December 2, 2021

Connect with…Gregor!

It’s that time again, another new face for me to introduce you to – everyone, say hello to Gregor!

Hi Gregor, welcome to the team. Tell us what your role is at Connect Three and what you do.

I’m the Learning Coordinator, my role is split between coordinating the learning projects, research and delivery of those projects and supporting business development.

Amazing! We’re so glad you’re here. I know you haven’t been with us long, but what has been your favourite moment in Connect Three so far?

Does finding out that our Chief Explorer was gluten-free like me count? It means there’s always snacks in the office, and beers at the parties that I can have!

Haha! I’ll let you have that one. I know like a lot of the team you are a big reader, so what are you reading right now?

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking’ by Susan Cain. As a very extroverted person it’s interesting to hear more from an introverted perspective.

Lovely, I like a good book recommendation. Next up - which business leader would you like to have a cup of tea with?

Yvon Chouinard – founder of Patagonia: I think all businesses should be led with his mindset.

Oh, great choice! OK, finally, if you could only give one piece of advice to people starting out on their career reading this, what would it be?

Take time to decide who you want to be and where you want to go. If you’re willing to spend 2 hours planning a week-long holiday then, by the same ratio, you should spend 6 months of working hours planning your career. I got this from 80,000hours.org and it completely makes sense to me!

Thank you so much for your time today Gregor – I’m sure we’ll be hearing from you on the blog again soon!

November 26, 2021

We are a B Corp! Connect Three achieves B Corp Certification

It's been a really exciting week for the team at Connect Three as we found out that we officially achieved our B Corp Status!  The accreditation rewards our work to become one of the UK's most ethical companies and achieving it has been our goal for a long time.  Giving Back is at the heart of our business, and we are passionate about living out our values and showing that business can, and should, put people over profit, and to be rewarded for our efforts has been a fantastic end-of-year boost for the team.

To become an accredited B Corp, every aspect of our business was graded against the association's rigorous testing system, 'The B Impact Assessment'.  We were judged on how our day-to-day operations create positive impact for our people, our community, and the environment, and what our business is doing to make a positive social impact in the wider world.

The accreditation shows that we’re using our business as a force for good, and that we are focused on driving positive change through how work every day.  We may be the first consulting firm of our kind to achieve this prestigious recognition, but we won't be resting on our laurels!  We have big plans for how we can continue to improve and expand our positive impact every day.

What is a B Corp? 

There are just 4,000 certified B Corps including international brands like Innocent, Patagonia, and The Body Shop.

"Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

Society’s most challenging problems cannot be solved by government and non-profits alone. By harnessing the power of business, B Corps use profits and growth as a means to a greater end: positive impact for their employees, communities, and the environment. The B Corp community works toward reduced inequality, lower levels of poverty, a healthier environment, stronger communities, and the creation of more high quality jobs with dignity and purpose." B Corporation

What being a B Corp means to us

Colin started Connect Three with the goal of helping business managers to become inspirational leaders who build healthy businesses that are great places to work.  Now we work to help leaders become someone who makes a positive impact on everyone that they interact with.

"Connect Three is about educating others to have a positive impact in the world. To know that we have been held accountable for the ethics which we promote, and rewarded with this certification is a fantastic affirmation for myself and the team.  It's a real testament to what we've been working on for the last 7 years, and I could not be more proud of what we've accomplished."

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.
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