It’s that time of year, when Business Link invites the region’s business leaders to offer up their predictions for the year ahead.
It has become something of a tradition, given that we’ve been doing this now for over 30 years.
Today we speak to Graham Edward, Managing Director of Edward Architecture.
This year hasn’t been as bad as anticipated; all things considered. As a lot of companies have, we have adapted and have risen to challenges in how we operate and how we market. As a practice we are very optimistic about what 2021 has to offer.
Certainly, the residential market and B8 Employment markets still thrive. Beds and sheds is proving that value and investment is still very buoyant. We are all waiting to find out whether Brexit and deal or no deal will have an impact on work and the market.
The market in Architecture is definitely changing, working from home has created a shift in what customers need or desire, for example we are finding that homeowners are wanting to live nearer to leisure activities, parks, cycle ways and public spaces. They are wanting larger gardens, a home office and rely less on commuting to work.
It is also clear that localism is happening – urban centres are doing ok whereas city centres are extremely quiet and ultimately that status isn’t good in the long term.
As a society city centres are still important and we need to get back into using them as much as we can. As a country we have what it takes and should be thinking positively and finding ways around new challenges.
What the country really needs is some normality after COVID and to get Brexit out of the way allowing a sustained period of settling down, growth and prosperity.