Community spirit the key ingredient for Dundee’s recovery
By Jenn Stewart
The City of Discovery’s historic resilience and its strong community spirit will be major factors in its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. That is the view of senior business figures, who have been reflecting on Dundee as Johnston Carmichael, Scotland’s largest independent accountancy and business advisory firm, marks one year in its Dundee office.
Since first moving into its Dundee Harbour premises just over 12 months ago, the firm has made a home in the city, supporting businesses from across growing sectors including technology, food and drink and agriculture. It has also, in common with all Dundee businesses, been grappling with the challenges posed by coronavirus.
Speaking as businesses across the city re-direct their energies from managing the acute phase of the crisis to preparing for the new normal, Jenn Stewart, Head of Johnston Carmichael’s Dundee office, said:
If our experience from the last 12 months tells us anything, it’s that the sense of community in Dundee will hold it in good stead through the recovery phase.
“The City of Discovery is no stranger to adversity and the blend of industries that form the backbone of the Tayside economy are likely to see opportunities to move forward as the restrictions begin to lift.”
“Over the last few months we have seen businesses have both the worst of times and the best of times. There is no crystal ball to predict what happens next, but we are already seeing more and more companies begin to move out of ‘survival mode’ and into the next stage of recovery as the welcomed government measures come to an end.
“It’s important for businesses to revisit their strategy and stay true to their core values in order to prepare well for the new normal. That means looking at how they can reopen safely or, if they are already back to work, how they can get production back to pre-COVID levels in the current circumstances, implementing new working practices to improve efficiencies.”
Johnston Carmichael opened its Dundee office in June 2019. Since then it has had a busy year, from its “Forging the Future” launch night at the V&A, to developing strong relationships with institutions across the city, including the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce, of which it recently became a Platinum Member.
Pre-lockdown also saw the launch of a series of ‘Talking Tech’ events which provide local tech entrepreneurs with bitesize and practical insights and the opportunity to meet likeminded peers in an energetic environment. These events will continue in a digital format over the coming months, bringing the tech community together.
Jenn continued: “It has been an absolute whirlwind of a year, but we now really feel part of the business landscape in Dundee. We were very clear when we opened an office in the city that we wanted to truly immerse ourselves in the community. I think that is exactly what we’ve done, and we’ve been welcomed with open arms.”
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