For the first time in many months, I am beginning to feel a lot more positive of a better climate for UK business.
The list of problems we have had to endure over the past couple of years is endless, and I’m not sure I’d need to point out any of them out to anyone – unless they have been fortunate enough to have not noticed!
I’ve previously discussed in my blog about the impact that Brexit had on my business. Of course, I knew that being so heavily involved in the movement of goods in and goods out of the country, it was going to have an impact. But the red tape, extra work, extra manpower and hold-ups we experienced in January and February hit us hard. It wasn’t easy.
Added to this of course has been the responsibilities of business ownership throughout the pandemic, and the implications this brings. It can be very far-reaching. You worry about everything from the state of the global economy, the latest lockdown measures to the mental wellbeing of individual members of your team… and of course yourself!
However, things are beginning to change. The gut wrenching feeling in the pit of my stomach is starting to be replaced with a calmness – even an excitement, for the future.
I am certainly feeling a lot more positive about the prospects for UK business now than I did in January. The red tape around Brexit seems to be getting better, or at least we’re getting more used to it. We’re working with our customers a lot more, and the high street seems to be doing well. Then of course there’s the promising news from the Bank of England regarding a 7.25% growth in 2021 compared to the forecast 5%. We’ve also just closed the last financial year, it was bumpy at times but a lot better than expected.
Aside from everything, the vaccine rollout is beyond impressive – and I believe it’s the only way forward.
Whatever you have experienced I do hope you share in my optimism. And as I’ve always said… what doesn’t break you makes you stronger!