Are you fit for business?
The Pilates classes have been busy since the beginning of January which is not unusual for the time of year. I have been involved in the fitness industry for 25 years and know that the peaks and troughs come in the same months, year after year. The most repeated phrase I hear in January is, without a doubt, "This year I'm going to get myself fit and healthy".
So many people make personal resolutions in the new year based on fitness and health and it shouldn't really be any different for business.
As Moss of Bath turns 50 in 2012 it is vitally important that we stay in shape and remain healthy; these days it's survival of the fittest out on the High Street.
Fortunately the mantra 'no pain, no gain' is outdated in the fitness industry as fitness professionals know that the body needs rest and recovery. However the same cannot be said in business as it is sometimes necessary to make painful decisions in order to maintain a healthy business.
Last year at Moss of Bath we trimmed our bottomline and shed a few pounds by moving our service centre back in-house, a decision that we have not regretted as it has proved to be a real success story. The Moss of Bath service centre is now busier than ever and there are many benefits of having engineers above the shop.
No-body and no business gets unfit or unhealthy overnight and there are no shortcuts to fitness. It takes stamina, strength, flexibility, hard work...in short, a lot of effort to get fit and stay fit.
So, although Moss of Bath will become a quinquagenarian (look it up!) this year, we do not intend to put our feet up and become a couch potato. Moss of Bath is looking forward to a year of healthy business fuelled in part by the feel good factor that will undoubtedly arise from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, Euro 2012, The London Olympics and Paralympics and of course Moss of Bath's own Golden Anniversary celebrations.
My own personal new year's resolution is to endeavour to shop local and independent wherever/whenever possible. Now I'm off for a 10k run,(the last bit may or may not be true).