South West Business Insider July 2022

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let’s get together

Whisper it softly: it’s extremely normal there. It’s not usually something to comment on, but these are unusual times.

The sun is shining (as I write this, at least), the streets are bustling, the restaurants and bars are buzzing. The holidays have taken place or are coming, although airports and airlines are still understaffed. We at Insider were delighted to welcome several hundred of you to two very enjoyable awards nights in Bristol and Exeter, as well as a series of panel discussions and breakfast debates with the public.

Face to face, all that, and not a mask in sight. Many meetings and our big budget interviews also take place in person.

I’m not trying to come across as complacent. Covid-19 remains a risk and the economic and political picture is uncertain. We all know only too well that the cost of energy and the cost of living have skyrocketed and the terrible situation in Ukraine continues to unfold and with no end in sight.

But it’s always important to remember that change is a constant – and some aspects of working life become easier the more we see each other. We are social creatures and engaging with each other in person is so often what makes amazing things happen.

Our issue this month is full of interest. There’s our coverage of the 2022 Dealmakers Awards, some fascinating roundtable articles (one on sustainable supply chains and the other on the art of acquiring and integrating a business). And there are half a dozen features and two in-depth interviews to enjoy on everything from semiconductors to public relations to smart factories. Finally, there’s our coverage: the latest OMB 100 list, which ranks the top 100 owner-managed businesses in the region. Dip.

Christian Annesley, editor
@ChrisA_Insider

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