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 March by Lawrence Jones
Where did the magic go?
What ever happened to feeling safe when you’re at a concert, out for dinner or going to pray? To being a community. To positivity, to progress?
It’s been a heart-breaking couple of days for so many reasons. As the world mourns those lost in Christchurch and the consequences of the attack, and as Britain tries to tackle the raft of knife-related murders, we continue to be more divided than ever....
10th March by Lawrence Jones
There has been much conversation around the apprenticeship levy this week. It’s a topic that I am incredibly passionate about.
Surprisingly, since the levy came into force, apprenticeship uptake is down. So, on the surface, it seems that the levy isn’t working. That was the conversation that I was invited to join on BBC 5Live on Friday. However, when you really consider it, there are so many more factors at play. Setting up a strong,...
3rd March by Lawrence Jones
With Amelia Carroll and her dad Mike.
Isn’t it time that we started to look after one another?
This week I was honoured to meet with a family who I have known for some time. Lucy came to share her son and daughter’s story. You may have seen me write about them before, or heard me speak of the family.
Lucy’s son Ollie was diagnosed with the incredibly rare Batten Disease. The disease prevents the...
24th February by Lawrence Jones
Gabor and the Manchester Camerata.Image by @MancCamerata
What does it take to be an extraordinary leader?
Over the years, I’ve read (and written) so many articles and heard from a number of incredible leaders who all talk about ‘leading from the back’. About how the very best leaders get more significance from helping others to succeed, rather than taking the spotlight themselves.
I was recently at an event with the Manchester Camerata where I was...
17th February by Lawrence Jones
Is there somewhere in the world where you feel most at peace? For me it’s walking through the trees of Beddgelert Forest in North Wales or the snowy mountains of Verbier, Switzerland.
A couple of weeks ago I found myself back in Verbier. We experienced the biggest snowfall we’ve seen here in some time, followed by bluebird skies. Nature at its finest.
Looking across the valley to the incredible peaks of the Alps with no...
10th February by Lawrence Jones
Speaking to a group of young people about potential, goals and working together.
Henry Ford once said: “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.”
The motor company founder is undeniably one of the most famous businesspeople of all time. He is certainly someone that we should all look to learn from. His business lessons still apply to this day – more than a century after he put them into practice.
His key teachings...
3rd February by Lawrence Jones
How could you have spent those four hours each day?
Chatting with one of my team last weekend, we were discussing the ‘screen time’ feature on the iPhone. I was shocked to hear that she had actively used her device for more than 30 hours in the previous week.
Thirty hours! That’s more than 4 hours per day. Almost 7 of those hours that week were spent scrolling through Instagram. Another UKFaster averaged more than...
27th January by Lawrence Jones MBE
It’s what you make of the chance encounters, that defines our outcome.
None of us are born equal; some with a silver spoon in their mouth, others into the most hostile of environments.
Is it safe to safe that “the better your start in life, the more opportunities you are likely to encounter”? I believe that this is true and that even though more doors maybe opened at an early age, when you grow up...
20th January by Lawrence Jones
A difficult road ahead for Tesla?
I am a big fan of Elon Musk. He is an extraordinary entrepreneur. Even the greatest entrepreneurs have limits, yet he is someone who reaches for the stars, quite literally.
But running multiple businesses is not without its risks and pressures. This week, despite reporting strong growth, Tesla boss Elon Musk sent an email to his team at Tesla announcing a 7% cut in its workforce. The car firm’s reported...
13th January by Lawrence Jones
Meeting an old friend Craig Charles in Verbier
Throughout my life there have been moments when it became clear I had to adapt. The world is continually changing and, if you don’t evolve, you get left behind.
One of the moments when this was most noticeable in my life was when I hit 30.
I’d done a stint working in Granada after they bought my very small music business. I knew that whilst music and...