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Make CIC – Who Are They?

Who are Make CIC and what do they do?

Liverpool has so much to offer as a creative city. For makers and dreamers to thrive and prosper, a supportive and nurturing environment is a necessity to allow create ideas to be born, nourished and prosper. More importantly, such an environment also needs to provide a feelgood and positive vibe, and Make CIC is a shining example of this.

Founded in 2012 by Liam Kelly and Kirsten Little, Make CIC is a social enterprise that supports local artists, makers, creators, and doers across the Liverpool City Region. This is achieved by providing affordable workspaces and services that combine art, textiles, education, and mentoring, to allow residents, members and the public to make, create, fix, share, and bring their ideas and projects to life.

Make CIC is more than just about allowing people to build things. In fact, they also have a strong community feel, with a passion for sharing and learning, through exhibitions, events and workshops that provide equipment, mentoring, and learning opportunities in a safe and friendly environment.

From the Baltic Triangle to Birkenhead, Make CIC is home to several resident businesses. These include Aug-it, VIP Puppets, Noctua, Beautiful Ideas Co, Chainsaw Communications,  Lee Booth Art, and Pretty Flamingo, which provide an eclectic mix of creative services from puppetry to fashion design amongst others. Through the services provided by Make CIC, these give businesses and individuals the opportunity to transform their artistic passions into prosperity.

As a social enterprise, Make CIC has a strong emphasis on self-sufficiency and sustainability. This is evident by the inclusive nature of allowing anyone with a passion for making things, to learn and develop their ideas and skills, and at the same time giving them the environment to start and grow their own businesses.

You can find out more on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and by watching the video below.

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The Sales Dojo – Monday 18th May 2020

In this current lockdown, I have been trying to use the time constructively to sharpen the axe, with regards to developing my personal skills. This applies to everyone regardless of profession or occupation because sales are not just about selling products, it is also about selling your brand, who you are, and what you bring to clients that will enrich them. With more people working from home, and many businesses furloughed, it will be important to quickly adapt to survive in the future once we emerge into a post-lockdown climate.

At the recent Sales Dojo virtual webinar, I listened and learned some useful techniques, delivered by Steve McNicholas, Angela Scott and Steve Myers, who each contributed effectively.

The main point I took away was about how people have different behavioural styles. I not only understood the different styles, but I also learned about tailoring and adapting to them, of which I must confess I have not always consciously thought about previously, when engaging with people. Listening to this was like being metaphorically splashed in the face with ice-cold water, as I recognised this personal shortcoming of mine, and why I need to be consistent and tailor my approach when working with others.

In addition to styles of behaviour, I also learned it is important to take personal ownership, as this is the foundation of your success. Other useful points included the following below.

  1. Ensure that you have a clear and specific purpose.
  2. You must be mindful about why you are doing what you do.
  3. Think and understand the specifics that underpin your goals.
  4. 70% of engagement is driven by management.
  5. Communication needs to be clear to keep people engaged.
  6. You need to consistently set and revise your goals.
  7. Understand the question of why we get on with some people and not others.
  8. Always treat others the way they want to be treated, and not the way you want to be treated.

To summarise, it is important to communicate and engage with different people, by recognising and adapting to different behavioural styles. Secondly communication needs to be delivered clearly, with a solid and understandable purpose, that everyone can relate to and engage with, to ensure the best chances of success. Finally, it is also of paramount importance to learn and continually adapt. In these turbulent times, the ability and willingness to learn and evolve, will be vital for businesses and professionals in the future.

With this Sales Dojo being held virtually over the Internet via Zoom, it was a new experience to attend an online event from home. I rather enjoyed the webinar, as all the speakers were knowledgeable, clear, and concise in how they spoke and shared their knowledge, and importantly there was a sense of community, as everyone was able to contribute and chat online. I felt extremely comfortable throughout, as I was able to network and communicate effectively with other online attendees.

I would like to thank Steve McNicholas, Angela Scott, and Steve Myers for their outstanding contribution. My thanks also go to Leon McCowan and Chris Dawson, along with Professional Liverpool, for organising a superb online Sales Dojo webinar.

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The Hive Youth Zone – Who Are They?

Who are The Hive Youth Zone, and what do they do?

For many young people in the Wirral, there are minimal facilities that are affordable. The lack of social places, and opportunities for them to make friends, take part in activities and grow and develop as individuals, can be damaging and disheartening.

However there is a shining light called The Hive Youth Zone, which is a Birkenhead based charity that strives to address this. The charity’s purpose is to provide a safe, affordable, inclusive, and trusted environment to support over 38,900 young people in the Wirral, which allows them to enjoy themselves, and to develop their confidence and raise their aspirations. In simple terms, The Hive is a beacon of hope to thousands of young people, allowing them to make new friends, engage in fun activities and develop their skills.

Having opened in 2017 as a purpose-built facility, The Hive supports young people from the ages of 8 to 19, as well as those with disabilities up to the age of 25. By providing a safe environment, The Hive provides a wide range of activities and workshops from dance, sports, art, fashion, drama, music and more.

As well as activities, The Hive also operates a holiday club for school holidays. In addition, they also run an 8-week programme for young people to develop their employability skills, to help them improve their prospects of getting into work and apprenticeships.

The Hive does a fantastic job in supporting young people in the Wirral. By providing a space that gives them somewhere to go, something to do, and more importantly someone for them to talk to do, this gives them hope and opportunity for their future. The work of the charity is awe inspiring and crucial in keeping them safe, off the streets, and supporting them to fulfil their potential. You can have a look at this video here.

Linea Connect – Aspire to Greatness

Training is about investing time and effort in yourself, to consistently strive to be the best you can be. I was reminded of this when I attended last month’s Aspire to Greatness event at Hope Street Hotel, organised by Linea Connect. This event featured an excellent speaker in Rory Underwood MBE the former England, Leicester Tigers and British Lions Rugby Union player, who also runs Wingman Consulting Limited, which is a performance consultancy business.

On hearing about Rory Underwood speaking at this event, my interest was piqued immediately, so much that I had no hesitation in registering. To have the opportunity to listen to the stories of a sportsman who made 85 England appearances, scoring 50 international tries, and appearing in 3 Rugby World Cups (1987, 1991 and 1995) was very appealing to me, and too good to miss out on.

With a very good turnout the event was opened, by a dapper looking John Haynes of the International Coaching Academy. As one of the most enthusiastic coaches I have ever met, John talked about how your inner world reflects your outer world, which set the tone for an evening of learning, listening and storytelling.

Following on from this, Rory went on to talk about what he has learned from inside and outside sport. Although well known for his rugby career, Rory mostly talked about his 18 years serving in the Royal Air Force, as a fast jet pilot with over 3,000 flying hours, which I was very interested and rather surprised to learn about. I found this to be a bonus, because having experienced life outside of sport, this made for a more interesting talk.

Rory was an excellent orator, relating his sporting and life experiences, giving a colour and balanced texture of interesting eloquence. From this, Rory emphasised several important points with regards, to the importance of working as a team, changing poor business behaviours, and consistent training and development. These were points that Rory had applied successfully to his careers in rugby, the RAF and also with his consultancy business. In addition, Rory also had a warm and funny sense of humour with a few anecdotes from his pilot training in the RAF. For example, Rory talked about when on his Hawk jet training, an Anglesey farmer left a rude message painted on his barn, due to being constantly irritated with the continuous flyby of Hawk jets overhead.

Along with leaving the audience spellbound, Rory also made some excellent points, based on his rugby, flying and business experiences. These points relate to self-development, some which made me look inwards and think about my own personal characteristics. In order to give you an understanding, I have included some of these key pointers below.

  1. Training is an investment and not a cost.
  2. Successful people and businesses work effectively with others as a team.
  3. How do you know if the success of your business is down to the people under you?
  4. How you walk and talk is very important.
  5. Seek to understand first, before being understood.
  6. The hardest thing to do is change your behaviour.
  7. The only mistakes you ever make, are the ones you never learn from.
  8. It takes a long time to develop a skill to the point of competency.

Reflecting on the event, I was glad to have attended. This is because to have the opportunity to listen to a speaker of Rory’s calibre and experience was something completely different, and one that was informative, and full of useful wisdom. With his experiences inside and outside of rugby, I found Rory easy to listen to, entertaining and extremely knowledgeable, as well as down-to-earth. In addition, he was also kind, humorous and a gentleman too.

To conclude, I would like to thank Rory for his inspirational contribution, and to John Haynes for opening with his customary wisdom. My thanks also go to Ian Chambers of the Linea Group for kindly inviting me to such an enjoyable event, full of networking and conversation. My thanks also go to the staff of Hope Street Hotel, for their kind and generous hospitality.

Rory Underwood MBE the former England rugby player standing on the left, with me standing on the right.

Asentiv Business Community Launch Event – A Review

Last week, I attended the Asentiv Business Community Launch Event, at the Cotton Exchange Building in Liverpool. Held by Asentiv’s Dave Verburg in collaboration with Professional Liverpool, the purpose of the event was to explain the group’s aims, which is to develop a welcoming and supportive community for business owners and professionals. This is through a combination of networking, personal and business development, public speaking and coaching, to help businesses and professionals become more productive and fulfil their potential.

The event itself was very informal and welcoming, with a community-like feel. Having attended many networking events, I firmly believe like with everything else, there is always something new to learn. I am delighted to say this event was no exception, as Dave gave such an informative talk with a warm and clear tone.

In addition, Dave also gave some useful tips with regards to networking. What impressed me was his genuine passion and enthusiasm for networking and connecting businesses and people. Indeed, some of the points raised helped to reinforce both my own networking knowledge, and my understanding that networking is about helping each other, and how you present yourself when doing so. These tips which I learned include the following below.

  1. Describe yourself by the verb (by the difference you make) and not by the noun.
  2. Understand who you are looking for and what you can do for them.
  3. What do your ideal clients look like?
  4. Separate yourself from others and stand out for the right reasons.
  5. Make sure you know what people want emotionally, meaning you need to develop deep connections by getting to know them well.
  6. You need to be where your clients are.
  7. You become important in people’s worlds if you become a connector.

The last two points listed really struck a chord with me. Having attended many events over the years, I have always tried to develop deep and meaningful connections, but like many I have fallen into the trap of pursuing quantity of connections rather than quality. Thankfully I have seen this as an area of development, and I am grateful for Dave reinforcing this point. Secondly, I have always strived to help others when networking, and it is important to be reminded of this.

I was also impressed with the structure of the event. As well as open networking at the beginning and at the end, there was also a group discussion and opportunities for all attendees to introduce themselves, their businesses and what they were looking for. With a lovely and supportive group, everyone was made to feel welcome and equally contribute to the discussions and interact together.

Overall, I was delighted to attend this launch event. Stepping out into the bright morning walking through Exchange Flags afterwards, I believe that with Asentiv and Professional Liverpool collaborating on future events, this can only be a great benefit for the local business community. To conclude, I am confident and sincerely hope that it grows and develops a positive and fulfilling impact on Merseyside businesses and professionals.

Linked Offline Liverpool – Tuesday 28th January

Last week’s Linked Offline Liverpool networking event was a joy to attend. Held in the lovely Modo bar, the turnout was amazing with so many people, which has shown how much it has grown since starting last year.

Despite the cold and bitter January weather, the atmosphere inside Modo was warm, friendly, and informal with plenty of hearty smiles. Led by co-founder Pam Case, the structure of the event was once again very conductive to good networking and the forming of strong business relationships. Having attended this event previously, I was aware there were several new faces, and I had the pleasure of meeting some of them, including Paul Corke, David Ridley, Jayne Smith, Mandy Bevan, James Rimmer and several others. In addition, it was also lovely to catch up with some familiar faces.

The event also featured a talk from Lorna Davidson, who is an entrepreneur and CEO of RedWigWam. Lorna talked about what RedWigWam does and introduced a brief discussion about wherever flexible working will ever overtake full-time employment. Working together in groups, this led to some interesting opinions both shared with everyone in the venue, and on LinkedIn and WhatsApp. From my perspective, I believe there will always be a need for full-time employment for many people, but flexible working is fast becoming a very popular alternative for both employees and businesses, if used and applied effectively.

When attending these events, there is always an opportunity to listen and learn something new. On this occasion, I was grateful to listen to Dave Verburg of Asentiv who gave a useful piece of networking advice. This little gem was about how people care about the difference you make, rather than about what you do, expertly summed up by introducing a networking conversation with the following four words below.

“Do you know how…”

Listening to those four words set off a bell in my head, and for the rest of the evening they were reverberating constantly. Thinking back now on reflection, I can now understand the importance of those words, and I am very grateful to Dave for sharing such an important point.

As well as talk and discussions, there was plenty of open networking opportunities. With conversation, humour, and plenty of connectivity both online and offline, the event was an excellent and warm evening of networking, and a sign of how Linked Offline Liverpool is bringing more local people and businesses together. Such opportunities to mix with a lovely and interesting mix of people from different professional, business and entrepreneurial backgrounds has given me great pleasure. I enjoy these events very much, and I seriously recommend them to anyone.

To conclude, I would like to thank Pam Case for her hard work, and to Sharon Byrne, Susan Gallagher, Laura Evison and Pam Moore for their important contributions with making this event a fine success. My thanks also go to everyone at Modo for their hospitality, and for providing such delicious sandwiches. Finally, I would like to thank Lorna and Dave for their discussions, which gave me plenty to think about and learn from.

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Gardner Systems – Getting Your Cloud Migration Right

What is the cloud?

The cloud is a metaphor used to describe IT services (e.g. software, applications, networks, e-mail, and data storage) that are provided to businesses and organisations through the Internet. Cloud technology is an alternative to traditional hosting of on-site managed IT infrastructures i.e. data centres.  

With cloud technology such as Microsoft Office 365, Dropbox and Amazon Web Services, many businesses and public-sector organisations are moving increasingly away from managing their own in-house data centres, to migrating their data and services to the cloud. This is because the cloud is more cost-effective and scalable, however it is very important to get the cloud migration right!

Last month, I attended an event organised by Gardner Systems, which looked at cloud migration. Held in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (LCRCA) at Mann Island, this included several speakers who talked about the advantages and challenges involved with cloud migration. These speakers included Ian Hawkins and Rachel Hellier from the LCRCA, Vincent Sparks from Stobart Group, and Jason Fitzgerald and Paul Stringfellow from Gardner Systems.

Working in the IT industry myself, I was very keen to learn more about cloud migration, what it brings, and what needs to be considered. From all the speakers, I learned plenty about both sides of cloud migration, making this an extremely beneficial experience.

Migrating to the cloud brings considerable opportunities for businesses and other organisations. These include lower maintenance costs, flexibility and the ability to adapt and provide on-demand services, which are more scalable, and helps to create new relationships and ways of working (e.g. the ability to work agile from corporate devices anywhere). This reduces the reliance on managing in-house data centres, as important services such as e-mail and file storage are hosted in the cloud.

In addition to the benefits, I also developed a good understanding of the challenges involved with cloud migration. These include the following, which I have listed below.

  1. Security is important, as the responsibility for protecting data stored in the cloud is with the client, and not the provider.
  2. There will be resistance to both change and adapting to it.
  3. Cloud migration requires a plan, vision and commitment from everyone involved.
  4. Communication, collaboration and engagement is required from all parties.
  5. Not everything can be migrated to the cloud, e.g. legacy applications, databases and infrastructure.
  6. Users need to be continually educated, so training must be mandatory.
  7. To support cloud migration, you need to have the right on-site networking and hardware infrastructure in place to support the cloud.
  8. In addition to the above, you must have a fast Internet connection to access cloud resources efficiently.
  9. Whilst it is important to reduce risks with cloud migration, you still need to make it usable.
  10. To protect data and resources in the cloud, multi-factor authentication needs to be enabled.

Overall there was plenty that I learned from this event, which has enhanced my knowledge of cloud computing. From having a tailored approach to meet business requirements, ensuring effective security measures are incorporated, and having the right infrastructure in place, cloud migration is a very complex process, that requires detailed work, planning and implementation.

I have also learned that successful cloud migration is not just about meeting the business needs. This is because it also requires the input and support of all affected parties from directors, managers and staff at all levels, who will be using the cloud. Securing data and resources must also be taken seriously, as although cloud providers are responsible for providing services and hosting, businesses are still responsible for adhering to various legislation e.g. GDPR. This explains why some on-site-resources such as legacy databases containing confidential or sensitive information, may not be suitable for cloud migration. Finally, I have also learned that businesses need to have the physical infrastructure and suitable Internet connectivity in place, to support the migration and access to cloud services.

Overall, I enjoyed the event and found it educational. My thanks go to Ian, Rachel, Vincent, Jason and Paul for sharing their knowledge, experience and expertise, as I came away enlightened and more informed about the possibilities, that cloud migration provides.

I enjoy attending these tech events, to not only meet and learn from fellow professionals in the IT industry, but they also remind me to use technical, communication and practical skills to empower others.

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Weightmans Wednesday – Your Time 2 Change

Mental health is a very important and necessary topic today. How we feel in our personal lives, affects how we feel and perform professionally. If somebody is struggling, it not only has an impact on their professional performance, but also personal relationships inside and outside the office.

Recently I listened to a fascinating talk at this month’s Weightmans Wednesday bi-monthly event in Liverpool. Hosted by Judi Hastings from Your Time 2 Change, the purpose of this talk was to discuss aspects of the mind that affect how we feel, think and act habitually. It was a brief and insightful glimpse into the workings of the human mind, and how it can either help or hold people back.

With a blend of humour, knowledge and heartfelt storytelling, I was impressed with how Judi talked about her background. From being bullied in secondary school, to telling about how a residential course changed her life, leading to learning and coaching people and businesses, Judi showed how you can change your life by altering your mind-set, to overcome challenges and be successful. Listening to her every word, I could not help but admire and learn plenty from Judi’s talk.

What did I learn from the event? The answer is several useful points about how the mind works, and how it affects our reactions to the environment around us. To give you an indication, I have listed some of the key takeaways below:

  1. Your beliefs can lie to you.
  2. Conditioning can be personally empowering or debilitating.
  3. Some of your personal habits are destroying you.
  4. As human beings, humans love what is familiar and comfortable.
  5. Confidence is a skill that you can learn.
  6. The unfamiliar is not something that we as human being like.
  7. When you change what you believe, you can change your life.
  8. Changing your beliefs and habits take hard work and plenty of practice.
  9. Body image starts in the mind and not in the mirror.
  10. How you feel personally affects how you feel professionally.
  11. Know what values your habits provide to you and others.
  12. Everyone is different and unique to each other.

From the above, I have come away enlightened about how conditioning, beliefs and habits affect how we interact with our surrounding environment. In addition, I now understand more how self-limiting beliefs and remaining in your comfort zone restrict your growth as a person, and as a professional. Finally I have learned that habits can be beneficial, if they bring positive value to your life, or they can be negatively destructive. Therefore to summarise, it is important to continue learning and pushing yourself, and that changing beliefs take plenty of hard work and rigorous practice.

In conclusion, I would like to thank Judi for giving an interesting talk and sharing her story. My thanks also go to everyone at Weightmans, for organising a good evening of networking.

LinkedIn Local Liverpool – A Review

Have you ever tried to get to know the person behind their LinkedIn profile?

As a social networking site, LinkedIn is popular with professionals. With the platform’s ability to connect with colleagues, prospective clients, recruiters and acquaintances amongst others, it is easy to connect and build online relationships. However, this overreliance easily leads to offline networking being seriously neglected. Therefore, it is important to combine online networking, with getting to know your LinkedIn contacts through offline networking.

Last week, I attended a brand-new event called LinkedIn Local Liverpool, which was held in Hinterlands in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle. Devised by Leon McCowan of Your Business Mobiles, who is a prominent networker in Liverpool, the purpose of this event was to allow local LinkedIn users to meet and network face-to-face, build relationships and learn from a variety of speakers. As well as being a networking event with a difference, it also included a charitable element, with registrants donating to The Whitechapel Centre, which is a charity that supports homeless people in Liverpool.

From left to right: Dave Verburg, Pam Case, Leon McCowan, Jeanne Hatton and James Wallis.

The event opened with a brief introduction by Julianna Petkovic from The Whitechapel Centre, on the important work they do in supporting the homeless. This was followed by a series of brief, educational and energetic talks by Pam Case from LinkedOffline (who host really good events), Dave Verburg of Asentiv (another of the most connected networkers in Liverpool) and finally James Wallis and Jeanne Hatton from Wirral Digital. From listening and taking in the knowledge and insights of each speaker, I was not only able to consolidate my own LinkedIn knowledge, but it was also a timely and useful reminder of the importance of offline networking, as the effects can be rewarding when both are combined!

I have previously mentioned how you can get the best out of LinkedIn. Therefore, I found this event to be a useful and rewarding experience, as it is important to balance online and offline networking, and there were other takeaways, which I have learned and added to my networking armoury. To give you a flavour, I have included some examples below.

  1. Try to get to know the person behind the LinkedIn profile.
  2. Remember to be your genuine self both online and offline.
  3. Build relationships first, as networking is about collaboration.
  4. Turn your posts into conversations, ask questions and include pictures.
  5. Remember to listen and respect the opinions of others.
  6. With the LinkedIn mobile app, you can search for others using Bluetooth technology.
  7. Make use of filtered LinkedIn searches, as this is a powerful tool.
  8. Storytelling is everything.
  9. LinkedIn and offline networking are about how you can help others.

From what I learned and have taken away from the evening, I was delighted to attend the event. For a networking enthusiast like myself, I was delighted to attend and catch up with many familiar faces. It was also a pleasure to make new connections, including Alex McCann and Kirsty James from LinkedIn Local Manchester (hopefully a potential and prosperous future partnership linking both of our great cities, and the Northern Powerhouse).

I would like to thank Leon for devising the event, which also helped to raise over £450 for The Whitechapel Centre. My thanks also go to Alex Clark and Ciara Hutchison of Professional Liverpool, Elaine Courtney of Courtney Recruitment, photographer Arthur Gold, and to Dave, Pam, James and Jeanne for sharing their expertise. This was an event of positive energy which was so infectious, that I loved it, and I certainly would attend another one very soon.

To conclude, I would like to leave you with the following questions.

  1. How do you use LinkedIn?
  2. What value can you bring and add to the lives of others?
  3. Does your LinkedIn profile accurately reflect who you genuinely are?
  4. How do you want your LinkedIn audience to interact with you?
  5. Do you try and measure how productive your networking relationships are?
  6. Do you get to know LinkedIn and other contacts offline?

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Ubiquity City Social – Food & Drink SUCCESS Code Showcase

Do you enjoy listening to the stories of others?

One of the joys of networking for me, is listening and learning from the stories of experienced people. Through attending events, I have been inspired and touched by the stories told, drawn from speakers’ experiences in business and in life, especially when they have encountered and overcome adversity.

At this month’s Ubiquity City Social event at Rocket & Ruby in Liverpool, I was privileged to listen to two great speakers in Steve McNicholas and Andy Grant. Not only are both successful, but what made them stand out was how they have encountered and conquered adversity, by taking and rolling with the punches, to become successful speakers and best-selling authors. I was really looking forward to listening to their stories, and I was not to be disappointed.

Steve McNicholas

With three decades in business, Steve gave a fascinating insight into his personal journey, which encompassed the theme of “brown envelopes”. This is because Steve has encountered and conquered several challenges from failing school exams and suffering the indignity of redundancy, to become a successful business consultant, coach and author, with his second book Unlock the Success Code only recently published. Steve has a burning hot passion to help others and raise money for MS, which is a cause very close to his heart, and one that deserves support.

Andy’s story was not only unique, but also inspiring and emotional. As a Royal Marine, Andy suffered serious injuries in a bomb attack in Afghanistan in 2009, resulting in his right leg being amputated, along with sustaining other serious injuries. To overcome such a harrowing experience and become a highly successful motivational speaker, takes courage and heart, and listening to Andy talk about how he turned his life around and achieve so much was incredibly moving. Since then, Andy has gone on to become the fastest 10k single leg amputee in the world, and has also given motivational talks to schools, organisations, charities and even the England football team. In addition, Andy has written a best-selling book called, You’ll Never Walk, which tells his personal story.

As well as being great speakers, and having written successful books, I also noticed other similarities between Steve and Andy. For instance, I was impressed with how both speakers were humble, humorous and approachable to listen and chat with. Both showed a desire and willingness to help others, which is important in business and in life. I also recognised how both Steve and Andy were determined and took ownership, which is very important to improve your personal and professional life.

I also enjoyed the surroundings of Rocket and Ruby. With delicious food and drink, pleasant surroundings and plenty of networking, this made for an interesting and enjoyable evening. It was also good to catch up with several familiar faces, including some I had not seen for a long while.

In conclusion, I loved every moment of the evening. As with all of Ubiquity’s events, this one was not only great for networking, but also to listen, be inspired and moved by Steve and Andy’s experiences. This was an experience that I shall treasure, and I admire how both Steve and Andy have shown inspiration and courage in the face of adversity, and by taking ownership and learning from their individual experiences, they are both a credit to themselves, and an inspiration to others. Indeed, what I have learned is the first step to success, is to take personal responsibility for everything you do.

I would like to thank Joel Jelen and everyone at Ubiquity PR, along with the staff at Rocket and Ruby. Finally, I would also like to thank both Steve and Andy for sharing their inspirational stories, which all contributed together for a lovely event.