Like many businesses we do not have a financial year that coincides with the calendar year. Nevertheless we still find that New Year is a good time to reflect on the year passed and the year to come.
In 2016 we:
- completed our thirtieth year in business
- achieved our highest ever turnover.
- published our third book “The Road Map to Higher Performance”
- completely refreshed our web site
- sent out our 100th e-newsletter.
Our director, Dr Fred Ayres:
- was elected Deputy Chairman of the Institute of Consulting for a third term
- was appointed one of the two UK judges for the ICMCI (International Council of Management Consulting Institutes) Constantinus International Award for 2016
- commenced his 24th year as an Investors in People Assessor.
We supported a number of local charities both on a voluntary and pro bono basis, especially the newly formed Lune Valley Community Beekeepers, a CIO (charitable incorporated organisation) committed to improving the environment for pollinating insects and providing training in honey bee centric beekeeping.
One thing we did not complete was our plan to actually build an Inukshuck! As you may know, an Inukshuk is a traditional Arctic landmark – a stone pile that represents a person, stood in a wilderness without trees and few distinguishing features. They are beacons for travellers that say, “I’ve been here before you. I can show you the right path.” Nevertheless, we have the materials and our Inukshuck should be standing proud early in the New Year.
As for 2017, we expect to see some of the current uncertainty surrounding Brexit beginning to clear and are well prepared to support our existing and potential clients to make the most of the diverse range of new opportunities that will undoubtedly emerge.