Well, it’s definitely Autumn now that the clocks have gone back. And cold for those of us hitting the 7am trains into Waterloo. That’s not every day I hasten to add!
Monday marked the return to some sense of normality and another positive step towards the economy fully reopening. As well as the luxury of now being able to enjoy a meal or a drink inside (although it looked like a typically quiet Monday in our little piece of Holborn), there is a lot to be positive about in our industry.
Whilst it’s an understatement to say how strange our world of work has been over the past 12 months, we’re now seeing consistent evidence of activity levels on the rise. Good news indeed for our SME community.
On Sunday, all of us expect to hear the government’s strategy to ease lockdown restrictions. So far this week we have been offered a slow drip of hints and comments as to what life will be like at the workplace when we are able to return.
This week the government announced a £1.25bn package for innovative small businesses. The package, which will be launched in May, includes the Future Fund, offering loans between £125,000 and £5 million if matched by funding from private investors.