Zorba the Greek

This week I finished the book, ‘Zorba the Greek’ by Nikos Kazantzakis, published in 1946. Hailed as a classic, this book really was hard to put down. The book is a tale of the narrator setting off to find fortune from mines, before setting off he meets Zorba. The book follows their journey together – and this is where the …

Nobody’s Listening

This week a good friend of mine, Oli Monks, released a post on Medium. My post for this week will simply be to share his – it is so important for people to read and understand that I had to share. I am 100% guilty of being that guy that always messages saying how great everything must be going – …

Make It Happen Week

This Monday – November 14th – is the start of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2016, this year branded as Make It Happen Week in Lancaster. After seeing myself in a promo video for this year (I had completely forgotten that I’d filmed this!) I felt I had to make a case to urge anyone in Lancaster with an interest in enterprise …

How to know if you’re improving

Self-awareness is probably the answer many would give to this question. You need to be aware of where you were, what you’ve done and where you are now. If you see progress in yourself, then you’ve improved. I strongly agreed with this statement – and I probably do. But it’s only recently that I’ve realised how hard this is!! There …

Does university teach you enough to start a business?

A question that has come to my mind a number of times these past weeks and even more so today after watching the snapchat of Fraser Williams, co-founder of Repairly. His story today showed him and the team working on plans for Repairly, mainly financial plans.   He spoke about the importance of planning but also mentioned how one of …

Getting Ahead With Jon Powell

Getting Ahead With Jon Powell… Enterprise Team Manager, Director at Lancaster District Chamber of Commerce, Director at Enterprise Education UK and co-founder of Employer Solutions. Jon has been there, starting a business whilst at University, now he acts to support and encourage student startups. In this episode, we cover all angles of enterprise and education.  

Details Matter

This week I was able to check off a bucket list item – have a coffee master class. Thanks to Taylor St. Baristas I was able to spend a day learning about coffee – from sourcing, to roasting, to brewing. The level of detail covered was incredible and this was in the short version of weeks and months’ worth of …

Talent vs Skill

“No, no, I think you’re born with talents and you acquire skills” were the words of one of my colleagues only a few days ago. Words that got me thinking about what talents and skills actually are and how people acquire them. Are you born talented? Or do you have to work to develop it? What about skills; surely some …

Getting Ahead With Geoff Thomas

Getting Ahead With Geoff Thomas… Serial Entrepreneur, currently co-founder and finance director of UpriseVSI, Geoff Thomas is this week’s guest. In the full version of this week’s episode, we cover a bit of everything; his career, time at university and how they’ve changed, what he looks for when hiring, and how similar sport and business actually are.