The year is 2020, and businesses are feeling the brunt of the global pandemic that has struck.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is today expected to announce a £2bn package for people to make green improvements to their homes.
It was a 19th Century Prussian general who stated that few military plans can survive their first contact with reality. Those of us on the receiving end of presentations from new businesses seeking investment will know exactly what he meant.
Historically, recessions and financial crises have had winners and losers, with cash-rich (invariably already wealthy) people standing to profit the most.
While some economists are apprehensively bullish about the prospects for small business owners in the future, things probably look pretty bleak at the moment.
Retail is back. Now for hospitality and leisure. In many ways, exciting times. It might not be what it was and we all know it won’t be for some time, but it’s time to make the most of it.
Increasingly, understanding technology and its utilisation, is the difference between success and failure in today’s competitive marketplace.
The way we work has changed radically over the past few months. News of budget cuts and staffing changes has us all taking a new perspective on our industry but there is fresh business out there and we all need to keep working.
Following the news that the government is considering an emergency VAT cut to boost consumer demand, Alison Horner, indirect tax partner at MHA MacIntyre Hudson, believes this is potentially very good news but history shows these cuts can bring challenges.