We are told we are in a recession. We are told that the building industry is frozen to the point where it needs a boost from a change in planning laws. We are told that people are holding on to whatever money they have and that they have no spare funds to splash out on luxury goods.
Like most people, last month I was glued to the Olympic coverage and blown away by the success of Team GB and our record gold haul, especially when you consider that in 2004 we only won nine golds.
Refrigeration and air conditioning installers have always needed to be part technician, part salesman and part businessman; now they need to add lawyer to that list.
This month I want all the manufacturers and distributors out there to stop for a minute and remember who it is that really makes our profits for our companies.
Julian Brunnock of FG Eurofred on the challenges facing the supplier at exhibitions