Dear Editor, Never mind the nodding dog, now is the time for some real Churchillian spirit!
It’s official times are hard. But history has shown that when world events overtake us, this great country of ours has had its finest hours (with apologies to the late statesman).
This downturn presents opportunities for those who look hard enough. It’s all too easy to retrench into the comfort zone by breaking your back working IN your business at times like this, rather than working ON the business.
After all, you didn’t see Winston turning up at Castle Bromwich building Spitfires in August 1940, did you?
He assembled a team of people best suited to the various tasks in hand and inspired the country to its finest hour.
Business people should use this time to take a step back from the business and devise a strategy to survive the period of downturn, limit business and personal risks and be in a position to seize opportunities presented to them, often as a result of that same downturn.
The Battle of Britain was a fight for survival, but by winning it, Churchill and his team set the scene for the gradual defeat of the aggressor.
I have found that by getting the key people in a business together, we can devise a positive strategy with buy in from the team.
That way, tough or unpopular decisions are easier to achieve.
By sorting out a realistic strategy, businesses can make October 2008 the end of the beginning rather than the beginning of the end.
Johnathan Dudley, Partner
Horwath Clark Whitehill
and business advisers
Attacks on care homes are unfair
Dear Editor, As an experienced care home owner I feel our industry comes under constant unfair and damaging attacks, especially in recent months.
Care homes for older people, and their staff, are undervalued by a society reluctant to face the economic and practical realities of growing old. Most homes in Coventry are doing a good job despite ever increasing overheads and public expectations and I am saddened by the deluge of ongoing media criticism. The recent negative stories on TV and in the national press concentrate on, and sensationalise, the few problem homes, whereas it is obvious that reporting about the vast majority of homes which provide a sensitive caring service is not newsworthy.
The escalating overheads faced by home owners has been matched by an erosion of fees paid by councils for the care of the frail older people in their care. This inadequate funding, coupled with constant slating by the media, is leading to a number of smaller homes closing as owners “lose heart at being hounded”.
We strive to train carers to NVQ standard and pay above the minimum wage. However, I’m concerned that a negative image will deter young people from becoming care workers. It is a hard job but gives real job satisfaction, if we don’t promote that fact we will be without carers in the future”.
Dave Lock (MD, Adept Care Group)
Tile Hill Village.
There are enough cooks to spoil the balti
Dear Editor, You perpetuate myths that Brum Balti houses are facing ‘hot times ahead’ (Post, Oct 21) due to rising rice prices and work quotas for Bengali immigrants.
Few self-respecting folk eat such dishes with rice (Naan bread is just fine) whilst there are sufficient workless males in the inner city to fill any vacancies.
Whilst some purists like myself ban others from our kitchens surely the Post isn’t suggesting that Balti House owners are averse to engaging women at cookery tasks?