Market Comment April 2019

Market Comment

Court Guinness resurrects an old column he used to write in which he takes an opinionated and sometimes irreverent view of what he sees in the market place.

In this issue he looks back on February and March 2019 and looks forwards to the rest of the year  as a whole and shares his thoughts with us.

February and March have been exceptionally busy months and a lot has happened. I wish I could say thee same for the dealmaking markets where progress has been as slow as a channel tunnel boring machine! Brexit of course is to  blame and values have been slipping because of the inexcusably poor political situation that we have all been dropped into. Property prices especially have slipped and I have no reason to believe that this will not continue. Will this lead to another recession? Well, I do not hope not but early indicators of an issue are there. When will the sweet spot for deals be? I am not sure but the end of this year looks promising. Also there is not as  high a number of deals available  as there usually are at this time of year.

When the retail rot ever stop? We are getting to the stage of at least one major retailer a month causing attention grabbing headlines. This is becoming an international issue that impacts on so many. All parties need to come together now to ensure that retail led public realm does not get lost forever

Let us now move on to the concept of the side hustle. This is now a serious thing, so much so that I have decided that side hustlers should have their own dedicated section in this magazine.  This will grow in future issues. On a serious the concept of the side hustle is one to be commended and one that is showcasing the creativity and ability of side hustle owners and operators and this is to be commended. I often bang the drum on small business marketing and how poor some of it is but I do have to credit some of the side hustles I have seen for the effort they have put I to marketing. I do honestly beleieeve that this sector will start to change the rest of the small business sector in terms of marketing.

Lastly on a housekeeping note I shall be running some “meet the readers events” in 2019 and I would be delighted to see as many of you as possible at these events.

Please note that I am delighted to  hear readers views about this column or any other aspect of this magazine.

I look forward to speaking with you all again on a regular basis in 2019

Happy dealmaking !

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