I always sit down on the first of the month and have a look back at the number of new jobs which came in during the previous month. How many viewings we had at the properties we are marketing and how busy the traffic has been to our website. I have to be honest. May was a little disappointing. Then I stopped to think about May, we had two bank holidays, half term…and a general election.
By the time the election arrived I think if we all tell the truth we were probably a bit fed up with the whole thing. We have some incredibly bright and talented politicians in this country, but somehow the bickering and petty point scoring seems to overshadow the debate and issues of great importance. In the run up to the election business seemed to throttle back a little, everyone was a little more cautious, people were nervously wondering what the outcome would be. In reality everyone was expecting another hung parliament, but would it be a conservative led coalition or some other wonderful concoction of parties trying to work together in an attempt to seize power remained to be seen.
Whatever your political persuasion (and no offence to my friends who have emigrated to England from north of the border) I didn’t fancy waking up on the 8th May to find that Mc Milliballs was running the country! UKIP’s candidate for Grimsby continues to make me smile. Her ill-fated comment about renewable energy running out will stay with me forever. I guess if the wind stops blowing and the sun stops shining then frankly we are all doomed, not just the renewable industry. It came as a huge relief to watch Jeremy Vine’s path to Downing Street turn blue on Friday morning. I have to admit I didn’t get much work done as I watched the BBC news coverage of the result on Friday morning on my iPad. Then came the resignations, Clegg, Milliband and Farage all in close succession. The face of British politics changes once again.
What has been evident is that business wanted a winner, they wanted certainty. We know what we’ve got, we know who is in charge and we can now get back to business and plan accordingly. This is certainly evident in the commercial property market in the Humber region where this week alone we have seen an unprecedented number of viewings on all manner of properties. I’m confident that these viewings will convert to offers and in turn convert to completed transactions. After all that is what we’re about.
There is a real buzz about Business in the Humber this week. Congratulations to all those involved in the organisation and promotion of Business Week. Due to a rather full diary I’ve only managed to attend two events. An excellent presentation by Tim Wigglesworth on “Managing from the middle” – how his skills as a top level rugby referee can be applied in business. The Chamber of Commerce lunch was also excellent. Martin Green spoke passionately about Hull City of Culture. He is very engaging and has a proven track record. I’m confident City of Culture will be a huge success and I’m looking forward to inviting friends and clients to Hull in 2017 to soak up what the city has to offer. But let’s not forget the wonderful Monty Python Sketch – there’s more to life than culture!