August is usually a quiet month, but I have to say this August has definitely been my quietest August in my 21 years in trade and industry. It has left me some short time for rest and recuperation, which these days I need quite a lot of. This is mostly down to business being very quiet generally in view of Brexit.
So what’s been happening?
I have taken a few new things on and dumped some rubbish by the wayside. I have good availability for consulting and new deals from 24 September onwards.
I urgently require lifestyle businesses to sell nationwide.
Project Retail 2018 are looking for new products and I have some exciting other stuff on my desk.
I am looking forward to producing the October edition of The P2 List, this should be a nice bumper issue and will be published on 15th September 2016. Copy and advertising deadlines are looming large.
The usual health complaints are there but so what. Arthritis in both legs get worse all the time. I cannot do anything about it but live with it and try and work around it.
I shall be on the road all of the week commencing 5 September, starting with my annual pilgrimage to the Autumn Fair at the NEC Birmingham and following that with a trip to Dublin for the Franchise Expo. I will be travelling South West to the counties of Tipperary, Limerick and Kerry for 4 meetings in one day and then travelling back to London via a stop for more meetings in Dublin. Hopefully I will not have the traffic issues I faced on the last trip! I still have some space for 1-2-1 meetings in Dublin.
This will be the first major run on business trips since most health issues kicked in so it will be interesting to see how well or how badly things go. I think that getting the worst of the business out of the way first in the form of two days at the NEC is the best thing! I like a good trade event and for an event such as Autumn Fair the NEC is the best place to hold it, but roger me backwards with a steam roller, the place is soulless and not much fun!
So that’s it for August