It’s 2017 – Happy New Year for those just back at their desks after Stockport school’s extended Christmas holidays. Oh no they weren’t! Oh yes they were!

Author: Helen White

A new year is a chance to look forward, to set goals, to make changes where appropriate, to repeat successes, to resolve to think differently and seek out new opportunities.

As a child I was always a big fan of Enid Blyton’s Secret Seven and Famous Five books. But I never imagined I would become a new-age fan until this Christmas when I found Five on Brexit Island under the tree! As well as being a hilarious read, the concept is inspirational – a great example of innovative thinking. And who would have imagined that Ladybird books could once again appeal to and become so popular with the same audience with a different story forty years on? The Hangover, The Shed, Mid-life Crisis – sheer genius in my eyes.

2016 has indeed been a historic year – Brexit May Trump – three words I never expected to say in one sentence. All topics which have divided business, political parties and even friends and families, irrespective of age or political allegiance.

But, it is as a united community that we are strongest and Stockport boasts an excellent example of a dedicated team of businesses working together. The BID team, the Council, the Chamber and the team here at Marketing Stockport, many of us share the same vision – to take Stockport from good to great.

We are continually amazed to discover the breadth and depth of businesses across Stockport and are looking forward to visiting many more in 2017, introducing our members and colleagues to new partnerships and the chance to develop and grow their businesses within new arenas.

Nowadays It seems that you are never too old to read the Famous Five or your favourite Ladybird story. Neither are we ever too old to grasp new opportunities, to make a positive change and keep our resolutions.

And our new year resolution at Marketing Stockport? To continue to support, promote and connect Stockport’s fantastic business community.Thank you for helping us to make it happen. But not as one of the Five on Brexit Island!

Helen & Richard, co-founders of Marketing Stockport 

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