Amidst the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, our health service has been doing everything possible to help us. To help them, we are extending our scholarships programme to provide NHS staff with full Up Learn licences for their children, free of charge. This way, NHS staff can focus on saving lives, without having to worry as much about the education of their children or keeping them occupied at home.

In the last week, the government has rapidly stepped up its response to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in the UK. …


From my experience speaking to founders, managers and business leaders, laying people off is one of the hardest things a person will have to do during their careers. It can be hard to work out what went wrong for this to happen, but generally speaking:

  1. The company doesn’t have the cashflow, is forced to restructure, and has to let staff go to ensure its survival (and the jobs of remaining employees)
  2. A staff member has had their role evolve, is no longer a good fit for the job (e.g., your Head of Engineering will need different skills to manage a…


Everyone will craft their own unique path in life. Some are driven by their own and societal perceptions of success, which typically involves working at a well-known business or in a recognised profession. Others may focus on driving social impact and change. Equally, many are yet to work it out just yet, and it is important to realise that that is completely OK. Some of the most successful people I have ever met stumbled into what they are doing, so don’t get too stressed over it.

My own unique path has taken me on several trips across the world, and…


Working in (or running) an early-stage startup can be one of the most volatile experiences of your life. The mixture of monumental highs assuming that you’re somewhere on the right path combined with depressing lows is quite unique in a career/lifestyle. There will be times where you question your self-belief and wonder why you are doing what you are doing. Your resilience is an important factor in helping you bounce back, so it is good to have an understanding of what helps keep you strong.

Resilience — The capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of…


There are a whole load of reasons why people might want to start a start-up. It is important to know what reason yours is, because some of these reasons only make sense in certain contexts, and some of them will actually lead you astray.

Many people may have been mislead by the way that Hollywood or the press romanticize entrepreneurship in a similar way to how movies have perfect relationships and happy-ever-afters. This has arguably been exacerbated by the recent boom in unicorns created by young entrepreneurs enabled by growing trends in the smartphone industries (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram, Airbnb…

Christopher Pavlou

Musings from my experiences of business and travel

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