30 December 2014

sportsdayThere’s a saying that goes something along the lines of, “It’s the small things that make the biggest difference.” It’s ironic that such a succinct quote can change your perspective, but so it does! And when you think about it, this maxim can be applied to many things. Take Great Britain, for instance.

We’re a small nation, but one that has a big reputation for being innovative. We’re a nation that collaborates with everyone yet remains – for the most part – humble. I don’t believe there’s a nation like us on the planet.

Britain is kept afloat by its components – the smaller businesses and organisations that keep it thriving. The way I see it, it’s these SMEs who are paying the tax and driving the economy, not the big players.

Having said that, I also think there’s a lot to be gained from collaboration between big businesses and small firms. They have so many different perspectives, which can be invaluable when shared.

Take UKFast. We’re a tiny organisation in the grand scheme of things; however, I do feel like we’re an influential bunch of people. A few years ago, the MD of Google UK met with me and said he was impressed by how we’d been operating without external funding. He actually asked me what’s new, what we were doing, and how we motivated the team. This is Google! What an honour.

Yet, it goes to show that no matter how big or small you are as a business, you can always learn from others, regardless of size or experience. If you have big goals and the passion to pursue them, you’re already a force to be reckoned with.

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