It would take a brave person to make firm predictions for 2017.
Who would have thought this time last year that the UK would vote to leave the EU, that the U.S. would elect Donald Trump to the Oval Office and that Nico Rosberg would win the World Championship for the UK-based Mercedes F1 team and then retire a few days later!
Whatever our feelings of jubilation or trepidation at the prospects thrown up by a year characterised by significant change, I am sure that here in the UK 2017 will provide more than its fair share of fresh surprises while it adapts to those we’ve already seen.
And adapt we will! We’re actually very good at it, and flexibility may be the watchword for the year ahead.
So it’s with a note of cautious optimism that we (belatedly) welcome in 2017 – perhaps ‘steady as she goes’ best sums up the mood amongst the industrial leaders I speak to here.
As Brexit negotiations and realities begin to have more and more of an effect, the change in the value of Sterling is making the environment more challenging for many in industry and more positive ]for others. Meanwhile, the influence of global trends will also continue into the year ahead.