hear me saying that we cross paths with people for a reason; often we just don’t know what that reason is. Sometimes, we won’t know for years!
For example, a decade ago I played football with an absolute firecracker called Aaron. I have never seen more energy on the football field....
18th September by Lawrence Jones
There’s more to Monday motivation than a cup of coffee!
There’s a reason that #MondayMotivation trends at the start of the week, every week. Sometimes we need a little boost to head into the week on the right foot after the weekend. I’ve learned over the years that more often than not, if you need a real boost on a Monday, something needs to change. With that in mind, here are six ways to set...
15th September by Lawrence Jones
The team celebrating the end of a great week with Beer Friday at UKFast.
When was the last time you took a break today?
I was disappointed to read that more than half of workers in Manchester skip their lunch break completely. Not only that, on average, workers only take 33 minutes for their lunch break.
It’s just not enough! The research, by Workthere, also revealed that office employees eat at their desk four out...
14th September by Lawrence Jones
The dictionary defines an entrepreneur as:
“A person who sets up a business or businesses, taking on financial risks in the hope of profit.”
Entrepreneurs Richard Branson and Lawrence Jones playing chess on Necker
I don’t think this definition sums us up correctly. Entrepreneurs are more than people who set up businesses; we are wired differently. Entrepreneurs think differently. We behave differently. Whilst every business is different, as are the people behind them, there is...
13th September by Lawrence Jones
Bear with me. I appreciate that this is an unusual theme for a blog but there are opportunities to learn everywhere, particularly in stories.
My kids love Disney films and visiting Disney World, and one story stands out for me: Toy Story. We’ve seen it hundreds of times and every time I watch it, I pick up another of the messages hidden in the chaos of Andy’s childhood bedroom. So what can we learn from...
12th September by Lawrence Jones
Last year’s event brought together an extraordinary panel.
I’ve had the privileged position of sitting at the heart of the internet for the past 18 years. Through UKFast I’ve seen a shift from encouraging people to get online, ecommerce starting, speeding up the internet and ensuring those same people are safe online.
Nowadays you can set up a business with an internet connection and laptop or tablet. It’s that simple. But how do you make...
11th September by Lawrence Jones
At the Sale Sharks press day ahead of the season starting.
It was good to head back over to the AJ Bell Stadium over the weekend for the Sale Sharks’ first game of the season.
As main sponsor, we always have at least three tables full of family, friends, the UKFast team and our clients in the hospitality area. The atmosphere is fantastic and it’s always a memorable occasion to sit in the stands and...