The Lifetime team were left buzzing by a quite inspirational visitor on Monday afternoon!
Webmart CEO Simon Biltcliffe had been invited to come and talk to the Lifetimers about his own personal and professional journey, and the right culture a company should be looking to live by.
And what a talk it was! The staff were blown away by Simon’s presentation, packed full of passion, drive, witty insights and ideas on business.
Since founding Webmart in 1996, the Barnsley-born businessman (pictured below, photo courtesy of Angus Thomas) spends every day striving to make Webmart the world’s best print services agency – ‘and making the world a better place’.
He says of Webmart: “We’re a collection of print experts and enthusiasts with a passion for delivering world-class print procurement, consulting and innovation, wrapped up in legendary levels of customer service. We’re also determined to make a difference in the world and have fun along the way!
“We’re a business whose core motivation is to do good and help those around us while doing business.
“We’ve developed our own business philosophy called Marxist-Capitalism – where we use capitalism to generate the income and Marxism to distribute the value created back to the Webmarteers and beyond.”
Simon is also one of Lifetime’s ‘Barnsley Businesses Inspiring Students’ (BBIS) speakers.
Desert Island Discs: Episode 25, Wrap Administrator Amy Brown:
There are so many songs I could have chosen for my Desert Island Discs! It has taken me a long time to choose just eight, but here they are:
Disc One: Common People – Pulp
This song takes me back to my childhood camping and caravanning days with my parents and our dogs; some very happy years. This song was one of my dad’s favourites and it always got played on our travels up to Whitby, Robin Hood’s Bay and Flamborough. It got played that much I think I actually know it word for word.
Disc Two: Bittersweet Symphony – The Verve
Just a song I have always loved from the moment I heard it. There isn’t any reasoning behind it but I imagine it would be a nice song to chill out to on a desert island.
Disc Three: Not Nineteen Forever – The Courteeners
An upbeat song that always reminds me of my late teenage years, being 19 in particular when I first heard it. Secondly, the lyrics ‘Not nineteen forever, pull yourself together’ was poignant to me at the time, it sounds silly but it was around the time I moved out of my family home in with my partner at the young age of 20. Let’s just say I had to ‘pull myself together’ and stand on my own two feet rather quickly!
Disc Four: Take Me To Church – Hozier
I first heard this song just before a skiing holiday to Austria with my friends in January 2015. It was played quite a lot on the slopes that holiday and I couldn’t stop singing it, so whenever I hear it now it always brings back great memories of a fantastic holiday.
Disc Five: Happy – Pharrell Williams
Whenever I hear this song it always makes me sing and get up and dance! I absolutely love it and it makes me feel so happy! It also always reminds me of the film Despicable Me. I may be 24 but I’m definitely a big kid when it comes to animated films and Disney films.
Disc Six: Cassius – Foals
One of my absolute favourite bands – and it was so difficult for me to choose just one song!
Disc Seven: Right Here, Right Now – Fatboy Slim
I’ve seen him four times now, twice in England and twice in Ibiza, and I absolutely loved him. This song brings back such good memories of those nights and holidays and it always puts me in a great mood whenever I hear it.
Disc Eight: Re-Wired – Kasabian
Another one of my favourite bands, taken from my favourite Kasabian album ‘Velociraptor’. I can listen to the album for hours and it’s a firm favourite for my gym soundtrack.
Choice of Book: Living Wild – Bear Grylls
I know I would be absolutely useless when it comes to fending for myself in the wild, so I think this would be a sensible choice to take with me on a desert island!
Luxury Item: Duvet
I didn’t have to think long about this one! I would definitely take my duvet, it is one thing I could not live without. I’m almost always cold and at the end of the day I love getting into bed and snuggling down under my big fluffy duvet with a good book!
It is always nice to be complimented, to be congratulated and encouraged for doing things a certain way. To be recognised as being on the right track.
Here at Lifetime we strive to be different. Being the same as the majority of finance firms does not ‘float our boat’.
Our social media policy is to engage as well as try to educate, to communicate in a lively, informative, innovative way. Yes, we sometimes talk about what we do, financial planning, pensions etc, but we also use our social media platforms to participate in conversations, share ideas and thoughts, and offer people a window into who we are as people. All with a sense of fun and adventure.
So it was lovely to receive a couple of great Twitter messages from Steve Bee, who, on Twitter, goes by the name of @PensionsGuru.
Steve has for decades been one of the industry’s most high profile pundits and most influential thinkers, receiving a number of accolades for his cartoons on pensions.
After we had put up a Twitter message with a youtube link to our ‘Here Is A Man/Big Questions’ video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdVxmrLojiQ) Steve posted his own Twitter comment, saying “I really like this company and this video.”
On thanking Steve for his kind words, the ‘Pension Guru’ replied: “You’re welcome. It’s refreshing to see the kind of things you are using to reach out to people. Keep it up!”
We will, Steve, we will. Especially when we get the sort of feedback that you have given us.
Building a culture where everyone is part of a happy, vibrant, innovative and passionate team.
That is what Lifetime strives to do, each and every day.
And in 2017 the workplace culture is more important than ever.
A person’s working hours is something that they should not fear, or dread every morning when they wake up. Employees should look forward to going to their jobs. In fact, they should have a hard time leaving because they not only enjoy the challenges, but they also get on well with their co-workers, and the atmosphere is one where enthusiasm, a sense of fun mixed with purpose, and innovative ideas abound.
Jobs should not provoke stress in employees. Or jealousy. It should not lead to splits. Or mini empire building between various departments.
A great culture can prevent these things. And a business benefits as a result. Happy employees with a ‘all for one, one for all’ attitude leads to more productivity, greater innovation, better results.
When a business is more productive, it is working faster – and when it works faster, it can get a leg up on the competition. So it is worth the investment for companies to build and nourish their culture.
This week the various Lifetimers who deliver service support got together for a ‘brain-storming’ session, discussing ideas and new ways that our company can continue to build a ‘happy ship’ that can sail into 2017 and beyond with confidence, belief, passion and a feeling of togetherness.
Barnsley Hospice Events Fundraiser Mandy Ibbotson was a welcome guest to Lifetime House on Thursday morning.
She had popped along to chat with MD Ian Dickinson and Social Media Manager Andrew Lodge about the annual hospice golf day, an event held in May at Silkstone Golf Club and sponsored by Lifetime.
But not only did Mandy go away happy with the arrangements and new ideas for the 2017 event on Friday, May 19 , she also had safely tucked away yet another cheque for the hospice (£128.78) from Lifetime’s hugely successful referral scheme (see picture below).
Lifetime has built up a very strong relationship with Barnsley Hospice over the years.
The 'Barnsley Businesses Inspiring Students' project (BBIS) is the brainchild of Lifetime - and is currently being run in conjunction with Horizon College, Darton College, Penistone, Greenacre and Holy Trinity. It is an exciting journey, one which hopefully will help inspire the future generation of successful employers and employees in and around the Barnsley borough.
The foundation of our financial management business has always been the relationships we have had with our clients and Lifetime has been built upon their loyalty and the level of service we have been able to provide. We have grown and continue to do so through the recommendations and referrals we receive from them, this...
Barnsley Hospice Corporate Fundraiser Simon Atkinson was a welcome visitor to Lifetime this morning – to receive another cheque from our highly successful referral scheme. Simon was all smiles as he was presented with a cheque for £632.18 from Lifetime financial planner Steve Baskind. (see picture below). Said Simon: “We are very, very grateful to Lifetime...