Another year comes to an end. Obama is back in the White House, Greece has not gone bust and some of the signs for the UK economy are starting to look seriously promising. In particular unemployment has fallen as private sector jobs have reached an all time high.
Then again there’s a North Korean rocket orbiting the Earth, Japan has scrambled the jets after a Chinese plane invaded its airspace and far too many of the problems in Europe are even more serious than this time last year. The USA? Another year, another $600bn in debt. Perhaps the most worrying stat of them all.
As ever there’s good and bad news. But there always will be – for those of us running a business we just have to get on with it. It’s like children: if you waited until you could afford them you’d never have any. If you waited until the economic conditions were perfect before you launched or expanded your business, it would never happen.
But for me, 2012 has been a brilliant year. There have been some real personal highlights – I’ll never forget having dinner with my wife in the Sydney Opera House restaurant, or the truly wonderful meal we had.
(Blimey, the sacrifices I make so I can bring you the best business practices from around the world!)
The next morning I was playing football with the boys on a deserted, pure white beach. Not bad…
It’s been a great year for sport with the inspiration of the Olympics; Andy Murray showing amazing strength of character to win his first Grand Slam and England thumping the All Blacks at rugby – the last one a rather raucous occasion in the Reid household it has to be said.
Business has been good as well. And I’m not thinking about myself here – I’m thinking about the ten TAB members who have had their best ever year in 2012. In the current economic climate that is a tremendous achievement. Ladies and gentlemen, you should be proud of yourselves.
It’s difficult to write this next paragraph without sounding cheesy, but it’s the right time of year to write it – and sometimes the truth is cheesy, so here goes…
I’m privileged to get up every morning and know that I’m going to spend the day working with some great people. Whether it’s my Board members, potential board members, or my colleagues in TAB and the York business community, I’m in the very fortunate position of never thinking, “Oh, no, it’s X today.”
The people I deal with are refreshingly positive, forward looking and cheerful – and all of you have added to my life in the past twelve months. Thank you very much.
That’s it really. There’s not much more to say other than make sure you have a splendid Christmas and may 2013 bring everything that you would wish for.
The blog will now depart for its Xmas break, and will waddle back to a keyboard – full of mince pies and red wine and with its belt one hole looser – on Friday January 4th. (Always on the assumption that the Mayans were wrong about today…)