Reading our Gordon’s comments about entrepreneurs leading Britain out of recession and reflect that it is just as well someone is. As usual, the government has deflected responsibility. Meanwhile, leadership seems very much the current theme. Second-in-Charge has, not surprisingly, been bombarded with depressed folk wondering how safe their jobs are, pulled down with fairly low order books and the constant flurry of snow and ice. This is exacerbated by my having had several (necessary) rants on quality issues pre Christmas. Like all companies, we are clearly going to be affected by weather conditions – not just because the furniture deliveries aren’t reaching people’s doors but also because of delayed orders. One large and urgent order, for example, is still awaiting colour confirmation, which can only be obtained by the designer flying to the site in snowy Scotland, which she is currently unable to do. However, our new supplement brochure is making its way through the post and good enquiries are already coming through to sales department. As so often in business, it is going to be a question of biting the bullet, recognising that things happen (such as two weeks of huge expense due to weather) and using the spare time positively and constructively on all the bits and pieces we have been meaning to do. It’s up to Second-in-Charge and me to do something that the government has utterly failed to do – show a bit of leadership.
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