Being in business at this time is very weird. Everyone we speak to tells us that stategic planning is a pretty useless excercise at the moment. Nothing is predictable any more. And when I say "everyone" I mean "everyone" from the local butcher to the main movers and shakers in our industry, which is on-line and account managed travel and leisure.
If our business is a microcosm of what is happening around the world consider this:-
This week one of the main on-line hotel booking sites flew a representative over to speak to us (UP) and then one of our main clients announced they had been taken over (DOWN).
Then our bank manager tried to pursuade us to take out a loan (which we don't want but I count that as an (UP) because at one time the bank wouldn't lend us money even when we begged!) and then dropped the bombshell that our office building has only been valued at £150,000 by the bank. They simply punch in the postcode and the low valuation is because we are situated in the country (DOWN). In fact they and we know that it's true value is nearer £500,000! Tossers!
So all in all it was a pretty normal week -from smiles to groans within a few hours! But when the going gets tough, the tough get going (or so they say). Time to buckle down AGAIN and plan a new useless stategy AGAIN!
But where are we going? Where is this leading to? Even the government figures are weird. This week alone they announced that employment and government income are both up (UP) and yet the economy is "flat lining", the Bank of England announced another tranche of "quantitative easing" (whatever that means), and we have lost our AAA rating. (DOWN) What is that all about?
We are not simply bumping along the bottom any more. We are yoyoing from amazing news to abject terror. This week David Cameron was in India to foster closer economic ties. God help us. The Indians are the most bureaucratic nation ever - we trained them well and now we are looking to them for an economic miracle? I think not!
So, I recommend that, as a nation, we get down on our knees and pray to God. Am I being too negative? Or am I being too positive? Only God knows!
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