• Stuart Malcolmson

2020 - What a year!

For the entire world 2020 was a major event in history. The world, businesses and individuals have undergone many changes, some of which have been unfortunate with terrible consequences, but others have been adapt to innovate, adapt and grow in the face of adversity. For myself, 2020 was absolutely the latter.

At the beginning of the pandemic came a national lock down in the UK, which in some crazy way (that's just the way my mind works) I saw as a positive! This is because I had actually been given the gift of time. Time is something that we often take for granted as we go about trying to fit everything in, from meetings for business, running a household, seeing family and friends and everything else that goes along with general life. With everything closed and restrictions on meeting family and friends, I actually had more time to dedicated to working on, rather than in, my own businesses.

The national lock down led to all outdoor centres also being forced to close, resulting in a lack of their need for specific outdoor learning development, a major source of income for our own business. I therefore decided to take some time out from this business and spend the next few months concentrating on the development of my pet products business.

As time passed I realised that the impact on outdoor centres would not be short lived and I would need to adapt our own consultancy business to fit into the new age. It led me to analyse the vast amount of experience we have built up over the past 12 years and realise that we had so much more to offer. Our experience of large scale procurement is fully transferable into new markets and the world needed large scale procurement (in the form of PPE) more than ever. We have therefore spent the latter part of 2020 and the beginning of 2021 developing new partnerships with some of the biggest suppliers in the PPE sector and have been able to support both small and large international organisations in the sourcing of high quality PPE and other products related to the safety and well being of their staff. This has included the sourcing of various items, including more recently working with a client to source and secure them 120 million medical grade nitrile gloves, at a fixed price over the next 6 months.

They say that, when you face challenge, you can either contract and disappear or you can embrace, adapt and overcome. What it all boils down to is whether you have the ambition and confidence to step outside of your business and look back into at how you can adapt and overcome the challenges, or whether you can find someone you trust to support you to do it.

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