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
19th August by Lawrence Jones
Showing local youngsters around the music studio at UKFast – Lawrence Jones MBE discusses being dyslexic, music and sport.
Earlier this week I wrote about exam results and about how those letters on a page don’t define you. Within that post, I failed to mention another issue with letters on a page: dyslexia.
I am dyslexic. However, a few decades ago when I was at school, this wasn’t an accepted thing; no one really knew...
12th August by Lawrence Jones
The team instantly began sharing pictures of their House badges on social media.
Throughout childhood, whilst we’re learning valuable lessons and essential skills, we’re also having fun, building relationships and following our passions. So why, in adulthood, does that stop?
Building UKFast, I always knew that this had to be somewhere that people enjoyed coming to. Our aim: to end Monday blues. Why should anyone dread going into work after the weekend? Whilst I don’t...
5th August by Lawrence Jones
I can count the number of times I’ve been truly surprised on one hand. It’s not particularly easy to surprise me – I am curious about anything and everything! So, sitting in The Garden Cafe, Hale, on my 50th birthday, I was highly suspicious when best friend and UKFast Space MD Joe said we had to pop over to Bowdon to look at some fences.
Fences? When I’d been given strict instructions not to work...
29th July by Lawrence Jones
You may have read the news this weekend that we have appointed GCA Altium and we are looking at potentially floating UKFast. It’s lovely to read so many positive comments. I’ve even read people saying that they would proudly buy shares in UKFast if it is publicly listed. Of course, it’s wonderful to hear but the most important matter now, for me and my team, is staying focussed on the day-to-day details.
We’ve grown UKFast...
22nd July by Lawrence Jones
The old UKFast office – back when there were just a handful of us on the team.
I have never been one to sit on the sidelines.
A decade or more ago, I attended so many round tables and discussions that sounded the alarm for a real skills shortage in the tech sector. Without skills how could the industry grow?
So, we reached out to see how we could help. We worked with schools in...
15th July by Lawrence Jones
How often do you hear ‘you must have been lucky’ or said that your success comes down to ‘a little bit of luck’? All too often, we hear that the reason behind success or failure is down to good or bad luck. In fact, I believe that you make your luck.
Neil, UKFast CTO
I used to look back on the UKFast journey, and on my own, and overestimate the role that luck played. In...
8th July by Lawrence Jones MBE
Family first – when we think of the NHS we think of our families and the care that they are given by our extraordinary doctors and nurses.
Have you ever wondered why despite being such a small country, the United Kingdom is regarded as a global leader?
There are many things that may contribute to this fact, but none more important than how we treat people when they are at their lowest point in their lives.
1st July by Lawrence Jones
A meeting on the beach is far more fun than a meeting within four plain walls!
Every year we wish for a beautiful summer in the UK. Dreaming of glorious sunshine and days on the beach. Ironically, this year, it seems we’re now wishing for air-conditioning or even a drop of our usual Manchester rain!
The past couple of weeks have seen some unbelievable temperatures, with not a cloud in the sky. So much so...
24th June by Lawrence Jones
Sitting in the rare Manchester sunshine, taking an even rarer moment of peace after a big week at UKFast, I knew exactly what I needed to write about this week. I often sit with UKFast MD, my wife Gail and talk through ideas for my Sunday blog. What have we done this week? What’s been the main theme of the week? What stood out?
This week, without doubt, has been all about people. The extraordinary...
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...