A happy 2013 to all from Business for Calderdale. It obviously remains to be seen what the new year should bring for businesses in Calderdale.
The general message from London is one of caution and some foreboding that the economic climate will show little, if any, signs of improvement during the coming year.
However, the message I am hearing locally, as are many others, is one of some optimism.
Of course, times are tough and will continue to be so, but I see a determination to trade through these times and to beat the difficulties. In honesty, businesses have little choice. We either live with these times and do our best under the circumstances or give up and giving up is not the Yorkshire way. From talking to various business people I am finding generally that there is this determination and this optimism.
Chadwick Lawrence are also members of the Calderdale and Kirklees Manufacturing Alliance (www.ckma.co.uk) . CKMA is a similar organisation dedicated to promoting and assisting manufacturing businesses across both areas. It is encouraging to see that they are also flourishing and have increased membership over the past 12 months.
Business for Calderdale membership is also extremely encouraging. We are now looking at exceeding 100 members for 2012 – 2013 and the organisation is anticipating further growth. This is down to some extremely hard work which has been undertaken by the committee to organise interesting monthly meetings and to generally market and promote the appeal of BfC.
I would like to thank the committee for all their hard work during the past year. We have many new initiatives in hand for the forthcoming year which will be reported here, but also on our website www.businessforcalderdale.co.uk
Both BfC and CKMA have the same aim, namely to help business people and their businesses to succeed and thrive in these difficult times. If your business is not involved with either then I hope that you will see the benefit of becoming involved in 2013.
Nick Worsnop is the Chair of Business for Calderdale and partner with Chadwick Lawrence LLP Solicitors, Halifax.