by Nigel Peters0
Seasons Greetings From Alium Partners
The approach of a new year always provides a chance to reflect on achievements of the past 12 months and hopes for the next. Personally, I believe 2015 has seen a cautious return of market confidence as both the global and UK economies continue to improve. Indeed, as evidence of this, in our recent business survey, 91% of senior leaders polled reported feeling as or more confident than a year ago – an encouraging statistic.
This confidence is also supported by conversations we have been having in the market which show how organisations across a large variety of sectors are continuing to invest in their businesses by hiring both interim and permanent experts. From insurance to infrastructure and telecoms to transport, many companies we have worked with in the last year seem much more assured in their future hiring plans. This is all amongst the backdrop of international uncertainty with macro factors such as the situation in the Middle East, increased instability in Europe and a possible ‘Brexit’, closer to home. Although none of these larger issues make for ‘good weather’ I am inclined to follow the majority of businesses and look towards investment for the achievement of growth.
My message for 2016 therefore is to carry on with confidence, not caution. It is hesitance and indecision that could stymie the economy and business performance, putting our recovery at much greater risk.
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!