Business resolutions for 2020
Looking forward to a period of more certainty and clarity for business in the region
Happy New Year and welcome to the first Contact magazine of 2020!
It’s fitting that the theme of this first edition in 2020 is Sustainability and Innovation – exciting and inspirational forward-thinking topics for the start of a new year… and talking of the new year – I wonder what the most popular business new year resolutions will be? Perhaps improving sustainability, growing your business, increasing international trade, introducing flexible working, reducing your businesses’ environmental footprint, embracing new and emerging technologies to help improve business growth or increase productivity… whatever your aim, I wish you well for 2020!
As we enter this new decade I’m hoping it will be the start of a period of more certainty and clarity for business in the region. Following the election, talk of changes to Government spending rules and increased spending on infrastructure in our region are encouraging and I hope will lead to an improvement in economic stability and business confidence leading to a turnaround in last year’s declining QES results.
We also have another Brexit deadline on the horizon, hopefully an outcome
on 31 January that will move us forward, but like many, I believe we will still have years of negotiation and decision- making that will have implications for businesses and the region. However, I’m certain that the Chamber will continue to make sure our voice is heard.
I’m sure 2020 will once again be a busy year as the Chamber continues to expand the number of events and activities to support our companies and region, and it will be an exciting year with the launch of the first North East England Chamber of Commerce Business Awards – do look out for information about how to enter.
To round off my welcome, I want to thank all the Chamber team on behalf of members for all their hard work and support they have provided in 2019 and also to say a big thank you to them for helping me in my first few months as President.