As days go, today is a big one for me.
It's definitely up there with climbing Machu Pichu with a great friend of mine, receiving my first directorship in a thriving recruitment business, buying my first flat in the heady heights of Cricklewood, London, getting married to my wonderful wife and the birth of my two girls.
It should probably be noted that this is the order they happened as opposed to the order of significance, I'll let you be the judge of that.
So what is today?
An exact decade ago, on 8 September 2006, I launched www.legalsupportnetwork.co.uk
I pressed the button, or at least someone somewhere did it for me, and the website went live online for the world to see.
It's a huge day, was then and is now. I wrote a business diary at the time, and here's what that says entry says (I was 32, in my defence).
"2:15pm on Friday 8th September 2006 – no going back from here on in! Lots of hard work, heart ache and tough decisions ahead and relishing the challenge – mixed in with a bit of flexible hours working, golf and entertainment – I think I may have found what I’m looking for!
Now the focus is to set the plan, market, raise revenue/sales and move forward in leaps and bounds. This is the day I have been working towards for months if not years – believe it – it has happened."
Ten years on we're a growing enterprise with lots of the key ingredients of a bright future:
People: We have a great group of people who all contribute invaluably to the success of the business. I’d like to think they’re all as passionate about LSN as I am, and that they all know why we’re in it together - sometimes it's hard to get everyone on the same page, but I feel we all still deeply get why we come to work every day.
Community: We serve a great community of people who willingly participate in our activities and benefit from all the information we produce.
Clients: We've got fantastic clients who believe in our journey and that it help them with theirs.
Products: Our great people produce great products - conferences, networking events, magazines, research, reports and insight, plus our careers business. The LSN team researches the community and our client base to understand what they want and we deliver great products to suit the needs of both parties.
We’ve actually been celebrating all year, but today the whole office is off for an afternoon surprise to celebrate together.
We’d love you to celebrate with us at our final London networking event of the year on Monday 14 November 2016.
Come celebrate with us at the London event:http://www.lsn.co.uk/LondonNov16
If you’ve been before, you’ll be pleased you made the effort to attend this one, it’s going to be big! and if you’ve never attended before, you don’t know what you’re missing but do come.
What’s your LSN experience?
I reckon we’ve touched thousands of people in the legal community over the years - are you one of them?
Have you attended a conference, been to a networking event, found a job, read a magazine, met one of the team, bought something from one of our networkpartners? then I‘d love to hear your view/experience/thoughts/or anything you’d like to share. Just let me know by writing a comment or sending me an email.
Thank you to everyone who's helped us over the last 10 years on our journey. Here's to the next 10!