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EDITORIAL TEAM: together everyone achieves more


I thought I would try to focus on matters other than the Coronavirus or Covid 19 altogether in this issue’s editorial; but it’s proving difficult. We’re in unchartered waters. And every aspect of our lives is being affected; business, relationships, travel, recreation, commerce, the economy, education; nothing and no-one is exempt. We are having to adjust to new information, constantly changing guidelines, differing expert advice and conflicting opinions on a daily, almost hourly basis. The uncertainty is scary. Business confidence is shaken, markets are volatile, oil prices have slumped, global productivity threatened, supply and distribution chains chaotic, meanwhile companies are desperately trying to remain calm under unprecedented pressure. So what can we do?


Here at Lube HQ we’re working remotely – keeping movement, travel and social interaction to a minimum, communicating via technology, through video conference channels and by distancing ourselves from others unless absolutely essential. Who knows, it may be that adapting to new approaches now will open up a new ‘normal’ beyond the ‘flattened curve’.


Many upcoming conferences and media partner events that we were scheduled to attend or that we were hosting are being rescheduled; and like many other colleagues, most business travel and social commitments have been curtailed for now. Information on rescheduled dates for future events are listed on our Upcoming Industry Events page 52 and we will continue to review and inform our subscribers and media partners of any changes as the situation develops. Remember to use Lube magazine and www.Lube-media.com as a business platform to communicate and inform your audience during this unpredictable time.


I am reminded as I write this, with a certain sense of amazement actually, just how different the position was just a couple of weeks ago. Our inaugural ‘Women in the Lubricants Industry’ conference was in full swing at the prestigious Institute of Directors, in the heart of London’s busy Westminster district.


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The energy in the meeting room was palpable and the delegates and speakers fully engaged on the issues so relevant to so many of us in this industry, the diversity gap and attracting the next generation.


The discussions were enthusiastic, the audience engagement animated and the presentations were inspired and inspirational. Thank you to our keynote speakers, Mandy Hickson, Dr Valentina Serra-Holm and Jane James (see editor’s interview on page 54) and to all our excellent panellists for your contributions on the day.


This was a unique industry event, your support and presence on the day hugely appreciated and your feedback invaluable (we want to make sure next year’s event is even more successful!). Understandably, travel policy bans meant that attendance was affected on the day but for everyone who missed the event, you can read my report on page 37.


If there was one overriding takeaway from the conference it’s that as a team, everyone achieves more. No doubt we will all look back at this difficult time from a very different future perspective. But what remains immovable until then is that by working together, we can get through this.


Stay safe everyone! Until next time


Andrianne Philippou, editor@ukla.org.uk


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