Week 28: Meeting new expectations

This last week was a whirlwind, and obviously with various economic support and lockdown changes announced last week things are going to change again… and soon. Still, these are the observations for the week.

  • Nearly everyone I spoke to last week, who was working, seemed to explain just how busy they were. Online working it seems is clearly ratcheting up the workload and speed of delivery across the board for many people… they are working hard… just hope this translates to more business for folks really
  • I had my first face to face meeting, since lockdown too… it was great to be out and the coffee shop was busy, very busy… clearly some local businesses are doing well which is good to see.
  • However, all this highlighted not only just how efficient online meetings are, with no travel time you can fit more in, but conversely how face to face meetings can also make a huge difference, relationship-wise… there is a balance there, and maybe a new balance we all need to find.

All this is progress of sorts, just hoping we are not going to have to take too big a step back, what with rising cases again… fingers crossed

Have good week everyone… @chris_w_tweet

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New measures announced

Weekly roundup: 24 Sept 2020

This week we saw the latest numbers update on the CBILS and BBLS financial support schemes. It now totals over £53bn in financial support.

With the schemes running down, thoughts are now turning to what happens next and how this will be managed, especially for those businesses in financial difficulty.

Then towards the end of the week was saw Rishi Sunak also detailed plans for extended support, to replace the furlough scheme. This is due to wind up next month and although it does offer help for some, it is not a full replacement.

The economy is undoubtedly changing before our eyes… with more local lockdowns, restrictions varying by location, this is all starting to seem very complicated… process flexibility is going to become an ever more important trend it feels.

In other related economic news, many of the familar themes also continued this week too.

On a more upbeat note, some interesting science on potential life in the clouds of Venus. The science team was also interviewed on the Sky at Night, and very kindly referenced the late Carl Sagan who hypothesized this idea in his book/series Cosmos…the idea they have now discovered to be correct. It was great to be able to see a long arc story and congratulations to the discovery team… looking forward to the deadalus starship now…!

Have a good weekend everyone… @chris_w_tweet

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Week 27: The plugged in cyborg

What seemed like a quiet end of last week appears to have taken quite a turn over the weekend with rumors of a centralised approach for COVID payment holiday collection, what sounds like some AML control issues and more talk of negative interest rates again. Crikey… more developments this week no doubt… but before we get there, these are the observations for last week.

  • I have got so used to wearing earphones for video calls all the time, I realised I am now starting to feel improperly dressed without them… it just feels more comfortable to have them in all day… even when not on a call… is this how we start to become cyborg, I wondered?
  • On video calls, the importance of appearance seems to be coming back (and lighting with autumn approaching)… ironed shirts, shaving all starting to return… what’s next… stage make up?
  • Workwise, digital servicing and approach to customer treatment, were all themes last week, especially with the expected volume increase… this is one that just continues to rumble on.

Let’s see how this week plays out… have a good week everyone… @chris_w_tweet

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