Chamber Chat with Nick Dagger
'The times they are a-changin'
A sage man once said "the times they are a-changin", but you know that. I'm not telling you anything you don't already know. It's no longer new news, it is, however, no less real. Things have changed, forever, and while we are all wrestling with the unprecedented and unknown, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
As lockdown is easing across the United Kingdom, it's fantastic to see our local businesses reopen their doors and shout from their digital and physical rooftops "WE ARE OPEN!" It never fails to impress how the wonderful businesses in the Lancaster District adapt, survive and thrive. After being in lockdown for four months, the family and I ventured into the city stopping off at a number of local shops, including visiting Arteria to pick up gifts, getting delicious coffee from Atkinsons and enjoying 'Eat Out to Help Out' at Quite Simply French.
Personally, and professionally, life has changed, and there have been many positives to take from this difficult situation, including starting a new role as the Marketing Manager at ICS Accounting. It has been an exciting challenge to start this new professional adventure whilst working remotely and joining an accountancy firm when the economic climate enters a recession.
As a company, we are looking to support our clients as we move towards the end of the furlough scheme and support our SME clients settle into the new way of doing business. Despite the global pandemic, many legislative changes have passed through government, including the confirmation that IR35 will go ahead in April 2021. We need to be there for our clients to guide them through these changes and normal day-to-day accountancy needs, as well as how to cope with post-lockdown business.
With lockdown easing across most of the country, it's time that, where safe to do so, we return to work. At ICS Accounting, we have carefully planned and successfully returned staff back into the office in order for us to serve our clients in the best possible way. This means introducing a rota system to ensure social distancing can be adhered in the office and the now expected Covid-19 friendly signs we are getting used to as we go about our day to day lives.
Although it feels the world has stood still since March, many businesses are still at full speed working to serve our communities and clients as they plan for the future. So whilst we can, we will continue the hybrid of working from home and office using all the wonderful technology available to us, where would we be without Zoom and Teams right now!? And in our downtime, let's continue to support our friends in our local independent businesses so, from the dark cloud of Covid-19, we can help our city to shine again.
By Nick Dagger – Marketing Manager – ICS Accounting