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
18th February by Lawrence Jones MBE
Today as I write and you read this, nearly 80 people in the US will die from a gunshot.
My earliest memories of gun crime in America came from the song Don’t Like Mondays by the BoomTown Rats. It has the most amazing piano intro and I fell in love with the tune long before I knew what inspired Geldof to write it. The song reached Number 1 in the UK but was banned in...
11th February by Lawrence Jones
The Maldives, where Gail and I set new goals each year.
Sitting here on the beach, looking out across the sea, finally on Rangalli Island with my wife after an incredibly busy end to 2017 and start to 2018, I am trying to switch off but my mind is doing overtime!
We come over to the Maldives to switch off. To get out of the rat race, almost cut off from the rest of the...
9th February by Lawrence Jones
How often do you compare yourself with someone else?
In today’s world, we’re constantly bombarded with information and images from people’s lives that it is all too easy to fall into the trap of comparing yourself to everyone else. It’s just as easy to forget that the online lives that people promote are incredibly polished and censored.
Outside the frame of the Instagram shot there could be a very different story! It’s rare for people...
4th February by Lawrence Jones
It is said that by the start of February 80% of New Year’s resolutions have failed. That’s a huge proportion of missed goals! So why do so many people lose motivation?
Perhaps it’s the time of year, perhaps it’s because they’re simple not setting their goals in the right way. I am a firm believer in goal setting, as you well know, but setting goals is much more than what we often set as New...
28th January by Lawrence Jones
I was proud to be asked to join the panel at the first Scale Up Forum with the Alliance Manchester Business School. Joining the panel on Thursday, with speakers from Apadmi and Deloitte among others, I was asked what it takes to turn scale up aspirations into reality.
Speakers at the event were:
Sherry Coutu, author of the 2015 The Scale-Up Report on UK Economic Growth
Marcus Hadfield, Chief Strategy Officer, Apadmi, the UK’s leading mobile technology...
21st January by Lawrence Jones MBE
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...
14th January by Lawrence Jones MBE
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...
10th January by Lawrence Jones
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...
7th January by Lawrence Jones
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...
10th December by Lawrence Jones
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...