Back working together again: brighter prospects ahead

With lockdown restrictions continuing to be lifted, the expectation of businesses being able to return to the office looks more and more like a certainty, and with it the prospect of a brighter future for businesses in the South East

Key to achieving that will be to harness the resources, knowledge and resilience to adapt to new challenges, new ways of doing business and a new reality that has evolved since March 2020.

One such challenge is the rise in cyber crime, which has increased significantly during the pandemic; 39% of UK businesses report cyber-security breaches or attacks over the past 12 months.

To better understand what businesses are facing and their concerns going forward, in this edition we look at how companies can tackle cyber security challenges, especially now that for many the working week will be split between office and remote working.

We also look at how businesses will continue to respond to the need, and obligation, to ensure that their employees remain safe, healthy and engaged, regardless of whether they are working in the office or from home.

With the prospect of work colleagues finally being able to interact face-to-face again, and regain all the benefits that close teamwork brings, the brighter days of summer that lie ahead should be reflected in the brighter prospects that emerging from lockdown will bring.

The sense of opportunity and bright prospects is almost tangible in the business community in our vibrant region, and our CEO Spotlight interviews have echoed that. We spoke with Flic Gabbay, CEO of Wokingham-based pharmaceutical company

tranScrip, and with Giles Blagden, CEO of Reading- based Hicks Baker. Both are looking ahead with great determination and ambitious plans, which we’ve no doubt will resonate.

The gradual emergence from lockdown for us at The Business Magazine signals the planned return of our much anticipated Awards and events programme. Real-life events are coming back, with digital capabilities adding new dimensions to the buzzing, opportunity-rich, new hybrid world. Up and coming entrepreneurs, business leaders and dealmakers, awards winners and finalists will meet in a bigger than ever spotlight.

Under new ownership with Black Ox starting in March, The Business Magazine has an exciting agenda ahead on the editorial as well as awards and events front; you may have already noticed a new ‘look’ and new logo on our website, and enhanced editorial coverage of business news and people in the South East.

With lots of news already in place (and more to come over the next weeks and months), we are dusting off the dinner jackets and preparing once again to celebrate the extraordinary companies in the Thames Valley, Solent and South Coast, Surrey and Kent – hopefully together with a glass of something chilled in hand.

Jo Whittle Editor

Reach out to businesses in the South East ...

... with B2B advertising or special content projects in the magazine and online

... with Events and Awards sponsorship For more information:

Nathan Inns (Thames Valley and Surrey) – – Alan Lindstrom (South Central, South Coast and Kent) –

4 MAY/JUNE 2021

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