Call someone. It’s a great place to start.

Call someone. It’s a great place to start.

I remember the energy crisis in the 70s. I was young, but I remember watching the news with my parents, hoping they wouldn’t make me sit in the car while they queued for petrol.

In the early 80s, inflation was at 20%, mortgage payments went sky high and UK manufacturing took a real beating.

I didn’t get a graduate job in 1991. Unemployment had risen to over 3 million.

In 2007 Northern Rock collapsed, followed shortly by Lehman Bros in 2008. The banking crisis had arrived.

We’d just started our business in May 2008 and times were really tough. But we got through it… And here we are again. There’s a global pandemic and we’re likely to enter a recession (if we’re not already in one). And that’s the thing, isn’t it? The world keeps turning, the sun still rises, things are hard, then easier and round and round we go.

My advice?

Difficult times are good times to connect with people. Call your clients. Call people who could be clients. Some home workers will feel isolated too.

There’s a lot to talk about, and we all have the same hopes and concerns.

Email is fine… but I’d encourage you to pick up the phone and ask someone how they are doing.

It’s a great place to start.

Stay safe out there, everyone!
Best wishes to all.
Geoff Shepherd and Team YM

“In these dark times we should perhaps build stronger, and longer-lasting relationships, and wiser and more imaginative bonds, with those around us. Bonds, which extend and expand our horizons and trading opportunities. We all need to spread our wings commercially. But sometimes the best deals, the best suppliers are right on our doorstep,”

This was our first message when we launched in 2008. And perhaps it’s more appropriate right now than it’s ever been, With so many businesses starting to struggle, should we all perhaps seek to reallocate our spend more locally? 




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