Are you up for a challenge?
Whether you are a prospective client, a client, a member of the UKFast team or even someone aspiring to join our great organisation, you are a valued person in our eyes and I challenge you to help us improve UKFast.
Our leadership style is certainly an unusual one and it does break conventions.
A great many organisations take their leadership courses from the Army and employ Ex-Army Officers to help develop a strong style and well defined sense of leadership.
Like many businesses before us, we did at one point in our history follow a similar route employing a top trainer from Sandhurst, the Officer Training Academy. And yes, we have found some very useful tools which help deliver excellence and build spirit, but at the same time a huge amount of what we do is developed from within and also influenced by a wide variety of sources.
Our leadership is about challenge. Are you up for the challenge? Are you looking for a business that is going to grow and develop far faster than any other business in the UK? If you are, it is highly likely that your business or career is developing at a fast rate of knots too. Consequently you will benefit from partnering with UKFast.
As a graduate or new recruit, you are recruited on the basis of your attributes and values, but you are also regarded as a blank canvas. During your first two weeks at UKFast you are immersed in our Academy. Part of your initiation involves time in our training centre in North Wales, where you will go through the exact training and team building every team member has done before you. The training centre, called Castell Cidwm, is an old hotel and a jewel in the Snowdonian National Park. Gail and I bought it in 2008 and alongside the training facility it's an excellent get away for strategic thinking.
As a client you are only a phone call away from myself or the other directors. I take a lot of pride in helping others. If you genuinely want help we run a series of private round tables and events which are exclusively for friends of UKFast where you can rub shoulders with other top entrepreneurs and find out just what makes the finest entrepreneurs tick. Whatever stage in your business career, this is something you might want to consider. If you are a small business aspiring for your first million, mid sized or even large, I always make time for the people around me and aim to inspire people to reach the next level of their journey.
I'm never happier than when I have a heavy pack on my back, carrying everyones provisions up the mountains. I have a passion for the outdoors and taking people (including myself) well outside of their comfort zones. Jim Collins writes about 'level 5 leaders', people who aren't overtly, outwardly confident, but work hard to empower the people around them. I consistently look to improve myself in order to fit this mould.
Friends and leaders who inspire me include Richard Branson, John Timpson, Chet Holmes and Tony Robbins.
Thanks for visiting our website - Lawrence Jones - CEO, UKFast
17th June by Lawrence Jones
Some of the incredible children at the UKFast Breakfast Club at Holy Name RC in Moss Side.
Our future is in the hands of the next generation. It’s that simple.
So, when I heard that the number of children living in poverty surged by 100,000 to 4.1 million in just one year, my heart sank.
Children across the country are going to school without the absolute basics. I’m not talking about unclean uniforms, worn shoes...
10th June by Lawrence Jones MBE
It’s often said that bad luck happens in threes. Whilst I am not superstitious, this year has been particularly challenging.
At the beginning of the year we had my Uncle Phil’s funeral, an amazing man, and whilst it is always a huge blow losing someone special, he was 105, so it was expected.
Pretty much straight after that, a few days into our holidays with our kids in the Maldives, we then learned...
3rd June by Lawrence Jones
With Gail, UKFast marketing director Kristina, and Jacqueline de Rojas.
If you are striving to be the best in anything, whether that’s in sport, business, music or life, your journey requires a degree of sacrifice. And sacrifice doesn’t mean sitting on the sidelines believing in something, however passionately; sacrifice means dedicating your life to making a significant difference.
That means there will be times when it’s quite lonely and there’s inevitably a lot of discomfort,...
27th May by Lawrence Jones
With two of our teachers and apprentice Tinisha.
Reading that there has been a 24% drop in the number of people starting in-work training, I can’t help but feel that Britain has somewhat lost its way with higher education.
Just a couple of years ago there was a huge drive towards changing the face of apprenticeships. Families were coming around to the idea that university was no longer the only option for young people after...
20th May by Lawrence Jones MBE
Everyone loves a special occasion. Events that bring people together are always the most fun. To have one that manages to do that across the globe is unusual, let alone the country. Yesterday’s Royal Wedding was one of those rare occurrences that meant something special to so many people around the world, not just to the direct family members and the bride and groom.
What I love about the story is that it’s a normal...
13th May by Lawrence Jones
The UKFast leadership team on one of our Snowdon trips.
When was the last time you switched off and I mean really switch off? No phones, no screens, no distractions?
There are very few times these days that I feel completely disconnected. There’s always someone or something providing a distraction from the task in hand; usually phone notifications buzzing non-stop. It doesn’t help having around 15 businesses either as there are always leaders in each...
7th May by Lawrence Jones MBE
When you are wanting to develop as a leader, where do you look for inspiration?
In Manchester it’s been easy, as when you think of a world-class, extraordinary leader, we have one our doorstep: Sir Alex Ferguson.
His leadership style at Manchester United is one I don’t think we’ll ever see replicated. Certainly at his old club and arguably in sport in general. He is a perfect example of a Level 5 Leader; a concept...
29th April by Lawrence Jones
Our latest recruit – Russell Feingold, director of CSR and fundraising.
I often say that you cross paths with people for a reason. More often than not you don’t know what that reason is until much later.
I met a man called Russell Feingold through our work with Cash for Kids. For many years we supported the Key 103 charity through Superhero Day and Mission Christmas campaigns.
It was an amazing experience in the early...
27th April by Lawrence Jones
Why do you work? Whilst many of us would say to have a better life, I wonder how many are enjoying a good life in the process.
If you’re working to be able to improve your life, it is imperative not to sacrifice your time and wellbeing along the way. All too soon, you find you’ve spent half of your years exhausting yourself in the hope of a nicer life in the future. This doesn’t...
23rd April by Lawrence Jones
George and his running team at the Brighton Marathon.
What an extraordinary sight to see thousands of runners in blazing heat, racing over Tower Bridge earlier today.
The London Marathon is an epic challenge even on a grey day, never mind when it is the hottest on record. Amongst the runners were the usual fancy dress costumes, a knight in shining armour and local runner David Wyeth of Chorlton Runners who last year hit the...