8 December 2014

Wow, what a whirlwind weekend it’s been. With the UKFast friends and family Christmas event on Friday and the company party the following day, it’s been a great chance to catch up with the team and even meet some of their families.

christmas_partyI think events like these add a lot of value. Seeing people showing their partners, kids, siblings and parents where they work is also a great source of pride for me and Gail. The kids invariably get the most excited with all the toys and the crèche, although there’s always the odd grown up giving them a run for their money.

I love people-watching when everyone is enjoying themselves; whilst it might sound clichéd, those moments really are priceless.

Standing in the Botanist on Saturday, I was hit by a similar feeling. I love the Christmas party, as it’s the time I give people their five and ten-year cheques. It’s so important to let your most loyal team members know how much you value them. It’s all too easy to get swept up in the complexities and demands of running a business and overlook the simple act of saying thank you.

Gail and I like to go the extra mile for the guys who’ve stayed with us for the journey, as we’re well aware that without them, we wouldn’t be where we are today. The Christmas party, for us, is a way to bring everyone together to celebrate the year’s achievements. It’s also a chance to motivate and inspire people for the year ahead.

It still surprises me when I hear people questioning the value of company events like this, as it’s been such an integral part of our culture; not just at Christmas, but throughout the year.

As I said on Saturday night, I’m incredibly proud of the entire UKFast team for keeping everything running smoothly this year whilst we’ve been getting Le Farinet ready for some amazing team adventures. You’ve all done us proud and I can’t wait to see where this journey takes us in 2015.

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