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ITCS Apprentice Completes Qualification and Awarded Permanent Job Role

ITCS’s latest apprentice, Joel Davies, has completed his training and accepted a permanent position at their Bridgend based offices as a Level 2 IT Support engineer.

Joel was offered the apprenticeship after a week’s work experience. Since undertaking the qualification he has excelled in his role. 

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As part of his apprenticeship, Joel was involved in a number of different projects as he developed his capabilities and gained practical experience. He began in the workshop repairing hardware faults, and due to his excellent manner with clients, quickly became situated on the support desk.

Joel’s apprenticeship has allowed him to become confident helping clients, and he is now familiar with many technical domains. He is now confident resolving issues within areas around Active Directory, Group Policy, Network Security, Mail Hosting Platforms (Microsoft Exchange/Office 365), VPN (ipsec, L2TP, PPTP, SSL), Proactive Maintenance (Backup Solutions/Compliancy Reporting), Virtual Environments, Switches and Servers, as well as general DNS, DHCP and Router Management. Joel also becomes involved with mail migrations to an Office 365 solution from a POP/IMAP or Microsoft Onsite Exchange platforms.

ITCS is committed to supporting the development of talented young people with apprenticeships, student placements and graduate opportunities; the Directors believe that nurturing new talent is a key component of the company’s long-term workforce development.

ITCS are working closely with Bridgend College to develop specialist modules and to encourage apprenticeships within the technology sector. We recognise the importance of investing in the next generation of IT engineers and work closely with the college to tailor modules that will allow our current employees to train our apprentices to the highest standard.

Joel said: “My colleagues have supported me since my first day and ITCS has really helped me during my apprenticeship. I felt comfortable and part of the team very quickly, even though I was still learning on the job. I’m really happy to have been offered a permanent role at ITCS; I’m looking forward to working on bigger projects and growing within my role”.

Matthew Mutlow, Operations Director, said: “Joel integrated into the business very quickly and is a valued member of our team. He has worked hard during his apprenticeship and we are delighted to be able to reward his efforts by offering him a permanent job at ITCS. Apprenticeships are an important part of our workforce development. We feel they are so valuable, as they not only offer people opportunities to develop their skills, but also to develop themselves, as people. I have every confidence that Joel will continue to thrive as a permanent ITCS employee, and we look forward to welcoming more apprentices into the fold to develop more budding engineers.”

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Web Designer/Developer required to join growing web team

What are we looking for?

We are looking for an experienced WordPress developer to grow with us as we expand the company. Are you looking to progress your career in a well-established business? If you are passionate about web design and development and can produce a high standard end-to-end websites aligned to a design brief, either from mock-ups provided by a designer, or from scratch, then this may be the role for you.

Who are ITCS?

Established in 2004, ITCS is a UK-wide business technology partner. With our network of Support Engineers, Telecoms Specialists, and software professionals, we offer IT Support, Business Telecoms, Website design and other digital services, UK Wide.

We are an established, award-winning company with a culture of continuous development, and take pride when it comes to the progression and development of our teams. Building on our sixteen-year history, we have ambitious plans to continue to grow the business and our aim is to become one of the best places to work in the UK.

If you are looking to kick start/progress your IT career in a role with great benefits and are ready to work hard to deliver outstanding results and have fun along the way, then NOW is the time to join us.

What are the benefits of working for ITCS?

  • Flexible approach to working with both on-site and desk-based tasks
  • Enrolled in an accredited qualification from day one with the company
  • Access to a fleet vehicle for visits to customer sites
  • Equipment provided i.e. laptops, tablets, etc.
  • Company and team social events
  • Gym membership contribution
  • Access to exclusive deals
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Company pension
  • On-site parking
  • Holidays including bank holidays
  • Training and education plans
  • Progression opportunities
  • Opportunity for on-call and overtime hours in evenings and on weekends
  • Competitive salary – permanent position
  • Full uniform

You will have varied experience in Website Design and a high degree of expertise developing within WordPress. To be considered for the role you will need to be an excellent communicator and be able to deal with all kinds of companies and people, both technical and non-technical.

We have a wide range of clients with varying Website Development and design needs from ongoing maintenance to full redesign projects.

The candidates for the web designer/developer role should:

  • have skills in software programming and graphics
  • have creativity and a good imagination
  • be adaptable and able to pick up new techniques
  • have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • be able to work on their own or in a team
  • be able to work to tight deadlines
  • be thorough and precise in their work
  • be able to multi-task
  • be aware of international web standards and protocols
  • be able to use their initiative

Experience Required:

  • Proven knowledge of how to use and build in WordPress
  • Woo Commerce
  • PHP ,HTML, Java and CSS
  • Self-motivated and can work alone
  • 1-2 years’ experience as a web designer/developer having worked either in-house or agency side, or have a strong personal portfolio that demonstrates your ability to develop and design proficiently
  • Adobe or illustrator
  • Knowledge of working SEO practices

Responsibilities:

  • Producing end-to-end websites aligned to the brief, either from mock-ups provided by a designer or from scratch, following brand guidelines
  • Developing engaging and eye-catching websites using WordPress, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP.
  • Provide technical support for both internal and external developments

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

COVID-19 considerations:

  • Personal protective equipment provided
  • Temperature screenings
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitisation, disinfection or cleaning procedures in place

Experience:

  • Proven knowledge of how to use and build in WordPress: 2 years (Preferred)
  • Web Designer/Developer : 2 years (Preferred)
  • PHP ,HTML, Java and CSS: 2 years (Preferred)

Licence:

  • Full UK Drivers License (Minimum 2 Years) (Preferred)

Work remotely:

  • Temporarily due to COVID-19

Apply for this role now:

To apply for this role, please contact us using the form below, attaching a covering statement and your CV.

Your CV (pdf, doc or docx up to 6mb)


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We’re recruiting: IT Engineers of all levels wanted

What are we looking for?

We are looking for IT engineers of all levels to grow with us as we expand the company. Are you looking to progress your IT career in a well-established,  company? If you have IT & Telecoms experience, a solid technical skillset, and the ability to build strong relationships then this is the role for you.

Who are ITCS?

Established in 2004, ITCS is a UK-wide business technology partner. With our network of Support Engineers, Telecoms Specialists, and software professionals, we offer IT Support, Business Telecoms, and other digital services UK Wide.

We are an established, award-winning company with a culture of continuous development, and take pride when it comes to the progression and development of our teams. Building on our sixteen-year history, we have ambitious plans to continue to grow the business and our aim is to become one of the best places to work in the UK.

If you are looking to kick start/progress your IT career in a role with great benefits and are ready to work hard to deliver outstanding results and have fun along the way, then NOW is the time to join us.

What are the benefits of working for ITCS?

  • Flexible approach to working with both on-site and desk-based tasks
  • Enrolled in an accredited qualification from day one with the company
  • Access to a fleet vehicle for visits to customer sites
  • Equipment provided i.e. laptops, tablets, etc.
  • Company and team social events
  • Gym membership contribution
  • Access to exclusive deals
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Company pension
  • On-site parking
  • Holidays including bank holidays
  • Training and education plans
  • Progression opportunities
  • Opportunity for on-call and overtime hours in evenings and on weekends
  • Competitive salary – permanent position
  • Full uniform

What could your typical tasks include?

Level 2 & 3

  • Day to day desktop support.
  • Prioritise and manage own dashboard/workload – taking jobs through from start to completion.
  • Speaking with customers via email and phone for initial requirement capture whilst building positive working relationships with customers and other third party professionals.
  • Remote troubleshooting and fault finding.
  • Respond within agreed time limits and SLA’s.
  • Install, configure, and repair hardware including installation of operating systems and applications.
  • Monitor systems and networks, undertaking fault investigations in local and wide-area environments.
  • Supporting companies through various accreditations and audits.
  • Installation and monitoring of various backup solutions.
  • Installation, configuration, and provisioning of VoIP telephony solutions.
  • Maximising network performance by monitoring performance, troubleshooting network problems and outages, scheduling upgrades, and collaborating with network architects on network optimisation.
  • Securing network systems by establishing and enforcing policies, and defining and monitoring access.
  • Updating job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks, and participating in professional organisations.
  • The support, configuration, and administration of firewall environments in line with IT security policy.
  • Configuration of routing and switching equipment.

Level 3

  • Dealing with escalation requests from the 1st and 2nd line team.
  • Liaising with project management team, 3rd line engineers, and service desk engineers on a regular basis.
  • Office 365 and server implementation/migrations.
  • New customer on-boarding.
  • IT consultancy.
  • Project Management including own forecasting and time management.
  • Remote support of on-site engineers and end users/customers during installation.
  • Establishing networking environment by designing system configuration, directing system installation, defining, documenting, and enforcing system standards.
  • The design and implementation of new solutions and improving the resilience of the current environment.

Which areas do you need to demonstrate a good knowledge and understanding of?

  • Strong telephone manner and customer service skills
  • Desktop PC Support & Repairs
  • Windows Server 2008 through to 2019
  • Microsoft Exchange
  • VPN Technologies
  • Office 365 Administration
  • Active Directory
  • VoIP systems
  • Networking (DHCP, DNS, TCPIP)
  • Wireless Networking
  • Firewall and Network Security Technologies
  • Hyper-V, VMWare, SAN, NAS
  • Automation and Scripting using PowerShell

Job Details

Job Type: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: Level 2: £20,000 – £24,000 (Depending on experience) – Level 3: £24,000 – £30,000 (Depending on experience)

Experience: IT Support for 3 years (desirable but not essential). MSP experience is desirable.

License: Full UK Driving Licence (required – preferably held for a minimum of two years)

Apply for this role now:

To apply for this role, please contact us using the form below, attaching a covering statement and your CV.

Your CV (pdf, doc or docx up to 6mb)


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Windows Server 2008 R2 End of Life Support is nearing: January 14 2020

Only 6 Weeks until Microsoft ends the life of some of its most popular products.

These products include: Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, Office 2010, Windows 7, and selected business server software.

What does that mean for your business?

1. You’ll lag behind your competitors:

There are no patches or updates for old software, leaving businesses
still using it lagging behind competitors.

2. Outdated servers like Windows Server 2008 R2 costs more to run:

Old software costs more to run. Companies that upgrade to smarter,
faster, more secure systems and migrate to the cloud, save a fortune over time with drastically reduced capital costs.

3. You will be vulnerable with Windows Server 2008 R2:

Hackers love end of life operating systems, because it’s far easier to exploit.
The combination of no more security updates and lots of unpatched
holes makes it a prime target for cyber criminals.

4. Windows Server 2008 R2 will not be GDPR compliant:

Organisations that fail to protect their customers’ data are not compliant with GDPR. One of the main criteria of the new regulation is that
you have to use up-to-date, secure operating software, so if yours is falling short then all the hard work you did in 2016 will have been for nothing.

What if I don’t upgrade or replace Windows Server 2008 R2 by January 14th, 2020?

Imagine using a product that a company doesn’t want to take responsibility for anymore. You’ll be using the product at your own risk. This means that Microsoft will not take responsibility for loss of data due to security breaches.

What shall I do?

If you haven’t upgraded yet, it’s best to seek the help of an IT professional. This is a good way to ensure that everything is upgraded correctly and that all firewalls and antivirus are in place and working optimally. Depending on what type of hardware and software you’re using, you may need to take specific steps to make sure everything is fully compatible.

To meet with a member of our team or discuss your needs, please contact the ITCS support desk on 08456 400200 or email support@itcs.co.uk and we will be happy to help.

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ITCS Apprentice Awarded Permanent Job Role After Completing Qualification

ITCS’s latest apprentice, Conlan Davies, has completed his training and accepted a permanent position at their Bridgend based offices as a Level 2 IT Support engineer.

Conlan, 22, was offered the apprenticeship after a week’s work experience, and has excelled in his role.

As part of his apprenticeship, Conlan was involved in a number of different projects as he developed his capabilities and gained practical experience. He began in the workshop repairing hardware faults, and due to his knowledge and excellent manner with clients, quickly became situated on the support desk.

“It allowed me to better my knowledge within a Windows server and networking environment” says Conlan, “My apprenticeship has allowed me to become confident helping clients, and I’m now very familiar with many technical domains” Conlan is comfortable resolving issues within areas around Active Directory, Group Policy, Network Security (firewalls/spam filters), Mail Hosting Platforms (Microsoft Exchange/Office 365), VPN (ipsec, L2TP, PPTP, SSL), Proactive Maintenance (Backup Solutions/Compliancy Reporting), Virtual Environments, Switches and Servers, as well as your general DNS, DHCP and Router Management.

He has also recently been involved with mail migrations to an Office 365 solution from a POP/IMAP or Microsoft Onsite Exchange platforms. “I’d really like to master these migrations in the next few months”, says Conlan.

ITCS is committed to supporting the development of talented young people with apprenticeships, student placements and graduate opportunities; the Directors believe that nurturing new talent is a key component of the company’s long-term workforce development.

ITCS are working closely with Bridgend College to develop specialist modules and to encourage apprenticeships within the technology sector. We recognise the importance of investing in the next generation of IT engineers and work closely with the college to tailor modules that will allow our current employees to train our apprentices to the highest standard.

Conlan said: “My colleagues have supported me since my first day and ITCS has really helped me during my apprenticeship. I felt comfortable and part of the team very quickly, even though I was still learning on the job, because the directors ensure that everyone’s opinion is valued, regardless of their job role or seniority. I’m really happy to have been offered a permanent role at ITCS; I’m looking forward to working on bigger projects and taking on more responsibility”.

Matthew Mutlow, Operations Director, said: “Conlan integrated into the business very quickly and is a valued member of our team. He has worked hard during his apprenticeship and we are delighted to be able to reward his efforts by offering him a permanent job at ITCS.

“Apprenticeships are an important part of our workforce development. We strive to offer people opportunities to develop their skills, but also to develop themselves, as people. I’m sure Conlan will continue to thrive as a permanent ITCS employee, and we look forward to welcoming more apprentices into the fold to develop more budding engineers.”

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Vacancy: Senior IT Support Engineer Wanted

Who We Are:

ITCS (UK) Ltd is a specialist IT and Telecoms company servicing businesses throughout England and Wales. The company is growing at a rapid pace and looking to recruit fresh talent. The company delivers a wide range of IT solutions including Consultancy, Support, Procurement, Web & Software Development and Training. ITCS specialise in flexible IT computer solutions, providing anything from the support of small networks, through to the development and installation of multi-site operations.

We are seeking an innovative Senior IT Support engineer to join our expanding web department in Bridgend.

Do you think you could fit into our Web team? This is what we are looking for:

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Dealing with support requests from the 1st and 2nd line team
  • Establishing networking environment by designing system configuration, directing system installation, defining, documenting, and enforcing system standards
  • The design and implementation of new solutions and improving resilience of the current environment
  • Maximizing network performance by monitoring performance, troubleshooting network problems and outages, scheduling upgrades and collaborating with network architects on network optimisation
  • Undertaking data network fault investigations in local and wide area environments, using information from multiple sources
  • Securing network system by establishing and enforcing policies, and defining and monitoring access
  • The support and administration of firewall environments in line with IT security policy
  • Updating job knowledge by participating in educational opportunities, reading professional publications, maintaining personal networks and participating in professional organisations
  • Reporting network operational status by gathering, prioritising information and managing projects
  • Upgrading data network equipment to latest stable firmware releases
  • Configuration of routing and switching equipment
  • Configuration of hosted IP voice services
  • Configuration of firewalls
  • Remote support of on-site engineers and end users/customers during installation
  • Remote troubleshooting and fault finding if issues occur upon initial installation
  • Capacity management and audit of IP addressing and hosted devices within data centres
  • Liaising with project management team and service desk engineers on a regular basis
  • Speaking with customers via email and phone for initial requirement capture

The Ideal Candidate:

Candidates must be able to demonstrate an excellent knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

  • Networking Knowledge (DHCP, DNS, TCPIP)
  • Windows Server Administration 2008 through to 2019
  • Microsoft Exchange Administration
  • Wireless Networking
  • VPN Technologies
  • Cloud Solutions
  • Cisco/CCNA (Advantageous)

If you think you’d fit into this role, please contact Matt Mutlow, Operations Director, with a CV and covering letter by following the link below:

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Signs It’s Time to Review Your IT Service Provider

Having a good relationship with an IT provider is integral to your business success.

As an SME, the quality of service you get from your suppliers affects everything from your internal operations, to the quality of your customer service.

Lost data, recurring downtime, IT security glitches, poor response times – these can all damage your business reputation.

According to CompTIA, a world leading tech association, reasons for leaving IT Providers usually fall into the following categories:

  •     Poor response times 
  •     Feeling neglected
  •     Too high cost
  •     Lack of innovative solutions
  •     Lack of expertise
  •     Difficult to work with

Here are some of the main tell-tale signs that you need to be considering your IT Provider options:

1. Lack-Lustre Pro-activeness:

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Poor response times are one of the most popular reasons that SMEs search for a new IT Provider. Besides responding to requests quickly, your IT partner should be proactively informing you, and preventing problems before they occur. Routine monitoring and maintenance is imperative, and you have a right to expect this of your IT partner.

With digital innovation continuing to drive business growth, and with ever-evolving cyber-security changes, your need for a proactive approach to your business IT support will be increasing. If you don’t feel that your current provider is providing you with proactive IT Support, you should really think about changing providers.

 

2. Cost:

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Any business owner worth their salt understands that lowest isn’t always the best value for money. With that being said, high costs alone shouldn’t be a reason to change supplier. However, you pay your current provider to keep your network up, running, and problem free.

If you are doubting whether you are getting real value for your money, you can arrange a free site audit with us. One of our engineers will call out and examine your current systems, then provide a report completely free, and with no obligations.

 

3. Recurring Issues:

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Let’s face it; IT will never work like a Swiss watch. There are simply too many variables in business that are beyond your IT provider’s control. However, the entire reason you invest in an IT Partner / IT Department is to avoid day to day business disruption. You trust that your provider will keep downtime to a minimum and keep your data safe. If you feel a bit like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, facing the same issues repeatedly – despite being told that the problem has been fixed – it’s quite clear that your IT provider is not doing everything within their knowledge to discover the cause of the problem and address it properly.

 

4. No Understanding of your Industry:

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Yes, perhaps it’s a lofty expectation for your IT provider to have a full understanding of every product / service you sell, but your IT provider should certainly have a sound understanding of the function of your business. A good IT Partner will be able to provide its’ services on a general business level, and be able to tailor its’ services to the specific needs and goals of your own operation. They should have a solid knowledge of how the technology and digital processes you use impact productivity and efficiency.

 

5. Can they Protect you from disaster?

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When disaster strikes, downtime can be expensive, and your hard earned reputation can be damaged. Disaster Recovery as a Service is designed to prevent this. Your IT partner should be able to clearly spell out how they fit into your business continuity plan and if they can’t it is a sure sign that it is time to look for a new provider.

 

Here at ITCS, we believe in building open, lasting, trusted relationships with all of our clients. If that’s what you need and you’re ready to change IT provider – or if you identify with any of the concerns in this article, call us for a chat. We’d love to see if we can help.

 

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World Password Day should Be Every Day!

It’s World Password Day: when you look back – even as little as ten years – cyber security has never been as important as it is today. Businesses and Consumers both store some of their most sensitive details live behind online password protection. Financial information, confidential files, official documentation, personal photos, the list goes on. With intimidating statistics coming out about hackers and business all the time (Did you know there is a hacker attack every 39 seconds?), it seems that keeping sensitive online data safe needs to be at the top of everyone’s priorities.

With this in mind, World Password Day seems to present the perfect opportunity to be diligent about ensuring our passwords are secure. A few tips to keep in mind include:

1. Make your passwords 9-10 characters long:

Most websites recommend an 8 character minimum, but we would recommend using a minimum of 9 or 10 characters on all passwords.

2. Check your password vulnerability:

Go to a site such as haveibeenpwned.com – this is a completely free site built by one of Microsoft’s Regional Directors. Type in one of your passwords and see if your chosen code-word have been compromised in a breach and are generally available to hackers. If they are, change them wherever they are used.

3. The No-Name Rule – but expanded:

Do not use common passwords, and do not use basic personal details within your passwords. Info such as your birthday, family members’ names or pets’ names is easily guessable. According to security company SplashData the two most commonly used passwords are “123456”, and “password” – a dream for hackers and fraudsters.

4. Complex is Best:

Strong passwords normally incorporate a mixture of the following:

  • Uppercase characters
  • Lowercase characters
  • Base 10 digits (0 through 9)
  • Nonalphanumeric characters: ~!@#$%^&*_-+=`|\(){}[]:;”‘<>,.?/

5. Lather, Rinse… but DO NOT REPEAT:

Do Not Re-Use Passwords! Password reuse is extremely common. It’s extremely risky, but it’s a regular occurrence, because it’s easier to remember one or two passwords, and people aren’t aware of the potential impact. But, repeating the same password across several sites means if a hacker discovers just one password, all personal info is suddenly at risk. Therefore, it is crucial to diversify your passcodes to ensure hackers cannot obtain access to all of your accounts at once, should one password be somehow compromised.

Overall, it is absolutely crucial to ensure that your passwords are as secure as possible, every day – not just on World Password Day. CyberCrime is only escalating, and neglecting the defence of your network is simply allowing your data to be hacked. Secure your passwords now, and make sure you keep vigilant to the risks that we all face.

If you have any questions or concerns around computer security, please don’t hesitate to contact the ITCS support desk on 08456 444 200, we are always happy to help.

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Conquering Kilimanjaro

Conquering Kilimanjaro:

7 Life Lessons Learned by climbing the World’s Highest Free-Standing Mountain

Managing Director of ITCS, Brian Stokes, has returned from scaling the World’s Highest Free-Standing Mountain. Originally from the Afan Valley, and always looking for ways to give back to the community, Brian pushed himself to the extreme, with a core team of 11 people, to raise money for LATCH: Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity. Here are some of his thoughts upon his safe return:

 

I just wanted to say a massive thank you, for all the support and well wishes I received to climb Kilimanjaro. I’m back in one piece, and conquered the mountain. Not all our group made it, and some had to be practically carried to the summit, so it was no easy task.

It was a tough challenge, but a very memorable and rewarding one. Watching the sunrise over Africa from nearly 20,000ft was like nothing else, but I believe setting challenges however big or small, is a good thing to do. Pushing boundaries, and striving towards our goals is important in life. Our work, personal and family life, can all be effected in a good way with a positive mind-set.

Thoughts from the mountain….

 

1. I can do this.

The way we talk to ourselves impacts what we actually achieve. If you tell yourself that you can do something, chances are that you will, even if you don’t accomplish it straightaway.

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2. Challenge accepted.

Next time someone throws an unfamiliar or tricky task your way, don’t throw it back at them – embrace it. Even if you mess up along the way, you can be sure that you’ll do better the next time.

3. Work hard for it.

You’re unlikely to reach any goals without the effort to match. Work hard, even a small bit at a time, and you’ll be able to enjoy the rewards.

4. No such thing as perfect.

Don’t let the idea of perfection get in the way of getting things done. Perfection can sometimes be an illusion; what matters most is your effort.

5. Be open to new ways of doing things.

You can never be sure of how something is going to pan out if you’ve never tried it before. Before assuming that something will never work, ask yourself: ‘What do I have to do to make this work?’

 

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6. Don’t let setbacks get you down. 

Setbacks don’t mean you’ve failed, just that you need to try a different approach. Take feedback from the experience on board, and make changes accordingly. You can learn just as much from a mistake as you can from success.

7. Positivity is everything.

By staying positive, you not only live a happier life, you become a good person to be around. When things get tough, it is the positive people that we all look to in order to get passed the situation. Be an influencer with a positive attitude, and watch the effect it has on everyone around you.

If we want to learn new things in life, we have to embrace challenges head-on and to treat any setbacks as a learning experience, never a failure. Climbing Kilimanjaro was similar in a lot of ways to running a business, it’s only possible by surrounding yourself with like-minded people and having a positive can do attitude, a growth mind-set and self-belief that you can make it work.

There’s still time to donate to Brian’s very worthy cause: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/brian-stokes-kilimanjaro 

You can see some more images from his amazing trek below:

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  • view Kilimanjaro Brian Stokes
  • Kilimanjaro selfie
  • Kilimanjaro tent
  • surveying Kilimanjaro
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Managing Director Takes on World’s Highest Free-Standing Mountain in aid of LATCH

Standing at 5,895 metres high – Kilimanjaro remains one of the world’s great challenges. Brian Stokes will be taking on the gruelling charity trek this April in aid of LATCH. On April 5th 2019 he will push himself to the extreme, with a core team of 11 people, to raise money for LATCH Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity.

Who Are LATCH?

LATCH  is currently supporting an amazingly brave little girl from Maesteg, Amira Barry. Amira was diagnosed with Leukaemia last year, and is currently receiving support from LATCH. The fantastic help and support provided by LATCH has driven Brian and ITCS to raise money to help the charity continue its excellent work.

The Kilimanjaro trek is set to take 7 days, where on average 44% of people fail, mainly due to altitude sickness. This is no mean feat, and a real challenge.

“The idea is to raise awareness around this vital support for Amira’s family,” says Brian, “LATCH Welsh Children’s Cancer Charity needs to raise, on average, £800,000 a year to cover the costs of supporting families like Amira’s. So, we wanted to test ourselves to the limit, and see what we are capable of, whilst raising money for a really worthy cause.”

The trip has been entirely self-funded by each individual, so donations are well received and go entirely towards the charity, not paying for any part of the expedition. The training has been well underway for many months, along with numerous trips to the doctors for a huge list of jabs. The malaria tablets and altitude pills are all ready to go – now they need as much support and encouragement as possible.

You can donate to Brian’s cause by visiting his JustGiving page – every donation, no matter how large or small, is gratefully received.

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