A few months ago it was #Brexit hitting the UK headlines and now its Trump. The cartoon series The Simpson's, many years ago, predicted Donald Trump would be the President of America and joked that he will bankrupt the country. In the cartoon Trump calls America just another one of his ex-wive's. (they even flicked through different possible years in the cartoon in one spooky sequence).
And if your wondering what does all this mean to the UK economy and to your business, then your not alone.
Speculation and peoples opinions are what effects business on an a very basic level. The UK has not yet even activated article 50 to start leaving the EU but the vote made the (GBP) Pound drop dramatically in value and UK public spending to slow. Who'd have thought that there were there that many Marmite lovers out there?
Similarly the US election win of Trump doesnt mean he is the 45th President yet, but public and business opinion has swung already and made the GB Pound rise and become stronger against all currencies as the exchange rate investers shift from the Dollar back to Sterling. Far Eastern economies jitter and UK confidence rise thinking they will have have just found a better business partner than the EU.
Brexit may mean better trade deals in the future with the US, Canada, India, China etc as we shift focus on building stronger ties with others rather than Europeans. But negatively in the short term it has also meant direct increase in costs for businesses, which may eventually mean more unemployment and less spending. Have you noticed how many recruitment agencies have been calling you to place their candidates recently?
Across the pond, Trump promised lower corporation taxes and more investement in infrastructure and the economy. Although lacking in detail how he really plans to make 'America great again' (suggesting its not very great at the moment). And not to mention the huge (Berlin/Chinese type) wall against Mexico. That curiously seemed to go down very well with US voters.
So with so much media trash being touted to sway public opinion. A clever entrepreneur will try to cut through opinion and see the facts only. Then try to foresee the rise and fall of public opinion before it happens. Letting this be his/her guide as to what to do with their business and ensure that it remains in an optimal position no matter what the economic situation prevailing.
That is why at Tax Affinity Accountants in Kingston we recommend all our cleints worldwide who could be effected by Brexit and Trump or whatever happens next (bad news usually comes in three's doesn't it?) to keep a cool head and see the the wood for the trees.
Focus on making your business better and stronger even more so than before. And just keep moving forward even if its only an inch a day, because that is how winners perform. And that is exactly what hugely successful multinational corporations already do.
Look at the facts and view the visible signs to work out if The Simpson's predicted it right and Trump will make America another one of his ex-wives or if he will make make it a more profitable place to do business than ever before. Maybe your business needs to have a established foothold in the US while Brexit ping pong starts with the EU or maybe you just need to make sure you offer a better level of service today if your prices are going up in 3 months time.
By Anni Khan at Tax Affinity Accountants
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