On reflection 2011 turned out to be not quite as terrible as once promised.
Difficult, unquestionably – but there were reasons to be moderately cheerful as we live to fight another day with much to be optimistic about as we look towards the coming 12 months.
The employment situation in the region is a cause for concern and, according to the CIPD, is only going to get worse over the next year or two.
But with forthcoming investment in the region from the likes of Jaguar Land Rover, Deutsche Bank and the Solicitors Regulation Authority, it is not all doom and gloom.
On the political front, 2011 saw a number of the region’s protagonists make names for themselves for the right reasons, such as MPs Tom Watson and Andrew Mitchell – although there were others who will be happy to put the year behind them.
2012 will also be a huge year for Birmingham with the potential for an elected mayor.
Then, of course, next year we have the Olympics, with the tonic that will hopefully bring to the entire country.
There may not be cause for dancing in the streets just yet, but Birmingham and the region is more resilient than most and 2012 has the potential to be the year the corner is turned and some of the toughest times in living memory are consigned to history.