Goodbye to 2011 – and thank you

In between Christmas parties, Christmas shopping and everything-you-need-to-get-done-by-Friday I accept that reading my blog may not be top of the to-do list this week…

So this is short and – hopefully – sweet and published early. And as well as wishing everyone who reads the blog a very happy Christmas and a stunningly prosperous and healthy New Year, it’s also a chance for me to say ‘thank you.’

This is blog number 78. There won’t be a blog next week while I re-charge with a glass of red wine and more Christmas cake than is good for me, but I’ll be back on Friday January 6th, marching on to blog no. 100 which will appear on Friday June 1st (when it will warm: and there’ll be some daylight!)

None of this would have been possible without you – so thank you for reading the blog every week. And above all, thank you for all the comments, whether they’re on the blog itself or sent to me by e-mail. I defy any blog anywhere to have a more learned and business-savvy readership and if you’ve gained anything from the blog, I’m sure it’s as much from the comments of fellow readers as from my ramblings…

The inaugural Comment of the Year award goes to Dick Jennings for the very succinct, “You need balls as well as plans.” If the strapline of The Alternative Board suddenly changes to ‘Plans, Balls and Friends’ then send your invoice, Dick!

While I’m on TAB I couldn’t do what I do without the support of everyone at Harrogate and my colleagues around the country. So thank you, gentlemen. And more importantly, ladies.

Neither could I function without the members of the various Boards. Discussions round sundry boardroom tables have reached new heights this year – and in what’s been a truly awful economic climate numerous Board members have made real progress with their businesses. Here’s to a lot more of the same in 2012.

And that’s it: I’ll leave you to your last minute rush-round-the-shops and will return – hopefully refreshed – in the New Year. I’m now going to listen to the very wonderful ‘Fairytale of New York’ and have a glass of something to calm my nerves before I look at my sons’ Xmas lists…

Have a great Christmas, and may 2012 bring everything you would wish for.



  1. Eileen McMorrow · December 20, 2011

    Thanks Ed- I really enjoy your Blog. Hope you enjoy your Christmas break- and all the christmas cake! Look forward to catching up in the New Year.
    Best Regards


    • edreidyork · December 20, 2011

      Hi Eileen – have a super break yourself, and see you in 2012!

  2. Colour Heroes · December 20, 2011

    Merry Christmas Ed and here’s to a fantastic New Year ahead for all of us – let’s defy the predictions and with the help of family, friends and business folk everywhere settle down in a year’s time to a job well done!

    Best wishes


    • edreidyork · December 20, 2011

      Hi Lorraine – couldn’t agree more – 2012 should be a great year. Let’s make sure it is!

  3. Cath Blakey · December 20, 2011

    Happy Christmas Ed, hope to see you in the new year – you are missed at Goose!
    Have a lovely time, relax and enjoy Christmas with the family – don’t forget to put rennies on your shopping list if you plan lots of red wine and Christmas cake!!

    • edreidyork · December 20, 2011

      Hi Cath – thank you! Have a great break yourself. Ever the forward-thinker with your Rennie strategy!!

  4. Edward Roberts · December 20, 2011

    Ed, It concerns me somewhat that you would consider a “glass of red to calm your nerves” at 8:14am on a Tuesday morning… you clearly have been working hard this year! Well done, thanks and long may it continue (maybe next year you could aim for 9am before reaching for the drink?) although I’m now feel I better understand how you maintain your “cheery disposition”!

    Enjoy your break

    • edreidyork · December 20, 2011

      As someone who has worked in the confectionery industry Ed, you will also understand the legacy involved with having worked in booze. Old habits…

      Good new year resolution suggestion though!! Hope to see you soon – still owe you lunch!

  5. michael shakesheff · December 20, 2011

    cheers Ed, all the best for 2012

  6. Mike Santopietro · December 20, 2011

    Thanks Ed. You have a truly brilliant blog and rather like Christmas itself, I look forward to its arrival.
    I look forward also to working with you again in 2012.
    Best wishes to you, and your family for the festive season.

    • edreidyork · December 20, 2011

      Thanks Mike – have a terrific break yourself, and bring on 2012!

  7. Simon Hudson · December 20, 2011

    Ed, an all TAB members across the region, thanks for your thoughts, insights, critique and help through a challenging but rewarding year. May 2012 be the same, only with a better challenge:reward ratio.

    • edreidyork · December 20, 2011

      Hi Simon – I might introduce the “challenge:reward” ratio as an obligatory KPI for all board members in 2012! A good one to monitor. Thanks for a great meeting yesterday, and enjoy the break. Ed

  8. Jo Clarkson · December 20, 2011

    It’s been a pleasure working with you – and enjoying your blog (which is the only one I read every single week!)

    Very best wishes to ou and all your ‘readers’ for health, happiness and success in 2012!

  9. Jo Yeates · December 22, 2011

    Merry Christmas Ed. Enjoy the red wine, the cake and time with the family. Glad to see you have excellent tatse in music too – Fairytale of New York is the best Christmas song by a mile, in my humble opinion.

    • edreidyork · December 22, 2011

      It’s a complete no-brainer on the music front, isn’t it Jo? I’m hardly going to be voting for Mariah Carey!

  10. Siobhan Hymes · December 22, 2011

    “Merry Christmas Ed and all who read your blog”! I’m looking forward to a rest over Christmas and excited about the challenges that 2012 are going to bring us all.

    Ed I Hope Santa is good to you as well as your family!!

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