President's Message - January 2020

Posted: 15th January 2020, 2:40pm

Happy New Year!

If you’ve survived the outbreak of coughs and colds well done. If, like me, you’re still wheezing and sneezing, you have my commiserations. For many of us the New Year brings a desire for change. But should we place such importance on the end of one year and the beginning of another? Why not approach every day of the year with this attitude? But, if the start of a new year - and in this year, a new decade - gives us the incentive to make a difference, then let’s embrace that.

Embarking on this annual road to self-improvement, both personally and for one’s business, can provide a clearer focus through the grey winter months. Where are we now? Who do we want to be? Are we doing what we want to do and, colds aside, are we as healthy as we could be? Resolving to look after our mental health should be a priority for us all. Let’s talk with each other as much as we can.

And there's nothing like getting out and meeting other business people face to face for sparking new ideas, extending one’s contacts and revitalising one’s business. Approaching networking with a clear strategy will deliver great results. With this in mind, if you’re a Chamber Member who hasn’t yet got as involved as you could, why not resolve to come along to one or more of our forthcoming business breakfasts or lunches? Don’t just join – join in!

As many of you demonstrate year on year, giving back to our local community, whether through volunteering, fundraising, mentoring or increasing awareness, not only brings great rewards but grows goodwill for business. So, let’s resolve to do what we can to help make the place we live and work in even better. Let’s be seen as both experts in our field and people others want to work with.

The roaring twenties were 100 years ago. As we enter a new decade, let’s not adopt that title. I hope this is no flight of fancy: let’s resolve to make this decade the ‘Soaring Twenties’ for our District, its businesses and organisations.

Alastair Woodgate

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