Ho Ho No! – by Philip King FCICM
12 December 2019
This will be the last blog I write in 2019 and, along with most of the population, I could observe that I have no idea where this year has gone. Christmas is already upon us.
Last weekend I had the joy of taking my second grandson on a steam train to see Santa, and my eldest grandson to the panto. Such excursions remind me how blessed I am with an amazing wife and family, and Christmas for me will be joyous, restful, and relaxing. But I’m also reminded that for some – the homeless, the vulnerable, the lonely, and many more – Christmas will be a wretched time serving only to heighten their misery. Let’s not forget those who don’t share our good fortune.
Others probably having a difficult time are many of the country’s MPs, brought out in the depth of winter to fight a general election in December for the first time since 1923.
I’m not even going to think about predicting the outcome of the election but I can be pretty certain that we’re going to head into 2020 facing continuing uncertainty and risks to our businesses, UK plc, and the economy. Whatever happens, I am cheered by the thought that good credit professionals will support their organisations in mitigating against those risks, and continue to add the value they always do.
I hope Christmas will provide you with the opportunity to enter 2020 refreshed, recharged, and ready to face whatever challenges you face in the new year.