The Yellowhammer document released last month threw yet more fuel onto the Brexit bonfire. As politicians hammer it out – or perhaps more accurately, dither about – Britain’s businesses wait anxiously to see what fate awaits them.
Manufacturers, importers, NHS procurers, distributors and retailers will all be impacted by the UK’s departure from the EU, although nobody quite knows how. Brexit anxiety underpins a wider feeling of uncertainty in the healthcare market, exacerbated by austerity and the retail climate. It is easy then to imagine a bleak landscape ahead. Retail is undoubtedly facing unprecedented challenges.
I have a huge amount of respect for the innovators in this market bucking the trend and courageously sticking to the models they believe in. There are lots of examples of small firms that have already survived the arrival of internet sellers and are taking the latest high street challenges in their stride. And while certain national retailers collapse, our chains fly the flag for the industry, placing themselves at the forefront of retail and challenging public preconceptions on mobility.
On a separate note, this is actually my final issue as editor of AMP as I will shortly be moving over to our head office in Dubai for a new editorial assignment.
Over the last three years, I have been fortunate enough to have met with hundreds of individuals at every point in the mobility supply chain, who have kindly shared their insights, experiences and thoughts. I can quite honestly say that the main thing I have learnt from conversations during the course of my tenure is that the market is resilient and continues to grow in the face of adversity.
It has been an absolute pleasure helping the mobility sector to keep abreast of industry developments. It is now more vital than ever to have a finger on the pulse of the fast-moving market and the latest trends and strategies. I’ll be passing the baton to Alex Douglas who will ensure AMP remains the place for the industry to debate and discover.
In the meantime, I sincerely hope everyone attending the AMP Awards enjoys them and gets plenty out of what is the ultimate celebration of a terrific industry that I feel immensely privileged to have been part of.