February 24, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Connect Three Helping Drive Growth in Glasgow’s SMEs

The team at Connect Three has been selected to be advisors on Glasgow City Council’s new Glasgow Business Growth Programme.  The programme is designed to create a connected and collaborative network of specialists and experts.  We will be part of a group of top Scottish firms including Harper Macleod and Wylie & Bisset, working together to deliver an unrivalled level of support in the UK for local SMEs.

The programme aims to deliver sustainable growth for small businesses, and to improve the city’s business start-up and SME survival rates.  SMEs will have access to a range of specialist support from Connect Three under our capacity in Leadership, Skills and Resource consultancy.  We will provide support including reviewing existing Leadership Development processes and reporting on their future suitability, making recommendations for future actions.  We will also provide a range of support across leadership and management skills including  Organisational Development, Succession Planning, Capacity Building and HR Support.  Businesses will receive support based on their needs and their commitment to inclusive economic growth.

Colin Lamb, Connect Three’s Founder and Chief Explorer says; “It is rare for a programme to come along that offers real support for SMEs across their entire business lifecycle.  Whatever stage they are at, whatever potential they have, or problem they might be facing, the Glasgow Business Growth Programme has a solution for that, and at Connect Three we are pleased to be a part of it.”

Connect Three has been part of the Business Growth Fund’s Programme since the Framework initially launched in 2017 and we are so pleased to be part of the new programme until December 2022.

You can find out more about the Glasgow Business Growth Programme here.

January 31, 2020Comments are off for this post.

Happy Birthday to us!

Today Connect Three is 5 years old. When we started in 2015, our plan was to use the power of creativity to support and shape businesses, developing their people and pushing them to reach their potential. Over the years we have pulled together a dynamic team of Consultants who are all on the same page, in the same book, in the same library. Today we are going to celebrate all of the people and businesses we have worked with and seen develop and flourish.

We are proud to practice what we preach, and it has been great to be acknowledged for our work in people development and Fair Work, with some brilliant awards over the years. These awards are not why we do it, but it's always nice for the team to be recognised!

Really, we just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported us and worked with us to date, we would not be here without you. Here's to the next 5 and beyond! 🥳

November 18, 2019Comments are off for this post.

International Men’s Day

Tuesday 19th November marks International Men’s Day, when companies and organisations around the world will be celebrating positive male role models and working to raise awareness of men’s well-being at home and in the workplace.  Founded in 1999 by Dr Jerome Teelucksingh, a lecturer at the University of the West Indies, the day is designed to highlight men’s and boy’s mental health, focus on improving gender relations and gender equality, and recognise male role models who actively and positively contribute to communities, places of work, friendships, families, marriages, and childcare.

At Connect Three we are heading to Family Friendly Working Scotland’s “Being a Working Man in 2019” event today which looks at flexible working for men in the 21st century.  When we celebrated International Women’s Day as a team earlier in the year, we held a workshop and reflected on ways in which we could balance our professional and personal lives for the better.  This is a problem faced by men as much as women in our society, so a key mission for us on International Men’s Day, and beyond, is to work towards Scottish men being offered the same family friendly, and life friendly, flexible working opportunities as women.

At tonight’s session, senior business leaders in Glasgow will come together to discuss why and how more men need to be encouraged and supported to work flexibly.  Currently, far fewer men than women work flexibly which is a problem for men, society, our economy and gender equality.

Studies have shown that men who do work flexibly find it is good for their wellbeing and their relationships; and employers find that it is good for business as it engenders more loyal and committed staff.  However, many men who want to work more flexibly find it difficult and feel it is not always acceptable in the workplace or society.

For too long, the gender equality conundrum has been left to women to fix and flexible working has been a woman’s issue, but women are also looking for more men to work flexibly as this is considered to be the key solution to reducing the gender pay gap.

Tonight’s conversation will centre on what can be gained by men, women, business and society, when more men work flexibly and when men help to drive the conversation forward.

It wouldn’t be right to sign off without saying a huge Connect Three thanks to the men in our team – Colin, Craig and David.  You make what we do one of the best jobs in the world, thank you!

October 30, 2019Comments are off for this post.

Connect Three wins Fair Work Award at Glasgow Business Awards

After our recent success at the Glasgow Business Awards, where we won the Fair Work Award (1-50 employees), our founder & Chief Explorer, Colin Lamb, talks about why fair work is not just important at Connect Three but essential for Glasgow’s growing economy.


"Fair Work, is what is says on the tin really. It’s about creating a workplace culture and environment that allows employees to bring their best selves to work every day.

"Many business leaders we work with ask us 'how do you get teams and individuals engaged and how do you get discretionary effort?'. The answer for me lies within the 5 elements of Scottish Government’s Fair Work Framework.

"Fair Work covers working practices and policies in five areas: Employee Voice; Opportunity; Security; Fulfilment and Respect. These are the ingredients for for a fool-proof recipe of a highly productive culture.

"A few examples of our people practices are flexible working, no zero hour contracts, Living Wage accredited, Personal training budgets, Investors in Young People accredited, job buddying, capability matrix and learning plans, personal wellbeing allowance, investing in charities and helping young people flourish through work experience and internship opportunities.

"Fair Work is also about creating, as coined by Prof. Amy Edmundson, ‘psychological safety’ in the workplace. A workplace where you can speak freely without fear of being shut down and have the ability to make mistakes and learn from them. This learning focussed culture is where we start to see personal growth leading to increased engagement and productivity levels.

"Our company values help to promote and demonstrate this well. Be Curious, Be Bold and Be You. We encourage all members of our team to ask lots of questions, contribute ideas, challenge thinking (even mine!) and importantly bring their full selves to work each day - warts and all. We are all human at the end of the day and we need to understand our teams better. Utilising your people’s strengths and providing them with the right support will help them flourish.

"Connect Three are absolutely thrilled and extremely proud to have been awarded this special Business Award through Glasgow Chamber of Commerce (sponsored by RBS). It is a very important award for us that shows our clients and partners that we practice what we preach (being a people focussed consultancy) and gives us recognition internally for demonstrating best practice in what we do."

Here’s a link to the Fair Work Framework, if you are interested in enhancing your culture or looking to increase productivity through your people.

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