What an interesting year 2023 has turned out to be! As usual I’ve found myself reflecting on the year just past including what themes I’ve seen, what we’ve achieved, what challenges we’ve faced and what we can learn from all of this to take forward into 2024.
In some ways it’s been a momentous 12 months – Walpole Partnership turned 10 years old! Soon we’ll be a teenager and then leaving home! Where does the time go?! I’m so proud of the team we’ve created, the culture, the great results that our customers have seen and the partnerships that have been developed. It was lovely to celebrate that milestone moment in our company’s history together as a team.
And talking of getting together, it’s also been wonderful to have a whole year where it’s been easier to see each other in person more than it has been in the recent past. Fewer travel restrictions have enabled many more chances to meet and visit customers around the world once more. We also had great team gatherings of our own in London, Bath and Manchester, have attended brilliant Oracle partner events in Utrecht (NL) London and Reading (UK), and the Elfsquad Partner Summit in Friesland (NL) was unforgettable. While we’re committed to staying a remote organisation, you can’t beat some high-quality face-to-face time to get things done and have celebratory hugs when things go well.
Business conditions have been pretty tough this year, with some projects delayed so I’m even more pleased that we’ve been able to keep our team together and even add a good number of new faces to swell the ranks. We’re also very happy that we’ve strengthened our partnership with our friends at Ben Consulting Services and we’re collaborating better than ever with Omar and his team – together we’re undoubtedly stronger.
One of the things that I’m really proud of the great work our team has done for charity and in supporting our communities – we’ve sponsored kids football teams, a junior weightlifting event, a long-distance swim and a marathon walk in aid of charity. Members of our team have also taken part in charity golf days, they’ve volunteered to assist with school trips, and we’ve even got someone litter picking on the beach during their lunch hour and another mentoring as part of the Supermums training programme. This, more than anything, tells me that we are a force for good beyond the amazing results we get for individual customers who have CPQ and NSPB implemented and maintained by us.
The personal stories of the team have brought me warmth throughout the year especially learning that both Stuart and my wife Sapna’s cancers are fully in remission. It’s also lovely to hear of the team’s concert performances, sporting achievements, cooking endeavours, travels and all the other fun tales we tell that ‘warm the cockles of my heart’!
So, on that slightly soppy note, I’ll pour a glass of wine and drink a toast to the achievements and fun of 2023. Merry Christmas (or Happy Holidays) to you and yours, and all the very best for 2024!
‘Looking back at 2023’ was written by Walpole Partnership’s MD, Andy Pieroux.