The Year Ahead: Simon Beardsley – The ripple effect

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I’m sure we all agree that many events in 2016 have paved the way for lots of activity in 2017, and hopefully many of our unanswered questions will get some response this year.

Just to be clear I’m referring to the EU referendum, which lead to Brexit and resulted in having a whole new team of government and ministerial appointments in place.

This huge vote has had a ripple effect on businesses all over the country, and questions are constantly being asked what this means for the business community as we look ahead.

Whilst we can see through our Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) results that businesses in Lincolnshire remained rather resilient, despite a certain period of quite challenging times, we are only at the beginning of our journey in leaving the EU.

2017 should mark the year when the picture about departure becomes clearer, actions are likely to be taken regarding our departure and details of the exit strategy are released.

As such, I strongly encourage businesses to remain up to date with all news ensuring your strategies and plans align with all changes made.

We know there are likely to be many more challenges as we look out on the horizon, but hopefully all of you are keeping positive and I’m sure we’re all eager to find out what lays ahead so that we can make plans based on fact.

The Chamber are already planning ahead and have lots of dates in our event calendar set. I’m sure we’ll be providing lots of talks and presentations around current politics to keep our members fully aware of all new updates from Downing Street.

These talks will be of huge interest and almost essential to businesses within the trade industry, so feel free to get in touch for further information.

We also look forward to organising and hosting a number of awards which many sectors have come to love over the years, and are usually a highly popular calendar event.

The Chamber now have a dedicated construction sector steering group in place who plan and oversee the content of our monthly construction forums.

The team have also created a new set of ‘awards’ in recognition of the developments and hard work which goes into making the sector stand out here in Lincolnshire.

The new awards are going to be held in February at Lincoln’s very own Engine Shed, and will mark the start of annual ceremonies for the sector.

As we look ahead to 2017, we will continue working with local stakeholders to ensure we’re working towards local and national goals. The team will continue sending the QES every quarter to ensure we monitor and acknowledge all business feedback.

This in turn will enable us to continue adapting our services ensuring our members receive the very best services that we are able to offer.