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Facing Crisis Upon Crisis – a perfect storm?

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has stated the war in Ukraine will severely set back the world economy and the UK is predicted to have the slowest growth in the G7 and across Europe’s main economies at 1.2% for 2023.

Kristalina Georgieva, IMF Managing Director Washington, DC Comments “The pandemic turned our lives and economies upside down, and it is not over. The continued spread of the virus could give rise to even more contagious or worse, more lethal variants, prompting further disruptions. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, devastating for the Ukrainian economy, is sending shockwaves throughout the globe”.

In economic terms, growth is down, and inflation is up. In human terms, people’s incomes are down, and hardship is up.

These double crises – pandemic and war – and our ability to deal with them, are further complicated by another growing risk: fragmentation of the world economy into geopolitical blocs – with different trade and technology standards, payment systems, and reserve currencies. See: Facing Crisis Upon Crisis: How the World Can Respond (imf.org)

If you are in business and you know growth is slowing, inflation is rising and there are supply chain issues then what actions can you take to shore up resilience and stay ahead of the curve?

Building business resilience requires several key attributes:

· Collaboration amongst departments, your suppliers and even fellow businesses.

· Sharing resources and removing inefficiencies with duplicate information and processes.

· Team formation so all employees know what impact they have on the business and can adapt to changes.

· Suppleness and adaptability to make changes.

· Having a business culture that allows for some failures or mistakes with new ways of doing things and learning from them and adjusting swiftly.

· Spending time working on change management as well as working “in the business”.

Where do you start? Our top performing clients regularly discuss building resilience with all employees and collect their ideas and thoughts so, together, the whole team can work for change.

Please contact us and talk to us about the resources we have to help.

How can we help you?

Brearley & Co Accountants are pleased to offer a free, no obligation, initial consultation with one of our experts who will be happy to discuss your business needs and how we can help you.