Archive for January, 2013

Be careful what you wish for

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

If you listened carefully to any of the hysteria in relation to the current cold snap, you would be forgiven for thinking that we were in the grips of a 1963 style mini Ice Age. As far as I can remember, it’s been cold for about ten days, with snow that hasn’t shifted because the temperatures have been routinely below freezing. How is this something to be feared? The roads have been clear for most of the time, the pavements so as well; let’s be fair our railways don’t work when it’s windy or raining so how we expect them to work in the cold is anyone’s guess. But for the last few days, weather forecasters, politicians and do gooders in the business community (not business leaders you understand, but those on the periphery who claim to speak on behalf of businesses) have been wishing an end to the cold spell, a return to the bleak, dark, wet winters we are used to.

There is one enormous drawback of the change in weather that we are about to get. Temperatures will be about ten degrees warmer from one day to the next with gales and heavy rain. The results? Enormous and extremely quick snow melt, which can only lead to the one thing which we get whatever “season” we are in – widespread and very devastating flooding. So what’s better – cold, occasionally beautiful weather or floodwater damage? Far better for the weather to stay as it is, and gradually warm up, much as it does on the continent. Funnily enough, as with all things, our continental partners deal with snow much better than us; remember, in parts of Europe there is four or five months of snow, not four or five minutes as we get over here, and their economies don’t seize up completely.


Job of the Week

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Works Manager – Wigan – to £35,000pa

My client is the undisputed leader in its field, with a reputation for being best in class for design, quality and on time delivery, providing high quality engineered products to a niche market. To maintain these exacting standards, they are keen to appoint an experienced, yet still ambitious, works manager to a position covering all aspects of a two shift system. Your role, reporting directly to the board, will cover all aspects of the fabrication process and all departments from goods inwards to despatch. You will be responsible for the efficient operation of both the prototype and batch production facilities, organising training, maintaining risk management, H&S and quality control systems, but ultimately ensuring that the finished product is delivered on time to the customer. This is a wide ranging, challenging yet ultimately rewarding role, demanding the very best from those with a proven, appropriate track record.

Happy New Year?

Monday, January 7th, 2013

So we survived the end of the world, novovirus and the wettest year since records began; what does the bright, shiny 2013 hold for us all?

Nothing new, if all the reports are to be believed. The coalition has reiterated its promises to the nation by trotting out the same rubbish that it has been doing since it was elected (or not elected….) The US has backed off from the fiscal cliff more by luck than judgement. Construction is in freefall, the retail sector was saved only by a mad rush between Christmas and New Year. And yet…..