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
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...
3rd December by Lawrence Jones
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...
26th November by Lawrence Jones MBE
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.”
19th November by Lawrence Jones MBE
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...
12th November by Lawrence Jones
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....
5th November by Lawrence Jones
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...
29th October by Lawrence Jones MBE
I read a nice description that summed up the honour and responsibility of leadership and success in one of Simon Sinek’s books lately. It was about how someone in US politics had stood up on a stage a year after he had lost his appointment and described how different his journey had been that day compared to the previous year.
The year earlier, as a newly elected official, he flew first class. He was met...