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CHALLENGING TIMES, BUT WE’VE BEEN HERE BEFORE


As a ‘new kid on the block’ – at least so far as this particular industry is concerned – the past few weeks have been a really steep learning curve for me. So my first task was to learn as much as possible – and there is no better way than listening to the people in the know.


I would, therefore, like to acknowledge the


courteous, willing help and support I have received from the industry insiders with whom I have so far been in touch. Despite being under pressure, as is any business in these trying times, people have had time to talk to me, answer my (endless!) questions, offer advice and come up with some great new ideas for Clearview. I couldn’t have asked for a better introduction – so a sincere thanks to you all.


2011 is certainly a challenging time for any industry and last month’s Budget did not – in the view of many – offer anything like enough support and help for Britain’s businesses on whom so much of our future depends.


Business leaders including the Confederation


of British Industry, and many representative organisations such as the GGF, had sent a clear enough message to Chancellor George Osborne. The general consensus following the announcements seems to be that it was a pro- business budget, and some of the measures to be introduced are welcome, such as scrapping the planned 1p duty rise in fuel duty, the additional 1 percent cut in the main rate of corporation tax, extension of the small business rate relief and the re-introduction of Enterprise Zones.


But much more could have been done. The Chancellor said that this Budget was about “reforming the nation’s economy, so that we have enduring growth and jobs in the future.” But he seems to have missed several opportunities to help boost businesses now.


Yet despite all the problems and worries, I still sense a real optimism in the industry, and a determination to keep going – and growing – towards what we all hope is a brighter future.


International events on the political stage could seriously depress us all – but it is in times like these that we must focus on the positive. For instance, recent exhibitions worldwide have demonstrated that the industry has excellent prospects globally.


At home, there is growing support for all the initiatives designed to eradicate the “cowboys” and give the industry the decent, high profile image it deserves.


Times are tough. But many of you have been here before, and have not only survived, but come through stronger and more resilient, looking at different ways not only to survive, but to compete, to diversify, and to grow.


We know that there are plenty of success stories out there, and Clearview wants to hear about them – we welcome all your views. And again, my thanks for allowing me to pick your brains.


Pat Gwynnette


APRIL 2011


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