There is a common thread amongst business conversations at the moment, and we won’t be alone in seeing it. Whether it’s a catch up with a business friend or a formal board meeting, the influence of external forces becomes the central theme. It could be the exchange rate, the increases in labour costs, the uncertainty surrounding all things European Union, the effects of the extraordinary weather conditions (which we seem to see every year), lack of government investment in just about anything you care to think of and lets not even start on the American Presidency. You can understand why businesses are adopting an approach to weathering the storm.
There are some examples of investment and job creation amongst this cacophony of uncertainty, and they are to be welcomed, but many of these are based on decisions taken some time ago and the effect of these external factors has yet to be fully realised. However, there are some examples of real business success that we would like to share with you. Read more