Please find my leader below for the November 2010 Newsletter for the Danish UK Chamber of Commerce:
What an interesting month October was for anyone based in the UK. No-one could escape the over 81 Billion Pound budget saving measures by Chancellor George Osborne, by cutting costs, cutting Quangos and even cutting the iconic Harrier jets. Some doom-sayers would certainly claim that another recession is imminent, whilst others refer back to the time when government budgets were cut by Thatcher, it eventually led to Back Wednesday. Whether right or wrong, whilst businesses in the UK will be facing challenging times it will also offer entrepreneurial possibilities for those who are willing to make that extra effort. As much as the economy might need a respite from people wanting to go to school, be ill or have a pension, this will not change – same goes for the need for a roof over ones head, food, electricity, transport and other necessities. So yes, there will continue to be business opportunities.
And just one of those opportunities was witnessed in the beginning of October when our friends at Scan Magazine opened the doors to The Scandinavia Show 2010 (http://www.scandinaviashow.co.uk
). It was an amazing feast of the best that Scandinavia has to offer in design, food, drinks, holidays, technology and drinks. And not least because DUCC was present too with a stand inspired by the wonderful place of Skagen, the most Northern place on the Danish peninsula (Jutland), it was manned by DUCC chairman Mr. Per Troen, office driver Manpreet, myself and the brave people from Team Denmark FC. The end result was that we connected with people that we would otherwise not have met and we even managed to sign up new members to the chamber. For those interested we brought a video production crew (Joanna) from Mac Million, who with Per went around interviewing and documenting the show. You can see the results on the DUCC web video channel (http://www.youtube.com/duccchannel
As much as we are faced with tough choices in the current economic climate, we must not forget to step up to the challenge of helping others. Not being ashamed of plugging for charity myself, can I please use this opportunity to highlight Centrepoint’s Sleep-Out (http://sleep-out.org.uk
) on Thursday the 11th of November in aid of giving homeless young people a future. There will be a mix of celebrities, chief executives, city folks and others roughing it out for the night at the Old Spital Fields market. I will be there too with a crew with cameras and editing suites documenting events, surprise entertainment and interviewing people to be shown during the night on FaceBook and Youtube. Please get onboard, London’s homeless young people needs you now! http://bit.ly/agArXb
MD of Mac Million & Ducc Council Member