One Big Wave

31.07.2020

I am sure you all raised a smile to Steve’s message last week, especially on the headline article from Reuters: ‘Government allows Brothels in Athens to Re-Open’.

On a more serious note this week, the articles I have read from a couple of reputable sources have led with:

Covid-19 is “most severe” global health emergency ever, says WHO director-general

Covid-19 is “easily the most severe” global health emergency the World Health Organization (WHO) has ever declared, said WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus during a press briefing today. “Covid-19 has changed our world,” said the director-general, adding that the pandemic “has shown what humans are capable of – both positively and negatively.”

Pandemic is ‘one big wave’, WHO says

The World Health Organisation has warned against complacency about new coronavirus transmission in the northern hemisphere this summer, saying the virus did not behave like influenza that tended to follow seasonal trends.

“People are still thinking about seasons. What we all need to get our heads around is this is a new virus and… this one is behaving differently,” Margaret Harris told a virtual briefing in Geneva, urging vigilance in applying measures to slow transmission that is spreading via mass gatherings.

She also warned against thinking in terms of virus waves, saying: “It’s going to be one big wave. It’s going to go up and down a bit. “The best thing is to flatten it and turn it into just something lapping at your feet.”

Not so amusing, but all be it, it does demonstrate the severity of the situation we now find ourselves in. In our ‘big wave’ planning, as you know we adapted to holding all your annual review meetings via Zoom or by telephone depending on your preference. I know this is not quite the same as a face to face discussion, but it gives us the opportunity to ensure your financial planning goals continue to remain on track and enables us to deal with all of your immediate needs.

I am pleased to report, we are in the process of planning a move to a new office in Bristol. Adapting to the changing requirements of our team, we realised that Vertigo was not quite flexible enough for our needs and ultimately a little too large now that some of our team will continue to work from home. With more of our team either cycling, running, or walking into the office, modern facilities with multiple showers, changing areas, bike parking and on-site catering was required. The good news is the new office is only 5 minutes’ walk from Vertigo and offers great space for us with a wide variety of meeting room choices to cater for our clients who wish to meet us in Bristol. More details will follow as we near the planned moving date of the 5th September.

I hope you all continue to enjoy the UK summer. As always, thank you for your continued support and please stay safe and healthy.

Best wishes
David

David Buchan
Finance Director
David Buchan