2020 certainly showed us to expect the unexpected, and that you really never can predict the future. What you can do though is ensure you are able to adapt and be agile and resilient in the face of change.
As a firm, we are certainly testament to this. After all, we would not have been able to celebrate our landmark 450th anniversary last year if we were not able to change with the times and not only survive challenging periods but learn from them to go on to thrive in the future.
This is something I feel particularly passionately about. There will always be new challenges to face from Brexit to COVID and everything in-between, but challenges also mean opportunities to learn and to find novel ways of working and solving problems.
Although the pandemic continues to present many challenges, it has also given us all opportunities to learn – from implementing new technology to introducing more efficient working practices – and we’re determined to use these new skills to help our clients navigate this new landscape.
We’re committed to finding ways to ‘bounce back better’ as a firm, and to help our clients and local communities do the same. Indeed, another key lesson from 2020 has been a reminder of the importance of local community and teamwork. We’ve seen first-hand how much can be achieved when we pull together to create new ways of working.
As we go into 2021, these lessons will be perhaps more vital than ever. We’re certainly not out of the woods just yet, but with flexibility, a practical approach and agile thinking, we can continue to offer our clients and communities consistency in a sea of change.