2020 Business Predictions: Michael Goodchild, Managing Director at Survey Hub

It’s that time of year, when Business Link Magazine invites the region’s business leaders to offer up their predictions for the year ahead. It has become something of a tradition, given that we’ve been doing this now for over 30 years.

While none of us possess a crystal ball, it is uncanny how accurate some of these forecasts have been over the years.

Here, Business Link catches up with Michael Goodchild, Managing Director at Survey Hub.

Having worked in the property industry for the past 15 years, I have seen a lot of ups and downs. At the beginning of 2019 it felt like we were in for a year of uncertainty and as a business we planned to batten down the hatches. So, I was pleasantly surprised when it ended up being our busiest year to date.

When asked to offer predictions for 2020, I find that the confidence I was lacking a year ago is now quietly simmering and I know that whatever the political arena throws at us all, we can not only deal with it but we can turn it to our advantage. This will be evident in the new jobs that we can create in the region for skilled surveyors and graduates, and also filter down to our investment in new technologies, which in the surveying industry move very fast indeed. Investment in new team members and the latest kit will help to keep us at the forefront of the industry and stand out from the crowd locally and nationally.

We are aware of a number of significant projects which are finally getting the green light after years of stalemate. According to government figures, house building has also reached a 30 year high this year and I would hope this is something the Conservative Party brings to the top of their agenda in 2020.

Further confidence can be taken from the fact that most of our clients are actively pursuing new opportunities large and small, while at the same time progressing schemes through planning and getting the financial support they need to develop out those sites.