Wednesday, January 27, 2021

2021 Business Predictions: Donald Ward, Operations Director at Ward

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.

Here we speak to Donald Ward, Operations Director at Derbyshire-based metal recycling and waste management specialist, Ward.

With the inevitable fallout from Brexit, the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and a pending economic hangover from the uncertainty experienced in 2020, the first quarter of 2021 will present a tough start to the year.

However, the resilience that has been demonstrated by the region’s businesses should stand us in good stead for seeing recovery in Q2 and beyond.

Firms will be keen to see a return to their pre-COVID trading levels and we hope that with developments in vaccines that they will be increasingly in a position to do so.

As a provider of essential metal recycling and waste management services to the manufacturing, construction and healthcare supply chains, we will continue to support industry and infrastructure projects in the Midlands and nationally.

The demand for commercial building, construction and demolition projects as well as homeowner DIY is on the increase, thanks to the Government’s ‘build, build, build’ mantra, which is positive for the industry as a whole. So, we are expecting demand for Ward Special Projects and skip hire services to remain high.

As a business we are optimistic about the future and hope that we see significant improvements in 2021. We also have plans to expand our metal processing capabilities to further contribute to a circular economy through the recycling of materials and waste reduction. We are looking forward to new HS2 projects starting, as well as ploughing ahead with our sustainability strategy of reducing our carbon footprint and increasing our social value by 2030.

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