Thought for Today

A Connected Start June 21st, 2017

“London is better connected than Manchester for startups.” Joining a round table to debate Manchester’s future as a digital city yesterday, this was said by one of the panellists. I couldn’t disagree more! It took me more than an hour to travel from Mayfair to The Shard recently, it’s absurd! Whilst our capital is, of course, the country’s business hub; travelling around London is a nightmare at the best of times. Manchester beats London for startups every day of the week, so does Leeds. The Northern Powerhouse isn’t a distant concept, it is happening and businesses themselves are driving it. If I am honest, it’s old hat for businesses to look to London to start up now. Think about it, it’s irrelevant where you put… Read the Rest »

Snakes and Ladders June 15th, 2017

Do you remember the game snakes and ladders? You catch a break and climb closer to your goal and it’s all going well. Until you hit a snake and fall right back to the start! When I was younger, I had a habit of following this pattern. I would do incredibly well with whatever I focussed on and as soon as I felt successful, I slipped up and ended up back where I started. My dad calls it ‘the snakes and ladders effect’. Whilst these times are incredibly valuable experiences and build resilience, how do you stop the pattern? I remember learning from Tony Robbins when UKFast was just beginning. He describes this ‘snakes and ladders’ pattern in terms of heat. It’s like a thermostat… Read the Rest »

London Tech Week: Unlocked June 14th, 2017

With around a million domains on our network and more than 6,000 clients ranging from startups and SMEs to government organisations, we see cyber attacks every single day. A few years ago, we would see one DDoS attack a year and it would be relatively small scale. Now we see them daily, if not multiple times a day. That’s why we launched our DDoSX product range to help people stay online when malicious traffic floods in. Equally, these attacks are growing in magnitude; last year the biggest DDoS attack of its kind knocked swathes of the internet offline including The Guardian, Netflix and Twitter. From small-scale ransomware lockouts to huge DDoS attacks, there are constantly evolving threats and it’s our job to keep up with… Read the Rest »

London Tech Week: London is Open June 12th, 2017

Where is the tech capital of the world? San Francisco and Silicon Valley? Tel Aviv? London? Manchester? It’s very much a title that is up for grabs, and London is launching its claim with the start of London Tech Week (#LTW).   “London is open to talent, entrepreneurs and innovation.”   Those are the words of London Mayor Sadiq Khan as he opens London Tech Week, Europe’s largest tech festival. Following recent events in the city, this is a wonderful opportunity to show the world the incredible place that London is. On top of that, with the disruption of the election and Brexit, it is fantastic to see the country’s business community coming together to celebrate our capital and its impact on the tech world,… Read the Rest »

Hung, Drawn and Quartered June 9th, 2017

What can I say? For months, if not years, I have been calling on our government to stop distracting Britain. How can we be expected to grow our economy and ‘Make Britain Great’ if we are constantly bombarded by politics? The shambolic coalition, David Cameron’s Brexit debacle, the referendum result, the Tory power battle and subsequent denied rumours of an election, the snap election and now a hung parliament! It would be fair to say that Theresa May’s tenure is hanging by a thread. Whilst it is clear that the majority voted for her – on a vote by vote basis it seems she took a broad majority –  you cannot deny that she has made quite the mess for the Tory party. Labour has… Read the Rest »

The Secret of Marketing June 8th, 2017

What’s the secret of marketing? Whilst I could list the latest buzzwords or trends, I actually think that it is much more simple than that. The secret of great marketing is great people. All too often businesses look further afield to find their marketing edge – they start from the outside and move further away. This approach though will only take you so far. It is essential that If you look after your people – your customers and your team – the marketing will naturally follow. You are left with an incredible group of brand advocates who are proud to represent your business, a client base that is excited to shout about the service you’re providing for them and how you’re helping them to succeed… Read the Rest »

A Day in the Life June 6th, 2017

I am often asked what it is like being an entrepreneur. For one thing it changes from day to day! Whilst you might assume it is a life of glitz and glamour, that’s certainly not often the case! Either way, a couple of weeks ago my team persuaded me to start vlogging in the hope of answering all of the questions that come in about running a business portfolio. So, below is the second episode. I would love to know what you think, what questions you have and how you’re getting on with your business ventures.  

Feeding Back June 1st, 2017

What happens when you do something well? I would expect that the majority of us immediately want to tell others close to us and, often we’d like a pat on the back, right? It’s only natural, and that’s why feedback is the food of champions. Feedback is the single most important part of motivation. You can’t expect you or your team to be motivated if no one is sharing feedback. If someone does a good job, naturally that should mean that they are applauded. Success should be celebrated! That being said, feedback isn’t a one-way street. It shouldn’t be coming from the top down – feedback should run throughout the whole business for it to be successful. Every single person in the company should be… Read the Rest »

The Heart of Manchester May 24th, 2017

It’s been sometime since I headed to the city centre and just hung out. It was was my home from the moment I arrived in this great region from North Wales, some 30 years ago. Things have moved on somewhat since those days and I am a very different person in many ways, with a very different life. But some things just don’t change and, as I wondered where I wanted to go, with no real agenda, the car drove me calmly through the city streets without any thought or persuasion until I arrived in the Northern Quarter. Back in those days, I got all my vegetables from the market opposite Afflecks Palace, I got my hair cut there, I seldom ventured anywhere else for… Read the Rest »

Have Your Say May 22nd, 2017

One of the most frustrating things in life is not feeling as though your voice is heard. Yet, a third of the population have not voted in the past two general elections. Is there ever a more important time to have your say? Today is the last day to register to vote in the election on June 8th. As Brexit looms and we face more questions than ever about the future of the United Kingdom, this vote is sure to be one that goes down in history. I was heartened to read that more than 700,000 voters aged under 25 have already registered to vote. Especially considering the fact that The Electoral Reform Society (ERS) had earlier warned that young people in the UK face… Read the Rest »

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