15 November 2016

MEN awards

The team collecting our award at the MEN Awards this year.

It is an incredible feeling as an entrepreneur, to hit milestones that you didn’t even realise were on the horizon.

Several years ago, back in 2008, we were absolutely elated to win a Manchester Evening News Business of the Year award. It was one of our first big awards and a key moment in our history. Then in  2014, we won the award for the next turnover category up.

Now, we’re in the higher turnover category again. At the awards this year, I was honoured to find out we won the Manchester Evening News Business of the Year Judges’ Choice Award. An award for the business that has not only had a strong year, but also managed to make a wider contribution to the Manchester region.

The judges were glad to see how much we have, and how much we continue to contribute to the city’s tech scene, as we offer learning and development to young people through training, coding clubs and apprenticeships.

I couldn’t be more proud to have been the overall choice of the judges. We must be doing something right!

Winning this particular award category shows that we are not only growing in size in terms of our turnover, but we’re also growing in terms of the impact we have on the tech and local community. This is something we have been working hard on for years and it’s incredibly humbling to get recognition for the effort so many of our team put in everyday to help us make a difference.

Business is not just about your team and progress, it’s about the impact you have on the wider industry and community. How are you helping others?

At UKFast, we’re focussed on investing back into our community; the community that took me in, at 16, when I first moved to Manchester. I honestly think that without this warm welcome I would not be where I am today and UKFast would not be where it is.

Our business is growing faster than ever before and I have no doubt it is working alongside the community that sets us aside and facilitates this growth. Aside from the training and development we offer our team and apprentices, we have a large auditorium in our campus that we offer for use to local organisations, free of charge, to help nurture this community – to bring people together.

Having an open door has brought us so many amazing people and great ideas. It is fantastic to see all these different parts of the local community coming in to our Campus, inspiring us to create an even better work environment.

It’s impossible to know exactly what the future holds for us. We have so many exciting plans for growth in the next few years. What winning this award has shown me is that we must focus on never growing too fast to lose sight of the community of which we are part.

How do you give back to your community?

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