They say that success is often measured by the time one survives in business. For over 30 years our small company have survived various recessions by adaption and I’m sure we can ride this out; initially we will be targeting the US and other non-British countries for our orders. We have just been commissioned to design and build an amazing jellyfish installation in a top sushi bar in Times Square, New York.
(But by the time we complete the order, who knows what new export laws may be in force!)
So where is the jubilation now?
Okay, you have probably worked out by now I voted to remain, a decision based solely on the fact that I do not and have never trusted our politicians. I would rather have the EU checking our questionable human right policies and, let’s face it, we are not a Great Britain anymore - we have become Brexit Britain. We are not the United Kingdom, just generally dissatisfied.
This is not to say that I in any way disrespect what, we, the people of the UK can and do achieve.
We are still great innovators and free-thinkers, but we do not deserve what we now find ourselves ‘supporting’. £40 billion pounds would have gone a long way to addressing the people’s concerns with communication, clarity and education without having to endure and pay for this farce.
Be careful what you wish for, you might get it.
As a footnote - here’s a surprisingly long list of just some our most successful homegrown brands that have been sold to overseas companies:
Rolls-Royce (first VW, then BMW), Cadbury (Kraft), Walkers (Nabisco, then Pepsi), Lea & Perrins and HP Sauce (Danone, then Heinz), Tetley (Tata Tea), Dulux (Akzo Nobel), Jaffa Cakes (United Biscuits then Yildiz Holding), Harvey Nicholls (by a Hong Kong-based company), Kit Kat (Nestle), Walls Ice Cream and Marmite (Unilever), Mini (BMW), Financial Times (Nikkei Inc., Japan), House of Fraser (Sanpower Group, China), Manchester United (American), Waterstones (Elliot Advisors, USA), Innocent (Coca-Cola), Beefeater Gin, Chivas Regal and Glenlivit (Pernod Ricard), Newcastle Ale (Heineken), Harrods (Qatar), Weetabix (Bright foods in Shanghai), Terry’s Chocolate Orange (now made in Poland by Mondelez), Scottish Power (Iberdrola, Spain), Heathrow (now owned by International Investors, led by Drupo Ferrovial, Spain), TFL and Arriva (Germany), The Times (Murdoch), British Steel (Indian Tata), Asda (Wal-Mart), Boots (Walgreens), Jaguar Land Rover (Tata Motors)