You could say that the move to step into Joe Peskett’s shoes in taking over as editor of Access and Mobility Professional would be a tricky one, given the fantastic job he has done in forging the title into the online and print platform it is today.
It has though been due to that excellent job, and the kind-hearted nature of the industry, that has made the move an extremely enjoyable one and allowed me to take over from where he left off.
My first taste of the editorship was trawling the halls of Rehacare in Germany at the end of September to scope out the products on offer, a very insightful trip that provided an in-depth look into the market.
Then, I had the absolute pleasure of meeting a huge chunk of the industry at our second annual AMP Awards. Held at the Law Society building on Chancery Lane in London, the experience was fantastic and looking around the room on the day and viewing the pictures afterwards, it was clear to see that everyone was enjoying themselves as much as I was.
While it might be tough out there on the high-street, and increasingly so with the dreaded ‘B’ word looming over us indefinitely, being confident can be difficult.
However, being able to honour those who continue to champion the good in the industry was a complete pleasure and a great way to kick start my tenure as editor of AMP.
I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate all of the winners and when I said on the evening that being shortlisted was an achievement in itself, I certainly meant it – so well done to all of the finalists as well.
As I look ahead to spending time and learning more about the mobility retail operations up and down the UK with the variety of top dealers and suppliers that serve the industry fantastically well from north to south, I look forward to hearing from you not if, but when, you have a great story to tell.