A Reflection on 2020
2020 what a year!
Where do I start?
Every year I write a small article reflecting on all that has happened to our business and maybe personally within the last twelve months.
Who could have predicted what was to happen and in fact continues to?
It all started so well and was going to be a BIG year with our planned celebrations for not only our 15 years in business but also my 50th!
We did manage to hire the Legends lounge, at Eastbourne Borough Football Club in January and invited a number of contractors to watch Borough and launch our business celebrations.
I managed to have a party in March to which many friends attended and then on the actual day (a Sunday) went for a splendid pub lunch with friends & family before going back to our house for a drink of two.
Then, as we neared the end of March all changed!
Suddenly we were in a national lockdown, although to be fair Lisa and I have been in a kind of lockdown for the past 15 years, so it was even more strange others were doing the same.
Steve, who was celebrating his fifth year with us, and Jeni, her fourth, were furloughed. Who even knew what furloughing was before now?
However, Lisa & I soon rose to the challenge of running the business on our own (just like the good old days). I am a firm believer that you should never ask someone, especially staff, to do something that you are not prepared to do yourself and so this was put to the test.
We have mentioned in our newsletters and articles earlier in the year our gratitude to contractors who also stepped up to the mark and supported us through this period. We value the positive relationships with have with all the companies we work with on a day to day basis.
On a negative our trip to Vegas was cancelled, so no Elvis, Robbie Williams and trips to the Grand Canyon for me! The annual family trip to Spain was also postponed for the first time in over a decade.
On a positive it gave us, along with many others, a chance to take stock, reflect on matters, spend more time with the family and even appreciate all that we have.
We continued our support of Borough Football Club and even increased that of Eastbourne Rugby Club. Our boards at Borough even got seen on national T.V. when they made it through to the first round of the FA Cup.
We not only continued but, greatly increased our support of the Big Cat Sanctuary. Like most charities they struggled in raising funds during the pandemic. We were fortunate to also visit the sanctuary three times this year in between lockdowns.
Our recognition awards continued on a quarterly basis and I am sure were appreciated more than ever with all that was going on. It is always nice to say a thank you to others but, even more so in such trying times.
Continuing with positives in 2020, we managed to retain staff across both businesses during these difficult times. We even signed up several new clients.
So what is in store for 2021.? Hopefully it will be a slightly less disruptive and more positive year. However, no matter what lies ahead we will continue to work closely with clients to look after the best interests of each estate and building. To us this is not just a job but, a vocation which is why we try so hard in everything we do.
Here’s to a safe and healthy 2021.