July 28, 2021

We’re Breaking the Cycle with Sir Chris Hoy

Connect Three is proud to have taken up the challenge laid down by Sir Chris Hoy and Social Bite to do our part to Break the Cycle of homelessness.  We are joining the race to raise £1million to help build two new Social Bite villages in two new cities in the UK.

On his bike…David will be taking part in a 60 mile cycle on Sunday 5th September.  He will be setting off from the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow, and pedalling a challenging 60 mile route across Scotland’s central belt, crossing the finish line in Edinburgh – just along from Social Bite’s flagship village in Granton.

On our feet…The rest of the team will be taking part in the virtual challenge, and walking the equivalent of John O’Groats to Lands End…and back again!  That is 3.4million steps…yup, 3.4million steps in the month of August.

Get involved…We are aiming to raise £1000 as a team, and anyone who would like to sponsor us, or just make a donation to the SocialBite cause, can get involved here.

June 30, 2021

Reflecting on Pride Month 2021

On Monday some of the team took the morning off from virtual meetings and went for a walk up Ben A’an as part of our Wellbeing initiative, headed by Katy.  We also took the opportunity to make it a learning day around the theme of Pride, since it’s pride month and our walk coincided with the 51st anniversary of the first ever Pride march.
We asked each other questions from a quiz, which sparked amazing conversations and stories, and learning, about Pride and what it means to us as individuals and as a team.

February 12, 2021

Connect Three accredited by the Good Business Charter

Breaking News... Connect Three has achieved our Good Business Charter accreditation! The GBC is an initiative that promotes the importance of responsible business practices, measuring businesses against ten components including real living wage, fairer hours and contracts, employee well-being and environmental responsibility. By recognising businesses that meet their high standards, the Good Business Charter aims to inspire other organisations to follow suit.

The GBC consists of 10 components:

  1. We are a Living Wage Employer who pays directly employed staff and regular contracted staff the regular living wage.
  2. We commit to a fair approach to zero or minimal hours contract including giving at least two weeks’ notice for scheduling shifts and still paying shifts cancelled at less than two weeks’ notice. We commit to give proper consideration to providing contracts with guaranteed hours. Both of the above necessary unless requested otherwise by the employee of their own free will.
  3. We will have clear, fair and transparent policies that support and encourage employee well-being and ban unreasonable penalties for legitimate sickness.
  4. We will engage with worker representatives and ensure there is a voice that represents employees around the boardroom table.
  5. We will commit time and money to creating an inclusive workplace. We will monitor the diversity of our workforce, commit to close the gender, disability and ethnicity pay gaps and narrow the CEO/worker pay gap.
  6. We care about the environment and have an environmental policy which demonstrates the ways in which we are committed to reducing our environmental impact and continually improving our environmental performance.
  7. We commit to pay our taxes, not engage in tax avoidance and be transparent in our relationship with HMRC.
  8. We recognise our commitment to our customers. We publish this commitment on our website and gather and monitor customer feedback, reporting to the board and addressing concerns.
  9. We commit to the standards set out in the Ethical Trading Initiative Base Code where relevant to our organisation.
  10. We are signatories of the government’s Prompt Payment Code.

For more details for each of these components and to find out more about the GBC visit: www.goodbusinesscharter.com

January 8, 2021

Career Ready Scotland 2021

2021 marks the third year Connect Three will be involved in Career Ready Scotland mentoring scheme.  This year's programme launches on Monday and it aims to help progress young people (S5/S6 students) to positive post school destinations by equipping them with the skills necessary and giving them access to a support network.

Throughout the programme we work on developing skills that the students have identified as improvement areas, as well as abilities that we can give them experience in to help add to their repertoire. After a series of coaching, masterclasses and potentially workplace visits, the programme is finished with a four week paid internship where the students can experience first-hand what it is like to work at Connect Three.

This is a hugely rewarding programme for both the students and for myself, I believe that it is extremely important that opportunities such as these are offered to young people to help provide them with the skills and experience they otherwise may not have access to. Find out more information on the Career Ready website.

~ Craig

December 2, 2020

Not your Average Christmas Party

Usually when December comes around, the Connect Three Countdown begins.  Last year we had elaborate quizzes, a painting class, cake, a trip to a champagne bar, a team meal at an Italian restaurant, a trip to a bowling alley, and our team awards.  This year, we have lockdown so things are a little different...ok, a LOT different.  Our team is currently scattered across the UK, all in different lockdown tiers, so getting together is not an option, but it isn't going to stop us celebrating the amazing things we have achieved this year.

This year we donated what we would have spent on our fancy Italian dinner to the Hospitality Action Invisible Christmas Party Initiative. Hospitality Action's work support members of the hospitality industry whose livelihoods are disappearing at a time when the industry should have been at its busiest. If your company would like to get involved, you can find out more here.

Even with a restaurant meal off the cards, we still managed a team dinner.  Through the magic of Just Eat vouchers, we treated the team and their families to a dinner of their choice.  From sushi, to Peking duck, a pizza an outdoor cinema, and an ambitious munchie box that made us all feel strangely jealous, we didn't have our usual party hats on, but we still connected as best we could.

Then, last week the team were all surprised by a special delivery - an advent calendar in the post!  Mindfulness for Katy, teas for Barbs, and chocolate for David - now we're all set to countdown to Christmas together. We're also still managing a virtual party, secret santa, collaborating on happy playlists which we can all listen to, sharing learning and book suggestions and celebrating birthdays and milestones. We're doing our best to stay together while we're apart.

We love hearing how our clients, suppliers and friends are engaging with their teams during these strange times we're living in.  Your stories inspire us - send us a message on social media and let us know what you've been up to.

October 21, 2020

October Newsletter


New website. New products. New newsletter.

We have been busy bees and we are so excited to show you what we have been working on. We've refreshed our brand and website to help us show off our new products.

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Managing People for Growth
Our Managing People for Growth programme of workshops and support is designed to enable managers to become fully effective in their role as people managers by giving them access to tools and learning to help set them up for success. Our next cohort starts in November - secure your place now by emailing hello@connectthree.co.uk

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Incredible ways that Career Transition support changes lives
Career transition support changes lives – because it’s person-centred, practical and taps into your potential. And when done well, its impact is amazing… Read the full article from our resident guru Fiona on our website...

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Glasgow Business Growth Fund
The Glasgow Business Growth Fund programme is now live for applications! Through this new fund, SMEs will have access to a range of specialist support from experts (including the Connect Three team!) and there is also a range of Business Accelerator Programmes that combine traditional teaching methodologies with guidance and mentorship. Read our launch blog here:

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March 25, 2020

Pro Bono Coaching

The Connect Three team is offering pro bono, remote, 1-2-1 coaching sessions for up to 30 business owners/leaders until the end of May to help support people during this tough time. Maybe you are concerned about the future, or want to build personal resilience. Perhaps you are just looking for ways to be your best self, or navigate complexity and change.
 
Whatever your reason might be, we are offering a safe space to talk to someone who is trained to coach you through this crazy time. We will listen, coach, and help you to identify your best options for the way forward.
 
We want to help as many people as we can so please share this far and wide. If you could use some help, email hello@connectthree.co.uk and we'll be in touch.

February 24, 2020

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, 2020

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! 🥳

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